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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 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 role and has been in this position for the past 4 years.

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. Jessica and her husband Kodjo have one daughter, twin boys and are expecting their fourth child early this March. Jessica enjoys spending time with her growing family.

John Barbee President of The LaSalle Group, Inc. VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

John Barbee

John leads three divisions of the company as their President: Winfield Design, LLC; MWW Development, LLC; and Lake Superior Contracting, LP. Barbee joined The LaSalle Group in 2006 as a Project Manager working within the construction division, bringing over 23 years of industry experience. Within two years, Barbee advanced to the role of Vice President of Construction, in 2012, Barbee’s responsibilities were expanded to also include Vice President of Design and Development, and in 2017 Barbee was promoted to President of The LaSalle Group. As President, Barbee will continue to lead these three divisions of The LaSalle Group while also participating as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, focusing on strategic initiatives for the overall company. Barbee has been instrumental in establishing the unique and successful business model that is in place today and has been an integral part of the growth and future plans for The LaSalle Group.

With a broad range of experience in the construction industry that spans 23 years, John began his career as a construction manager and job foreman with a 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.

Christopher Rio Executive Vice President - Management VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Christopher Rio

As Vice President of Management – Senior Living, Christopher Rio has overall responsibility for operations management for LaSalle’s Senior Living brands, including the company’s 36 Autumn Leaves memory care communities.

Chris works closely with LaSalle’s sales and health care teams to ensure that the care for the residents meets or exceeds standards in accordance with the mission of the organization. He also directly or indirectly supervises staff team members responsible for operational, culinary, maintenance, life enrichment, sales, and health care services.

Chris brings more than 25 years of experience at the executive level, including 12 years in senior living, to his position. He joined The LaSalle Group from Senior Living Communities in Charlotte, N. C., where he served as Executive Vice President of Operations. During his time at Senior Living Communities, he provided operational asset management and P&L oversight for the company’s Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) property portfolio, with more than 1,800 units.

Rio earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Real Estate at the University of Denver and is licensed in North Carolina as a real estate broker. He also holds Broker-in-Charge and Senior Real Estate Specialist designations.

David Starr Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

David Starr

David Starr, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary oversees the legal department which services The LaSalle Group divisions and business lines. The legal team manages all legal actions from transactional start-up through day-to-day operations and ensures that all company legal matters are reviewed against best industry practices and applicable regulations.

Before joining The LaSalle Group, David served as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Belo Corp., one of the nation’s largest media companies. Prior to that, David served as Associate General Counsel for an affiliate of AMR Corporation’s American Airlines, and as an attorney with the international law firm of White & Case, practicing in both New York and Los Angeles. David is licensed to practice in the states of Texas, California and New York.

David attended Duke University School of Law and New York University, graduating from both with honors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The General Counsel Forum and past president of the DFW Chapter, and is also active in the Association of Corporate Counsel. David has also served on the board of both the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and the North Texas Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Kim Alleman Senior Vice President of People and Culture VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Kim Alleman

The LaSalle Group, Inc., a national leader in residential memory care with more than 40 Autumn Leaves® communities nationwide, has named HR executive Kim Higgins Alleman as senior vice president of people and culture.

Alleman brings more than 25 years of major corporate HR experience to the newly created position. She was previously the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Blockbuster Inc., Bank One, and at VHA Inc., a healthcare organization which was nationally recognized as a Top 100 Places to Work. Most recently, she served as a senior consultant at the George W. Bush Foundation.

At The LaSalle Group, she will lead the company’s commitment to providing an outstanding work environment for employees at its communities in seven states, as well as at LaSalle’s home offices. She will lead HR, recruiting, and training teams, and will serve on The LaSalle Group’s executive leadership team, directly reporting to CEO and co-owner Mitchell Warren.

“As a leading memory care provider, we want to maintain a people-centric culture of caring, in which employees, who interact most with our residents, have a strong voice in strategic discussions,” said Warren. “Kim has the experience to help us refine, define, and better communicate our company culture and reinforce our mission and values as we continue to grow.”

In addition to her extensive professional experience, Alleman is 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.

Daphne Bernstein Vice President of Sales and Marketing VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Daphne Bernstein

Daphne Bernstein, MS (Gerontology) is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of successful sales management experience in senior living and home health care services, including leadership roles with Emeritus Senior Living, Sunrise Senior Living, Sava Senior Care, and Life Care at Home.

An inductee into the National Gerontology Academic and Professional Society of Sigma Phi Omega, Bernstein was also a recipient of the prestigious Aging Services Capstone Project Award by the University of Massachusetts, and served two terms on the Colorado Commission on Aging. Bernstein’s proven track record in building successful sales teams across the continuum of independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and home health affords a breadth of knowledge and depth of insight that serve The LaSalle Group well as the company continues to grow into new markets and diversify.

Daphne and her family have recently relocated to Texas to join The LaSalle Group and Autumn Leaves. They love the warm climate and have found the people of Texas to be incredibly welcoming and friendly. Among her personal interests, Daphne enjoys baking artisan breads, spending time in the pottery studio, and traveling with her family.

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. Tracy, his wife Michelle, son Aiden, and daughter Adelyn reside in Frisco, Texas.

Andrew Jones Vice President of Construction VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Andrew Jones

As Vice President of Construction, Andrew Jones oversees construction of The LaSalle Group’s branded communities, including Autumn Leaves™ and the dual-focused The Whitley of Wheeling, Illinois. He is responsible for all aspects of construction management, including developing and managing project budgets, preparing and negotiating construction and subcontract agreements, formulating project timelines, overseeing project teams, and ensuring schedule, budget, and code compliance.

Andrew, who graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, has over 20 of experience leading project development teams. Before joining The LaSalle Group, he served as the Vice President of Design & Construction for Rush Street Gaming and as Vice President of Project Management for Remington Hotels. In these roles, Andrew developed a series of best practices to improve operational efficiencies and ensure the highest standards for safety and quality.

When Andrew isn’t constructing buildings for the greater good of new residents, he spends his off time working as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Parker in Collin County.

Bob Enloe Vice President of Health and Wellness VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Bob Enloe

The LaSalle Group, Inc., a national leader in residential memory care, with more than 40 Autumn Leaves® communities nationwide, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Enloe, as Vice President of Health and Wellness.

Enloe will coordinate health care programs across the Autumn Leaves network by implementing new health care policies and procedures, and ensuring compliance with all federal and state laws in regard to resident care. He is also responsible for hiring and training health care employees, as well as monitoring team efficiency, productivity, and best practices to enhance quality of care and clinical outcomes.

“I want to assist the team in continually enhancing our health care programs and improving quality of life for our residents,” said Enloe. “It is my duty to ensure the right training, support and tools are made available to the teams to heighten our residents’ experience as well as their families.”
Enloe, who has degrees in nursing, Education and Healthcare Administration, has over 30 years of experience in the medical industry and more than 15 years’ experience in assisted living and memory
care services. “I have a passion to work with our residents and families that goes beyond a job or career; it is who I am,” said Enloe, who has exhibited a deep compassion for his community in working with the elderly, mentally handicapped, and in crisis prevention.

Throughout his three decades of service, Enloe has been responsible for improving clinical practices and quality of life for residents of senior living communities on a national level, and his accomplishments include the development of a countrywide memory care training program.

Barbara H. Lee Vice President of Talent Management 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.