Meet our leadership.

Heron’s Key Board and Executive Leadership

Gary King

Gary King

Chair

Gary King retired in late 2014, after serving as executive director of the nonprofit Jubilee Services since 2005. Previously, Mr. King served as CEO of Swanson Dean Corporation, a residential builder and land developer. One of the major projects during his 22-year tenure was the 1,000-unit Providence Point Retirement Community. Other notable projects were several subdivisions in Sahalee and Somerset. Prior to Swanson Dean, Mr.King spent 16 years in the Construction division of Owens Corning Fiberglas, working the last 10 years as district manager of the Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Portland,Spokane, Boise, Billings and Anchorage.

Mr. King received a bachelor’s degree in construction management at San Jose State University. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa.

Mr. King has served on the board of several organizations, including the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, the First Presbyterian Church Foundation and the Lockwood Home Owners Association. He and his wife Jan are longtime residents of Bellevue. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

Lisa A. Hardy

Lisa A. Hardy

President & Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Hardy joined Emerald Communities as president and chief executive officer in January 2008. Since joining Emerald Communities, Ms. Hardy has led Emerald Heights, a subsidiary of Emerald Communities, through a successful master plan to reposition the community. Commencing in 2010 and completed in 2014, this comprehensive master plan included extensive renovation of existing buildings, as well as new construction. Projects included renovation and expansion of dining venues, updating of interior corridor and common use areas, addition of a new multipurpose/auditorium building, construction of new residential apartment homes, and replacement of the fitness and aquatic center. A new Life Plan Community, Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, is also in development with a planned opening in summer 2017.

With experience in leadership roles in the industry since 1988, Ms. Hardy was chosen for her experience and knowledge in operations of Life Care retirement communities. She previously led the new development and construction of projects on several Life Plan communities during a 14‐year tenure with Life Care Services. She has an additional seven years of experience with the United Presbyterian Home, a Life Plan Community in Washington, Iowa.

Hardy earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management concentration from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, as well as an associate’s degree in health care administration. She has received licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in the states of Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Indiana and Alabama.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Washington; Caring Communities, a leader in insurance and risk management serving not-for-profit senior housing and service providers throughout the United States; and Washington Care Services, a provider of a wide range of skilled nursing care and rehab services for people of all ages. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Institute on Aging; as a Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Evaluator; and as the Alabama state delegate for LeadingAge, association of community-based, nonprofit organizations.

James A. Antonucci, Jr. PhD, MBA, LNHA

James A. Antonucci, Jr. PhD, MBA, LNHA

Executive Director

James (Jim) Antonucci joined Heron’s Key as its executive director in April 2016. He brings to the community more than 15 years of experience in senior care, most recently as executive director at North Florida Retirement Village, a SantaFe Senior Living community in Gainesville, Florida. He also served as executive director at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, New Jersey, and at Marathon Health Group in Norwalk, Connecticut. He will oversee day-to-day operations at Heron’s Key.

Inspired by an early passion for food, Mr. Antonucci started his career as a culinary professional and trained at the Culinary Institute of American before interning at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria. He then moved on to own and operate his own highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City. His desire to spend more time with his young family led him into the field of health care operations and ultimately to senior living, which demanded a perfect blend of his hospitality and health care experience.

In addition to his education in the culinary arts, Mr. Antonucci has earned a bachelor’s degree in business/finance from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Haven, Connecticut, and a doctorate degree in design construction and planning, with a research focus in environmental gerontology, from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Lee Kilcup

Lee Kilcup

Vice Chair

Lee Kilcup has more than 35 years of expertise in construction management, business development and regional nonprofit leadership.

Mr. Kilcup retired in 2010 from a notable 27-year career at GLY Construction, where he rose through the ranks from project manager to president and CEO. During his tenure, the company enjoyed more than 20 years of profitability and growth. Volumes increased from $50 million in the early 1990s to over $500 million in 2009. Mr. Kilcup initiated significant investments in strategic planning, manpower, systems and overhead to manage the growing business. He also helped develop innovative employee compensation, shareholder transition plans and employee development programs.

During his career, Mr. Kilcup has managed a number of multimillion dollar construction projects, including: Mercy Medical Center; Scripps Medical Center; Quadrant Bothell phases 1, 2 and 3; Quadrant Monte Villa Center; Quadrant Fremont; Quadrant Seaway Center; Nintendo of America phases 2 and 3; NPIC insurance office (Bothell); State Farm regional office (Redmond); Spacelabs phase 2; World Vision headquarters; Boeing Employee Activity Center (Everett) and 777 Flight Test Facility; Target Factoria and Silverdale; Roosevelt Commons 2 office buildings; Microsoft Remodel Lab, Conferencing Center, Building 50 and Building 99; Bush School Math and Science building; Seattle Prep classroom buildings and garage; Bellevue Place remodel; and Lincoln Square office building.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Washington State University.

Mr. Kilcup has served — often as president — on the boards of several regional nonprofit organizations, including the Harbor History Museum, AGC of Washington, AGC Education Foundation, Ollalla Guest Lodge and WSU Architecture Advisory Committee.

