Eskaton Leadership

Eskaton Leadership


Board of Directors

Patricia McFarland, chair
Larry Garcia
Jacquelyn Kung
David Lindeman
Nancy Heffernan
Maureen Hewitt

Todd Murch
Jordan Rose
Mariann Sheldon
Sarah Steenhausen
Amy Yotopoulos


Todd Murch

President and Chief Executive Officer

Todd Murch, President and Chief Executive Officer

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 a Board Member of LeadingAge California, the National LeadingAge Organization, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Eskaton Village Grass Valley HOA and CHI/Optima Insurance Board. He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and Stanford University’s Executive Program.  Contact: Todd Murch


Mark Jenkins

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Jenkin, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Jenkins is Eskaton’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Jenkins comes to Eskaton with an excellent track record of accounting, auditing and managing a growing portfolio of services within nonprofit organizations. Initially with experience as Senior Associate with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and then eight successful years at VSP Vision Care in Sacramento. Mark is a licensed CPA, and he brings a diverse set of skills to Eskaton as we strategically grow our Northern California footprint. An alumnus of California State University Sacramento and well-connected in the finance industry, Mark brings a strong commitment to professional services and managing multiple partnerships. He enjoys the outdoors and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. Contact: Mark Jenkins


Sheri Peifer

Chief Strategy Officer

Sheri Peifer, MSG, Chief Strategy Officer

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


Robert Brandi

Vice President, Healthcare Services

Robert Brandi, Vice President of Healthcare Services

Robert Brandi is Eskaton’s Vice President of Healthcare Services. Robert has responsibility over skilled nursing operations for Eskaton. Robert comes to Eskaton with over 15 years of sub-acute, skilled nursing and physician practice management experience. His expertise include multi-site, inpatient/outpatient operations, strategic market analysis as well as mergers and acquisitions. Robert earned a B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Robert is a member of CAHF, AHCA, and American College of Healthcare Executives. Robert and his wife Becca enjoy skiing, traveling and all that comes with raising four children. Contact: Robert Brandi


Tighe Hammam

Vice President, Residential Services

Tighe Hammam, Vice President of Residential Services

Tighe Hammam, Vice President of Residential Services. Mr. Hammam oversees the operations of the Eskaton independent, assisted and memory care Lodge communities ensuring excellent residential living services and compliance with regulations that govern residential care communities in California. Serving as Assistant Executive Director at Eskaton Village Carmichael since 2015, Tighe was the licensed nursing home administrator and RCFE administrator overseeing skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award where only 7% of care communities nationwide were qualified. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In his free time, Tighe enjoys spending time with his wife and four legged kids and playing golf. Contact: Tighe Hammam


Charles Garcia

Chief Information Officer

Charles Garcia, Chief Information Officer

Charles Garcia is Eskaton’s Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all Eskaton 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


Elizabeth Catron

Vice President, Affordable Housing

Elizabeth Catron, Vice President, Affordable Housing

Elizabeth Catron is Eskaton’s Vice President, Affordable Housing. She oversees the operations of the Affordable Housing communities. Elizabeth 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 2006. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from California State University Sacramento. Elizabeth is a Registered Housing Manager through the National Center of Housing Management and is a graduate of the LeadingAge CA Leadership program.  Contact: Elizabeth Catron


Tom Garberson

General Counsel

Tom Garberson, General Counsel

Tom Garberson is Eskaton’s General Counsel. Tom serves in a variety of diverse roles, including legal and strategic advice for the executive team, supporting and training leadership in Eskaton’s communities, and risk management. Tom attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate and law degrees. After receiving his Juris Doctor in 2009, he briefly practiced criminal law and appeals before joining Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP in 2012. As a member of the firm, Tom defended health care professionals, hospitals, and long-term care providers in civil cases, professional licensing actions, and appeals, making partner in 2017. Tom represented Eskaton for 7+ years as outside counsel before joining the company in 2020. He currently sits on the Senior Citizens’ Commission for the city of Davis, California, as an advocate for older adults in the community. Contact: Tom Garberson


Erin Scherer

Executive Director, Capital Asset Management

Erin Scherer, Executive Director, Capital Asset Management

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 construction and design for Eskaton’s 30+ locations throughout Northern California. 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


Jennifer Marlette

Executive Director, Quality and Compliance

Jennifer Marlette, Interim Executive Director of Quality and Compliance

Jennifer Marlette, MSN, RN, CNL is the executive director of Quality and Compliance. She joined Eskaton in 2016 after obtaining extensive experience in a variety of post-acute settings, including skilled nursing, residential living, and home healthcare. Jennifer possesses extensive knowledge of operations, having been a director of nursing, MDS nurse and director of staff development. She has received DON certification from both NADONA and Leading Age, completed Infection Preventionist training through CAHF and the CDC, and is also a graduate of the California Leading Age Emerge Fellowship Academy. Jennifer’s educational background includes a Master of Science degree in nursing and an AACN certification in Clinical Nurse Leadership through Touro University. Additionally, she is part-time faculty at California State University, Sacramento in the gerontology department. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family.  Contact: Jennifer Marlette


Trish Bayless

Director of Human Resources

Trish Bayless,  Director of Human Resources

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


Monica Sandgathe

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and the Board of Directors

Monica Sandgathe, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and the Board of Directors

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 oversight 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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