Leadership

Our leadership team is bound together by Embrace Living Communities’ calling to serve others through our affordable senior housing management and services. Together, we have over 100 years of dedication and compassion to bringing bold and innovative solutions to senior living communities where people of all backgrounds and abilities can enjoy a healthier, more secure life.

Ralph Gaines | Chief Executive Officer

Ralph Gaines is the Chief Executive Officer of Embrace Living Communities. He is responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s vision and direction, and responsible for creating, planning and integrating the organization’s strategic growth initiatives. He oversees overall operations and is responsible for directing management activities at our 30 living communities in Illinois, Florida and Missouri that are homes to more than 2,5000 residents.

Anne Oliva | Chief Financial Officer

Anne Oliva is the Chief Financial Officer of Embrace Living Communities. Anne is responsible for leading the finance team in managing the organization’s overall finance activities to ensure the organization achieves its mission of providing ecologically and financially affordable housing to its residents. As a member of the senior leadership team, Anne also plays a critical role in developing and implementing business and organizational strategy.

Greg Watson | Vice President of Operations, Designated Managing Broker in Illinois

Greg Watson is the Vice President of Operations of Embrace Living Communities. In this senior executive leadership position, Greg will be responsible for the oversight and management of our 33 properties including operations, physical plant, compliance, and budget management.

John Diehl | Senior Advisor

John Diehl is the Senior Advisor of Embrace Living Communities. John provides general oversight and leadership for housing community systems, operations, compliance and budget management. In this role, he further supports the organization in bringing bold and innovative solutions to our communities.

Ed Havlovic | Director of Plant Operations

Ed Havlovic is the Director of Plant Operations of Embrace Living Communities. In this role, Ed oversees physical plant operations for all housing communities to ensure system-wide continuity, and provides technical support to on-site maintenance and housekeeping. In addition, he coordinates maintenance training and safety programs and participates in the development, construction and rehabilitation of housing communities, including the coordination of bidding processes for all capital projects.

Dawn Zenkner | Controller

Dawn Zenkner is the Controller of Embrace Living Communities. Dawn oversees the organization’s housing accounting functions, budgeting, audits, forecasting, financial reporting, HUD compliance reporting and real estate tax.

Our 125-year commitment to serving people in need.

We have experienced change through our long history, but our mission to serve aging adults with communities that embrace living has remained.

Board of Directors

Embrace Living Communities Corporate Board of Directors
  • Scott Meyer - Chairman of the Board
    Managing Director and Executive Vice President
    Willis Towers Watson
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Irving Woods
    Retired Human Resources Director
    Kraft Foods Corporation
  • Jim Sellers
    Director of Business Development
    JSSI Parts Inc.
  • Karen Latimer
    AVP, Networks Operations, Content
    Vizient
  • Ruth Carlson
    Retired SVP
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Tonya Pitts
    Attorney
    Tonya Willis Pitts, P.A.
Illinois Housing Board of Directors
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Reverend Jesse Knox III
    Senior Minister
    Church of the Good Shepherd, Congregational, UCC
  • Mark Entwistle
    Broker
    Coldwell Banker Realty
  • Nathan Briggs
  • Nichole Edmonds, MPH
    Director, Community Health
    Advocate Aurora Health
  • Todd J. Thorson
    President and CTO
    TANJ Technologies
Apostle Village Board of Directors
  • Kay Tracy - Chair of the Board
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Barbara Schommer
    Member
    Apostles Lutheran Church
  • Dianna Hinkley
    Owner
    Autumn Leaf Academy
  • Jeanne Morris
  • Jonathan Pudas
  • Lori Jean Brown
  • Pamela Cunningham
    Apostles Lutheran Church
  • Pastor Steve Kauffman
    Ex-officio Member
    Apostles Lutheran Church
Sarasota Area Housing Board of Directors
  • Irving Woods - Chairman of the Board
    Retired Human Resources Director
    Kraft Foods Corporation
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Catherine Eaton
  • Harry Hobson
  • James Crumel
  • Lynn Jones
    First Congregational Church, UCC, Sarasota
  • Nancy Hobson
    Starr Education and Outreach Coordinator
    Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay
  • Rev. Dr. Wes Bixby
    First Congregational Church, UCC, Sarasota
Bayonet Point Area Housing Board of Directors
  • Suzanne Meachum - Chair of the Board
    Parishioner
    Community Congregational Church, UCC, New Port Richey
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • David Meachum
    Parishioner
    Community Congregational Church, UCC, New Port Richey
  • Anne McNamara
  • Lynette Grabowski
Bethel Area Housing & Bethel Area Housing South Board of Directors
  • Hance L. Pierson - Chairman of the Board
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Jeannie Kenyon
  • Mary Guevel
  • Patricia Armstrong
  • Shirlee Mendon