He and his wife Anne have homes in both Bellevue, Wash. and Gig Harbor, Wash.

Daphne R. Schneider

Daphne R. Schneider

Secretary

Daphne R. Schneider is principal and owner of Daphne R. Schneider and Associates, a Seattle-based consulting firm providing assistance with difficult people and systems issues in the workplace. Services include investigation of allegations of harassment, discrimination and employee misconduct, executive/ leadership/employee coaching, team development, mediation, human resources consulting, facilitation of meetings and retreats, and related training. She has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations, consulted with many public, private and not-for-profit clients, and presented at numerous professional conferences.

Ms. Schneider also has more than 40 years of organizational leadership experience, having held senior human resources, business and support services management positions, as well as not-for-profit board leadership positions.

Ms. Schneider has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in organizational development from Central Washington University. She is a trained mediator, and is also a licensed private investigator.

Professional and community affiliations include having served as adjunct faculty for Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University, past president of the Western Region of the International Personnel Management Association, past president, officer and member of the board of directors for the Center for Human Services, former chair and member of the board of trustees of the Eastside Heritage Center, and former member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She is currently the vice chair of the boards of directors of Washington Care Services and Southeast Care Center Facilities, and is extensively involved with community initiatives in Seattle’s Othello neighborhood.

Robert G. Crist

Robert G. Crist

Treasurer

Robert G. Crist recently retired from his position as business administrator of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, where he had overall responsibilities for finance, human resources, facilities, and all activities not related to ministry.

Mr. Crist has more than 30 years of experience in professional management consulting and in senior executive positions. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crist has worked with more than 200 organizations in various industries. His positions included serving as chief financial and operating officer for Community Health Plan of Washington, and for 23 years as a partner with the international accounting and consulting firm of Ernst & Young, most recently as the partner in charge of services to both the health care and natural resources industries. In this role, several of his clients were continuing care retirement communities. He provided early professional advice during the formation of Emerald Heights.

Mr. Crist is a graduate of the University of Redlands and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Financial Executives Institute, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Crist has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations, including serving as president of the Bellevue Community College telecommunications advisory board, vice president of the Learning Disability Association of Washington, treasurer of the Health Care Purchasers Association, and treasurer of the board of trustees of Eastside Catholic High School, and on the finance committee of the Agros Foundation, a Christian third-world development organization.

Danna Van Horn

Danna Van Horn

Director

Danna Van Horn is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. She has served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches and as chaplain in three-acute care facilities in southern California. From 1993–1999, Rev. Van Horn was director of pastoral services at Presbyterian Inter-community Hospital in Whittier, Calif. She created a unique program of pastoral care among the 1,200-member hospital staff and served as pastor to staff, patients and families. Rev. Van Horn also served on the board of directors of the Whittier YMCA and as a member of two hospitals’ ethics committees.

Rev. Van Horn earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and has completed 1,600 hours of clinical pastoral education. She currently serves as associate pastor for Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. In this position, she heads the Deacon Ministry and various support groups, teaches, preaches and provides home and hospital visitation and counseling.

Rev. Van Horn has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in Washington, and is the very proud grandmother to grandson Daniel.

Al Chambard

Al Chambard

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Al Chambard joined Emerald Communities in 2008 as chief financial officer. He has more than 30 years of financial management experience with General Mills, Eddie Bauer and his own firm. In his 20 years with Eddie Bauer, Inc., he held a variety of finance and administrative positions, attaining the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer before leaving Eddie Bauer in 2003 to start his own firm, Chambard Investment and Resource Management. Mr. Chambard’s firm specialized in managing real estate properties, timber resources and financial investments.

His expertise includes financial and strategic planning, new business analysis, real estate and investment analysis, retail stores, internet and catalog business.

Mr. Chambard earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. He has passed the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner exams.

Kay H. Wallin

Kay H. Wallin

Vice President Marketing and Public Relations

Kay H. Wallin is currently vice president of marketing and public relations for Emerald Communities, the sponsor organization for Emerald Heights and Heron’s Key. Ms. Wallin joined Emerald Heights as the director of marketing and public relations in July 1992. Previously, she spent eight years as director of admissions for Horizon House in Seattle.

Ms. Wallin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Montana. She has received national certification as a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) through LeadingAge and the University of North Texas. She is a former member, and past chair, of LeadingAge Washington (formerly Aging Services of Washington) and also served as a member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Tom Stanfield

Tom Stanfield

Director of Marketing and Sales

Tom Stanfield is the director of marketing and sales for Heron’s Key, a not-for-profit senior housing and service organization.

Prior to his current position, he served as marketing consultant at Spectrum Consulting, where he oversaw budget, marketing, sales planning and leadership for positioning independent living expansion projects to nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in Washington, South Carolina and Georgia. He has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in management, and in developing and managing sales and operations in the hospitality, technology and senior housing industries.

He earned a bachelor degree from Seattle University and Alaska Methodist University. In addition, Stanfield has an Aging Services Professional Certification from University of North Texas.