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 Kelly joined Kendal in 2008 and took on his current role in 2016. Prior to 2016, while at Kendal, Sean was responsible for fostering a culture of continuous improvement through leading and managing new opportunities for growth and evolution for Kendal. Sean has been a frequent speaker on many topics, including senior housing development, emerging trends, organizational management, leadership, and affiliation, merger and acquisition processes. Sean came to Kendal after 10+ years working with a development, finance, marketing and operations consultant to senior housing and service providers throughout the United States, where he served as Principal. Sean graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, in 1992 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.
Marvell Adams Jr., COO
Marvell Adams Jr. served as Executive Director/CEO of Kendal’s metro Washington, D.C.-area affiliate, Collington, for seven years, before being named The Kendal Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer in October 2018. Marvell came to Collington from Rochester, New York, where he was COO/Administrator at The Highlands at Pittsford, a continuing care retirement community affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Marvell earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He contributes to the academic community and helps cultivate the next generation of aging services professionals by serving as a regular guest speaker at Cornell University, UNC at Chapel Hill and Penn State. Since 2016, Marvell has served as Kendal’s Director for Emerging Talent, helping Kendal affiliates to identify, develop and maintain high-quality internship/fellowship opportunities that are academically relevant for students. Over the past decade, he also has been a surveyor for CARF, an accrediting body for health service providers and retirement communities worldwide.
Nora E. Adelmann, Senior Vice President, Governance and Strategy
Nora joined Kendal in 1978 after serving as an administrative intern from 1977-78 for Kendal-Crosslands. Current responsibilities include consultation and process leadership/facilitation in the Kendal System for governance/board development, strategic planning, and public policy/advocacy. In more than 40 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, the international accrediting body. She served on the Pennsylvania nonprofit association of homes and services for the aging board, as president of the five-county Philadelphia area chapter, and as a member of the Friends Services for the Aging Board of Directors. 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.
Stephen G. Bailey, Senior Vice President for New Business & Development
Steve joined Kendal’s corporate staff in 2012 as Project Director and has directed major expansion and repositioning projects for several Kendal communities, including Kendal on Hudson and Kendal at Ithaca. He also has served as a key resource for planning and developing new Kendal communities, including development plans for Kendal at Sonoma in northern California in partnership with the San Francisco Zen Center. Steve’s experience includes more than 30 years in real estate development and planning. During his career, he has had the opportunity to direct multiple large commercial, residential and institutional projects throughout the eastern United States from concept development through construction and occupancy. A Licensed Landscape Architect, Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments and the Urban Land Institute, and he has participated in panel discussions and presentations at national annual meetings of LeadingAge. Steve is a past Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and is a past member of the boards of directors of the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware chapter of CCIM and of the Philadelphia chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
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.