Neal Yanofsky, Dallas, Texas, was elected to the Lifespace Board of Directors in July 2016, and elected as Chair of the Board in 2021. Neal is a strategy consultant to CEOs in the retail, consumer services and restaurant industries, and to private equity and venture capital firms that invest in these businesses.
He formerly served as chairman of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen; international president of Dunkin’ Brands; chief executive officer of Generation Mobile; and president of Panera Bread.
Neal holds an A.B. from Harvard College, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and completed a post-graduate fellowship at London School of Economics.
Venita Fields, Evanston, Illinois, joined the Lifespace Board of Directors in 2018. In her current role as a partner in Pelham S2K Managers, LLC, Venita manages equity investments in privately held middle market companies.
Prior to forming Pelham in 2016, Venita served as a partner and senior managing director of Smith Whiley & Company. Venita brings more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Venita received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and Master of Management degree from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Joyce Darkey-Hrinya, Kansas City, Missouri, joined Lifespace Board of Directors in December 2017. Joyce is a founding and managing partner of A&R Strategy Partners, where she provides strategic expertise to consumer CEOs to drive profitable revenue growth. Prior to A&R Strategy Partners, Joyce held many roles, most recently as a managing director and operating partner of Z Capital Partners, LLC. Joyce brings more than 30 years of marketing, communications and brand building experience.
Joyce received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Utilizing her insights and knowledge in investment and financial management, Laurie Dotter serves on public, advisory and not-for-profit boards. She is most often asked to participate in developing and implementing effective capital growth strategies for investment entities and new ventures.
Laurie has over 30 years of investment experience in real assets, including public and private equity, debt and joint venture structures. She possesses a comprehensive understanding of development, revenue generation, management and key aspects affecting performance and risk.
Laurie joined the Lifespace Board in 2019 with the consummation of the affiliation between Lifespace and Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, where she served on the Merger/Transaction Committee of the Board.
Laurie also currently serves on the Texas Comptroller’s Advisory Board for Texas Safekeeping Trust and the Investment Advisory Committee for Employees Retirement System of Texas. She is an investor in Texas Women Ventures with a focus on technology and cybersecurity and an investor/advisor for Dottid, assisting with the launch of the company’s initial technology platform.
Ana Dutra, Vero Beach, Florida, was elected to the Lifespace Board of Directors in July 2016. Ana is the CEO of Mandala Global Advisors working with CEOs and Boards on corporate strategy and leadership development. Prior to Mandala, Ana was the CEO of The Executives’ Club in Chicago and, prior to that, she was the CEO of Korn Ferry Consulting.
Ana received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. While in Brazil, she continued her education by receiving her Juris Doctor/Law degree from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.
In 1994, Ana received a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
E. LaVerne Epp
E. LaVerne Epp, Lawrence, Kansas, joined the Lifespace Board of Directors in October 2009. LaVerne has served as the executive chairman of the Bioscience& Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas since 2006. He was the founding principal and CEO of Retirement Management Company (RMC) in Lawrence, Kansas. RMC was founded in 1986 as a development and management company for senior living accommodations and services. In 2001, LaVerne was named president of Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. He served in that position until late 2005.
In 1976, LaVerne joined and helped form the law firm of Adrian and Epp, P.A., in Newton, Kansas. The firm operated out of multiple offices in several cities and provided legal services in areas of estate planning, aging services, probate, real estate, commercial and corporate transactions and banking. LaVerne received his undergraduate degree from Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, in 1972, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the College of Law, University of Nebraska, in 1976.
Robert C. Kehm, Prairie Village, Kansas, joined the Lifespace Board of Directors in October 2009, and served as board chair from 2014 to 2015. Bob is a retired partner of the accounting firm of KPMG, LLP, where he was the partner in charge of the Kansas City audit practice.
Prior to joining KPMG in 2002, he was a partner with Arthur Andersen & Co. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, and Master of Arts in accounting degrees from the University of Nebraska.
He has held many board positions in various community organizations.
Bob is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a member of the Nebraska and the Kansas Society of CPAs.
Pat Spangler, Golden Valley, Minnesota, joined the Lifespace Board of Directors in July 2016. Currently, Pat serves as chief financial officer of On Target Laboratories, a biotechnology company that has developed fluorescent markers to target and illuminate cancer during surgery. Pat brings more than 32 years of experience in the health care industry, executing domestic and international growth and exit strategies. Prior to On Target Laboratories, Pat served as chief financial officer of MHC Software and VigiLanz Corporation, and served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Healthland, Inc.; Epocrates Inc. (EPOC); ev3 Corp. (EVVV); and Empi Inc. (EMPI). Before joining Empi, Pat was the assistant treasurer at Medtronic (MDT). Pat also currently serves on the Board of Directors of OptimizeRx (OPRX) and previously served on the Board of Directors of Urologix (ULGX) as Audit Committee Chair.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting, a Master of Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.
Susan J. Delvaux, Lombard, IL, was elected to the Lifespace Board of Directors in April 2021. At the time of her election, Sue was a five-year resident of Beacon Hill, a Lifespace Community located in Lombard, IL, a suburb of Chicago.
Prior to her retirement, Sue worked for M&I Marshall and Ilsley Bank, Milwaukee, WI and BMO Harris Bank, Chicago, IL as Vice President of Indirect Loan Operations. In addition, she has served and continues to serve on a number of councils in the private sector. Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Paula Shives was elected to the Lifespace Board of Directors in October of 2005, and served as Chair of the Board from 2011-2013. She was again elected Chair in 2019.
From 1999 until her retirement in 2010, Paula was Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for Darden Restaurants, Inc. Prior to that time, she was general counsel and served in other in-house counsel positions for Long John Silver’s Restaurants, Inc., and its predecessor, Jerrico, Inc.
Paula also practiced with the Kentucky-based law firm Greenebaum Doll and MacDonald. She resides in Winter Park, Florida, and Lexington, Kentucky.