Members of Gardant Leadership Team Promoted to Top Positions

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JoEllen Bleavins and Julie Simpkins have been promoted to president and chief operating officer, respectively. They assumed their new roles April 1.

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I am extremely proud of both Jo Ellen’s and Julie’s past performance and accomplishments, and I am excited to announce their expanded roles within the Gardant team.

Gardant Management Solutions announced promotions for two members of the company’s executive leadership team.

JoEllen Bleavins, who has served as the chief operating officer, is the new president. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Gardant portfolio. Bleavins’ experience as chief operating officer, vice president of operations, regional director and community administrator have well-prepared her for one of the company’s top positions. Her evolving leadership role will help Gardant continue to carry out its mission and position the company for the future.

The role of chief operations officer will be filled by Julie Simpkins, Gardant’s Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development.

Simpkins has a wealth of multi-state operations and marketing experience, and she has played a valuable role as Gardant prepares for additional growth and expansion outside of Illinois. Simpkins’ broad healthcare and senior living management background, along with her engaging leadership style, will be a great asset as she transitions into her new role.

Rod Burkett will continue to serve as Gardant’s Chief Executive Officer. His focus will be on positioning Gardant as a leader in the assisted living industry, especially in the areas of affordability and accessibility. He will retain accountability for Gardant’s performance and continue his ambassador role with current and new partners, owners, investors, financing entities, regulators and trade associations.

Gardant Management Solutions is the largest provider of assisted living in Illinois. It operates more than 40 assisted living, senior living and memory care communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, the Metro East area of St. Louis, and other locations in northern, central and southern Illinois.

The company ranks as the 14th largest provider of assisted living in the country, according to Senior Living Executive, a publication of Argentum.

For more information about Gardant Management Solutions or the assisted living, senior living and memory care communities the company operates, visit or call 1-877-882-1495 toll-free.

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