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.”
Since its inception, Balfour has grown slowly and carefully into the leading provider of high quality senior housing and senior services in Colorado and, in the near future, Michigan. Hiring, training and retaining high quality personnel in a culture dedicated to exceeding residents’ expectations have been central to the company’s success. Coupled with its commitment to continue building award winning unique properties with outstanding architecture and tasteful, functional and colorful interior design, Balfour’s communities combine the charm of the world’s best clubs and grand hotels with the warmth of a great home.
From 1981-1991, Michael was President and Chief Executive Officer of National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory clinical and health care research center. Previously, Michael served as a special health care advisor to three governors and directed the state of Colorado’s nursing home licensure and certificate of need programs. He has written and spoken widely on emerging trends in America’s health care system, including senior housing.
Active in community affairs, Michael has chaired several statewide commissions on health care, environmental and economic development matters. Currently, he serves on the board of National Jewish Health and Boulder Country Day School. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association, and has held the Chairmanships of the Denver Air Pollution Council, the Governor’s Economic Development Commission on Health Care and the Denver United Way Campaign (Health Care industry). He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee, the Boulder Library Commission, the Colorado Association of the Home and Services of the Aging and the International Medical Corps.
Michael is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is married to Susan Juroe and the father of three sons.
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.
Susan has served on the boards of Affordable Housing Finance magazine, the Housing Bond Report, the Housing and Development Reporter and the National Leased Housing Association. In addition to publishing numerous articles relating to housing, Susan authored the Bond Financing chapter for Warren, Gorham & Lamont’s Housing and Development Forms and Commentary. She served in the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Special Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. She graduated with a B.A. in Literature from the American University in 1983 and with a J.D. from The Catholic University of America in 1986, both in Washington, DC.
Phill joined Balfour Senior Living in March of 2018 as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Phill has spent the majority of his life and career in Senior Housing, in nearly every function. The bulk of his career has been spent in operations as an Executive Director for over a decade and a Vice President of Operations for nearly five years. Phill’s passion is creating innovative ways to improve residents’ and employees’ satisfaction while ensuring that quality service is at the forefront of every action and decision. Phill attended Fresno State, where he studied Gerontology with an emphasis on Business. Phill resides in Boulder with his wife Erin, his children Harper and Asher, and their dog Bella.
Mark joined Balfour in April 2016 and is Vice President of Finance. As a senior financial officer and Certified Public Accountant (license inactive), Mark has over 30 years of experience in the areas of public accounting, financial services, capital markets and real estate investment. Prior to Balfour, Mark has been a key participant in a $30 million public stock offering, mergers and acquisitions, negotiated and structured over $600 million in debt financing and managed the multi-billion Treasury operation for real estate investments in multiple asset classes including multi-family and senior living properties. Additionally, Mark brings extensive experience in finance related process improvement that has generated significant operating efficiencies and proficiencies and growth management. Mark is a graduate from the University of Denver where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.
Brandi is Balfour’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. She has been an integral part of the growth development of Balfour Senior Living since the first independent living community opened in Boulder County. Additionally, she has held significant professional positions, including Sales Manager for a senior living community-based in Beaverton, Oregon, Transportation Manager/Events Department for the National Hockey League in New York City, and also spent six years organizing and operating events in the hospitality industry. Brandi earned a bachelor’s degree in sport and special event marketing from the University of South Alabama. She and her husband, Read, along with their daughter, Emmie, and Golden Retriever, Gypsy, spend their time hiking, biking, rock-climbing, fishing and exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Jeanette Allen RN BSN LNHA, joined Balfour Senior Living in November 2018. She has over 25 years of nursing experience, most of this time spent in leadership in Skilled Nursing and Senior Housing. Prior to joining Balfour, Jeanette spent a majority of her career as a Director of Nursing, Nursing Home Administrator and the last several years in both Regional and Divisional Nursing roles for a top 10 senior living provider.
