Our Trust­ed Leadership

Smith Senior Liv­ing is a mis­­­sion-dri­ven orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to enrich­ing lives by offer­ing thought­ful inno­va­tions in ser­vices for a vari­ety of lifestyles.

As a not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, Smith Senior Liv­ing also con­sists of a vol­un­teer Board of Trustees made up of local phil­an­thropists and com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers. This lead­er­ship and the well-man­aged endow­ment of Smith Senior Liv­ing allow Smith Vil­lage and Smith Cross­ing to grow and thrive.

Exec­u­tive Staff

Keen­ly attuned to the needs of senior adults and deeply ded­i­cat­ed to ful­fill­ing the mis­sion of Smith Senior Liv­ing, our high­ly expe­ri­enced staff works tire­less­ly to ensure that all Res­i­dents enjoy a qual­i­ty lifestyle.

Kevin McGee

President and CEO

Pres­i­dent and CEO Kevin McGee’s rela­tion­ship to Smith Senior Liv­ing dates to his col­lege days, when his grand­moth­er moved into Smith Vil­lage, for­mer­ly known as the Wash­ing­ton and Jane Smith Home. Even as an active senior,” he says, she under­stood the cen­tral role that being part of a vibrant com­mu­ni­ty plays for old­er peo­ple. Reflect­ing on my vis­its to her leads me to believe that my grandmother’s pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence point­ed me towards a career in gerontology.”

His own ear­ly-in-life expe­ri­ences inform Kevin’s resolve to pre­serve Smith Senior Living’s excep­tion­al rep­u­ta­tion for qual­i­ty care and life-enhanc­ing pro­grams. Dur­ing our recent, ambi­tious growth we have stead­fast­ly remem­bered every­thing we do is about improv­ing lives of indi­vid­u­als in a mean­ing­ful way.”

An Illi­nois licensed nurs­ing home admin­is­tra­tor, McGee earned a M.B.A. in health­care admin­is­tra­tion and grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors from Saint Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty and magna cum laude with a master’s degree in geron­tol­ogy from East­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­si­ty, where he also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Raymond J. Marneris

Chief Financial Officer

There is a lot of knowl­edge in these walls and I am glad the res­i­dents share their life expe­ri­ences as well as their dreams with us,” says Ray­mond J. Marner­is, Chief Finan­cial Offi­cer. I am very aware we work in their home every day, and I am grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do some­thing mean­ing­ful for them and their families.”

When he first came to Smith Senior Liv­ing, he remem­bers being struck by the love and car­ing that the staff and Res­i­dents share with each oth­er. Because Ray believes account­ing is a ser­vice depart­ment with­in any orga­ni­za­tion, he knows it is his team’s job to pro­vide the infor­ma­tion that man­agers need to per­form their duties effi­cient­ly and effec­tive­ly. That way, both Res­i­dents and staff have the tools that pro­vide the resources they need to enjoy a rich and ful­fill­ing life.”

Joyce Kindt

Human Resources Director

Joyce brings more than a decade of HR expe­ri­ence, includ­ing senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties, to Smith Senior Liv­ing. She endeav­ors to enrich the lives of both employ­ees and res­i­dents because, Hap­py, con­fi­dent employ­ees equal hap­py, well-cared for res­i­dents.” She claims to learn some­thing new every day from engag­ing with res­i­dents, say­ing I always walk away enriched.”

Chris August

Corporate Environmental Services and Safety Director

You won’t find a bet­ter man with more skills than Cor­po­rate Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices and Safe­ty Direc­tor Chris August. Chris’ key pri­or­i­ty is the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of Res­i­dents, staff mem­bers and the facil­i­ties. He pro­vides peace of mind for all by super­vis­ing and reg­u­lar­ly updat­ing detailed safe­ty plans for Smith Cross­ing and Smith Vil­lage campuses.

Hav­ing insti­tut­ed enter­prise-wide sys­tems and pro­ce­dures, Chris ensures the most effec­tive and effi­cient use of Smith’s resources to ben­e­fit Res­i­dents. He and his team also respond to Res­i­dents’ spe­cif­ic requests for their homes. They take pride too in man­ag­ing the care of the appear­ance of our cam­pus­es, includ­ing land­scap­ing and com­mon areas, as well as mak­ing sure all equip­ment and sys­tems prop­er­ly function.

