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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 their bio.

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

Mitchell W. Warren

As Chairman, CEO, and Co-owner of Autumn Leaves®, Mitchell W. Warren provides vision and drive, while focusing on overall strategy and leadership development. He also holds responsibility for optimizing Autumn Leaves’ financial performance with full oversight of financial strategy, financial controls, accounting functions, and long-term planning and analysis.

Mitch prioritizes building relationships with residents, residents’ families, and team members at Autumn Leaves communities. With nearly 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, and through the strong relationships he has built within the larger Autumn Leaves community, Mitch has been instrumental in Autumn Leaves' success and growth.

Always having a passion to help others and explore new opportunities, Mitch joined Autumn Leaves on a part-time basis in 2000 as a Project Manager. He helped oversee several of the initial Autumn Leaves senior living projects. In 2003, he started full time as Vice President of Development, where he helped found Autumn Leaves’ design, development, and construction divisions, which created and drove the business model for expanding the Autumn Leaves brand. Since then, Autumn Leaves 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, Mitch became Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of Autumn Leaves. While managing Autumn Leaves’ smart growth, Mitch 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. He was named Autumn Leaves’ Chairman in 2016.

Throughout his career, Mitch has worked in nearly all corporate and community positions, gaining valuable experience and insight. Under Mitch’s leadership, Autumn Leaves has grown from 1 to over 50 properties in nine states – Florida, Kansas, South Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin – while maintaining an impeccable track record of high-quality care and operational performance. Mitch also led the vision for The Whitley of Wheeling™ (IL), a new, dual-focused (assisted living/memory care) community that is set to open in 2019.

Mitch earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Michigan. He is very involved as a business-, church-, and community leader. Mitch currently serves or has served as a Board member at the Las Colinas Country Club, a member of the CEO Advisory Board at Argentum, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and a deacon at his church.

Mitch, his wife Kelli, and their three children reside in North Texas.

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

Jessica Akaah Chief Operating Officer VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Jessica Akaah

As Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Akaah oversees the day-to-day operations of Autumn Leaves’ 40+ communities, including the organization’s healthcare, life engagement, and sales programs. As an owner of Autumn Leaves and President of the company’s management division (TLG Family Management, dba Constant Care Family Management), Jessica also serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, providing organizational guidance and critical input on the strategic direction of the business.

Jessica joined Autumn Leaves in 2007, opening the first Autumn Leaves community in the Chicagoland area and serving as Executive Director of Autumn Leaves of Vernon Hills for two years. With the company’s tremendous growth, she was promoted to Regional Director of Operations for the Midwest. She then progressed through several executive leadership roles before her promotion to COO in December 2018.

Prior to joining Autumn Leaves, Jessica was a social worker for Thresholds in Chicago, a non-profit organization providing healthcare and housing to the mentally ill. She also supervised two safe haven programs at the organization. She began her career as an outreach worker serving Chicago-area homeless and mentally ill clients.

Jessica is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and an active member of the Life Services Network of Illinois. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in social work from Michigan State University and her master of arts degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

John Barbee Chief Growth Officer VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

John Barbee

John Barbee serves as Chief Growth Officer, bringing more than a decade of experience with senior assisted living operations and 30 years in real estate development and construction.

Since joining Autumn Leaves in 2006, John has opened more than 45 Autumn Leaves communities, leading all aspects - from development, capitalization, and design through construction, operations, management, and marketing. He is both an experienced operator and entrepreneur, and is instrumental in Autumn Leaves' rise as an industry leader in standalone memory care.

Prior to his tenure as Chief Growth Officer, John served as Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Vice President of Construction, and Chief Administrative Officer.

From 1986 until joining Autumn Leaves, John was a business owner and general contractor, specializing in both commercial and high-end residential projects. His commercial projects included major renovations, additions, and new builds at mid-tier and upscale hotels, retail strip malls, medical plazas, and professional office buildings.

John attended Taft Community College in California and Steven F. Austin State University. He is a member of The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) and Argentum (formerly ALFA - the Assisted Living Federation of America).

Tracy Bazzell Executive Vice President VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Tracy Bazzell

Tracy serves as Executive Vice President of the company. 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 degree from Eastern New Mexico University.

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

Schekesia Meadough

Schekesia Meadough, BSN, RN, CDP, is 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 health care team across the organization, as well as review and evaluation of nursing protocols and administrative procedures.

Schekesia joined Autumn Leaves 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.

Bobby Jeffrey Vice President of Hospitality VIEW BIO CLOSE BIO

Bobby Jeffrey

As Associate Vice President of Hospitality, Bobby Jeffrey oversees all aspects of culinary and hospitality services for Autumn Leaves. 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 well as providing operational oversight for our regional maintenance 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 Autumn Leaves in 2004. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation, Texas Chefs Association, Argentum’s Chef Roundtable, and Intalere.