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Lifespace Communities Appoints Jesse Jantzen as President & CEO

Jesse Jantzen

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA–After a year-long national search, Lifespace Communities is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Jesse Jantzen to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2020. Over a nearly 30 year career, Jantzen has held similar positions with Ascension Living, Elder Care Alliance, various leadership positions with Life Care Services and, most recently, served as Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Life Communities.

“We are excited to have Jesse join the team,” said Paula Shives, Chair of the Lifespace Board of Directors. “He not only met all of the qualifications set by the Board for this crucial role, but also demonstrated a strong commitment to servant leadership and growth. His depth of knowledge, people centric leadership style and passion for residents and team members made him an ideal fit. Most importantly, we share his aspiration to make a difference in the field of aging.”

“Lifespace Communities has a great reputation and, given its size and scale, will be a key contributor to transforming the field of aging,” Jantzen said. “Our communities create environments where people thrive and dreams come to life in a purpose-driven reality. I am delighted to be joining the team.”

As Jantzen transitions into his new role, Larry Smith, the company’s interim President and CEO will transition back to his role as the company’s Chief Financial Officer

“We are grateful to Larry for the extraordinary service he has provided over the past year as we searched for our new CEO,” Shives said.

Lifespace Communities, Inc., based in West Des Moines, is a not-for-profit organization proudly serving older adults for more than 40 years. Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities has grown to own and operate 15 continuing care retirement communities in eight states, serving more than 5,100 residents and employing more than 3,900 team members.