James Schmitt

Chief Information Officer

To Chief Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer James Schmitt the best part of his job is con­nect­ing Res­i­dents with tech­nol­o­gy.” But that is only part of it. He is respon­si­ble for the imple­men­ta­tion and main­te­nance of all tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions through­out the Smith com­mu­ni­ties. His depart­ment also pro­vides sup­port and train­ing of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies for admin­is­tra­tive staff and res­i­dents alike. Cur­rent­ly, he is lead­ing the inte­gra­tion of Smith’s elec­tron­ic med­ical record solu­tion that will be shared with oth­er health­care providers to stream­line the trans­fer of Res­i­dents’ patient health infor­ma­tion to keep Smith com­mu­ni­ties at the van­guard of ser­vice to Residents.

Yahaira Ramirez RN

Director of Clinical Operations

Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Oper­a­tions Yahaira Ramirez RN says, I feel priv­i­leged to know Res­i­dents. They’re such intrigu­ing peo­ple and I am proud to be their advo­cate.” As a nurse and Smith Village’s direc­tor of nurs­ing for near­ly 10 years before becom­ing Smith Senior Living’s direc­tor of clin­i­cal oper­a­tions, Yahaira has her own ideas about what make Smith com­mu­ni­ties spe­cial. We pro­vide care for Res­i­dents as they tran­si­tion through lev­els of liv­ing. We’re the one con­stant in a chang­ing world for them and their families.”

In her new posi­tion, she leads 200 CNAs, LPNs and RNs car­ing for Smith Cross­ing and Smith Vil­lage Res­i­dents. She is proud to say, we pro­vide very good qual­i­ty care because our health­care pro­fes­sion­als make sure they are aware of each Resident’s needs and they are skilled to pro­vide the care they give.” For fam­i­lies, it’s com­fort­ing to know we are doing a good job.” And for employ­ees, it’s very ben­e­fi­cial to watch them grow. Some CNAs return to school to become LPNs or RNs.”

Respond­ing to the chal­lenge of work­ing with nurs­es on two cam­pus­es rather than walk­ing the floor of only one, she says, I believe in build­ing rela­tion­ships with my col­leagues, to have a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the needs and aspi­ra­tions of both staff and res­i­dents.” She adds, I am hon­ored to be entrust­ed with con­tin­u­al­ly eval­u­at­ing both cam­pus­es to make sure we’re con­sis­tent­ly meet­ing and exceed­ing top qual­i­ty standards.”

Neli Guajardo

Clinical Assessment Coordinator

I love seniors and being able to help them tran­si­tion to a new set­ting that meets their clin­i­cal needs,” says Neli. 

To pro­vide this ser­vice in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the hos­pi­tal dis­charge plan­ners and social work­ers, she first checks patients’ med­ical charts and reviews data to see they are an appro­pri­ate for the rehab or skilled nurs­ing care pro­grams pro­vid­ed by Smith com­mu­ni­ties. Then she makes sure Smith Cross­ing or Smith Vil­lage is able to meet all their needs. She responds quick­ly to inform the hos­pi­tal that one of the Smith com­mu­ni­ties has a place for a patient and send all the details to one of Smith’s admis­sion direc­tors, who pre­pares every­thing for a new arrival. 

Dur­ing her two decades mak­ing sure seniors receive the short-term rehab or long-term care they need, Neli has formed strong rela­tion­ships with hos­pi­tal social work­ers and dis­charge plan­ners in south­west Chica­go and sub­ur­ban hos­pi­tals. While she loves the pace of her work­days, she always makes time to answer ques­tions about myr­i­ad unknowns fac­ing fam­i­lies dur­ing what can be a stress­ful time.

Shelly Genis

Volunteers Coordinator

Shelly Genis, Vol­un­teers Coor­di­na­tor, recruits and trains a team of vol­un­teers who have donat­ed close to 70,000 hours of tal­ent and time dur­ing the last sev­en years. She says, our vol­un­teer pro­gram ben­e­fits both our Res­i­dents and our vol­un­teers because they learn from each oth­er.” About work­ing at Smith, she adds, where else can some­one have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be cre­ative and inter­act with some incred­i­ble peo­ple while learn­ing some­thing new every day?”