KatieHS2019.jpgKatie 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 LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University Law School.


KatieHS2019.jpgJeffrey Leer
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Mr. Leer has been Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Five Star Senior Living since 2019. Prior to his position at Five Star, Mr. Leer served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Office Properties Income Trust, and held various accounting and finance positions at several Fortune 500 companies as well as the public accounting firm, Vitale, Caturano PC (predecessor to RSM). Mr. Leer received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is also a certified public accountant.

LisaHS2019.jpgLisa 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.

Elizabeth-headshot-edit.jpgGreg Swope
Chief Information Officer

Mr. Swope joined Five Star in 2014, and is responsible for Information Technology and Information Security for Five Star’s Senior Living and ancillary businesses. He has worked in long term care for over 10 years and has previously held technology management positions at RMR Group, Orbitz Corporation and RightNow Technologies. Mr. Swope holds a degree in Math and Computer Science from Franklin and Marshall College.


Kevin Turner
Vice President of Supply Chain

Mr. Turner joined Five Star in May 2015 and currently serves as Vice President of Supply Chain. Mr. Turner oversees the purchasing and supply functions for all Five Star communities as well as all travel-related expenses.  Before joining Five Star, Kevin spent 15 years in supply chain with Dunkin’ Brands and 12 years with Metro Media Steakhouses in restaurant operations.

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.

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.

Zehra-headshot-edit.jpgZehra Abid-Wood
Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

Ms. Abid-Wood started working with Five Star in various roles in 2010, most recently as Senior Director of the IT Project Management Office from 2017 till she took on the Chief of Staff role in April 2019. She plays a consultative and integrative role in cross-functional collaboration and strategy, oversees Corporate Communications, and heads up Five Star's Enterprise Project Management Office. Ms. Abid-Wood has twenty years of experience including strategy and technology consulting with the Exeter Group, business process analysis and project management with The RMR Group, and the establishment of a Project and Portfolio Management Office at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Williams College with degrees in Computer Science and English.

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