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Women of Distinction

Meet Audra Gutierrez-Ritari, Rising Star honoree

Audra Gutierrez-Ritari’s motto for most things in life is, “If you can do it, you should.” She passes that message down to her children to encourage them to help those in need. The maxim also is something she lives by. The proof is in her service to the skilled nursing industry.

Women of Distinction 2020: JoAnne Reifsnyder

2020 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee JoAnne Reifsnyder, executive vice president, clinical operations, and chief nursing officer, Genesis HealthCare, Kennett Square, PA, shares why she was drawn to eldercare at a young age. She also discusses her greatest accomplishment, the biggest surprise of her career and where she sees the industry heading post COVID-19.

Meet Kelly Ornberg, Rising Star honoree

At just 14, Kelly Ornberg started her first job, as a food server for Erickson Living, where she fell in love with residents and became passionate about them receiving the best care — and that passion for the senior living and care industry has been on display since.

Meet Jodi Hill, Rising Star honoree

As vice president of business strategy at Senior Lifestyle, Jodi Hill sets the platform for how the company reviews and reports on data, and which key performance indicators are the leading drivers of success for company operations and employee retention and satisfaction.

Meet Vassar Byrd, Hall of Honor inductee

Vassar Byrd didn’t start her professional life in senior living. Holding a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, she first spent more than 10 years as an economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Advisory Board Company and ECONorthwest.

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