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. Mr. Murch joined Eskaton in 1981 and assumed the organization’s CEO position in 2005.  Prior to this position, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  He is a 40-year career professional in senior living, experienced in governance, strategic planning, affiliations, management contracts, finance, and operations across the senior living service spectrum.  Mr. Murch serves on various boards for LeadingAge, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, and CHI/Optima Insurance.  He is a graduate of Sacramento State University and the Stanford Executive Program.  Mr. Murch is married, and has two children and two grandchildren.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, golf and wine collecting.  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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 is experienced in design-development, management services and affiliations, joint-ventures and partnership expansion. Establishing a strong digital footprint is a part of her role overseeing communications. Ms. Peifer serves on the LeadingAge California board of directors and executive committee and chair’s the Planning Committee. She is a graduate of the national LeadingAge Leadership Fellow program, based in Washington D.C. Ms. Peifer holds a BA from Messiah College and a MS in Gerontology and Education from California State University, Sacramento. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, water-skiing, hiking, singing and piano. 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 brings 18+ years of sub-acute, skilled nursing and physician practice management experience. His expertise include multi-site, inpatient/outpatient operations, home-based services, 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 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 is Vice President of Residential Services. With over nine years of operational experience including his NHA and RCFE license. Tighe focuses on ensuring excellent residential living services and compliance with regulations that govern residential care communities in California. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In his free time, Tighe enjoys spending time with his wife cycling, playing golf and coin collecting. Contact: Tighe Hammam


Charles Garcia

Chief Information Officer

Charles Garcia, Chief Information Officer

Charles Garcia is Eskaton’s Chief Information Officer. Bringing over 26+ of experience in the technology sector, Charles 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. Charles holds a bachelor’s in information technology. Prior to Eskaton, he worked with several multi-national companies, including Hewlett Packard, 3Com and Northrop Grumman.  Charles enjoys coaching baseball and football and riding all types of two-wheeled bikes along with his family.   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 has worked in senior living for 16 years and joined the Eskaton team in 2006.  Elizabeth assures quality and compliance with current federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations that govern the subsidized housing programs. 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, a graduate of the EMERGE LeadingAge CA Leadership program, and member of the LeadingAge California Affordable Senior Housing Cabinet. Elizabeth enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two boys in various activities such as hiking, kayaking, and biking.  Contact: Elizabeth Catron


Tom Garberson

General Counsel

Tom Garberson, General Counsel

Tom Garberson is Eskaton’s General Counsel. Tom fills 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. Previously, Tom was a partner at Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP in 2012. As a member of the firm, Tom defended assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and health care professionals in civil cases, professional licensing actions, and appeals. Tom’s litigation experience is invaluable in identifying risks, improving systems, and providing training and guidance in difficult situations. The end result is safer operations and better outcomes for residents and operators alike. . 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 brings over 13+ years of experience in 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 enjoys hiking and the outdoors with her husband.  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. Jennifer’s has extensive leadership experience in post-acute settings, including skilled nursing, residential living, and home healthcare. She holds a DON certification from both NADONA and LeadingAge, Infection Preventionist training through CAHF and the CDC, and is also a graduate of the California LeadingAge Emerge Fellowship Academy. Jennifer’s educational background includes a Master of Science 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 has over 30 years of diverse human resources experience, 18 within non-profit senior living.  Proficient in all areas of HR, Trish’s strengths are in communication and relationship building, management coaching and support, employee relations, training and development, and legal compliance. Certifications include HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP, Senior Certified Professional and most recently Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida, MUMA College of Business. Trish is a proud mom to a wonderful son and two dogs. She likes to travel and explore new hobbies when not enjoying the pool.  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.  She enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling and spending time with her 3 grandchildren.   Contact: Monica Sandgathe

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