Juniper Communities takes up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a Big Way!!

by Cindy Longfellow

Juniper Village at Lebanon began the trend for Juniper Communities as residents dumped pitchers of ice water on employees’ heads as they participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge on Thursday, August 21, 2014, as you can see in the photo at left. (For more photos visit the Juniper Village at Lebanon blog.) They then nominated Juniper Village at Meadville.

Juniper Village at Meadville was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Juniper Village at Lebanon, which they completed on Friday, August 22, 2014. They decided to keep the love going in the Juniper family and nominated Juniper Village at Shenango and Juniper Village at Williamstown! They also nominated their local Meadville City Police Station. I’m sure they will be super excited. Technically you are supposed to have 24 hours to complete the challenge but I think 24 business hours would probably be ok! Juniper Village at Meadville is going to take a collection among their associates to donate money to as well. (To watch their video visit the Juniper Village at Meadville blog.)

On August 28th, Juniper Village at Williamstown accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Juniper Village at Meadville. They challenged Jennifer Harris, our new Regional Director of Operations, Juniper Village at Brookline, and Juniper Village at Chatham.  You have 24 business hours! (To watch their video visit the Juniper Village at Williamstown blog.)

On August 29th, Juniper Village at Brookline took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a whole new level with a REALLY big bucket!  Note, that they challenged the home office team. We have to think of something good for when we are all together!  But, I am not sure there’s any way to top this. (See their outrageous video on the Juniper Village at Brookline blog.)

Gary Handley Selected as Executive Director of Juniper Village at Naples

Lynne Katzmann, President and Founder of Juniper Communities announced that Gary Handley is the new Executive Director of Juniper Village at Naples. Gary Handley has over 25 years of experience leading organizations, with 13 years of experience in senior care.  He is driven by a passion to improve the lives of others, especially for Veteran’s and their families. Prior to coming to Juniper Village, he served as the Executive Director of HarborChase of North Collier. Gary also worked as the Managing Director of Bosjöstrand, a private senior care facility in southern Sweden.  He has experience in assisted living, rehabilitation and memory care.

Linda Donato, Vice-President of Operations for Juniper stated on his hiring, “Gary brings a unique background to his new position at Juniper Village.  The combination of his exemplary military service, overseas senior living experience, and knowledge of the local community and Florida regulations really brings a fresh approach to our community.  In just a short time, he has embraced Juniper ‘s vision, mission, and philosophy and has added that to his already strong skill set.”

“I am very proud to be a part of Juniper.  It is an organization that truly puts the residents first.   I am very impressed with the quality of care from our Associates,” expressed Handley upon the announcement. “I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of our residents, their families, and to continue the tradition of excellence for which Juniper stands.”

Gary entered the healthcare business after he left the Army.  He and his family moved to Sweden where he began working in the business office of a senior healthcare community.

A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, he completed his undergraduate studies at Norwich University then obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.  Gary retired from active military service as a Major in 2000, after 21 years in both the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is involved in several local community organizations.

Married for 27 years, Gary and his wife Yvonne are blessed with three amazing children. Kevin and Bryan are fulltime university students in Sweden and their daughter Korynne attends high school in Florida. He is an avid fisherman and loves the outdoors.

Lynne Katzmann, Founder – CEO of Juniper Communities Announced as 2014 Brava! Award Winner by New York SmartCEO

New York SmartCEO announced that Lynne S. Katzmann, President and CEO of New Jersey headquartered Juniper Communities, is one of the 40 powerhouse female business leaders to be recognized in SmartCEO’s 2014 Brava! Awards program.

The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 40 of Greater New York’s top women business leaders. This year’s class collectively generates more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue and employ over 49,000 individuals. This winners will be profiled in the September/October issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on September 23, 2014.

According to Rick Crane, regional president of SmartCEO Media, Brava winners possess the utmost qualities in a leader: vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. “Every one of this year’s winners exhibits these qualities in running their business, their families and their philanthropic activities. They give 110 percent of themselves,” he stated. “We are honored and humbled to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”

Lynne Katzmann, is Founder and CEO of Juniper Communities, a privately held, long-term care company. Juniper is the only woman-owned company among the largest 40 US assisted living companies. It is ranked #12 by Crain’s NY Business on its Top 50 listing of women-owned businesses for the NY area.

Lynne launched the company with 6 years of business experience and a PHD in Health Economics from the London School of Economics, following receiving her BA from Tufts University. Then 32 years old, she initially raised $440 thousand from investors and had a plan to build her company with a triple bottom line: purpose-driven, socially responsible, and profitable.  Today, the company employs 1,200 people and during its first quarter century has served over 10,000 families. She sits on several Boards as advisor.

She resides in Montclair, NJ with her partner Ed Goodell, and her son Andrew is a Junior in college.

Breathe in Life: August Events

by Tara Williamson

Our Alive in All Seasons’ theme for August is The Environment. Our communities will focus their efforts on maintaining healthy environments through environmentally conscious activities. Our “Green Canopy” program emphasizes designing and operating buildings that meet new standards of environmental sustainability. We are proud to be the first long-term care company with a building in the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

According to research by Go Green, Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour; 25 billion Styrofoam cups and 40 billion soft drink bottles and cans each year. Eighty-four percent of the average American’s household trash can be recycled. If we recycled just 1/10 of our newspapers 25 million trees could be saved. Are we all doing our part?

Join us this month as we learn more about the environment, expand our wide-scale recycling program, learn more about environmental sustainability programs and work with our community Green Teams to promote our “Green Canopy” initiative. We encourage you to accompany us on this environmental journey so that we can all continue to Breathe in Life!

Our fabulous activity offerings this month include our 14th Anniversary Party in Louisville as we celebrate 14 years of changing the face of aging by having a fiesta where you can kick back, have a margarita then enjoy a quality Mexican feast, and wear your sombrero or poncho as we listen to Mariachi music while watching the sun set on August 14th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; our Shred for Charity in Naples to clean out those files for a $5.00 charge for a standard box with all proceeds benefiting St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter on August 16th from 9:00 am to noon; our Huntingdon Ridge Flea Market with a shoppers paradise spanning over the campus, where shopaholics of the world unite with Juniper Village’s proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on August 17th from 8:00 am to noon; our “Green” Apple Family Luncheon at the historic Shenango Inn offering delicious foods with a creative twist on August 21st at noon; our Watermelon Crawl in Lamar for a spectacular end of summer bash with lawn games, face painting, water games and a watermelon crawl dance contest on August 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm; our “Mount Rainier” afternoon of education and fun in Naples with light refreshments and a presentation by Steve Valdespino M.A. Brown University on August 28th at 2:30 pm; or any of our Villages’ other activities (see each Village’s Newsletter for a complete listing – all times listed here are local time for that community). Please join us for any and all activities that will help you make the most of these last few weeks of summer.