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Senior Management

Senior Management

Orion H. Bell IV, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Contact: contactme@benrose.org | (216) 791-8000

Orion Bell is President and Chief Executive Officer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. He joined Benjamin Rose in 2019 with more than 30 years of leadership experience in not-for-profit management. Prior to joining Benjamin Rose, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, the largest of Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging, overseeing a staff of 240 and an operating budget of $27 million

Orion Bell is President and Chief Executive Officer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. He joined Benjamin Rose in 2019 with more than 30 years of leadership experience in not-for-profit management. Prior to joining Benjamin Rose, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer at CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, the largest of Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging, overseeing a staff of 240 and an operating budget of $27 million.

During his tenure at CICOA, the organization grew to have an annual economic impact of more than $100 million through services, grants and vendor payments. CICOA’s care managed population grew from 2,753 to 8,528, and the organization achieved accreditation for its Flourish care management service.

Before joining CICOA, Bell served at the American Red Cross in a variety of capacities, including the Director of Chapter Operations Support for the Great Lakes Service Area; Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Worth, TX, chapter; Executive Director of the Topeka, KS, chapter; and Assistant General Manager of the Louisville, KY, chapter. He has been an active member of the American Society on Aging and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Bell earned both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and humanities from the University of Louisville.

David M. Bass, PhD

Senior Vice President, Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Center for Research and Education

Contact: researchandeducation@benrose.org | (216) 373-1664 | Download CV (PDF)

Dr. David Bass is Senior Vice President, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. He has led over 80 funded research projects on topics such as: coping with chronic illness; family caregiving; quality of care and services; dementia and dementia care; and use and impact of formal services and informal support. Results of these investigations have been widely published in scientific and clinical journals, such as the Journal of the American Geriatric Society and The Gerontologist. Results also have been used to develop innovative programs for older adults and their family members, such as BRI Care Consultation™, which has been delivered by over 60 licensed service organizations across the US.

Dr. David Bass is Senior Vice President, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Research and Education at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. He has led over 80 funded research projects on topics such as: coping with chronic illness; family caregiving; quality of care and services; dementia and dementia care; and use and impact of formal services and informal support. Results of these investigations have been widely published in scientific and clinical journals, such as the Journal of the American Geriatric Society and The Gerontologist. Results also have been used to develop innovative programs for older adults and their family members, such as BRI Care Consultation™, which has been delivered by over 60 licensed service organizations across the US.

His current research focuses on development, testing and implementation of evidence-based programs, with a special emphasis on care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and their family caregivers, and caregiving among diverse populations. In accord with the mission of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, a consistent theme of Dr. Bass’ work is the translation of research into practical applications that enhance the wellness of, and quality of care for, older adults and their family members. Dr. Bass received his doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Akron and Kent State University in 1985.

Janice Brennan, CPA

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Contact: contactme@benrose.org | 216-373-1602

Janice Brennan, CPA, is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO),at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. In this role she oversees all finance, accounting and payroll operations for Benjamin Rose and its subsidiaries. She joined Benjamin Rose in January, 2020. Brennan has over 15 years of progressive experience in not-for-profit accounting, which includes knowledge and oversight in areas comprising audit; 990 and compliance reporting; investment accounting; budgets and forecasts; as well as strategic financial planning. 

Janice Brennan, CPA, is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO),at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. In this role she oversees all finance, accounting and payroll operations for Benjamin Rose and its subsidiaries. She joined Benjamin Rose in January, 2020.

Brennan has over 15 years of progressive experience in not-for-profit accounting, which includes knowledge and oversight in areas comprising audit; 990 and compliance reporting; investment accounting; budgets and forecasts; as well as strategic financial planning. 

Prior to joining Benjamin Rose, Brennan was the Controller for The Cleveland Orchestra from 2017 to 2019. She also served as CFO of the Barberton Community Foundation from 2014 to 2019 after completing close to 9 years in public accounting with Brockman Coats Gedelian & Company (now Sikich), where she had a significant focus on not-for-profit entities. 

Brennan was active in the Barberton community while working at the Foundation, and served as Treasurer of Neighborhood Conservation Services of Barberton and was a member the Rotary Club. She has also served as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina & Stark Counties, holding positions of Vice President, Treasurer and chair of various fundraising endeavors. Additionally, she served as a finance committee volunteer with the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Brennan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University before becoming licensed as a CPA. She is an active member of the Ohio Society of CPA’s.

