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Our Leadership

We were founded by people with deep expertise in senior living and rehab on a national level, and an equally deep commitment to serving seniors.

Area Rehab Directors

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Jami Gruenloh, PT, BSPT
Area Rehab Director
Jami is a Physical Therapist with 25 years of experience. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University and…
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Aaron Hannigan, PT, DPT
Area Rehab Director
Aaron is a Board-Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and has worked with seniors in long-term care throughout his clinical career….
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Amanda Kern, MS, CCC-SLP
Area Rehab Director
Amanda is a Speech Language Pathologist with 10 years of experience working with geriatrics in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Memory Care…
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Stephanie King, MS, CCC-SLP
Area Rehab Director
Stephanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 8 years of experience working with the geriatric population and holds a Master of Science in…
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Abby Krull, MS, CCC-SLP
Abby is a Speech-Language Pathologist and holds a certification in the Parkinson’s program, SPEAK OUT!, as well as a Master’s degree in…
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Bridget Lanigan, MA, CCC-SLP
Area Rehab Director
Bridget is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience working with the adult and geriatric populations. She graduated with her…
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Ashley Maxon, MA, CCC-SLP
Area Rehab Director
Ashley is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience within the geriatric population and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language…
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Kelly Modaff, PT, DPT
Area Rehab Director
Kelly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with nearly 3 years of experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of settings, including…
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Jane Song, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Area Rehab Director
Jane is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 14 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from Georgia State…
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Courtney Whitener COTA/L, BHA, MBA, MHA
Area Rehab Director
Courtney is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with nearly 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population. She has worked with…
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Michael Kelly, MS, CCC-SLP
Area Rehab Director
Michael received his bachelor’s and master’s degree for Communication Disorder/Speech Pathology from Western Kentucky University.  Michael…
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Mallorie MacEachern, PTA
Area Rehab Director 
Mallorie MacEachern is a Physical Therapist Assistant who has worked in the older adult community…
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Sanchia Marinelli, PT
Area Rehab Director  
Sanchia graduated in 2005 from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She decided to study physical therapy to help her grandmother who…
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Melissa Rich, COTA/L
Area Rehab Director 
Missy is an Occupational Therapist Assistant with over 24 years of experience working with the geriatric population in Skilled Nursing, Assisted…
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Michelle Wucher, PT 
Area Rehab Director 
Michelle has 26 years of clinical experience as a Physical Therapist.  She has held several leadership positions for a large national therapy…

Regional Vice Presidents of Operations

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Jennifer Keeney, MOT, OTR/L, CDS
Regional Vice President of Operations
Jennifer is an AOTA certified Occupational Therapist and Operations Leader with over 15 years of experience working with the geriatric population….
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Jesse Voyles, PT, MPT
Regional Vice President of Operations
Jesse is a Physical Therapist with 12 years of clinical experience in the SNF and ALF settings. She has a Master of Physical Therapy degree from…
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Erik Painter, MHA, COTA/L
Regional Vice President of Operations
Erik has 22 years of clinical experience as a COTA/L with a Master’s in Health Administration from Webster University.  He has held several…

Corporate Leadership

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Jeremy Bedenbaugh
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Jeremy is focused on leading EmpowerMe’s organizational development strategy, including culture, people, and processes…
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Matthew Porter
President and Chief Technology Officer
As President and CTO of EmpowerMe, Matthew is focused on building EmpowerMe’s tech-enabled strategy across the organization. Prior to EmpowerMe,…
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Lucas Donnelley
Managing Director
Lucas joined the team in 2020 as Managing Director of EmpowerMe Holdings. Prior to EmpowerMe, Lucas was the Managing Director of Dreampact Ventures,…
John M. Howell, Jr.
Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer
As the Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer of EmpowerMe Wellness, John Howell manages the firm’s Sales, Account Management and Marketing teams….
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Lisa Meyer PT, MBA
Senior Vice President of Operations
With over 30 years in the rehab industry, Lisa was recruited specifically to lead the launch of EmpowerMe in 2017. Formerly, Lisa spent 20+ years at…
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Ben Kelly
Senior Vice President of Sales
Ben Kelly joined EmpowerMe as the Senior Vice President of Sales, and is focused on connecting with Senior Living Operators to bring EmpowerMe’s…
Kristy Kennedy
Vice President of Sales Integration
Kristy joined EmpowerMe as the Vice President of Sales Integration. Her focus is on partnering with clients to develop occupancy growth initiatives…
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Hayley Cichacki, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President of Human Resources
Hayley leads the Human Resources Department and is focused on collaborating with the leadership team to craft the company’s vision and mission…
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David Church
Vice President of Finance 
David joined the EmpowerMe team in 2018 and has led the effort to build robust and scalable financial and reimbursement systems. Prior to joining the…
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Kirsten Bergman, COC
Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management
Kirsten is a Certified Outpatient Coder with over 17 years of experience directing all aspects of the revenue cycle of outpatient therapy. She holds…
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Brooke Decker
Regional Vice President
Brooke is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with over 12 years of clinical experience in the healthcare field.  As the Regional VP of…
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James L. Smith
General Counsel
As General Counsel at EmpowerMe, James directs the legal department. Prior to EmpowerMe, James was a founding partner at Kamykowski, Gavin &…
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Julia Baechle, MOTR/L
Director of Clinical Services and Wellness Programming
Julia is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with older adults in Outpatient, Assisted Living, Independent Living, and…
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Tara Cartier Sondag
Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications
As the Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications, Tara brings over 15 years of marketing experience. She leads the company’s marketing and…
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Sarah Tidwell
Director of Business Intelligence 
Sarah joined EmpowerMe Wellness in January 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and…
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Caitlin Jones, MS, CCC-SLP
Area Director of Operations
Caitlin is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Area Director of  Operations with over nine years of experience in the rehabilitation industry. She…
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Mike Leible, CISSP, MS
Director of Information Technology 
Mike has been in the Information Technology field for over 20 years. He obtained his master’s degree in Information Security Management from…
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Paula Vazquez
Director of Recruiting 
Paula Vazquez is the Director of Recruiting and is responsible for the oversight and management of all recruitment efforts at EmpowerMe.  
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Brent Bales, PTA
Director of Clinical Transitions
Brent is a Physical Therapy Assistant with over seven years of experience working with the geriatric population in long-term care communities. He has…
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Joshua Stevens
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Josh is an established executive and entrepreneur in the senior living and care industry with a passion for improving the lives of elders. After…

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