Benson new CEO at United Methodist Village
LAWRENCEVILLE – A 30-year veteran in continuing care and retirement communities has been selected as the new President and Interim Administrator of the United Methodist Village.
Robert Benson of Mason, Ohio, will begin his tenure at UM Village Oct. 1. Benson will be the CEO for both the Main Campus and the North Campus, both in Lawrenceville and will oversee the daily operations of The Village. Rose Sepulveda, current Financial Officer of The Village, will assume the additional role of administrator of the Main Campus.
Most recently Benson was the Vice President of Operations for Life Enriching Communities, a non-profit United Methodist- affiliated retirement corporation. In the role he served approximately 900 residents and 550 staff members at two locations in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was responsible for all aspects of the day to day operations of the nursing homes, assisted living, independent housing apartments and cottages and adult day services.
Benson was formerly the President/CEO of Epworth Villa, Oklahoma City, Okla., from 2009 to 2010 and earlier, Otterbein Lebanon, Lebanon, Ohio, from 2003 to 2005. Both are United Methodist-affiliated, non-profit organizations and operate Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) with broad spectrum services ranging from Independent Housing (patio and single family homes and apartments) through assisted living, hospice, licensed skilled nursing and rehabilitative facilities for the very frail.
In 1992 Benson became the President/CEO of Winebrenner Village for five years prior to its purchase by Blanchard Valley Health Association (where he became responsible for the Continuing Care Services Division). At Winebrenner Village he was responsible for the development and construction of a building for the memory challenged and the creation of on-site assisted living.
In 1997 Winebrenner Village was purchased by a local non-profit hospital association and Benson became the President/CEO of the Continuing Care Services division. In that role, he was simultaneously responsible for redeveloping Winebrenner Village into a new Continuing Care Retirement Community named Birchaven Village, in Findlay, Ohio. Benson also oversaw the operations of an affordable housing program for the elderly, home health agency, hospice, private duty and durable medical equipment company serving a three county area in Northwest Ohio. Birchaven Village provided services for people needing nursing home and rehabilitative services, assisted and independent living as well as a child care and adult day service program.
Benson was the President/CEO of Evergreen Management of Kansas City, Mo., from 1989 to 1992. In that role, he led a small team to the opening and marketing of 21 free-standing assisted living properties in 14 states. The model was to extensively renovate distressed downtown hotels into assisted living buildings in communities of population less than 100,000.
Prior to 1989, Benson worked for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society of Sioux Falls, S.D. for nearly 10 years, where redeveloped a challenged retirement community Good Samaritan Society purchased out of receivership and built a nursing home.
Benson graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor Mich., in 1980, with a Master’s in Health Services Administration. He also received Specialist in Aging designation from the University of Michigan’s Institute of Gerontology. His Bachelor of Arts is from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Benson and his wife, Nina, celebrated 30 years of marriage in January and live in Mason, Ohio. They have four children and one grandchild.