Leading the Way
What happens when you combine considerable professional experience with a belief that every interaction is an opportunity for meaningful, engaging connection? You get our leadership team. Each individual brings skills and talents honed over decades, and a commitment to providing exceptional communities. Together, they form a collaborative team focused on meeting resident needs and improving the quality of life for everyone at Five Star.
Mr. Leer is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of AlerisLife, for which he has also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 2019. Prior to joining AlerisLife, Mr. Leer served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Office Properties Income Trust and as Senior Vice President of The RMR Group LLC, where he has been responsible for the day to day oversight of the accounting and finance support functions of The RMR Group and its various affiliates. Prior to joining The RMR Group, Mr. Leer held various accounting and finance positions at several multi-national Fortune 500 companies as well as the public accounting firm, Vitale, Caturano PC (predecessor to RSM). Mr. Leer is also a certified public accountant.
Lauren Cody joined AlerisLife in 2022 in the role of Chief Customer Officer (CCO), overseeing the entire end to end customer experience. Previously, Lauren served for 25 years in executive leadership roles at Panera Bread and McDonald’s, where she was responsible for significant advancements in customer service and company performance. Her customer-based leadership role at AlerisLife and Five Star is informed by her passion for having a “positive impact on the quality of life of so many of our most valuable citizens.” Lauren grew up in Maryland and received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.
Alex Foster joined Five Star as Divisional Vice President in 2020. Mr. Foster has extensive experience in operations, including from his executive leadership roles at Atria Senior Living and Allegro Residences. Mr. Foster began his career overseeing operations for multi-unit retail companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University.
Melinda Skirvin joined Five Star in 2005 as Executive Director of Park Summit in Coral Springs, Florida. Since then, Ms. Skirvin has served as the Regional Director of Operations and was promoted to Divisional Vice President in 2018. She has more than 30 years of successful experience in all facets of senior healthcare and senior living services and has a passion for older adults and the team members who serve them. Ms. Skirvin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State College-Jacksonville.
As Five Star's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Priti Jindal champions the organization's quality of care initiatives, clinical policies, standards of practice and clinical education. She serves as a resource to our community medical directors and residents' attending physicians. A board-certified internist, Dr. Jindal also serves as medical director of Five Star's Meadowood in Bloomington, Indiana. After completing her internal medicine residency at Connecticut's Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Jindal began her career as an acute care hospitalist and physician leader and has served as a member of the medical executive committee, interdisciplinary teams and peer review committees. She transitioned her practice to the post-acute care setting, serving as medical director of several skilled nursing facilities and managing the care of geriatric patients. Dr. Jindal brings more than 20 years of experience as a practicing physician and physician leader to her role as CMO.