Founder and Chairman of the Board
Jerry Erwin, founder of JEA Senior Living, has developed, owned and managed nursing homes, retirement facilities, assisted living and Alzheimer’s special care centers for over 30 years. In 1972, Mr. Erwin was involved in the development and management of one of the first independent retirement living facilities in the state of Washington. From 1974 to 1980, he was the Director of Operations for Care Management, overseeing the company’s nursing homes in California, Florida, Oregon and Washington. In 1981, while President of Dove Management, Mr. Erwin served as Vice President for the Washington State Health Care Association and as President in 1985. In 1986 Mr. Erwin and his partners decided to sell their nursing homes and focus solely on retirement and assisted living. In that same year, Mr. Erwin started his own management company, Jerry Erwin and Associates. From 1986 to 1990, he focused mainly on retirement and assisted living. In 1993, Mr. Erwin opened his first Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Tumwater, Washington. Since then, over 50 of these specialized care centers have been opened across the country. In 1999, Mr. Erwin decided to rename his management company to JEA Senior Living to better reflect his commitment to the senior housing sector.
Cody Erwin grew up in the family business of memory care and seniors housing. As a third generation senior housing operator, he is deeply rooted in the mission of honoring aging. Cody officially started with JEA in 1997, and has served in various capacities throughout its lines of business, including as Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer overseeing its portfolio of memory care communities. Cody took over as CEO following his father’s decision to step-down from daily management, and currently oversees JEA and its related development and construction businesses. He graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was a member of Walla Walla University’s School of Business Advisory Committee. Cody currently serves on the ASHA Strategic Steering Committee, and is Board Chairman of International Children’s Care.
EVP of Operations
John McNeil joined JEA in the summer of 2006 as an interim administrator at Pacific Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Portland, Oregon, and then transitioned over into the role of Director of Operations. John has over 15 years of operating assisted living properties in Oregon and Washington. John is a native of Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Management and Finance.
EVP of Finance/Accounting
Nate joined JEA in early 2017 to lead the Accounting and Finance organization. Previously, he spent 20 years at Intel Corporation and Intel Capital in various finance roles. A CPA, Nate is from Spokane, WA and a graduate of Whitworth University with a BA in Business Management and Economics.
EVP of Development/Construction
Rex Kellso joined our JEA team in January of 2014 as the VP of Erwin Construction Company with over 4 decades of experience. Since joining Erwin Construction, Rex & his team have successfully developed numerous JEA communities spanning across many states. In addition to the JEA new construction projects, Rex’s team has also supported remodeling existing senior living communities.
VP of Human Resources and Employee Relations
Alisa is responsible for JEA’s trademarked Meaningful Moments program and supporting programming staff, along with employee relations and staff development. Prior to joining JEA in 2007, Alisa spent over 15 years as an Administrator of various senior housing properties including HUD housing, retirement living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facilities. She has a BA in Health Care Administration, Business Minor and Gerontology certificate from Oregon State University.
VP of Sales and Marketing
April joined the JEA Management team in January of 2016. Prior to joining JEA, April fulfilled several roles in the Senior Living Industry to include: Community Management, Regional Oversight and Divisional Sales & Marketing support for a portfolio of 80 Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. While April’s experience over the last 18 years is extensive, one thing has maintained consistent over her career. April’s passion for finding solutions and creating safe environments for those she serves. Her responsibilities for our company include training employees on sales processes, company branding, occupancy development, marketing & PR campaigns, creation of processes relative to sales & marketing along with strategic planning on new developments on the horizon
VP of Environment
Jarrod Milner joined the JEA Team in late 2016. Jarrod brings 15 years of experience in the senior living industry as Regional Property Manager and Divisional Director of Property Management, supporting Community, Regional and Divisional Teams. Jarrod's responsibilities include maintaining our community properties and equipment to ensure the residents have a safe and well-maintained residence to call home. He is passionate about helping others and believes strongly in being a resource, providing the best possible customer service to the communities and associates.
VP of Nursing Services
Kathleen oversees all of JEA’s comprehensive nursing services. She is responsible for providing oversight of health services through site visits, chart and service plan reviews, and development of resident care standards and policies/procedures to ensure that all residents that call JEA home, receive the highest quality of care possible. Kathleen’s path to dementia care began when her mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Prior to JEA, she served as Administrator and Health Services Director of memory care focused and traditional assisted living communities. Kathleen’s personal experience with Alzheimer’s informs and inspires her every day.
VP of Program Development
Rachel Kohl is the VP of Program Development. In her role, she is responsible for the implementation and consistent execution of our Meaningful Moments at all of our communities. Rachel seeks to grow, evolve and develop new ways in which our staff can provide purposeful days and moments of joy for our residents. Rachel began working in senior living while still in college and quickly changed her career path once she discovered her love of serving seniors. Rachel has held many different roles in our industry including Recreation/Programs Director, Executive Director, Regional Director of Operations, Divisional Director of Dementia Care and Regional VP of Operations. Rachel has a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Kean University in NJ.
VP of Finance
Thomas Dhanens began his career in the senior housing industry in 1993. Mr. Dhanens spent five of those years working as an Administrator in both the nursing home and assisted living settings. During that time, he further developed his interest in the financial management of the senior housing business. Today, he oversees the accounting and finance team and all debt placement, bridge, conventional permanent and agency. Mr. Dhanens received his Masters Degree from University of Portland.
VP of Logistics and Technology
Tom wears many hats at JEA, including being responsible for purchasing, interior design, vendor relations, contract administration and corporate/community information technology. He brings more than 15 years of experience in IT, with a focus on networking, telephony and interfaces. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a double major in Business Administration and Business Economics.