Mary Marita, LNHA, MHSA

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Contact: contactme@benrose.org | (216) 373-1807

Mary Marita is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and its subsidiaries Benjamin Rose Property LLC, Eldercare Services Institute LLC and Rose Centers for Aging Well LLC. She has more than 22 years of executive leadership and administrative experience in the field of aging including long-term care and community-based organizations.

Mary Marita is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and its subsidiaries Benjamin Rose Property LLC, Eldercare Services Institute LLC and Rose Centers for Aging Well LLC. She has more than 22 years of executive leadership and administrative experience in the field of aging including long-term care and community-based organizations.

She joined Benjamin Rose 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, Marita has been responsible for property management and campus development of the organization's subsidiary, Benjamin Rose Property LLC. In 2008 Marita was responsible for the award of a $4.3 million grant under HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program to rehabilitate 36 units of housing. In 2011, she oversaw the renovation of these 36 one-bedroom units added to Margaret Wagner Apartments, the organization's affordable senior housing located 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 behavioral health services, social work, adult day services, senior companions, BRI Care Consultation™ as well as a home-delivered meal program and seven senior centers. In 2015, Marita oversaw and managed the $1.25 million sale of 1.5 acres of campus property to Choice One Development for future development by Fresenius Medical Care.

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 1998.

In 2012, 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. She is a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2014 and a 2015 graduate of the American Society on Aging Leadership Institute. Marita currently serves on the Dance Alliance of Beck Center, and recently served on the Greater Shaker Square Area Development Corporation.

Michael Billnitzer, SHRM-SCP

Executive Director of ESOP, Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Contact: contactme@benrose.org | (216) 373-1854

Michael Billnitzer is the Executive Director of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), where he oversees the strategic development, operations and implementation of ESOP’s programs. He also serves as a Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Billnitzer has 25 years of human resources and organizational development (OD) experience, and a passion for strategic planning, performance management and leadership development. His recently led projects at ESOP include: Board Transformation and Development (2014); Executive Director Search and Transition Process (2013); Strategic Planning Implementation (2011); and HR and OD Transformation (2010).

Michael Billnitzer is the Executive Director of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), where he oversees the strategic development, operations and implementation of ESOP’s programs. He also serves as a Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

Billnitzer has 25 years of human resources and organizational development (OD) experience, and a passion for strategic planning, performance management and leadership development. His recently led projects at ESOP include: Board Transformation and Development (2014); Executive Director Search and Transition Process (2013); Strategic Planning Implementation (2011); and HR and OD Transformation (2010).

Billnitzer has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Toledo with additional studies at Harvard University, is a certified trainer of Blanchard's "Situational Leadership" and a 2014 graduate of the Social Transformation Project's "The Art of Transformational Consulting." He is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP), and currently serves on the Steering Committee for The Cleveland Foundation’s HR Collaborative for Non-Profit organizations. Billnitzer’s clients and employers have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits.

Dabney K. Conwell, MSSA, LSW

Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well, Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Contact: RCAW@benrose.org | (216) 373-1954

Dabney K. Conwell is Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well and Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She joined Benjamin Rose in 2015. Conwell has committed her career to working with underrepresented populations developing, implementing, supervising and evaluating social service programs. Prior to joining the Benjamin Rose senior management team, she served as Executive Director of the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center. She was also previously Project Coordinator of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and later became a national trainer and program supervisor for FAST in Madison, Wisconsin. She has also served as a social worker with the East Cleveland City School District and Guidestone. Conwell’s professional passion includes addressing issues of inequity for marginalized populations.

Dabney K. Conwell is Executive Director of the Rose Centers for Aging Well and Vice President at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. She joined Benjamin Rose in 2015.

Conwell has committed her career to working with underrepresented populations developing, implementing, supervising and evaluating social service programs. Prior to joining the Benjamin Rose senior management team, she served as Executive Director of the East Cleveland Neighborhood Center. She was also previously Project Coordinator of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and later became a national trainer and program supervisor for FAST in Madison, Wisconsin. She has also served as a social worker with the East Cleveland City School District and Guidestone. Conwell’s professional passion includes addressing issues of inequity for marginalized populations.

She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

Conwell received her Master of Social Service Administration degree at Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Edinboro University. Conwell completed the YWCA Women’s Momentum Leadership Program in 2015. Ms. Conwell is an inaugural Fellow with the Sisters of Charity Innovation Mission, developing the first Food is Medicine process in Cuyahoga County; she is also the recipient of the CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. She is a National Board of Governor for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and co-chair of the local HRC Steering Committee.

