Meet Us

Howie Groff – President & Principal

Mr. Groff has over 30 years of experience in the health care profession. He has demonstrated expertise in executive management for post care organizations and has served in various executive management positions for multi-facility operations.

In January 1989, he formed Tealwood Care Centers; now known as Tealwood Senior Living. As president, Howard has overall responsibility for Tealwood’s financial and operational objectives as well as developing growth strategy and establishing company policy. His leadership responsibilities involve him in finance, accounting, operations, acquisitions and development. His primary responsibilities are to develop and maintain business relationships with banking institutions, legal counselors, insurance carriers, fellow providers and developers.

In 1999, Mr. Groff co-founded TWSL along with the owners of Shelter Corporation. TWSL has management and development responsibilities for its own portfolio in addition to those post acute care facilities owned by Senior Care Communities, a not-for-profit corporation.

Mr. Groff served as Chair of the National Center for Assisted Living and remains very active in the American Health Care Association, currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Quality Cabinet. He formerly served on its Executive Committee as the Vice Chair of the Regional Multi Facility Committee.

Gail Sheridan, RN – Chief Clinical Operations Officer & Principal

Ms. Sheridan, RN, is the Chief Clinical Operations Officer and a principal of Tealwood Senior Living since 1989. She is an experienced nurse specializing in Geriatric Nursing and serves over 45 Skilled and Assisted Living communities in four states. Ms. Sheridan is responsible for Clinical Care Systems/Quality Improvement, Regulatory Compliance, Human Resources and shares responsibility for the Workers Compensation Loss Control Services program and Risk Management. Ms. Sheridan is actively involved in Care Providers of Minnesota serving on the Board of Directors, Chair of the Quality Committee and past Chair of the Board of Directors. In addition she is a member of the Survey/ Regulatory Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee for the American Health Care Association. She works with several governmental agencies in the continuing effort to assure efficient and effective regulatory processes and quality improvement.

Molly Toulouse, LNHA – Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Toulouse started in the long term care profession in 1990 and began her career at Tealwood Care Centers in 1998. Prior to that time, she worked in the banking profession. Her background includes financial management, information technology, accounting and financing. Currently, she manages the accounting department for Tealwood overseeing financial statement preparation, cost and compliance reporting, banking relationships, financial system development, cash management and other accounting functions. She also works with bankers when financing new projects and re-financing existing debt. Ms. Toulouse has served on various committees at Care Providers of Minnesota.

Greg Brown – Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Brown is a CPA with over 35 years of experience in the health care profession. He has executive management experience with several multi-facility organizations.

Mr. Brown joined Tealwood Senior Living in 1998 as the Chief Financial Officer. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Tealwood Senior Living and their joint venture management company with Shelter Corporation. His primary leadership responsibilities include strategic planning, management of existing operations, financial management, investor relations and business development.

Prior to joining Tealwood Senior Living, Mr. Brown was the Chief Operating Officer for a company that operated skilled nursing facilities, independent & assisted living properties and home health agencies. The company had operations in six different states. His responsibilities included strategic planning, management of existing operations, development of new properties and securing the financing of such projects.

Mr. Brown’s career began in 1979 with Beverly Enterprises. In 1996, he was promoted to Vice President of Finance for the Specialty Services Division, which operated 300 skilled nursing facilities in urban markets. Mr. Brown also held the position of Director of Finance for the North Central Region from 1989 through 1996. The North Central Region operated 120 skilled nursing facilities in the states of Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

David Lucia, Ph.D – Vice President Human Resources

Mr. Lucia has worked in the field of Human Resource Management in the healthcare profession for over 20 years. He has previously held HR leadership positions as Division Manager of Human Resources with a national long-term care organization and Director of Human Resources with a regional hospital system. He holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s Degree in Management from The College of St. Scholastica and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. He currently serves as a member of the Care Providers of Minnesota Education Committee, American Health Care Association Workforce Development Committee and HIRED Healthcare Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Lucia has several years of experience teaching in the field of management as an adjunct professor, in both undergraduate and graduate programs, on subjects such as leadership, team development, organizational behavior, strategic management and organization development.

