Volume LIIIMay 2006Number 2

Masonic Villages News

Leadership Changes

After 13 years as Executive Director of the Masonic Village at Sewickley, beginning when the facility was a nursing home owned by the Valley Care Association before becoming part of the Masonic Villages, B.J. Franks is ready to take on a new role. She has transitioned to Director of Organizational Planning, a position in which she will elevate the community's gift planning efforts and work toward potential growth opportunities to achieve organizational goals. "I feel as if this community has been my 'baby,' so to speak, and now that it has matured, it's my goal to help it to continue to grow and prosper," she said.

Robert W. Kocent has been promoted to Executive Director for the Masonic Village at Sewickley, taking over for Mrs. Franks. Bro. Kocent, a member of Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh, joined the Masonic Village as Assistant Executive Director in March 2005. He is now responsible for all facets of operation for the community, including the implementation of the strategic plan for the Masonic Village at Sewickley and providing leadership to staff in service enhancement, quality improvement and regulatory compliance.

Bro. Kocent earned his master's degrees in both social work and health administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a certified healthcare executive and licensed nursing home administrator.

"The Masonic Village at Sewickley is an exceptional lifecare community, with so much to offer and a limitless potential," Bro. Kocent said.

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