Joel is an Attorney with Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco. Joel represents of a wide array of developers, owners and operators of senior care communities, including, assisted living, continuing care and congregate senior communities. He focuses on operational, licensure and regulatory issues, resident issues and risk management issues. In addition, he has significant experience with disability discrimination issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act.
Joel has been a noted presenter at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the United States for senior care industry associations, legal organizations and university academic programs. Joel's practical approach to issues and vast experience with senior care communities also make him a popular presenter at in-house training programs for multi-facility providers. Joel is a founding member of the California Assisted Living Association and has served on its Board of Directors since its inception in 1994.
Ken Melkus served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of HealthWise of America, Inc. from its founding in 1993 until it was merged in 1996. He has also served as President and COO of Surgical Care Affiliates Inc., an owner and operator of independent ambulatory surgery centers.
As well as serving on numerous Boards of Directors such as Ardent Health Services, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, naviHealth, Inc. and Accredo Health, Ken serves as a Senior Advisor to Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, which specializes in health care and business services investments.
Ken and other Executives also founded the Nashville Health Care Council (NHCC), a vibrant association of health care leaders working to reinforce Nashville's position as the health care industry capital.