Team Members




Our Caring Ways

CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Communities): Every Lifespace community offers a complete continuum of care.

Life Care:

Each community also offers this widely preferred cost-management plan for care. With Life Care, residents know their costs of living will remain predictable for life, even if they need long-term care. That care will come from people they already know and trust — and at a cost that is well below what they would pay for skilled care entered directly. It’s a smart way to take control of the future — and to own it. Learn more at


Living well is the whole idea. So here’s the holistic plan: Review your intellectual, spiritual, physical and social capabilities for achieving your goals … and then follow through with a schedule for growth and improvement. That’s aligning your lifestyle and goals — and that’s the Lifespace initiative for richly fulfilled living.


Create communities celebrating the lives of seniors.


Vital, purpose-driven seniors will discover a Lifespace community means freedom and opportunity.


  • Commitment to excellence and innovation
  • Anticipating needs and exceeding expectations
  • Passionate attention to detail
  • Responsible stewardship


Making the best-informed choices, without exception, maintains systemic stability. A stable system keeps a solid foundation under each community. And a community with a solid foundation means confidence for residents, who deserve to have their futures as risk-free as possible.


A not-for-profit widely respected for financial success, Lifespace Communities, Inc. has more than 40 years of demonstrated stability. This allows the organization to receive tax-exempt bonds, which makes it easier to raise capital with lower financing and debt costs.


Organized in 1976 as Life Care Retirement Communities, we became Lifespace Communities, Inc. in 2009, with our new name reflecting a new vision. We affirm three vital attributes of “Lifespace.”

Lifespace | Life. Space. Pace.
We celebrate the life of seniors
Each person finds the space to pursue fulfillment
Individuals set the pace for their own lives.


  • Founded 1976 by Fred Weitz
  • Not-for-profit from the beginning
  • Managed by LCS until 2005
  • First community was Friendship Village of Bloomington
  • Most recent (2011) community is Oak Trace (formerly Fairview Village in Downers Grove, IL)
  • Interim President and CEO, Chief Financial Officer
    Larry Smith

    After 18 years in the energy sector and 7 as a CPA, Larry joined Lifespace to continue its pursuit of excellence. Fastidiously tracking budgets against industry benchmarks, and keeping the organization transparent for residents, he puts the “Pa” in Lifespace.

  • Senior VP and General Counsel
    Jodi Hirsch

    A nurse to begin with, she’s been a health care lawyer for 25 years, with 13 years as a malpractice defense litigator. Her 30 years in Pittsburgh eased the switch, black-and-gold Steelers to black-and-gold Hawkeyes. She’s passionate about singing, cooking and her labradoodle, Kelev.

  • Senior VP of Business Development
    Tom Brod

    As a veteran leader in the senior living industry, Tom Brod brings extensive financial knowledge and a reputation for revenue-generation. He has a passion for serving seniors and helping Lifespace grow to share its exceptional services with residents.

  • Senior VP of Successful Aging and Health Services
    Sara Hamm

    Following in the footsteps of her mother, a registered nurse and long-term care leader, Sara is an accomplished nurse executive with a passion for senior living and more than 3 decades of service. She’s always searching for innovative clinical best practices that lead to excellence in care delivery.

  • Senior VP of People and Administration
    Terese Juntz

    Terese joined Lifespace with more than 20 years of executive human resources leadership. A trusted HR and business advisor, Terese has guided and facilitated high-profile discussions, negotiations, and consultations with CEOs and leadership stakeholders. She has a passion for developing compelling change management programs, optimizing human capital resources, and modernizing HR systems and infrastructures.

  • Senior VP of Operations
    Ann Walsh

    After more than 25 years in leadership positions in the senior living industry, Ann brings a passion for caring for seniors and creating standards to the Lifespace organization.  She has served as vice president of operations and several executive director roles for large scale CCRC organizations. She looks forward to a collaborative approach between team members and community residents to achieve operational excellence.

  • VP of Financial Operations and Strategic Growth
    Jodi Bleier

    Jodi brings more than 17 years of consulting experience to Lifespace, working with senior living providers to achieve their growth and performance objectives. Her focus at Lifespace is on promoting our mission of celebrating the lives of seniors through affiliation with like-minded organizations. Jodi is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and has a gift for helping her teams succeed at the highest level.

  • VP of Sales
    Maia Bonner

    Maia Bonner is a 20-year industry veteran, and has held sales and operations management positions at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and currently volunteers for various organizations with a focus on environmental causes and improving the lives of homeless families, seniors and children in need.

  • VP of Information Technology
    John Couture

    With 20 years in the financial services industry, John joins Lifespace to strengthen its technical capabilities and expand technological services to residents and team members. He loves golf and being a father of four.

  • VP of Accounting and Controller
    Heidi Leavengood

    Heidi is a Lifespace veteran who previously served as corporate controller. During her tenure at Lifespace, Heidi has overseen accounting, which includes financial reporting, budgeting, billing and accounts payable. As VP of Accounting and Controller, Heidi takes the lead on financial forecasting, strategic planning, and collaboration with the Lifespace board of directors and resident finance committees. Prior to Lifespace, she served as a senior manager in the audit practice of KPMG, LLP, where she worked on a variety of public and private clients across many industries and countries.

  • VP of Development, Design and Construction
    Russell Mauk

    Russell Mauk has 35 years of experience in building design, construction and development, including managing the redevelopment of eight Lifeplan community campuses and the development of one new campus. Russell is a California licensed architect with a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley.

Home Office

Lifespace Communities, Inc. Home Office 4201 Corporate Drive West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 For media inquiries, please visit our media contact page. 515.288.5805