Founder & CEO
Eric Jacobsen | Founder & CEO
Eric has 28 years of experience in the senior housing industry in a wide variety of capacities. After a brief stint in sales for an international conglomerate, he went to work for a senior housing company preparing feasibility studies and doing development consulting. In his next job he directed and assisted with the development and acquisitions activities for one of the largest senior housing companies in America, followed by a job as VP of development and acquisitions for a smaller company where he was quickly promoted to chief operating officer, where he assumed the responsibility for all facility operations for the company including field operations, and corporate office support. Eric assumed the title of Chief Operating Officer later that year just prior to the company’s public offering. Since leaving his last job, Eric has developed or acquired, and participates as an owner in approximately 29 senior housing communities. Eric is a graduate of the University of Oregon, with a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance.
President & COO
Dan Williams | President & COO
Dan joined Seasons Living in 2018 coming from Koelsch Communities based out of Olympia WA. As the Chief Operating Officer, he helped Koelsch establish itself as a premier operator in the industry. During his tenure, Koelsch grew from under twenty communities to thirty five with several more under development. Dan's leadership role was pivotal in providing stability and strategic planning for the fast-growing organization. Dan’s background includes senior housing leadership roles such as a COO, Vice President, Regional Director, Operations Specialist, and Executive Director for independent, assisted living and memory care communities. His accomplishments in those key positions have led to successful startups, community repositioning projects, turnaround’s and acquisitions. Dan started his career as a live-in community manager giving him unique operational insights at the very core of our industry. Throughout his career, he has provided thought-provoking oversight and strong direction for hundreds of communities and is often is called upon as a subject matter expert speaking at industry events and conferences. Dan lives in West Linn, Oregon with his wife Connie and their two dogs, Bentley and Bella. Dan is originally from Alabama where football is king! Roll Tide!
VP of Marketing & Sales
Lesley Yanak | VP of Marketing & Sales
With close to 30 years of senior living experience, Lesley Yanak, Vice President of Marketing & Sales is as gracious as she is talented. When Lesley walks into a room, you can sense her leadership presence and integrity and feel that she genuinely cares. Before Seasons Living, Lesley had already compiled an illustrious career: Trainer for A Place for Mom and a series of respected public and private companies specializing in retirement, assisted living, and memory care communities. An integral part of ground up-in development, stabilization, and acquisition, Lesley has allowed small to large sales, operations, training, and marketing teams shine. Lesley is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and received her BA in Business with a concentration in Marketing. While Lesley’s dedication to her career is heartfelt, her home life is complete with one husband, two children, and seven acres filled with an assortment of horses, chickens, goats, and don't forget the occasional peacock visitor.
Elsa Prosch, RN, BSN
Director of Health Services
Elsa Prosch, RN, BSN | Director of Health Services
Meet Elsa Prosch, an outdoor enthusiast with the loving, caring mantra of enriching the lives of others. With 28 years of nursing experience, Elsa began in obstetrics, running a fertility clinic, outpatient, community health, public health, home health, and hospice. The last 15 focused primarily in Skilled, Assisted Living, and Memory Care serving as Sr. Vice President of Clinical, VP of Clinical, Regional Director of Health Service and Operations, Director of Nursing, Health Service Director, and Director of People/Staffing.
Fly fishing elevates a pastime into real art, and Elsa’s passion includes traversing rivers and streams from Portland to Wyoming with her husband. Raising five children – biological, adopted, and foster care has earned her an additional six grandchildren. Elsa graduated from Ohio Christian University with a BSN degree.
Charity McInnis | Controller
Why are accountants always so calm, composed, and methodical? They have strong internal controls. Please welcome our Controller, Charity McInnis, who joined Seasons Living in August 2019. Previous experience includes Staff Accountant, GL Accountant, and 15 prior years of experience in a senior living management company. Graduating in 2004 from Oregon State University, Charity is loved at home by her husband Mike and daughter Olivia. When not at work, her family enjoys traveling to the countryside in their travel trailer.
