The Preserve has promoted Sarah Richard, MHA, LNHA, to assistant administrator. In this role, Richard’s responsibilities include oversight of planning, organization, operations and management, financial resources, human resources and leadership. A primary function is helping lead day-to-day operations of The Preserve’s Care Center in accordance with federal, state and local standards, as well as company practices and policies.

The Preserve, which is operated by the nonprofit Volunteers of America, offers private skilled nursing suites for senior residents with specialized or advanced health care needs, as well as boutique assisted living apartments and memory support suites.

Prior to her promotion, Richard was director of social services at The Preserve and also held roles as interim director of admissions and interim director of marketing. Previously, Richard was director of client services for the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, and was a social service director and social service assistant at Consulate Healthcare.

Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science degree in health care administration from Hodges University. She is a licensed nursing home administrator through the Florida Department of Health and a certified assisted living administrator through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

“Sarah has certainly proven herself over the three years she has worked at The Preserve,” said Ryan Keller, executive director at The Preserve. “She has devoted her entire career to senior care, and this role allows her to lead staff and develop programs that ensure residents will receive the highest level of rehabilitative and restorative care at The Preserve.”