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mary maritaMary Marita, MHsA, LNHA

Senior Vice President & COO

Areas of Expertise: Long-Term Care Management; Long-Term Care Services

Mary Marita is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She joined the Institute in 1999 as the Assistant Administrator of Kethley House, the organization's former 184-bed nursing facility and was named Executive Administrator in 2003.

Since 2006, Mary has been responsible for the property management and campus development of the organization's subsidiary, Benjamin Rose Property LLC. In 2011, she oversaw the renovation of 36 one-bedroom units added to Margaret Wagner Apartments, the organization's affordable senior housing in Cleveland Heights. In 2012, she was instrumental in negotiating the sale of the 144,000-square-foot Kethley House to Kindred Healthcare for $17.4 million. The following year, she led the development and construction of the organization's 31,000-square-foot, $11.4 million headquarters in Cleveland. Most recently in 2014, she assumed her current position, overseeing the organization's home- and community-based service subsidiaries, Eldercare Services Institute LLC and Rose Centers for Aging Well LLC, which include home care, mental health and social service programs as well as an adult day program, a partial hospitalization day program, a home-delivered meal program and six senior centers.

Prior to joining Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging more than 15 years ago, Marita began her career in the field of aging in Northeast Ohio as an Assistant Administrator with a for-profit long-term-care provider. She earned a master's degree in health services administration from Xavier University and a bachelor of science in business administration in management from John Carroll University. She has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Ohio since 1997.

In 2012, Ms. Marita was recognized by Crain's Cleveland Business in the 40 Under 40 awards. In 2014, she was honored as a Woman of Professional Excellence at the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards.