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    David Causby

    Executive Vice President and President


    Since joining Gentiva in 2003, David Causby has served in various senior leadership roles including Senior Vice President of Operations and President for the Home Health Division. Starting in May 2014, David assumed the role of Gentiva’s President after serving as the COO and Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Gentiva, he was the COO of Millennium Health Care Resources. David holds a nursing degree from Presbyterian College and a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.


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    Brandon Ballew

    Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer


    Brandon Ballew joined Gentiva in 2001 as the Vice President of Finance and most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Financial Operations for Gentiva Healthcare. Brandon brings deep experience with financial and operational functions within the healthcare space. Prior to joining Gentiva, Brandon served as the Vice President of Finance for the Healthfield Group, a provider of home care services in the southeast. Brandon also has past experience as an analyst for Navigant Consulting, a multinational consulting firm. He holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Florida State University.


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    Todd Higgins

    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


    Prior to his current role, Todd Higgins served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Care Management Division. Todd joined Kindred in 2008 as Senior Director of Finance for the Rehabilitation Division. In 2011, he became an officer of the company and was appointed Vice President and Controller for RehabCare. Prior to coming to Kindred, Todd spent five years at KFC Corporation, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Louisville and an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University.


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    Shannon L. Drake

    Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel, Kindred at Home


    Shannon Drake advises Kindred at Home on a wide variety of legal matters involving regulatory compliance, litigation, contract negotiation and acquisitions. Prior to his new role, Shannon served as the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Gentiva Health Services. Prior to Gentiva, Shannon was the Assistant General Counsel for Pruitt Health, a diversified long-term care provider with operations throughout the Southeast. Shannon holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and speaks regularly on legal issues impacting the home health and hospice industry.


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    Dr. Ronald Crossno

    Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer


    Dr. Ronald Crossno became involved in hospice in 1993, as a part-time medical director in Temple, Texas, a program that has since evolved through several mergers and acquisitions to now become part of Kindred at Home. During that time, Dr. Crossno became more involved with various aspects of hospice and palliative care administration, becoming first a regional and later national medical director, for VistaCare, Odyssey, and Gentiva. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Dr. Crossno was president of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) in 2011, and in 2014, AAHPM honored him with the Josefina B Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award.


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    Donald Gaddy

    Senior Vice President, Sales


    Donald Gaddy joined our sales leadership team on November 1, 2015. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Market Development of Vitas Healthcare Corporation, the nation’s largest provider of hospice services. Prior to his nine years of leadership with Vitas, Donald was Vice President of National Sales for Oncology Therapeutics Network. He has 29 years of sales and marketing leadership across the healthcare industry. Donald earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A & M University.


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    Kristen Nearhood

    Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer


    Kristen Nearhood has over 18 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to her new role, Kristen served as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Gentiva Health Services. She joined Gentiva in 1997 as a Senior Financial Analyst and since that time has served Gentiva in multiple financial capacities. Kristen went on to serve as a Director of Finance in Gentiva’s consulting division, Assistant Vice President of Finance and later Vice President of Corporate Finance. Kristen holds her B.S. in Finance from Canisius College.


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    Jason Owen

    Southeast Region President


    Jason Owen has worked in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Most recently he served as Gentiva’s Southeast Region President monitoring home health and hospice operations. Additionally, from January 2012 through August 2013 he supported Gentiva’s Hospice Division as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Gentiva, Jason led various healthcare companies across the country as the Senior Vice President. He holds an M.B.A., with a focus in Finance, from Georgia State University.


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    Chris Gerard

    South Central Region President


    Chris Gerard has served as Chief Operating Officer of Kindred at Home since January 2014. Prior to joining Kindred, Chris was one of the original founders of IntegraCare. IntegraCare, founded in 1998, was a single Home Health start-up location, but Chris’ vision to provide community service and hospice care turned the company into a comprehensive, multi-location, industry-leading provider. As a result, IntegraCare was purchased by Kindred Healthcare in October 2012, at which time Chris became Vice President of the Central Region of Kindred at Home. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas Tech University.


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    Todd Sexe

    North Central Region President


    Since joining Gentiva in 1992, Todd Sexe has served as Branch Director, Market Manager, Area Vice President, Vice President and Regional Vice President in multiple locations across the country. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Todd worked in finance as an investment representative and financial planner at Edward Jones & Company and ACS Financial Group, respectively. Todd holds a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa.


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    Paul VerHoeve

    West Region President


    Paul VerHoeve is responsible for the overall home health, hospice, inpatient units and physician house call operations and development for more than 60 locations throughout 15 states. Paul joined Gentiva in 2012 and has more than 16 years of experience in healthcare management. Paul served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Haven Hospice, a non-profit hospice provider in North Florida. Paul also served as a Senior General Manager of Vitas Healthcare. He holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix.


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    Susan Benoit

    Mid-Atlantic Region President


    Susan Benoit has more than 13 years of operational experience and 24 years of sales management. Susan joined Gentiva in 2008 as the Regional Vice President of Sales for North and South Carolina. From 2012 through 2013, she served as Interim Vice President of Sales for the Home Health Division while still leading the sales team of the Carolinas Region. Prior to joining Gentiva, Susan was Regional Vice President for the Adecco Group and Regional Vice President for Experian. Susan holds a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from Meredith College.


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    John Aurelio

    Community Care President


    John Aurelio has been with Gentiva for 27 years and has served as President of Home Health and Hospice for Gentiva Health Services’ West Region. From 2013 to present, John served as the President for the South Central Region. John began his tenure with Gentiva as the First Division Controller and was responsible for several support departments in the Central Support Kansas facility before he became Vice President of Operations for the Western States in 1996. He holds a B.S. in Finance from St. Joseph’s College.

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