Chris Krebsbach, LNHA – Vice President of Operations

Mr. Krebsbach began his career as a Personal Care Assistant caring for individuals in a group home setting. Following that endeavor, he became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator where he has worked as an Executive Director in numerous facilities over the past 10 years.

Additionally, Mr. Krebsbach has been a member of the Political Action Committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, served as a preceptor to aspiring Administrators through the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and participated as a master examiner for the American Health Care Association Quality awards process. Mr. Krebsbach joined Tealwood Senior Living in spring of 2012 where his responsibilities include the overall operations for housing with services.

Amanda Johnson RN, LNHA – Vice President of Clinical Operations/Corporate Compliance Officer

Amanda Johnson has worked in long term care since 1989. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of MN, Morris. She is a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator. Prior to becoming a mutli-facility consultant, Ms. Johnson has served as an administrator and Director of Nursing Services of Skilled Nursing facilities, Medicare Certified Home Care agencies, Assisted Living Home Care agencies and Assisted Living facilities. Other responsibilities included developing skilled nursing, housing and home care policy and procedures, health information technology, regulatory compliance, rehab management, corporate compliance, collaborative performance improvement projects, multiple aspects of quality improvement and company leadership training programs.

Lisa Zeis, MSCCC-SLP – Vice President of Operations Support

Ms. Zeis is a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 22 years of experience in rehabilitation, specializing in geriatric care settings. Ms. Zeis began her career with a large national provider of contract rehabilitation services which specialized in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. As an Area Vice President, she was responsible for the contract management of multiple sites and the development of several rehabilitation programs. In 1999, Ms. Zeis joined Birchwood Companies, Inc. as a Director of Rehabilitation and Quality Performance. Within this role, Ms. Zeis was responsible for the education, implementation and integration of company-wide quality improvement programs designed to quantifiable improve the provision of care delivery and enhance customer satisfaction.

Ms. Zeis joined TWSL as an Operations Consultant in 2007 upon the acquisition of Birchwood Companies. In addition to providing consultation to the contracted rehabilitation programs, Ms. Zeis is also involved in the development of initiatives such as company-wide wellness and other projects designed to improve customer satisfaction and enhance operations.

Jeanne Jaeckels – Director of Housing Development

Ms. Jaeckels has been in the long term care field for over 30 years working in the areas of developmental disabilities, therapeutic recreation and senior housing.

Ms. Jaeckels started working for Tealwood Senior Living in 1998. She started as the Housing Manager for a Tealwood independent senior living community and assisted with the development of Tealwood’s first assisted living community. She has done operations and development and is currently the Director of Housing Development for Tealwood Senior Living. In this position she has oversight for the development and start up of new building projects. She also works with the marketing process of new development. Ms. Jaeckels is active in communities as well as being a board member for Care Providers of MN and the National Center for Assisted Living.

Trish Lies – Director of Financial Services

Ms. Lies began her career in long-term by working as a business office staff in a large metropolitan skilled nursing facility. She worked the various business office positions including office manager/department head throughout the five years of her employment.
Ms. Lies has been with Tealwood Care Centers since 2001. In her current position she works with the financial consultants to train and implement various business office policies and procedures. She has oversight responsibility for the billing and collections processes for all nursing, assisted living and senior housing facility operations. She assists in reviewing current Tealwood systems, in implementation and training of various programs. Additionally, she has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the corporate HIPAA program and various other programs.

Monica Hunter – Director of Business Development

Ms. Hunter has been an LPN for over 20 years beginning in long term care moving to post surgical nursing, home care, and assisted living. Her background of working for Millward Brown International in marketing research and client relations gave her the passion for the clinical, marketing, and operations mix, moving her to healthcare marketing and management where she has been for the last 10 years. Her skill has been in development and growth in diverse healthcare service lines from assisted living, long term care, home care, pharmaceuticals, and DME.

She is excited to have brought her sales, marketing, and operations acumen to Tealwood Senior Living as Director of Business Development. In this role she is developing and refining a sales team and process, sales and marketing strategy with integration of new service lines in a fast paced and changing landscape. Her passion and vision is with end goal to provide the patients, residents, and tenants with the best possible lifestyle and outcome, focused on the Tealwood mission to “Enrich the lives of those we serve”.