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THE TEAM AT THE FITZGERALD

Kisco Senior Living’s experienced management team is committed to providing exceptional, five-star service through teamwork, professionalism, open communication, and continuous improvement. We ensure that every senior living community we operate creates a warm and welcoming environment that encourages our residents to pursue their passion and purpose. Kisco associates live by a standard of excellence that encompasses accountability, personal growth, honesty, and a desire to go above and beyond, with our ultimate objective guaranteeing our residents the best experience possible.

DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE

At Kisco Senior Living and The Fitzgerald of Palisades, our commitment revolves around curating a meaningful and fulfilling lifestyle for every resident and community. Upholding our enduring principles, values, and beliefs ensures a foundation of safety and security while empowering our residents to engage in distinctive experiences that emphasize innovation and personal development.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Andy Kohlberg

Andrew S. Kohlberg is the Founder, President and CEO of Kisco Senior Living, LLC. Mr. Kohlberg’s primary responsibilities are strategic planning and capital allocation. Through his timely purchase and development of well-located senior living communities, Kisco has assembled a unique portfolio of assets.

Under his direction, a superb management team has been assembled in specialized areas such as human resources, marketing, sales, risk management, care services and dining. He personally conducts focus groups with residents and staff to improve resident loyalty and associate engagement.

Mr. Kohlberg attended the University of Tennessee and has completed advanced studies at the University of California San Diego in real estate economics and feasibility analysis, commercial real estate development, fundamentals of construction and legal aspects of real estate investment.

He has been a member of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), California Assisted Living Association (CALA), and the San Diego Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). In November 2002, the Seniors Housing Council awarded him the SAGE Person of the Year Award for his commitment to the seniors housing industry. In April 2003, he accepted the Icon Award in the Service Enriched Builder/Developer category from the National Association of Home Builders.

Since 2004, Mr. Kohlberg has been an investment partner and Vice Chairman with the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team. He regularly attends basketball games and management meetings.

Prior to joining Kisco, Mr. Kohlberg enjoyed a successful professional tennis career, competing in the semifinals of Wimbledon and quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, was named NCAA Collegiate Player of the Year and was an All American at the University of Tennessee. He represented the United States on the Junior Davis Cup and Sunshine Cup Teams, as well as in the Pan American Games where he won a gold medal.

General Manager

Alphonso Westley

Prior to joining Kisco in November 2023, Alphonso spent 15 years serving older adults and their families across multiple states in several operational roles including Regional Director of Operations for a large senior living operator with multiple communities in Northern Virginia.

In addition to his experience in senior living, he worked for a large healthcare provider in Massachusetts, Partners Healthcare, where his primary objectives focused on patient care, as well as quality and performance improvement to enhance the hospital experience.

He received his Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from Cambridge College, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University.

Membership Coordinator

Megan Chun

Prior to joining Kisco, Megan, a Maryland native, is a proud alumna of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Aging Services from The Erickson School of Aging. During college, she also distinguished herself as a Division I soccer athlete. This dual commitment not only shaped Megan’s character but also instilled a sense of discipline and teamwork that continues to influence her professional journey.

After graduation, Megan entered the realm of senior living sales, driven by a passion to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. It was during this journey that she discovered The Fitzgerald of Palisades, marking the beginning of a new and exciting chapter. You’ll certainly get to know Megan better as she contributes through managing move-ins, coordinating events, and providing dedicated sales support.

VP of Operations, Signature Communities

Gene Smallwood

Gene Smallwood provides comprehensive sales support to Kisco Senior Living communities across the portfolio. In this role he provides strategic oversite for community sales teams, supports the digital marketing and social media efforts across both brand and community channels, serves as the partner relationship contact for industry lead/referral agencies, and is tasked with developing partnerships and innovations that keep Kisco’s sales teams among the best in the industry.

Previous to Kisco, Gene held key leadership positions at luxury and lifestyle resorts across the country for over 15 years, having enjoyed careers with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Loews Hotels, Two Roads Hospitality, Evolution Hospitality Management and DiamondRock Hospitality Company, a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

Membership Director

Courtney Melendez

Before joining Kisco in November 2023, Courtney spent seven years with a well-known senior living brand serving residents and providing solutions for their families.

Courtney first became a Director of Sales with Mary Kay cosmetics while in college. By selling and marketing to all of her administrators and college professors – and their spouses – she earned the coveted free Mary Kay vehicle for both sales and for having personally recruited and trained a team of 30 direct-report sales consultants.

After graduation, Courtney worked for Marriott in various sales, event management and catering roles. These positions provided valuable skills in adaptability and helped her master her solutions-oriented approach. During her seven-year tenure with Marriott, she became a certified event planner who booked and managed large conventions and meetings and coordinated VIP political events.

Courtney received her B.B.A in Marketing, along with a minor in psychology, from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

She’s married to her college sweetheart, Tito, and together they have two talented daughters who excel as honor students and on the basketball court. Oldest daughter, Amani, plays for Lander University in South Carolina, while Maia is a Varsity Captain as a freshman in high school.

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