Our Leadership Team 

The core members of our leadership team have dedicated their lives to caring for seniors. Together, the team has decades of experience in health care, skilled nursing and assisted living operations. Our strong operational foundation, coupled with our own personal experience, has helped us to understand the fundamentals of providing quality services and care and to provide the latest and best practices in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.


Eleanor Alvarez, Founder & CEOEleanor Alvarez, Ganzhorn Suites CEO

Eleanor owns and operates a locally based health care consulting and recruiting services firm that supports over 900 facilities nationwide. A Central Ohio resident with over 30 years of health care experience, Eleanor has a track record of success opening and operating skilled nursing and assisted living communities.

Her commitment to The Ganzhorn Suites is deeply personal . . . The Ganzhorn Suites is named in honor of her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Barmi Akbar, Executive Vice President, Strategy

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As Executive Vice President, Strategy, Barmi leverages his extensive financial and operations experience to lead innovative strategies for growth and expansion into new products, markets, and services. Barmi’s 20-year career spans all aspects of senior living including, finance, operations, development, consulting, and mergers and acquisitions. Barmi’s keen eye for identifying opportunities and implementing strategies that align quality and operational excellence is truly unparalleled. He was instrumental in the ideation, formation, development, and financing of the first Ganzhorn Suites. In late 2016, he joined a well-known Fortune 500 healthcare services company, as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for their Senior Living Division and later served as Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania’s largest post-acute care provider. Barmi’s passion for quality and innovation is what brought him back to the Ganzhorn Suites team.

 


Phil Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer

Phil Hoffman, Ganzhorn Suites CFO

As CFO of The Ganzhorn Suites, Phil oversees all financial and capital matters for the company and its operations, manages banking and lender relationships, investor reporting, and asset management functions, as well as leads the company’s new business opportunities. 

Phil began his career with a private investment firm focused on permanent debt executions with a specialty in seniors housing finance.  He has served in various roles since and has extensive experience with procuring and structuring permanent, bridge and mezzanine debt solutions for seniors housing commercial real estate. 

Phil is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Economics Management.


Jody Linton, LNHA, CADDCT, CDP, Director of Operations

Jody Linton

With more than 25 years of experience, Jody began her career working in memory care.  From managing Alzheimer’s/Dementia units to Corporate Director of Alzheimer’s Services, Jody oversaw units across the country.  Her experience includes design and development, policy creation, recruitment, management and operations of the centers.  As the next step in her senior care career, she managed a variety of healthcare facilities including nursing homes and assisted living centers. Her successful management led to many deficiency-free surveys, low staff turnover, expert financial management, and exceptional patient and family satisfaction along with her center being one of the first to meet all 5-star requirements.  And finally, in 2015 her true compassion for dementia guided her to the LeaderStat team to assist in opening and operating The Ganzhorn Suites.  


Deborah Taylor, Corporate Director of Marketing

Deborah Taylor

Deborah has 30 years of experience in the senior living field working for a variety of national and regional post-acute and assisted living providers. She began her career in admissions and marketing for a leading skilled nursing and assisted living center in Northeast Ohio and quickly rose on to several different regional and corporate marketing and business development roles. Deborah also spent several years as a senior living business development consultant, assisting providers throughout the U.S. with marketing and business development initiatives. Deborah’s true passion is connecting prospective residents, family members and referral partners with resources that not only meet their needs, but also exceed their expectations.