Our Team

With a wealth of senior living experience, we’ll be your trusted partners and advisors in fulfilling your organization’s vision.

Camille Burke

Camille Burke
President, CLS

Camille Burke (formerly Thompson) guides the vision, direction and growth of CLS. She also helps clients plan, design and manage their senior housing and health care services. In addition to her work with existing communities, Camille assists clients in project development. She advises on space programming and product mix; coordinates all members of the project development team to ensure that the process runs efficiently; creates the management structure; implements policies and procedures; handles executive recruitment; and achieves desired outcomes.

Between 2007 and 2014, Camille served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CLC, where she led the organization to five-star ratings at all three of its communities. Her previous roles at CLC included Executive Director and Director of Sales & Marketing for Holly Creek Retirement Community. Financing for construction of this new community was contingent on pre-selling 70 percent of the independent living units, and Camille’s marketing efforts were central to exceeding this target. Camille has been part of the senior living industry since 1999.

In 2010, Camille completed the LeadingAge Leadership Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in restaurant, hotel and institutional management from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Jeff Trout
Vice President of Finance, CLS

Jeff has more than 23 years of experience in accounting and financial management. He directs the overall financial operations of CLS and assists clients in financial modeling, business plan development, market research, project development and operations.

Jeff’s areas of expertise include preparing pro forma analyses for proposed Continuing Care Retirement Communities and assisted living/memory support communities, assessing the impact of new services, and benchmarking a client’s financial indicators. Jeff also helps clients obtain financing for development and renovation projects, advising on operational issues, financial planning and project financing

Before joining CLS, Jeff served as the chief financial officer at CLC for 10 years and as its chief project management officer for five years. In these roles, he was responsible for accounting and finance for the entire organization and handled over $250 million in financing transactions.

Jeff is a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

Jeff Trout
Jill Vitale-Aussem, NHA

Jill Vitale-Aussem, NHA
Chief Operating Officer, CLS

Jill Vitale-Aussem has nearly 20 years of experience managing for-profit and not-for-profit senior living communities. She has often assumed leadership of challenged communities and has led each organization to success. Her track record includes achieving outcomes such as 100 percent occupancy and improvements to net operating margin ranging from 40 to nearly 120 percent.

Jill joined CLC in 2009 as the executive director of Clermont Park, where she led a $75 million redevelopment project, reaching 99 percent occupancy of new Life Care apartment homes within 12 months of opening.

Jill is a 2014 LeadingAge Leadership Academy Fellow, an Eden Alternative Guide and a Certified Eden Alternative Educator. She is passionate about creating community cultures of excellence, growth and empowerment and writes and speaks nationally on the topics of culture, leadership and ageism.LeadingAge Leadership Academy Fellow, an Eden Alternative Guide and a Certified Eden Alternative Educator. She is passionate about creating community cultures of excellence, growth and empowerment and writes and speaks nationally on the topics of culture, leadership and ageism.

Jill earned a Master’s of Management degree in hospitality from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Alfred University.

Marti DiTaranto
Regional Sales & Marketing Director, CLS

Marti has over 20 years of national sales, marketing and entrepreneurial experience. After starting her career in television and print media, she owned several successful businesses before transitioning into the senior living industry. Marti’s areas of expertise include occupancy challenges, new construction and acquisitions. Her consultative approach and out-of-the-box thinking empower her teams to reach and exceed targeted goals and occupancy. Through a collaborative approach to strategic systems and training programs, Marti has increased productivity and job satisfaction among associates.

Marti is an experienced public speaker, expert sales trainer and committed advocate for seniors. She holds an AA degree from State College of Florida and is certified in sales management training from Florida State University.

Marti DiTaranto

Katrissa Gates RN, BSN, NHA, RAC-CT
Regional Director of Clinical Services, CLS

Katrissa has recently joined the Cappella Living Solutions team as our new Regional Director of Clinical Services. She offers a wealth of experience, starting her healthcare career in 1982. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in multiple states, has her Colorado Nursing Home Administrator license, Assisted Living certification, and is a Resident Assessment Coordinator – Certified (RAC-CT). She will support our managed communities via our Cappella Living Solutions relationships.

Prior to joining CLC, Katrissa was the Regional Director Clinical Operations with the Brookdale CCRC West division.  Katrissa draws on experience including knowledge of operations in Nursing Homes, Skilled Rehab, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Marketing, Clinical Care, Hospice, MDS and Nursing. She firmly believes in positivity, transformational leadership, and team building resulting in open communication and enhanced working environments.

Katrissa graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing.

Teresa Parish
Project Manager, CLS

Teresa was hired by Cappella Living Solutions in 2017. She has over six years of experience in project coordination in the IT field keeping projects on track and under budget. She received the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in July of 2013. Teresa is the Project Manager for all new and managed communities.

Teresa studied Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Michigan State University. She has over 35 years experience in the hotel and food service industry including positions at Marriott and Sheraton hotels as Assistant Front Office Manager, Assistant Banquet Manager and then as Catering Manager for Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Pam Sullivan
Chief Engagement Officer, CLC

Pam oversees CLC’s sales & marketing, communications, public relations and fund-raising efforts. She is also responsible for the creation, implementation and execution of CLC’s crisis communication plan.

Since 2004, Pam has held positions of increasing responsibility with CLC, including development director. Prior to joining the organization, Pam worked in broadcast journalism for 13 years, serving as a reporter, anchor, public affairs director and producer. Her last role in journalism was assignment manager at KUSA in Denver, where she received many accolades, including two Heartland Emmy Awards.

Pam serves on the South Denver Care Continuum (SDCC), uniting area providers to improve care transitions. She is also a member of an executive committee for the South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Pam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.

Jill Hiller
Senior Director of Sales and Hospitality, CLC

Jill has over 27 years of sales, marketing and customer relations experience. She trains and supports CLC’s sales & marketing teams, assists in developing marketing strategies, oversees sales metrics & accountability, and is responsible for competitive market analysis. Jill also manages the organization’s hospitality program.

Prior to joining CLC, Jill worked for two nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Denver, Colorado, and Boise, Idaho. Before moving into the senior living industry in 2008, Jill completed a three-year stint as the marketing & customer relationship manager for a large automotive dealer and spent 16 years in sales & marketing management in the newspaper industry. Throughout her stellar career, Jill’s commitment to excellence has been recognized with multiple sales achievement awards.

Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, with a minor in accounting, from the University of Phoenix.