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. 


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.


Lifespace will be a recognized innovator, creating curated experiences where each person thrives.


Through personalized experiences, create communities where people are empowered to live their aspirations.


  • Thrive Through Teamwork
  • Deliver Personalized Experiences
  • Own It
  • Be Excellent
  • Learn and Grow


A not-for-profit widely respected for financial success, Lifespace Communities, Inc. has more than 45 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 (2022) communities are Meadow Lake (Tyler, TX), The Craig (Amarillo, TX), and Wesley Court (Abilene, TX) and (2023) GreenFields of Geneva
  • President & Chief Executive Officer
    Jesse Jantzen

    Jesse joined Lifespace in 2020 after a nearly 30-year career holding 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. As Lifespace continues to be a key contributor to transforming the field of aging, Jesse is eager to guide our communities and the environments where people thrive.

  • Chief Financial Officer
    Nick Harshfield

    Nick joined Lifespace in 2020, after more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in the senior living industry. Nick will focus on developing and implementing strategic plans, integrating technology systems, securing financing for critical development projects and providing recommendations for acquisitions, divestitures, and new business lines in his new role at Lifespace.

  • Chief Operating Officer
    Brian Robbins

    Brian joined Lifespace in December 2022. A 13-year Navy Veteran, Brian also has nearly 20 years of senior living experience, starting first as Human Resources Director, moving into Administrator, Executive Director, and then into Regional Operations roles. Brian leads the operations function and teams in driving operational excellence, delivering exceptional quality care and experience to our residents while seeking innovative ways to transform the aging experience.

  • Chief People Officer
    Nikki Kresse

    Nikki joined Lifespace Communities in 2021, bringing with her more than 20 years of extensive operations and HR experience. She has a deep passion for helping others and loves seeing team members flourish as a result of development opportunities provided by the organization.

  • Chief Revenue Officer
    Dana Smith

    Dana Smith joined Lifespace Communities in 2022, to support Lifespace’s revenue growth across all business lines, while additionally serving as the company’s corporate and community brand steward in the chief marketing officer role. Smith is a highly accomplished senior living executive with more than 16 years of experience. Her knowledge and expertise span many aspects of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) including revenue and occupancy development, planning and execution, traditional and digital marketing, operational transformation, and enhancing community culture.

  • Chief Strategy Officer
    Mike Roach

    Mike Roach joined Lifespace as chief strategy officer in March 2022, bringing more than 14 years of extensive experience in strategy and operations, particularly in consumer markets. Mike plays a vital role in the development, oversight, and implementation of strategic planning throughout the Lifespace organization and markets. He assists in identifying, assessing, developing, and managing innovative offerings for residents and seniors, both within the walls of our communities and beyond.

  • Chief Clinical and Public Health Officer
    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.

  • General Counsel
    Tim Gorman

    Tim Gorman joined Lifespace in July 2022 as General Counsel, bringing more than 27 years of extensive legal experience to Lifespace. Tim provides overall leadership, vision, and direction of the legal function including governance, regulatory, risk and liability, as well as oversight of matters related to enterprise-wide compliance, privacy, audit programs, transactional and corporate matters, and litigation management. He also serves as Secretary for the Lifespace Board of Directors.

  • 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.

Board of Directors

Learn more about the Lifespace Communities, Inc. Board of Directors.

Home Offices

Lifespace Communities, Inc.

West Des Moines Home Office

4201 Corporate Drive

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Dallas Home Office

3501 Olympus, Blvd. #300

Dallas, TX 75019

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