Katie Potter, 
President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Potter has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2019 and previously served as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining Five Star in 2012, Ms. Potter practiced law at Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Burns & Levinson LLP, where she focused on corporate law matters, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other transactional matters. Ms. Potter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law and a LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University Law School.

Richard A. Doyle, Jr., 
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Vice President

Mr. Doyle has been our Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since January 2016 and Executive Vice President since 2018. He previously served as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Senior Housing Properties Trust since March 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Doyle was the Director of Financial Reporting for Five Star beginning in 2005. Mr. Doyle's former experience also includes numerous finance and audit positions with Sun Life Financial, Inc. Mr. Doyle is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA.

Lisa Cooney  
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Ms. Cooney is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Five Star Senior Living. Prior to joining Five Star in 2008, Ms. Cooney practiced law for over 10 years at Boston area law firms where she focused on litigation and employment law matters. Ms. Cooney earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. 

Jennifer-Clark-edit.jpgJennifer B. Clark  

Ms. Clark has been our Secretary since 2008. Ms. Clark has held positions with The RMR Group LLC and its affiliated companies since 1999. Prior to that, Ms. Clark was a Partner at the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP where she had a broad based real estate practice, including representing secured lenders, borrowers, joint venture partners and investors in loans and leveraged transactions.

Vern-Larkin-edit.jpgVern D. Larkin, 
Director of Internal Audit

Mr. Larkin joined Five Star as its vice president, general counsel and secretary in September 2011 and has been the director of internal audit since 2012. Prior to joining Five Star, Mr. Larkin practiced law for more than twelve years at a large international law firm, specializing in corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other transactional matters.


joe-headshot-edit-(1).jpgJoseph Lawlor
Vice President of Human Resources 

Mr. Lawlor joined Five Star Senior Living in 2018, as Vice President of Human Resources. For over 20 years, he has served in various Human Resource leadership positions including as Vice President of North America within Sodexo's senior home care company. He also spent several years in the hospitality industry including 6 years as a senior HR leader with Delaware North Companies, owners of TD Garden and The Boston Bruins. Joe obtained his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and is an attorney.

Rob Poyas,
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Mr. Poyas joined Five Star in 2013 and heads up Five Star’s sales and marketing team. He’s responsible for all sales and marketing efforts, as well as revenue management, Five Star’s public websites, dining services, and brand training. Before joining Five Star, Rob spent 20 years in sales and revenue management positions with Starwood Hotels.

Denise Kelly, 
Vice President of Ageility

Ms. Kelly has been with Five Star since 2001, and is responsible for rehabilitation operations at more than 100 locations. Prior to Five Star she was Vice President of Rehabilitation for a nation-wide skilled nursing company. She holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and a Masters in Management from Lesley University. Ms. Kelly has 23 years of healthcare experience including clinical work in rehabilitation hospitals, acute hospitals, private practices and home health settings.

Elizabeth-headshot-edit.jpgElizabeth Wheatley,
Vice President of Clinical Services

Ms. Wheatley was with Five Star from 2000-2010 and returned in 2013 as Vice President of Clinical Services. Elizabeth has over 35 years of clinical experience in the areas of post-acute care and senior living. Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mass College of Pharmacy and Allied Health with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Ms. Wheatley has been a Certified Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN) for more than 30 years.


Bart Bolt, 
Divisional Vice President, Western Division

Mr. Bolt joined Five Star in 2005 as the Executive Director of The Remington Club in San Diego, California. Since then, Mr. Bolt has served as the area manager and the Regional Director of Operations for one of our western regions. In 2013, Mr. Bolt was promoted to Divisional Vice President of the western division. Mr. Bolt brings more than 20 years of successful experience in long term care to Five Star.

Steve Johnson, 
Divisional Vice President, Central Division

Mr. Johnson has served as our divisional vice president for the central division since 2007. During the prior seven years he served as Regional Director of Operations for one of our Midwest regions. Mr. Johnson has more than 30 years successful experience in all facets of senior healthcare and living services.

David Sneddon, 
Divisional Vice President, Midwest Division

Mr. Sneddon Joined Five Star in 2016 as our Divisional Vice President for the Midwest Division. Mr. Sneddon has 14 years of experience in senior living. He is licensed as a Nursing Home administrator in several states, and also holds degrees in Sociology and an MBA.

Melinda-headshot-edit.jpgMelinda Skirvin,
Divisional Vice President, Eastern Division

Mrs. Skirvin joined Five Star Senior Living in 2005, as Executive Director of Park Summit, in Coral Springs, Florida. Since then, Melinda Skirvin served as the Regional Director of Operations for Florida. Mrs. Skirvin was promoted to Divisional Vice President of the eastern division in 2018. Mrs. Skirvin brings more than 30 years of successful experience in all facets of senior health care and senior living services. She has a real passion for the seniors and the team members that serve them. 

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