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.
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.