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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.

Gary Adams | Director of Operations

Gary Adams is the Director of Operations at Embrace Living Communities. Gary is responsible for the oversight and management of our properties including operations, physical plant, compliance, and budget management. He also brings ideas to the table or initiatives that he believes can improve efficiencies and ultimately make staff and residents’ lives better.

Jennifer Truppa | Director of Social Services and Quality Assurance

Jennifer Truppa serves as the Director of Social Services and Quality Assurance at Embrace Living Communities. Jennifer is responsible for the design, development and implementation of strategies to strengthen resident services within Embrace Living’s housing communities, including advocacy efforts, ensuring high standards through quality assurance and grant writing.

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
  • Karen Latimer
    Retired AVP, Networks Operations, Content
    Vizient
  • Ruth Carlson
    Retired SVP
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Tonya Pitts
    Attorney
    Tonya Willis Pitts, P.A.
  • Robert Gamrath
    Director
    Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
Apostles 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
  • Jonathan Pudas
  • Lori Jean Brown
  • Pamela Cunningham
    Apostles Lutheran Church
  • Pastor Luke Dealsin
    Ex-officio Member
    Apostles Lutheran Church
Bayonet Point Area Housing Board of Directors
  • Anne McNamara - Chair of the Board
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Lynette Grabowski
  • Concetta Diel
    Community Congregational Church, UCC, New Port Richey
  • Susan Crosby
  • Elizabeth Turner
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
  • Mary Guevel
  • Patricia Armstrong
  • Shirlee Mendon
Sarasota Area Housing Board of Directors
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Irv Woods
    Retired Human Resources Director
    Kraft Foods Corporation
  • Catherine Eaton
  • RuthAnn Waid
  • Phillip Swain
  • Rev. Dr. Wesley Bixby
    First Congregational United Church of Christ, Sarasota, FL