Leadership Team

Executive Leadership

Chris Belford
Chief Executive Officer

Chris, a seasoned veteran, joined JEA in November 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Through his passion for serving others, Chris leads day-to-day operations and ensures JEA’s vision and strategies are achieved. Chris has served successfully in various senior management roles, including American Healthcare Inventors, where Chris grew the company’s assets under management (AUM) to over $4.3 billion. He previously served as President – West Division of Brookdale Senior Living and Senior Vice President of Emeritus Senior Living.

John McNeil
Chief Operating Officer

John joined JEA in 2006 as Administrator of Pacific Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Portland, Oregon. With over 20 years of experience in long-term-care, John has a deep knowledge of community operations in all aspects. Since joining JEA, John has overseen and supported JEA’s growth from 15 locations, to 60 communities, operating in 23 states across the U.S. Even through all of this growth, John’s passion and commitment to care has always been, “treating every resident and their loved ones like family”. John received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Portland State University, with a double major in Management and Finance.

Micah Gerber
Chief Financial Officer

Micah joined JEA in 2018 as Chief Strategy Officer. He leads new investments, finance, accounting, data analytics, legal negotiations and investor relations. Previously, Micah was with Senior Living Communities/Maxwell Group, Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure Micah led many initiatives including expanding operating real estate from $600 million to $1.0 billion, growing revenue from $120 million to $220 million, and increasing total number of employees from 1,500 to 2,400. Prior to that Micah was an investment banker. Micah received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida.

Senior Leadership

Angie Fleenor, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC
Vice President of Nursing Services

Angie Fleenor has over 16 years of experience in executive healthcare leadership in senior living, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, and PCR laboratories. Angie is a skilled clinical leader and is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in geriatrics. She is experienced in chronic disease management and is an advocate for antibiotic stewardship in the elderly. She brings a unique perspective for organizations from a provider and operator standpoint. Throughout her career, Angie has served in executive leadership roles as a Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. She recently owned her own consulting business in where she consulted for numerous healthcare companies to increase NOI and improve patient quality of care. She currently sits on the American Assisted Living Nursing Association advisory board.

Kayla Wersal, LVN
Vice President of Programming 

Kayla joins the JEA Senior Living team in February 2021, bringing over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry ranging from clinical to operations and business development. Her love for seniors began in her high school days working as a certified nursing assistant. She graduated from the Mankato State University nursing program and obtained her nursing license in 1982. Kayla’s passion for the last 18 years has been to improve the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Kayla’s vast accomplishments include the development and global rollout of the Moments in Time® Alzheimer’s and memory care program now successfully used in over 70 communities in the United States and throughout China, as well as the development and global rollout of the Life Enrichment activity program used in over 100 communities nationwide and internationally. Kayla serves as a keynote speaker in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Alisa Clark 
Vice President of Human Resources & Employee Relations

Alisa Clark received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration with a minor in Business and a Gerontology Certificate from Oregon State University.  She has worked in the long-term care industry for over 25 years.  Her passion for serving seniors began in college when she worked as a housekeeper in an assisted living facility and grew to hold caregiving, activities and marketing positions while she received her degree.  She has worked as an Administrator of various senior housing options including HUD housing, retirement living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facilities.  

Alisa started as an Administrator for JEA Senior Living in 2006, then became the Director of Programming and Employee Relations in 2010.  While the company continued to grow in size, she was then promoted to Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Relations in 2013.  Alisa oversees all human resources functions for the company including benefits, employee relations, recruitment and retention efforts.

Alisa’s passion continues to be the people she serves – the Residents, employees, family members and community members are what make her career rewarding.

April Young
Vice President of Sales & Business Development

April joined the JEA management team in January 2016. Prior to joining JEA, April fulfilled several roles in the senior living industry including Community Management, Regional Oversight and Divisional Sales & Marketing support for a portfolio of 80 assisted living and memory care communities. While April’s experience over the last 18 years is extensive, one thing has maintained consistent over her career. April’s passion for finding solutions and creating safe environments for those she serves. Her responsibilities for our company include training employees on sales processes, company branding, occupancy development, marketing & PR campaigns, creation of processes relative to sales & marketing along with strategic planning for new developments on the horizon.

Missy Day
Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Missy joined the JEA management team in November 2020 as Vice President of Marketing & Communications. Missy comes to us from CHI Franciscan in Tacoma, part of CommonSpirit Health, the nation’s second largest nonprofit health system. At CHI Franciscan, Missy managed all marketing efforts for the 200-plus clinic network, Franciscan Medical Group, as well as the Heart & Vascular and Orthopedics service lines. Missy has 23 years of experience in healthcare, with 19 years in the senior living industry, where she was responsible for corporate marketing and interactive functions for Emeritus Senior Living and its 500-plus senior housing communities nationwide. Her primary responsibilities with JEA include brand management and occupancy growth through strategic initiatives including digital marketing, reputation management and support of PR initiatives and community engagement.

Rachel Rudiger
Vice President of Environmental Operations & Logistics

Rachel Rudiger brings over 14 years of experience in development, architectural consulting, and construction experience to our team at JEA Senior Living. Starting with JEA development and construction projects in 2012, Rachel was officially hired onto JEA Senior Living in 2015 as our Development Land Use and Design Manager.

With extensive experience in development coordination, land-use approvals, and managing design consultants, Rachel’s attention to detail, productivity, and accountability have made her an invaluable asset to our team. Completing her education at North Dakota State University, Rachel holds the following degrees: Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, and a Minor in Individual and Business Finance. Rachel brings a depth and breadth of expertise to our team in her role as Vice President of Environmental Operations & Logistics.

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