Her experience makes her uniquely qualified to lead our clinical teams in ensuring that Balfour is providing the best quality of care and wellness for our residents. She is focused on enhancing Balfour’s electronic medical record platform, quality management programs, and consistency in policies and procedures across Balfour’s communities. She partners closely with our Life Enrichment, Memory Care and Culinary teams as part of Balfour’s holistic approach to Wellness. Jeanette is passionate about ensuring our care teams are provided the training and support they need to give our residents and their families the best care and service possible.
Jeanette resides in Erie with her husband Sam, their teenage son Sam, and their twins, Trevor and Reagyn.
Nora brings over 15 years of experience, most recently leading an HR/Learning and Development team of over 20 professionals at a publicly traded hospitality company with operations across the world. In addition, she has HR experience with an in-home senior care company as well as with several organizations with multi-state operations, including significant work with hospitality acquisitions. Her experience with national growth will be particularly useful as Balfour expands into other states. Nora has a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She is the Immediate Past Director of the Colorado Society of Human Resource Management.
Nora possesses both strong administrative talents and a keen strategic perspective. As a new member of the senior leadership team, Nora works closely with the CEO and COO to drive Balfour’s strategies to attract, retain, reward, and motivate top talent and top performance. Nora and her team play an invaluable role during a significant period of hiring and growth at Balfour. Nora is originally from Washington, DC and now spends her time enjoying the Colorado mountains hiking and skiing with her family.
Chris Smith Director, Construction & Asset Management
Chris Smith Director, Construction & Asset Management
Chris joined the Balfour team in June of 2018 as the Director of Construction and Asset Management. Chris has had an impressive career of more than 20 years in construction management. His portfolio includes major capital and private sector projects such as a $218MM Palmdale Regional Medical Center, $184MM federal government laboratory and clean room project, $189MM Four Seasons project as well as many other ground up community projects such as local schools and churches. Chris is determined to always deliver the best world-class projects and he takes pride in a true teamwork approach working with funding partners, owners, architects, engineers and general contractors. He believes strongly in a firm but fair style to project management and has over 12 years using a collaborative CMGC delivery method. His ownership mentality and hands-on approach mean you will regularly see Chris on site helping solve problems and closely monitoring progress at all Balfour projects.
Louise Garrels Director, Marketing & Communications
Katie has been a part of the Balfour team for almost 20 years and came on board shortly after the opening of Balfour Retirement Community in 1999. She performs a wide variety of duties as Office Manager and is responsible for supporting the company’s corporate initiatives and office operations as well as serving as the right hand to Balfour’s Founder and CEO, Michael Schonbrun. Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Denison University in Ohio. She and her husband Curtis live in Louisville and have two daughters.
Eric Bressler is the Regional Vice President of Operations. He oversees the Louisville campus, which is Balfour’s flagship location and home to over 400 residents.
Before joining the Balfour team, Bressler worked for another senior living community, both as the Executive Director in Northern California and the Regional Vice President for 18 communities on the east coast. He had spent 27 years in the hospitality industry before realizing his passion for a career in senior living. After searching for a senior living community for his grandmother, he made it his mission to assist families with making the same deeply personal and sensitive decision.
Bressler will oversees the Louisville campus, which provides options for independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. “It is an honor and privilege to serve the residents of such a prestigious senior living company. I moved to Colorado for the lifestyle here, couple that with the wonderful people I have met at Balfour, my work like balance is incredible.”
Dana Daunter Executive Director, Ann Arbor
Julie Nash Executive Director, Longmont
Kristen LeBlanc Executive Director, Cherrywood Village
Naomi Loebl Executive Director, Riverfront Park
Richard Conklin Executive Director, Lavender Farms
Tyler Nitta Executive Director, Stapleton
Zachary Strunk Executive Director, Littleton
Bethany Niehaus Associate Executive Director, The Residences & The Lodge
Krista Bracken Associate Executive Director. Riverfront Park
Michael Scully Associate Executive Director, Ann Arbor
Carrie Gray Director of Sales, Longmont
Jessica Mosier Director of Sales, Ann Arbor
Shawn Northcutt Director of Sales, Louisville, CO Campus
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