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- April 5, 2019

Senior Focus

PASSING THE TORCH ... Senior living community Channing House CEO Mel Matsumoto will soon identify with the organization's residents when he retires on April 30. "I have loved my nearly 6 1/2 years here," he said in a press release. "But after 40+ years in the field, it is time for me to see retirement from the other side — as the recipient rather than provider of services." Since assuming his leadership role in 2012, Matsumoto oversaw Channing House through the building of its Lee Health Center, upgrades to units and program and financial improvements, according to the press release. Channing House's board of directors has picked Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Bekkedahl, as its next CEO beginning May 1. Bekkedahl has worked for the organization since 2011, first as finance director before becoming COO last year. "We will continue to be good stewards of Channing House resources, ensure that we are using best-practices in delivering services to you, and deliver these services with respect and compassion," Bekkedahl said in a statement.

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