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Leadership

The Autumn Leaves  leadership team is a dedicated group of professionals with diverse backgrounds devoted to providing excellent service to our residents, families, and employees. With many years of expertise and experience, our team is committed to ensuring the very best care for our residents and the very best training for our employees.  Click on the name below for the bio.

Mitchell W. Warren Chairman, CEO, and Co-owner VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Mitchell W. Warren

Mitchell W. Warren, Chairman, CEO, and Co-owner of The LaSalle Group provides vision and drive, while focusing on overall corporate strategy, leadership development, diversification, long term planning, and overseeing the creation of the company goals and budgets. Mitchell also spends much of his time working with and building relationships with the residents, residents’ families, and staff at the company’s communities. With over 15 years of experience in the senior living business, he has been instrumental in The LaSalle Group’s growth and success.

Always having a passion to help others and explore new opportunities, Mitchell joined The LaSalle Group on a part time basis in 2000 as a Project Manager. He helped oversee several of the company’s initial senior living projects. In 2003 he started full time as Vice President of Development, where he helped found the design, development, and construction divisions of the company, and created and drove the business model for expanding the Autumn Leaves® Memory Care Assisted Living brand. Since then, the company has set itself apart as a leader in memory care, dedicated to providing the highest quality care and home-like atmosphere to seniors with all types of dementia.

In 2008, Mitchell Warren became Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of The LaSalle Group, Inc. While managing the smart growth of the company, Mitchell continues to follow the founding principles of always putting the resident first, along with a strongly built foundation of hiring excellent people and implementing successful systems and processes. Throughout his career, Mitchell has worked in nearly all of the company’s corporate and community positions, gaining valuable experience and insight. Under Mitchell’s leadership, The LaSalle Group has grown from 1 to over 50 properties located in 9 states including Florida, Kansas, South Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin; while maintaining an impeccable track record.

Mitchell graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science (and additional concentrations in Electrical Engineering, Business, and Technical Theater). Mitchell is very involved as a business, church, and community leader. He serves as a committee member at Las Colinas Country Club, a member of the CEO Advisory Board at Argentum (formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America), a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and a deacon and life group host at GracePoint Church Coppell.

Mitchell, his wife Kelli, and their children Whitley Ann and Mason Winfield reside in Coppell, Texas.

Mitch can be reached at 214-845-4550 or at mitch@lasallegroup.com.

Jessica Akaah Vice Chairman VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Jessica Akaah

Jessica has been with the LaSalle Group for the past 7 years, she opened the first Autumn Leaves community in the Illinois Region and was the Executive Director of Vernon Hills for 2 years. As the Illinois region grew, Jessica moved into the Regional Director of Operations for Illinois. She has recently moved into the role of Vice Chairman.

Prior to joining The LaSalle Group, Jessica was a social worker for Thresholds in the city of Chicago, which is a non-profit organization providing, healthcare and housing to persons with mental illness. Jessica started as an outreach worker to those who were homeless and mentally ill in the city of Chicago. She also supervised two Safe Haven programs at Thresholds that provided housing to those that are mentally ill and homeless.

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Social Work from Michigan State University and her Masters of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Work and active member of the Life Service Network in Illinois.

John Barbee President VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

John Barbee

John W. Barbee was promoted to President of The LaSalle Group, Inc. in early 2017. With more than 30 years in real estate development and construction, and 10 years with LaSalle specifically in senior assisted living, John has been instrumental in the Company’s growth and rise as an industry leader in standalone memory care. In his expanded role, John will lead the execution of LaSalle’s strategic business and financial partnerships while overseeing certain aspects of LaSalle’s daily operations and serving as an added resource to the company’s officers and employees at the home office and in the field. He will also continue to manage the company’s development, construction, and design divisions and provide organizational leadership across the company.

John joined The LaSalle Group in 2006 as a Project Manager working within the construction division. Within two years, he advanced to the role of Vice President of Construction, and in 2012, John’s responsibilities were expanded to include Vice President of Design and Development, In 2013, he was again promoted to Executive Vice President of Real Estate.

