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Eskaton Leadership

Board of Directors

Anne Burns Johnson
Susan DeMarois
Robert Edmondson
Douglas Elmets
Patricia McFarland
Todd Murch


Samuel Perez
Karen Robison
Sarah Steenhausen
Lisa Yates
Amy Yotopoulos

Todd Murch

Todd Murch is Eskaton's President and Chief Executive Officer. He assumed the organization's leadership role in 2005. Prior to this position, he served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He is a 34-year professional in aging services -- experienced in strategic planning, project financing, operations and governance. Murch is past Chair of LeadingAging California, a member of Leading Age, Chief Executives of Multi-Home Organizations (CEMO) and President and Board Chair of The Institute for Senior Living. He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and Stanford University's Executive Program.  Contact: Todd Murch

Bill Pace

Bill Pace is Eskaton’s Chief Financial Officer. His role is to manage Eskaton’s financial position, insure fair and accurate financial reporting and oversee the internal control structure of Eskaton. Pace joined Eskaton in August 2006 and prior to this served as a chief financial officer and controller for various hospital and medical organizations for 11 years and as a CPA/Manager in public accounting, specializing in healthcare institutions for 6 years. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.   Contact: Bill Pace

Betsy Donovan

Betsy Donovan is Eskaton's Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the core operations of the organization. Her previous role was Executive Director of the Eskaton Village Carmichael, a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Donovan is a 30-year veteran in the field of senior care. Her experience encompasses various positions in aging services and mental health. She is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with a degree in Recreation Therapy, and St. Mary’s College with a Masters of Science in Health Care Administration. Also, Donovan is a graduate of the national LeadingAge Leadership Fellow program, based in Washington, D.C. and is a board member of California Assisted Living Association (CALA). Her passion for service to the community is further reflected through her role as founding board member of the Lazarus Project, Inc., which provides housing and support services to individuals living in poverty in Placer County and founding board member for Meals On Wheels by ACC in Sacramento. Contact: Betsy Donovan

Sheri Peifer

Sheri Peifer, MSG, is Eskaton's Chief Strategy Officer. She collaboratively works with healthcare, technology, academic and business partners to lead Eskaton’s forward-thinking approaches aimed at positively transforming the aging experience. Peifer and her team focus on establishing integrated service and care networks for the over 14,000 older adults Eskaton serves today. Expanding how Eskaton rethinks and packages services for people living at home is a vital initiative. Ms. Peifer serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the book series Leading Principles and Practices in Elder Care and participates on the LeadingAge California Planning and EMERGE Leadership Selection Committees. She is a graduate of the national LeadingAge Leadership Fellow program, based in Washington D.C. Ms. Peifer holds a BA from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and a MS in Gerontology and Education from California State University, Sacramento. She and her husband, Scott, raise three active young boys. Contact: Sheri Peifer

Charles Garcia

Charles Garcia is Eskaton's Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all Eskaton’s IT systems and electronic needs. Garcia joined Eskaton in April 2002 and has held several other positions including network manager and director of information technology. Prior to Eskaton, he worked with several multi-national companies, including Hewlett Packard, 3Com and Northrop Grumman.   Contact: Charles Garcia

Kim Rhinehelder

Kim Rhinehelder, CFRE, is President of Eskaton Foundation. Her roles include raising money to support Eskaton’s mission, creating outreach opportunities to bring attention to the senior boom, and moving the dial to where senior causes are on a level playing field as other popular causes. In addition, Rhinehelder oversees Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance, Information and Assistance and Volunteer programs. Previously Rhinehelder served as development and public relations officer for Sierra Adoption Services, a position she held 13 years before becoming the executive director. She also served as chief philanthropy officer at Mercy San Juan Medical Center/Mercy Foundation. She is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professional, graduate of the American Leadership Forum Class XVII, and one of only 100 certified national presenters in fundraising. She is a graduate from California State University Sacramento.  Contact: Kim Rhinehelder

Cathy Sailor

Cathy Sailor is Eskaton's Vice President, Affordable Housing. She oversees the operations of the Affordable Housing communities. Cathy assures quality and compliance with current federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations that govern the subsidized housing programs. She has been with Eskaton since 1987. She holds Associates of Arts Degrees from Cosumnes River College and American River College. Cathy is a Registered Housing Manager through the National Center of Housing Management and is a graduate of the national LeadingAge Leadership Fellow program, based in Washington, D.C.   Contact: Cathy Sailor

Terry Ervin

Terry Ervin is Eskaton's Vice President, Residential Services. His role is to oversee Eskaton’s Sales and Marketing as well as the operations of its Independent and Assisted Living communities. Prior to joining Eskaton in 2015, he was a Vice President of Operations for both Oakmont and Aegis Senior Living and is a 15 year veteran of the senior living industry. Terry brings a passion for customer service, employee appreciation and building world class leadership teams. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Accounting. Terry is involved with numerous organizations including CALA and in 2014 was awarded the CALA Assisted Living Advocate of the Year.   Contact: Terry Ervin

Erin Scherer

Erin Scherer is Eskaton's Executive Director, Capital Asset Management and joined the organization in 2008. Erin and her team are responsible for capital planning and budgeting as well as project management with building construction and design for Eskaton’s 30+ locations throughout Northern California. In addition to managing capital assets for the organization, Erin is also leading Eskaton’s Livable Design movement, which is aimed at enhancing the home environment for all generations through beautiful, flexible, and inclusive design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist through the National Association of Home Builders. Erin has presented at conferences around the nation including DWELL on Design and Leading Age California. She has also been a guest speaker for the gerontology programs at American River College and California State University, Sacramento.   Contact: Erin Scherer

Trish Bayless

Trish Bayless is Eskaton's Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for planning and implementing Eskaton's Human Resource policies and programs. Trish joined Eskaton in December 2003 previously holding Benefits Administration and Human Resources Generalist positions for over 12 years. Trish’s role is to guide and manage the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the company, ensuring compliance with all state, federal and local laws, and company policies. Her responsibilities include management and oversight of compensation and benefits administration, LOA administration, employee relations, recruitment, training, development of Human Resources policies, and management development. Trish held the HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification for ten years and currently holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification since 2012 as well as the SHRM-SCP, Senior Certified Professional certification.  Contact: Trish Bayless

Teri Tift

Teri Tift is Eskaton’s Executive Director of Quality and Compliance. She leads a team of professionals, who are responsible for quality assurance, performance improvement activities across the organization. Teri joined Eskaton in 2000 after extensive experience in aging services, including Director of Nurses in a skilled nursing community. Teri holds a BS in Nursing, an MS in Nursing with a Nurse Educator role emphasis, a post-graduate certificate in gerontology, and a Doctor of Health Administration degree. In addition to extensive education and training in geriatrics and gerontology, Teri possesses a solid knowledge base of practical hands-on experience in post-acute care settings. She is a graduate of the national Leading Age Leadership Fellow Program, an ANCC certified Gerontological Registered Nurse, and part-time Faculty at California State University Sacramento.  Contact: Teri Tift

Monica Sandgathe

Monica Sandgathe is Eskaton's Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and the Board of Directors. With over 30 years working in the non-profit senior services industry, Monica has direct oversite in coordinating meetings and events for Eskaton members and Board of Directors. She is also a Certified Wellness Program Manager and has responsibility for Eskaton’s award winning Employee Wellness Program which reaches over 1,600 employees. Monica attended College of San Mateo and received her Wellness Certifications from Chapman Institute.   Contact: Monica Sandgathe

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