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David Friend, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

Bringing a zealous commitment to quality care and outcomes, David Friend has more than 35 years of global healthcare experience as a physician and operational executive leader. He joined the Senior Care Centers team in 2018 and understands that healthcare is going through tectonic transformation. He has been at the forefront of this movement counseling other post-acute healthcare providers in his role as a strategic consultant at BDO. 

Prior to joining BDO, Dr. Friend was the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Golden Living where he was responsible for the care of 20 million patients annually provided by over 42,000 employees. Before that, he was the President and Chief Medical Officer of AseraCare Hospice. Dr. Friend also served as Chairman and CEO of The Palladium Group, as Managing Director in the Healthcare Practice at Alvarez & Marsal, and as Managing Partner, Board Member and Global Leader of the Healthcare practice at Willis Towers Watson.

Dr. Friend serves on the Board of Fallon Health and is a member of the Audit and Governance Committees. He also sits on the Executive Advisory Board of The University of Pennsylvania, LDI Health Policy Institute. Dr. Friend previously was appointed by the Governor of Connecticut to be a Founding Board Member of The University of Connecticut Health Center where served on the Board of the Teaching Hospital, Medical School and Dental School. Past board appointments also include Health Integrated, Willis Towers Watson, The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania Healthcare Alumni and The Palladium Group.

Mike Beal, Chief Operating Officer

With over 30 years of post-acute healthcare experience, Mike Beal serves as chief operating operator with Senior Care Centers and leads the operations of this post-acute care provider’s 100+ locations in Texas and Louisiana. Previously president of Kindred Healthcare’s Nursing Center Division, Mike managed operations of Kindred’s billion-dollar multistate state portfolio of Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine. Active in the post-acute care community, Mike has become a respected industry expert and thought leader. In his personal life, Mike carries his penchant for developing people as a certified SCUBA diving instructor and a certified skydiving instructor.

Venson Wallin, CPA, CGMA, CFE, CHC, CHFP, FHFMA, HCISPP, Chief Financial Officer

Having spent his entire professional life in healthcare, Venson Wallin has more than 32 years of financial, operational, valuation and compliance healthcare experience as an executive leader. He joined the Senior Care Centers team in 2018. He has worked with Dr. Friend on providing support to numerous skilled nursing, assisted living and hospice providers over the years, and has spoken on and authored several thought leadership speeches and articles on the post-acute industry.

Venson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the College of William & Mary. Venson is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CHC (Certified in Healthcare Compliance), CHFP (Certified Healthcare Financial Professional), and HCISPP (Health Care Information Security and Privacy Practitioner).

Mike Brandley, President of Post-Acute Network

As president of Senior Care Centers’ Post-Acute Network, Mike Brandley guides the services that support short term rehabilitation, as well as oversees the company’s rehabilitation, hospice and pharmacy businesses. Prior to joining Senior Care Centers in 2009, Mike held executive leadership roles for Fundamental and Rehab for Life Care Centers of America.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Wichita State University in 1996. He holds a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University and is a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator. Mike is a member of National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Texas Healthcare Association.

Kelly Morrison, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

Kelly brings over 30 years of broad based legal experience to the executive team of Senior Care Centers. Kelly has an extensive record of managing legal matters in an efficient and cost-effective manner. His current responsibilities consist of managing and guiding all legal services and serving as the chief legal adviser to senior leadership.

Kelly joined Senior Care Centers in 2016 after having served for 10 years as General Counsel-Corporate for Golden Living, a national long-term care, therapy and hospice family of companies. Kelly obtained his Juris Doctorate degree, Cum Laude from Pepperdine School of Law.

Teri Bonar, Chief Clinical Officer

With nearly 30 years of clinical experience, Teri Bonar oversees the clinical operations for Senior Care Centers where she is responsible for the company’s clinical policies and procedures. Prior to joining Senior Care Centers, Teri held a number of clinical leadership positions for other post-acute and long-term care providers including Genesis Health Care and HCR ManorCare.

Teri began her career as a Certified Nurse Assistant and earned the distinctions of Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Legal Nursing Consultant. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. Most notably, Teri served in the United States Army Reserve as a multichannel communications equipment operator.

Terry Mitchell, Vice President of People Strategy

With over 20 years of human resources leadership experience, Terry Mitchell leads the People Strategy function for Senior Care Centers. Terry began his career at State Farm Insurance in operations and later transitioned to Human Resources. He has worked in a variety of industries, including Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail with several Fortune 500 companies. He has been recognized for his leadership in strategic planning, building and developing organizational capability, as well as for leading collaborative, high-performing human resources teams.

Terry holds both Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources designations and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas and Master’s of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Dallas.

Jim Glensky, Vice President of Procurement

With over 30 years of healthcare procurement industry experience, Jim Glensky helped design and spearhead many of the supplier systems in the industry today. Previously at Golden Living, Jim created the first DSSI online ordering system with Direct Supply, which now helps leverage the buying power of most major and mid-sized senior care facilities in the country. Jim also managed a fleet of over 2,000 vehicles in 23 states and implemented a Fleet policy for vehicle procurement and drivers.

Jim has a passion for the post-acute and long-term care mission, and he maintains a dogged commitment to ensure the supplier selection process upholds uncompromising standards with the goal of strong clinical outcomes and operational efficiency. Jim studied music at Westchester University and also served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps.

Michelle Metzger, Director of Communications

As director of communications, Michelle Metzger brings over 20 years of marketing and communications experience to her role shaping the Senior Care Centers brand and voice. Previously, Michelle served in the same role for Golden Living and worked as a public relations agency executive specializing in crisis communication and securing feature news stories in Holy Grail media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, FOX Business, CNBC and many others.

Community minded, Michelle has been a member of the Oak Cliff Lions Club since 1992 and served as its President in 2002-2003. Her community board positions also include the Lions Sight & Tissue Foundation, Quad 4 and Variety, the children’s charity of Texas. A classically trained pianist, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University.