John began his career as a construction manager and job foreman with a Texas-based company that focused on commercial projects. From 1986 until joining The LaSalle Group, John was a business owner and general contractor, specializing in both commercial and high-end residential projects. Commercial projects included over 30 renovations, additions and new-builds at mid-tier and upscale hotels, retail strip malls, and office buildings.

Since 1999 and prior coming on board at LaSalle, John was president of Barbee Enterprises, providing commercial general contracting and custom home building services. The company’s commercial projects included medical/office plazas and professional buildings, and its customers included the City of Terrell, Texas and Trinity Valley Community College. John attended Taft Community College in California, and Steven F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

John can be reached at 214-845-4569 or at jbarbee@lasallegroup.com.

Randal P. Brown Chief Financial Officer VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Randal P. Brown

Randy Brown, Chief Financial Officer, oversees all finance and accounting functions for The LaSalle Group, including lender relationships, loan originations, equity fund raising, investor reporting, cash management, budgeting and forecasting, asset performance and tax planning. His responsibilities include investment management, investor relations, recapitalization, development, loan origination, acquisition and dispositions, coordinating and monitoring the timely year-end audit process and tax return preparation. He ensures compliance with all accounting standards and monitors compliance with company policies and procedures. He acts as a tax advisor for the company and owners and is responsible for delivering timely reports to lenders, investors and company leadership.

With a broad range of experience in finance, accounting and real estate spanning over three decades, Randy’s background includes many product types in the commercial real estate industry from senior housing, office, industrial and residential properties to hospitality, retail and restaurant operations. His expertise includes finance and accounting for property management, leasing, development, construction and acquisitions.

Randy began his career in public accounting at a regional accounting firm but developed his interest in real estate while working for the Trammell Crow Company where he gained experience working in both tax and real estate operations.

Prior to joining The LaSalle Group, Randy worked in the commercial real estate industry where he held various positions including vice president of accounting, supervising the finance and accounting departments of various companies including real estate developers, general contractors and resort sales and marketing companies specializing in the sale of houses and home sites in retirement and second home communities.

Randy earned a bachelor of science in business administration and accounting at Texas A&M University and received his designation as a Certified Public Accountant from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. He resides in Grand Prairie, Texas where he enjoys a close relationship with his family and is affiliated with various professional organizations including the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kim Alleman Chief Administrative Officer VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Kim Alleman

Kim Higgins Alleman, Chief Administrative Officer, oversees Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk and Legal. Alleman has led the way in reinforcing the LaSalle Group's people-centric culture for more than 1500 employees, cultivating employee input and communicating the company culture, mission, and values.

Kim earned her Bachelor of Science degree and conducted post graduate studies in Organizational Development from Oklahoma State University. Kim brings more than 25 years’ executive corporate experience to her new role. She was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Blockbuster Inc., Bank One and at VHA, Inc., a healthcare organization that, during her tenure, became nationally recognized as a Top 100 Places to Work.

In addition to her extensive professional experience, Alleman has been deeply involved in the community as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and has served on the board of directors for The Family Place, The University of Dallas, Inroads, and Family Gateway.

Robert K. Bezzant Vice President of Finance and Asset Management VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Robert K. Bezzant

Bob Bezzant is Vice President of Finance and Asset Management. He has responsibility for overseeing investor and lender relations and reporting, as well as asset management for Autumn Leaves’ 40+ memory care assisted living communities and The LaSalle Group’s corporate offices. With a 30-year career in the senior living industry, Bob has extensive and broad experience in finance and operations, having served previously as VP of asset management for Aureus Group; regional VP of operations for both Marriott Senior Living Services and Forum Group; and VP of operations for Retirement Corporation of America.

A certified public accountant, Bob earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance at the University of Utah. He joined The LaSalle Group in 2011.

Tracy Bazzell Vice President of Innovation and Information Technology VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Tracy Bazzell

Tracy is Vice President of Innovation and Information Technology, overseeing the development and implementation of technology strategies for The LaSalle Group and Autumn Leaves. Over the last two decades, he has held key strategic roles, including Chief Information Officer for a national medical products company and as Director for a leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers.

Tracy earned his master of business administration degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a focus on information management. He received his bachelor of business administration from Eastern New Mexico University.

