Former Pioneer board members to bring national, international perspective
LINTHICUM, Md., January 19, 2023 – The Center for Innovation, Inc. (CFI) today announces the addition of Jessica Luh Kim and Thomas Gilmartin to the non-profit’s board of directors as the integration of The Green House Project and Pioneer Network teams continues.
Kim and Gilmartin had previously served as executive members of Pioneer Network’s board, holding the respective roles of secretary and treasurer.
“CFI is the new hub for changemakers and innovators, and we’re both honored and excited for Jessica and Tom to bring their unique experience, expertise, and perspective to our work in the years ahead,” CFI board chair Michele Holleran said. “Pioneer’s legacy of infusing person-directed care practices into all types of communal care settings – particularly through building grassroots coalitions of elders, caregivers, and those who care about them – is a cornerstone of CFI’s mission. Jessica and Tom are vital custodians and champions of that legacy.”
Kim currently works as an independent consultant to senior living providers in Canada and the United States, drawing on her extensive experience in the field with the Ontario Retirement Communities Association, Schlegel Villages, and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo.
“I’m excited to serve on the CFI board and support the coming together of two amazing organizations,” Kim said. “I look forward to what the future holds and grateful to be part of this new beginning.”
Gilmartin is the chief financial officer for National Health Care Associates, Inc., an organization focused on providing short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and post-acute care in six states within the Northeast. He has spent the majority of his career in the senior care sector, including senior housing and home- and community-based services (HCBS).
“I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to work collaboratively with other exceptional leaders from our industry as CFI advocates for systemic change,” Gilmartin said. “I look forward to working with like-minded leaders and organizations as they migrate from an institutional model of care to a more meaningful and rewarding home-based model of care.”
The Green House Project and Pioneer Network formally combined under the CFI banner in 2022.
“Together we will go farther than we ever could have separately, and the addition of Jessica and Tom to our board is proof of how this combination makes us stronger,” CFI CEO Susan Ryan said. “They bring years of experience in both the theory and practice of elder-directed care to the CFI board, and I’m eager to call on their counsel and vision for the work ahead of us.”
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To learn more about the Green House-Pioneer alliance under CFI, visit https://thegreenhouseproject.org/pioneer-alliance/.
Alex Spanko, Director of Communications