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Michael Schonbrun - President and CEO, Balfour Senior Care

Michael Schonbrun – President & CEO, Balfour Senior Care

Michael Schonbrun, Balfour’s Founder and CEO, founded Balfour in 1997 after learning about the senior living industry through his personal experiences shopping for a retirement for his recently widowed mother. He sees Balfour’s mission as offering a high quality continuum of care offering independent and assisted living and memory care programs in a rental (non-buy-in) setting. Schonbrun’s vision for Balfour is to be “the most admired senior housing company in America.”

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Elinda Dennis, Executive Vice President and CFO, Balfour Senior Care

Elinda Dennis – Executive Vice President and CFO, Balfour Senior Care

Elinda Dennis joined Balfour’s executive management team in January 2004. As Chief Financial Office and Executive Vice President, she is responsible for all finance, related aspects of the company, including fiscal operations at Balfour Senior Care, LLC, Balfour Retirement Community, Balfour Cherrywood Village, the Lodge at Balfour, and The Residences at Balfour. Elinda also oversees facilities management and human resources at each of the Balfour properties.

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Sandy Christensen, RN, NHA – Vice President of Operations and Executive Director of Balfour Retirement Community

Sandy Christensen, RN, NHA – Vice President of Operations and Executive Director of Balfour Retirement Community

Sandy has over 20 years experience in healthcare working at all levels in long-term care and assisted living. Sandy joined Balfour in 1999 as the director of nursing for four years and was then promoted to the position of Executive Director. Previously she has worked as assistant director and director of nursing, staff development coordinator, and charge nurse for a national nursing home chain with facilities in Colorado.

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Megan Carnarius, RN, MT, NHA - Executive Director, Balfour Cherrywood Village

Megan Carnarius, RN, MT, NHA – Executive Director, Balfour Cherrywood Village

Megan Carnarius joined Balfour as Executive Director of Balfour Cherrywood Village in 2002. She is a nurse, licensed nursing home administrator, and a much sought after speaker on the topic of Alzheimer’s care, a specialty that she has focused on in her training, management, and program design for more than a decade.

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Susan Juroe, Esq. – General Counsel, Balfour Senior Care

Susan E. Juroe, Esq. is General Counsel for Balfour Senior Living. Prior to joining Balfour in 2003, she was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight, LLP, the nation’s second largest law firm, specializing in real estate development and finance. Her area of emphasis is affordable and senior housing development and the programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Lindsay Mitchell – Marketing Manager, Balfour Senior Care

Lindsay Mitchell – Marketing Manager, Balfour Senior Care

Lindsay joined the Balfour family in August 2013 as the Marketing Manager.  Lindsay works closely with fellow Balfour staff members and external vendors to share the Balfour Senior Living brand and vision. She performs a wide variety of marketing activities that include event planning, advertising, online branding strategy, and development of corporate marketing collateral.

Jane Drury, SPHR – Director of Human Resources

Jane Drury, SPHR – Vice President of Human Resources, Balfour Senior Care

Jane joined Balfour in 2006 and is responsible for all human resources aspects of the company including employment and staffing, compensation and benefits, employee relations and compliance. Jane has over 20 years of experience working in the human resources field.

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Kari Degerness – Executive Director, Balfour Retirement Community

Kari joined the Balfour team in April 2014. She joined us from Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, Colorado where she was the Nursing Home Administrator, overseeing their 132 bed skilled nursing care center.

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Balfour’s Advisory Board

Balfour Senior Living Advisory Board

Balfour Senior Living’s advisory board meets quarterly to discuss key strategic, financial and operational aspects of the business. The board includes (from top left to right) Mr. Zack Neumeyer, a hotel and hospitality entrepreneur; Mr. James Krantz, a business psychologist and consultant based in New York City; Mr. Charles Wilke, an investment banker based in Seattle; Mr. Jim Bunch, an investment banker specializing in acquisitions and mergers; Ms. Susan Juroe, Balfour’s legal counsel whose area of expertise is housing finance; Michael Schonbrun, Founder and CEO of Balfour Senior Living.


Balfour’s Leasing Team

Independent Living – The Cottages, The Lodge, The Residences and The Retreat

Peter Torrens

Peter Torrens – Leasing Consultant

Peter began his career at Balfour in 2004 as a Leasing Team Assistant for The Lodge at Balfour. Soon after he was promoted to the position of Move-In Coordinator and then to Senior Leasing Consultant. During his time at Balfour he has assisted more than one-hundred new and existing residents with their moves to independent living and throughout Balfour’s continuum. Prior to joining Balfour Peter worked in the property management industry for more than 20 years as an Executive Rental Manager and Executive Rental Operations Manager. He also owned and managed a credit and background check company.


Cynthia Hogarth – Leasing Consultant

Prior to working with Balfour, Cynthia had a career in the luxury goods and high-tech industries where she had the opportunity to develop many relationships within the Boulder community.  Most of her life has been spent in the Boulder area and Cynthia feels very strongly about giving back to the community that has enriched her life so greatly.  She has served on the board of directors of YWCA and volunteered her time with many local non-profit organizations.  Cynthia received her Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Business from Wesleyan University.  She enjoys skiing, bicycling and hiking with her golden-doodle, Chloe.

Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing

Balfour Retirement Community – The Villa, The Wellshire, The Club

Kristine Wert

Kristine Wert, New Resident Advisor

Kristine joined the leasing team at Balfour Retirement Community in January of 2008. Prior to that she held positions in the Life Enrichment and Transportation departments at The Lodge at Balfour. In her position as New Resident Advisor she works closely with incoming residents and their families from the decision-making process through move-in.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Care – Balfour Cherrywood Village

Debbie Pownall, New Resident Advisor

Debbie Pownall, New Resident Advisor

Debbie Pownall joined Balfour in August 2002, working at both Balfour Retirement Community and Balfour Cherrywood Village. In May of 2003, Debbie became the New Resident Coordinator at Balfour Cherrywood Village. In this position, Debbie is the liaison between family members and staff throughout the move-in process. Debbie’s true desire is to work with families as they strive to find a community that offers only the best for their loved ones. Prior to joining Balfour, Debbie was a retail sales manager for a national department store chain and was also a manager for Liberty Life Insurance Company. One of Debbie’s proudest accomplishments was working as an interpreter for the deaf for nine years. Debbie completed the certification program in gerontology with University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus in the spring of 2011.