Barbara H. Lee Vice President of People VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Barbara H. Lee

Barbara Lee is Vice President of Talent Management, responsible for aligning The LaSalle Group’s human resources programs with short- and long-term business strategies. In leading the company’s recruiting and training teams, she oversees workforce planning and management, talent acquisition, on-boarding, competency development, leadership development, and succession planning.

Barbara brings more than 25 years of HR experience in diverse industries to her role. She is a former Vice President of Human Resources for Aegis Communications Group, Xerox, and K. Hovnanian Homes. She also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she was responsible for developing program content and facilitating course instruction.

Barbara earned a master’s degree in educational HR development at Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in personnel administration from Lamar University.

Bobby Jeffrey Associate Vice President of Culinary Operations VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Bobby Jeffrey

As Associate Vice President of Culinary Operations, Bobby Jeffrey oversees all aspects of dietary and hospitality for The LaSalle Group and its Autumn Leaves communities. This includes innovative menu planning to meet/exceed dietary and nutritional standards; budget development; and selection and management of food and equipment suppliers across the country. He is also responsible for training in-market culinary teams.

As a chef, he is equally accomplished and creative, with a special flair for the art of presentation. Bobby is known to dine with residents and families, listen to their requests and suggestions, and introduce special dishes and new takes on regional cuisines.

Bobby’s lifelong love of the culinary arts began in his family’s kitchen, where he observed and helped his chef-mother from a very young age. As a teen, his first job was a cook at Luby’s, during which time he earned his degree in hotel and restaurant management. He subsequently studied at the Culinary Institute of America. His nearly four-decade career includes an apprenticeship at Sodexho Marriott, as well as many culinary positions throughout the hotel and health care industries.

Bobby joined LaSalle in 2004. He is currently a member of the American Culinary Federation, Texas Chefs Association, Argentum’s Chef Roundtable, and Intalere.

Stacie D. Herlihy Associate Vice President and Associate General Counsel VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Stacie D. Herlihy

Stacie Herlihy serves as Associate General Counsel with responsibility for all legal functions for The LaSalle Group, Inc., parent company for Autumn Leaves. She joined LaSalle in 2015, having previously served as in-house counsel for a Dallas-based employee benefits firm.

An attorney since 2005, Stacie earned her juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University.

Stacie also currently serves on the board of directors for Plano Community Home, a nonprofit group that manages residential communities for low-income seniors.

Lynette Choplin Associate Vice President of Clinical Compliance VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Lynette Choplin

Lynette Choplin serves as Associate Vice President of Clinical Compliance, responsible for establishing and overseeing clinical procedures, protocols, and controls that ensure compliance with state regulations and company standards of quality care for Autumn Leaves’ residents.

Initially trained as a surgical nurse, Lynette was also primary caregiver for her maternal grandmother who suffered with vascular dementia. This very personal experience led Lynette to seek a nursing career in the senior living industry – and eventually to memory care assisted living. Her prior assignments include nurse consultant for Omnicare Pharmacy; corporate nurse for Oakdale Heights; and a regional director of quality services for Emeritus Senior Living’s standalone memory care assisted living pilot. She joined The LaSalle Group as regional director of healthcare in 2014.

Schekesia Meadough Associate Vice President of Health and Wellness VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Schekesia Meadough

Schekesia Meadough is Associate Vice President of Health and Wellness. In this clinical role, Schekesia is responsible for establishing and directing nursing services for 40+ Autumn Leaves communities nationwide. Her role involves strategic planning to ensure seamless delivery of comprehensive, coordinated health services for Autumn Leaves residents. This includes development and implementation of training of the healthcare team across the organization, as well as review and evaluation of nursing protocols and administrative procedures.

Schekesia joined The LaSalle Group in 2015 as a regional director of healthcare, bringing more than two decades of experience in both clinical practice and education. Her prior assignments include nurse surveyor for Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS); regional program director and faculty member for Kaplan Higher Education; and evaluator for the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). She began her career as an emergency room/trauma nurse at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center and other Houston-area hospitals.

A registered nurse, Schekesia holds both a bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree in nursing. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in clinical nursing education.