Janet Schneider, MLRHR

Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance Officer

Contact: employment@benrose.org | (216)373-1632

Janet Schneider is the Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance Officer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and its subsidiaries and is responsible for all human resources functions including compensation and benefits; recruitment and selection; employee relations; and training and development. She joined Benjamin Rose in 2019 with over 20 years of non-profit management experience.

Janet Schneider is the Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance Officer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and its subsidiaries and is responsible for all human resources functions including compensation and benefits; recruitment and selection; employee relations; and training and development. She joined Benjamin Rose in 2019 with over 20 years of non-profit management experience. 

Prior to joining Benjamin Rose, Schneider served as Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance for a federally qualified health center with seven locations near Cleveland’s west side. In addition, she held various leadership positions at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, including Operations Director for the Y-Haven Branch, New Business Development Director and Executive Director of Child Care Services.

Schneider earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Akron, and a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources degree from Cleveland State University.

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Board of Directors

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Board of Directors

Nancy A. Adams, JD
Chair

Sarah M. Dimling
Vice Chair

Cynthia H. Dunn
Past Chair

Connie Hill-Johnson
Secretary

Nancy Barnes, JD

Barbara Bellin Janovitz, JD

Kathryn Bryan, PhD

Belva Denmark Tibbs

Diane Downing

Patricia R. Frutig, JD

Amy Scott Gilchrist, JD

Giesele Robinson Greene, MD

Mona Gupta, MD

Katherine B. Hollingsworth, JD

Yvette M. Ittu

Kathryn Kaesberg

Hermine Krasny

Denise M. Kresevic, PhD

Christine A. Lobas

Lori A. Lozier

Jennifer I. Markworth

Eileen McConville

Sue Omori

Elizabeth F. Stueber

Annapurna Valluri, PhD

Benjamin Rose Property Subsidiary Board

Benjamin Rose Property Subsidiary Board

Lori A. Lozier
Chair

Patricia R. Frutig, JD

Amy Scott Gilchrist, JD

Jennifer I. Markworth

Eileen McConville

Robert V. Secrist

Peter Volas

Eldercare Services Institute Subsidiary Board

Eldercare Services Institute Subsidiary Board

Belva Denmark Tibbs
Chair

Amy Scott Gilchrist, JD

Mona Gupta, MD

Denise M. Kresevic, PhD

Mari Beth Zeni

ESOP Subsidiary Board

ESOP Subsidiary Board

Katherine B. Hollingsworth, JD
Chair

Eileen McConville
Vice Chair

Tiffinae Ware
Treasurer

Nancy Barnes

Carlos Chavez

John Farmer

Amy Scott Gilchrist, JD

Robert S. Ginsburg

Ann Hatvany

Carla Macklin

Jacques McKee

Jennifer Rodgers

Rose Centers for Aging Well Subsidiary Board

Rose Centers for Aging Well Subsidiary Board

Cynthia H. Dunn
Co-Chair

Barbara Bellin Janovitz, JD

Carol Dayton

Diane Downing

Giesele Robinson Greene, MD

Connie Hill-Johnson

Kathryn Kaesberg

Christine A. Lobas

Frank S. Novak

Sue Omori

Councilman Michael D. Polensek
Ex-Officio

Margaret Wagner Apartments Board of Directors

Margaret Wagner Apartments Board of Directors

Patricia R. Frutig, JD
Chair

Connie Hill-Johnson

Lori A. Lozier

Sara Wallace

Young Professional Council

Young Professional Council

Kathryn Bryan, PhD
Chair

Amanda Brewton
Vice Chair

Jennie Laeng
Secretary

Jennifer Cardellini
Co-Chair of Program Committee

Leonard Eiermann
Chair of Governance Committee

Sarah Finch
Co-Chair of Program Committee

Jennifer Salkin
Chair of Fundraising Committee

Meghan Schenkelberg
Chair of Marketing Committee

Joshua Akainda

Stephanie Barbee

Kanesha Boyd

Hannah Caldwell

Ashlee Cordell

Hue DeLuca

Kevin Grissinger

Julie Hayes

Emma Kopp

Amanda MacNeil

Tessa McQuillen

Ashley Morrissey

Cherrie Park

Olivia Pilon

Sara Ramasastry

Katie Schrader

Amy Vaughters

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