Excellence in Management & Governance
Kendal selects management staff with a wide variety of backgrounds whose desire to serve arises from a religious or philosophical base and a deep ethical commitment to our mission and values. We operate in accordance with basic principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and from a not-for-profit perspective. Board members serve as volunteers. Conflicts of interest are disclosed, including those inherent in community members serving on the boards.
Sean M. Kelly, President & CEO
Sean succeeded John Diffey as Kendal’s President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2016. Sean has served as Kendal’s Director for New Business Development since 2008. While at Kendal, Sean has been responsible for leading and managing organizational efforts aimed at fostering new opportunities for growth, while supporting planning and development initiatives for existing Kendal communities. Sean is well-known in the aging services field and has been a frequent speaker around the country, and beyond, on numerous topics. Sean joined Kendal after 11 years with Connecticut-based Retirement Living Services — a development, finance, marketing and operations consultant to senior housing and service providers throughout the United States. In 1992, Sean graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, and in 2014 he completed an Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Nora E. Adelmann, Senior Vice President, Governance
Nora joined Kendal in 1978 after serving as an administrative intern from 1977-78 for Kendal-Crosslands. In more than thirty years with Kendal, Nora has served in a variety of roles, ranging from administrator of Kendal at Longwood, Coniston and Ralston House (management contract in Philadelphia) to child day care administrator and public relations coordinator. She currently serves as a site team member, coordinator, and mentor for CARF/CCAC. She served on the Pennsylvania nonprofit association of homes and services for the aging board and as president of the five-county Philadelphia area chapter. She earned a master’s degree in human resource management from Widener University, a master’s degree in planning/administration/policy development from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Judith V. Braun, Chief Operating Officer
Judy joined The Kendal Corporation in 2001. She works in close cooperation with Executive Directors, affiliate Boards of Directors, and Kendal staff, serving as coach and facilitator to improve the performance of the Kendal system of affiliates. Prior to joining Kendal, Judy was the Executive Director and President/Chief Executive Officer of The Washington House, Alexandria, Virginia. She is a past Commissioner of the CARF-CCAC and is a fellow and past President of National Gerontological Nursing Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Carlow College, a Master of Science degree in nursing and gerontological nursing, and Doctor of Philosophy in geriatric mental health nursing, each from Case Western Reserve University.
Beverly Grove, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
Beverly joined Kendal in 2013, bringing leadership experience in fundraising for higher education, as well as health care experience, to the position. Previously, Beverly worked in development and institutional advancement for Penn State University, the University of Pennsylvania and as Director of Major Gifts at Bryn Mawr College. Beverly has a Bachelor of Science degree in health education from Temple University in Philadelphia. From 1984 to 2000, she worked in health education, sales and marketing for several health care organizations, including Taylor Hospital, HealthSouth, American Red Cross, and Main Line Health at both Paoli Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Amy Harrison, Chief Financial Officer
Amy took the reins as Kendal’s CFO in 2016. She has been a part of the Kendal family since 2011 as CFO for Collington, a Kendal-affiliated continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in suburban Washington, D.C. A certified public accountant and experienced finance executive, Amy holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting, from Northwood University, West Palm Beach, Florida She also has earned the newest international accounting credential, that of a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Before joining Collington as CFO in December 2011, Amy served as the Director of Finance at Columbia Vantage House Corporation, a not-for-profit CCRC located in Columbia, Maryland. Before that she served for 12 years as Director of Accounting at Bishop Gray Inns, two faith-based CCRCs in Lake Worth, Florida.
Colleen Ryan Mallon, Chief Marketing Officer
Colleen leads Kendal’s marketing and communications team and develops marketing, sales, communication and public relation programs and systems to support the organization’s strategic direction and align each affiliate’s marketing and sales plan and activities with Kendal’s short- and long-term objectives. She also promotes and protects Kendal’s brand, oversees the planning, development and execution of national marketing, sales and advertising initiatives for the Kendal System as a whole and helps affiliates conduct market research and develop sales strategies specific to their markets and specific needs. Colleen joined Kendal in 2016 after 13 years leading the marketing and sales operations, along with other evolutionary initiatives, at Goodwin House, a well-respected and successful not-for-profit organization that has grown to provide an array of services, communities and programs for older adults in northern Virginia. Colleen earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/gerontology, with additional concentrations in women’s studies and biomedical ethics, from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She also has done master’s level coursework in long-term care administration at the State University of New York in Utica and has been licensed as a nursing home administrator in Virginia since 1995.
Wanda Whitted-Smith, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Wanda is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She also serves on the board of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. Wanda began her career in human resources as manager of staff relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and biology. In 1993, Wanda was named Vice President for Human Resources and Development at Germantown Hospital & Medical Center, and from 1996 through 1999 she served as Vice President for Human Resources for Health Partners, a health maintenance organization. From 2000 to 2013, Wanda worked for Schnader Harrision Segal & Lewis, LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm with seven offices nationwide. As Chief Human Resources Officer/National Director, she developed and implemented firm-wide human resources policies and procedures, assisted the firm with diversity initiatives and oversaw the conversion to a new human resources information system, payroll and attendance system, and a benefits enrollment system.