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Senior living community names executive director

June 12, 2015
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Senior living community names executive director
Jana Broughton. Courtesy Covenant Village of the Great Lakes

An experienced health care and senior living professional is the new leader at a local senior living community.

Covenant Village of the Great Lakes in Grand Rapids, a Covenant Retirement Community, said last week that it has appointed Jana Broughton to the role at the faith-based nonprofit.

The role

Broughton will report to Terri Cunliffe, who was recently appointed CEO of the Chicago-based parent company.

Broughton will manage a staff of roughly 230 people and oversee the operations at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, which includes 188 residential apartments, 13 memory-support apartments, 50 assisted-living units and a 37-bed skilled-nursing center.

“Covenant has an amazing reputation in the community, and I feel really blessed for the opportunity to lead the team,” Broughton said.

Broughton said she’ll work with the team on developing a working operations plan, providing education and leadership training for employees and creating value for employees and residents at the community.


Most recently, Broughton operated Caring for the Masses, a consulting firm helping care organizations in Michigan and Virginia implement technology and practices to reduce re-admissions to hospitals.

With roughly 25 years of experience in the health care and senior living industry, Broughton has served in several leadership positions, such as regional director of operations for Extendicare Health Service in Wisconsin and executive director at The Village at Rockville in Maryland.

Due to her background working for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, Broughton said her variety of experiences are a good blend for the leadership position.

“I worked for innovative companies that have really trained me and brought to my understanding how to lead people and implement programs and creative environments for seniors that meet their immediate needs and wants in a forward-thinking fashion,” Broughton said. “For me, it is an opportunity to use the skills that God has given me in the best manner.”

She is a member of the American Association of Nurses Assessment Coordination and the American College of Health Care Administration and has served as a board member for the Health Care Association of Michigan for two years.

Broughton earned a bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology and psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint.

She earned a master’s degree in management, leadership and human resources from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

She also holds a certificate in leadership and human resources from the Arizona-based Grand Canyon University.

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