Leadership

Our leadership team is bound together by Embrace Living Communities’ calling to serve others through our affordable senior housing management and services. Together, we have over 100 years of dedication and compassion to bringing bold and innovative solutions to senior living communities where people of all backgrounds and abilities can enjoy a healthier, more secure life.

Ralph Gaines | Chief Executive Officer

Ralph Gaines is the Chief Executive Officer of Embrace Living Communities. He is responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s vision and direction, and responsible for creating, planning and integrating the organization’s strategic growth initiatives. He oversees overall operations and is responsible for directing management activities at our 34 living communities in Illinois, Florida and Missouri that are homes to more than 3,000 residents.

Anne Oliva | Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Anne Oliva is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Embrace Living Communities. Anne is responsible for leading the finance team in managing the organization’s overall finance activities to ensure the organization achieves its mission of providing ecologically and financially affordable housing to its residents. As a member of the senior leadership team, Anne also plays a critical role in developing and implementing business and organizational strategy.

John Diehl | Senior Director of Housing Operations

John Diehl is the Senior Director of Housing Operations of Embrace Living Communities. John provides general oversight and leadership for housing community systems, operations, compliance and budget management. In this role, he further supports the organization in bringing bold and innovative solutions to our communities.

Dave Opitz | Senior Director of Mission Services

Dave Optiz is the Senior Director of Mission Services of Embrace Living Communities. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing volunteer programs, public relations and marketing activities and strategic church and mission relationships, ensuring these constituents feel welcomed in further providing service to our residents and communities.

Greg Watson | Vice President of Operations

Greg Watson is the Vice President of Operations of Embrace Living Communities. In this senior executive leadership position, Greg will be responsible for the oversight and management of our 33 properties including operations, physical plant, compliance, and budget management.

Ed Havlovic | Director of Plant Operations

Ed Havlovic is the Director of Plant Operations of Embrace Living Communities. In this role, Ed oversees physical plant operations for all housing communities to ensure system-wide continuity, and provides technical support to on-site maintenance and housekeeping. In addition, he coordinates maintenance training and safety programs and participates in the development, construction and rehabilitation of housing communities, including the coordination of bidding processes for all capital projects.

Dawn Zenkner | Controller

Dawn Zenkner is the Controller of Embrace Living Communities. Dawn oversees the organization’s housing accounting functions, budgeting, audits, forecasting, financial reporting, HUD compliance reporting and real estate tax.

Our 125-year commitment to serving people in need.

We have experienced change through our long history, but our mission to serve aging adults with communities that embrace living has remained.

Board of Directors

Embrace Living Communities Corporate Board of Directors
  • Scott Meyer
    Managing Director and Executive Vice President
    Willis Towers Watson
  • Jim Sellers
    Director of Business Development
    JSSI Parts Inc.
  • Bonnie Condon
    VP, Community Health, Community Relations, Faith Outreach
    Advocate Aurora Health
  • Ruth Carlson
    Retired SVP
    Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Tonya Pitts
    Attorney
    Tonya Willis Pitts, P.A.
  • Karen Latimer
    AVP, Networks Operations, Content
    Vizient
  • William Hassett
  • Ralph Gaines
    Chief Executive Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
  • Anne Oliva
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Embrace Living Communities
Apostle Village Board of Directors
  • Kay Tracy
  • Rev. Jim Page II
  • Joel Rentz
  • Barbara Schommer
  • Dianna Hinkley
  • Lori Brown
  • Jonathan Pudas
  • Jeanne Morris
Sarasota Area Housing Board of Directors
  • Irving Woods
  • Wesley Bixby
  • Harry Hobson
  • Catherine Eaton
  • James Crumel
  • Nancy Hobson
  • Lynn Jones
Illinois Housing Board of Directors
  • Rev. Bonnie Condon
    VP, Community Health, Community Relations, Faith Outreach
    Advocate Aurora Health
  • Nathan Briggs
  • Nichole Edmonds
  • Rev. Jesse Knox
  • Todd Thorson
Bayonet Point Board of Directors
  • David Meachum
  • Lynette Grabowski
  • Linda Rowland
  • Suzanne Meachum
  • Anne McNamara
Bethel Area Housing & Bethel Area Housing South Board of Directors
  • Patricia Armstrong
  • Vernon Bohlmeyer
  • Karen Aikens
  • Mary Guevel
  • Jeannie Kenyon
  • Shirlee Mendon