Director of Operations
Sandy Hicks | Director of Operations
Sandy Hicks, Director of Operations, began his career in the Navy. As a seaman serving on the supercarrier, USS Forrestal CV-59, Sandy learned the fundamentals of teamwork, a people first strategy, and if the plumbing fails, we all fail. The Operations role in the senior living industry has many similarities to his time in the Navy, and for the last twenty years, Sandy has embodied a foundation of togetherness and commitment to leadership with roles in food service, business office, marketing, and operations specialist. As an Executive Director, Sandy led his own supercarrier by stabilizing communities and placing his department heads in positions of success. Today, he works throughout Seasons Living to deliver high standards and execute technical operational strategies.
Sandy has a little gold fever and spends time with his father-in-law prospecting, but he won’t say where. Sandy lives in Prescott, Arizona, with his beautiful wife Michelle, two dogs, and two birds. He has one son, Ryan who lives in the Seattle area, and when he is not running the ship as Seasons Living, he enjoys golf, basketball, and bowling.
VP Organizational Development
Lance Leland | VP Organizational Development
With a career in senior housing spanning nearly 30 years, Lance’s goal is to provide support to the community teams by ensuring company quality standards and culture keys are the norms rather than the exception. Family is his number one priority, and having a “work family” makes it feel less like work. Over the past three decades, Lance has served as an Executive Director, Regional Director, and Vice President of Operations. Lance is a proud father of 3 amazing children and takes every opportunity to spend time with them. From coaching football and basketball with his boys to the ballet with his daughter, Lance has a busy schedule. Lance, his wife Chris and children, live in Vancouver, WA taking advantage of all the Pacific Northwest offers.
Area Director of Operations
Director of Culinary Services
Gary Brooks | Area Director of Operations, Director of Culinary Services
Mix the cream cheese in a large bowl; Gary Brooks' biography reads like a recipe book for his famous peanut butter pie recipe. Twenty-seven years of opening and operating kitchens for retirement, assisted living, and memory care communities, including hospitals. Add a sprinkling of west coast destinations of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii, and you can see a common theme of Gary's kitchens. He ensures exceptional customer service standards and staff development which drives his passion for delicious food and excellent service that enriches residents' quality of life. Gary credits his family for his love of food, cooking, and the desire of sharing new flavors and dishes with people. Now Gary, how about finishing that delightful pie recipe?
Director of Quality Assurance
& Operations Support
Steven Bae | Director of Quality Assurance & Operations Support
Steven began his career in senior housing and healthcare in 1999 working as a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Heart of the Valley Nursing Home in Corvallis during summers between school years while attending college in Corvallis. This work experience inspired Steven to change his major field of study from Forestry to Healthcare Administration. Upon graduation, he went to work for Sunwest Management, Inc., heading up the sales and marketing effort at a newly opened community in Vancouver, Washington. In 2003, he moved to Sunwest’s corporate office as a financial accountant, preparing profit and loss statements, budgeting, bank reconciliations, and financial analysis for multiple properties. He then spent several years in development and acquisitions at Sunwest, preparing market studies, managing pre-development activities, and sourcing financing for new projects. He served as the Administrator in three different assisted and memory care communities. Steven is a graduate of Oregon State University with a major in Healthcare Administration, and a minor in Business Management. He has held his Administrator Certification in Washington, New Mexico, Hawaii, California, and Oregon. Steven is now primarily responsible for Season’s quality assurance and to provide support to operations.
Director of People & Culture
Vanessa Ceryance | Director of People & Culture
I love people and the processes of hiring; watching a dishwasher move to cook, earn their degree and then their chef jacket," said Vanessa Ceryance, Director of People and Culture. She then passionately exclaimed, "it doesn't get better than that!" It certainly doesn't, and for Vanessa, her career has equally advanced encompassing Operations and Marketing roles. She has served as an Executive Director in three Assisted Living and Memory Care communities in Oregon and Washington. Today, her crucial role is in assisting the leaders of our communities in building great teams that provide exceptional care to the seniors that we serve.
"We see staff who are building careers in the senior living industry and others who are passing through on their unique path," said Vanessa. "I see the best in people, and I have the opportunity to meet and engage with so many generous and caring individuals who make up our communities." A native to the Pacific Northwest, Vanessa grew up exploring hiking trails and earned her lifelong appreciation for nature. Living with her daughter Caitlyn they both enjoy traveling and spending time with Murphy, their chocolate lab.