December 15, 2016
ORLANDO–Sonata Senior Living, an emerging leader in the senior living industry, announced that Shelley Esden has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.
“As a founding member of Sonata Senior Living, Shelley’s comprehensive knowledge of the senior housing landscape and her impactful team-focused leadership style, has been the driving force behind our growth and success,” said Stuart J. Beebe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonata Senior Living. In her new role, her innovative thinking and vision will continue to enhance the strategic direction, growth and profitability of our company.
As Chief Operating Officer, Shelley will oversee the company’s operational and care initiatives, and employee development. She will also advance innovative strategies, consistent with Sonata’s vision of best-in-class care and hospitality services for our residents.
As the senior housing business continues to evolve, Shelley’s passion, dedication, and resident-centric focus, will ensure that Sonata responds and adapts to the changing wants and desires of today’s seniors.
“Serving seniors is not just a career for me, but truly a calling that I passionately embrace every day,” said Shelley. “I am incredibly energized to help lead the company to its next phase, ensuring Sonata’s tradition of excellence and industry innovation thrives.”
Shelley has over 18 years of leadership experience in the senior housing industry, holding senior management and regional director roles with nationally recognized owners, developers and operators, including Summerville Senior Living, Legacy Senior Living and Marriott Senior Living.
Shelley began her career in senior housing, working on elderly initiatives with the State of Florida. She graduated with honors from Florida State University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration, and from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.