About Our Authors

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson currently serves as a consultant to senior care communities under the name ThreeHillsConsulting ([email protected]). His services include support operations assessments, support services educational training as well as design consultation for new and renovated long-term care facilities with a pragmatic emphasis on the end user. He has had more than thirty-seven years of management experience including over seventeen years of healthcare facilities management. He has earned a B.S. in engineering, an M.S. in management as well as a Masters of Healthcare Administration. Mr. Thompson is currently a licensed nursing home administrator and has been published in several professional publications.

After receiving his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and concurrently being commissioned as an officer in the regular Navy, Mr. Thompson served over twenty years on several ships and shore facilities, retiring in the spring of 1991. His naval career included service as commanding officer of two shore facilities and engineering officer aboard two of the aforementioned ships. He had three deployments to Vietnam.

Following his service in the Navy, Mr. Thompson was employed by the ServiceMaster Company as a contract manager where he first became involved with the healthcare industry. His employment with ServiceMaster and subsequent employment with a not-for-profit long-term care facility included various acute care hospitals and significantly two upscale continuing care retirement communities in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Since his retirement from the Navy, he has served as Director of Facilities Management at several long-term care facilities as well as Director of Support Services for a multi-facility skilled nursing organization. Mr. Thompson has also served as the owner's representative for several construction projects during his long-term care experience.

In addition to his being published in several professional magazines, Mr. Thompson has taught GED, has participated in the creation of standardized testing for various school systems throughout the nation and has written and taught several courses relating to safety and support services within the long-term care industry including various continuing educational courses for nursing home administrators. He is currently authoring a support operations guide for nursing home administrators.

Mr. Thompson is married to his wife of over thirty years and has three grown daughters with two new grandsons, Caleb and Seth. He and his wife, Gail, currently live in North Carolina although he grew up in Illinois and his wife is a native to New England.

Yvonne Cancino

Yvonne Cancino is an R.N. she received her training for her LPN in Casper, Wyoming and then went on to get her R.N. in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has had a diversified career with many specialties. She worked as a Pediatric and Neo-Natal nurse in New Mexico, worked in Home Care and Hospice in Tucson, Arizona, she is a certified Hospice Nurse. She then moved back to Wyoming and worked for the prison system in Wheatland, and then a Long Term Care Facility in Casper.

Yvonne moved back to Tucson and worked as co-ordinator for a Hospice agency and is now working as a case manager. While holding these positions she has given numerous in-services, has been a mentor to many new nurses.

She is also a gourmet cook and has catered many events in Tucson.

Yvonne has a teenage son and is very involved with his school and his sports activities.

Vicki Barringer

Vicki Barringer currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for a Continuing Care Retirement Community and as a private consultant. She has over twenty years of management experience including over eighteen years of healthcare financial management - over twelve specifically as Director of Finance of a Continuing Care Retirement Community. She also has experience in the wealth management and higher education industry.

She has earned a B.A. in Accounting from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business.

Ms. Barringer is a North Carolina Certified Public Accountant.

Ron Medley

Ron Medley is a thirty-three year veteran of every aspect of dining including fine dining, major medical centers, universities, convention centers and arenas as well as upscale retirement communities.

Chad Salladay

Chad Salladay is currently the owner and president of Capital Landscaping, Inc. a full service landscaping enterprise based in Wake Forest, N.C. Mr. Salladay is a 1986 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. where he received a B.S. degree in Geography, concentrating on earth landforms, hydrology, vegetation, climatology, plant taxonomy and dendrology. He has pursued graduate level studies in Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. with a particular interest in planting design within the broader field of landscape design. Mr. Salladay speaks fluent Spanish after having minored in that language at Appalachian State as well as having traveled extensively in Mexico. His language fluency has allowed him to maintain a close professional relationship with his Hispanic workforce. He is a Licensed landscape Contractor in the State of North Carolina.

Following his graduation from Appalachian State University, Mr. Salladay worked at Grandfather Mountain Nursery in Banner Elk, N.C. as an apprentice landscaper and soon became an assistant to North Carolina 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. Following his work with Congresswoman Foxx, Mr. Salladay was employed as the production manager for the Pennsylvania based Davis Landscape, Inc. During his tenure with Davis Landscape, Mr. Salladay managed landscape installation projects at Glaxo world headquarters in Research Triangle Park and Glaxo's pharmaceutical production center in Zebulon, N.C. The former project was deemed nationally significant as it featured plant materials that had been hand selected from nurseries as distant as Louisiana and Texas. He also managed the landscape installation and maintenance for Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater, a super fast-track project with regional significance and notoriety.

Mr. Salladay established Capital Landscaping, Inc. in 1998 after seeing a need for a quality landscape construction and maintenance company in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. His credits include design-build landscaping for an award winning assisted living facility at The Forest at Duke retirement community in Durham, N.C. as well as the management and design of several high-end residential landscape projects in Raleigh and Durham, N.C.