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.
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.
Regional Director of Clinical Services, Cappella Living Solutions
Rachel joined the Cappella Living Solutions team in 2017 and brings a wide range of experience in senior living including positions as vice president of resident care, executive director and wellness director. During her time as vice president, she was instrumental in the growth of her organization, led and supported clinical services in eighteen communities and served as an organizational resource for dementia support.
In her role at Cappella Living Solutions, Rachel provides the clinical support, leadership and education for all managed communities and serves as the organization’s expert coach and resource for Cappella’s Rhythms dementia services offerings. She studied nursing at both Concorde Career College and Amarillo College. Rachel is passionate about empowering team members to provide excellent clinical care and support services in a person-directed and growth-oriented culture.
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.