Offering A Fresh Alternative to Senior Care in the Midwest

Until Shepherd Premier Senior Living came to Illinois, the alternative for senior living was primarily confined to large homes where one caregiver might have responsibility for caring for 20 residents. But, in July 2014, founder Brandon Schwab watched his father-in-law play the piano in a 5-bed boutique senior living home in Orlando, FL. The difference was dramatic. In a senior home in Florida, Brandon saw seniors living active lives, safe, secure, comfortable and with dignity. Her understood that those are qualities that are universally desired by seniors in all parts of the country, including in Illinois.

Brandon has partnered with Steve and Theresa Maskrey to bring that alternative to rural Northern Illinois. Beginning with an Assisted Living home in Ringwood, where residents are attended by trained and qualified caregivers at a rate of 1 caregiver to 5 residents, Brandon’s vision has become a reality. Their homes are exactly that – renovated homes that are upgraded with sprinkler systems, state-of-the-art keypad entry systems and HD video monitoring in common areas and outdoors. 

The homes are located on rural roads, in neighborhoods of single-family homes and in the heart of vibrant yet small-town Midwestern communities. None of these homes will number more than 16 residents. The essence of that home Brandon saw in 2014 is embraced in all of Shepherd Premier Senior Living’s homes, from those open today and including those planned for the future.

shepherd premier senior living team standing outside

Meet our Senior Living Management Team

Brandon Schwab - shepherd senior living CEO

Brandon Schwab

Chief Executive Officer

Brandon is a brilliant business entrepreneur who started his first company, detailing boats and RVs, when he was only 15. By 2008, he had grown that business to a $750,000-a-year success. He then turned his creative energy to learning real estate acquisition and built a rental portfolio of 23 sandwich lease options from 2011-2014. As the visionary for Shepherd Premier Senior Living, his responsibilities include real estate acquisition, development, finance and recruiting that includes the incredible leadership team below.

Theresa ‘Mama T’ Maskrey - COO for shepherd senior living

Theresa ‘Mama T’ Maskrey

Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Theresa brings 30 years of experience to Shepherd Premier Senior Living in the healthcare marketplace. As a Senior VP of Post Acute Sales for Medline Industries, she worked side by side with long-term-care owner operators. Her expertise were widely recognized long before she left Medline, in 2014, to join Brandon in the development of Shepherd Premier Senior Living. Today, Theresa oversees operations in Shepherd’s existing homes and is primarily responsible for opening up new homes once renovation is completed.

Steve ‘Old Spice’ Maskrey - Sales for Shepherd senior living

Steve ‘Old Spice’ Maskrey

Partner and Business Development

Steve has more than 40-years experience as an executive and end-user in clinical healthcare sales. The last 17 years, prior to joining Shepherd Premier Senior Living, he was the VP of Sales for the Personal Care Division of Medline Industries. His leadership made that department of Medline the leader in market share for that category in the U.S. Upon his retirement in 2016, he was the recipient of The Medline Lifetime Sales Achievement Award. With Shepherd today, Steve is responsible for sales, marketing and new business development activities.

Patti Botts - Director for Shepherd senior living

Patti Botts

Director MHA, CMHC, and BS-LTC (Bachelor of Science – Long-Term Care)

Patti holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health, with a focus on Dementia, and has extensive experience in healthcare administration. She leads the day-to-day operations of Shepherd Premier Senior Living homes, including regulatory compliance in Illinois. With her experience in healthcare administration and clinical mental health/dementia, she is creating the gold standard for assisted living and memory care services at our homes. She develops a critical link for clinicians, caregivers, residents and the families of residents that results in an outstanding quality of life at Shepherd homes.

Lana Hutton - RN Nurse at Shepherd Senior living

Lana Hutton

RN, BSN

Lana is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing and 17 years of experience focused on senior care. She provides clinical oversight for Shepherd’s ‘Flagship’ Assisted Living and Memory Care homes. Lana is instrumental in setting the clinical care standards at our homes, caring for residents and maintaining critically important relationships with Shepherd families.

William Gray - CFO at Shepherd

William Gray

Chief Financial Officer

William is a Certified Public Accountant who utilizes a unique combination of academic credentials, professional licenses, military background and business experience gained while holding positions as a consultant, senior-level executive, business owner, and turn-around strategist to provide financial advice and consultations on fiscal and operational initiatives and expectations. His additional qualifications include:

  • Certified Valuation Analyst Candidate
  • Crowdfunding Regulation A+
  • Licensed Series 7 and 66 Securities Broker
  • Licensed Insurance Producer
Jo T. Letwaitis - Illinois Healthcare Consultant

Jo T. Letwaitis

Illinois Healthcare Consultant

Jo T has extensive expertise in senior living and is a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist™, Certified Validation Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner, and author of three industry-related books. She considers herself ‘beyond blessed’ for the opportunity to fulfill her passion for serving in the arenas of real estate and senior living.

Tom Campbell - Florida Healthcare Consultant

Tom Campbell

Florida Healthcare Consultant

Tom is the CEO and President of Tom Campbell & Associates ALF Consulting and Training. He has more than 30-years experience in the Assisted Living profession, including ownership, development, management, consulting and operations of Assisted Living communities. Tom is a Certified AL Administrator, Certified ALF CORE Training Instructor, ADRD Certified Trainer and Certified Food Manager.

Kay Reissig - Marketing Director

Kay Reissig

Marketing Director

Kay has over 30 years of professional experience in sales and marketing, both as an entrepreneur and as a corporate executive. Starting her career with the McDonald’s corporation and working her way to a franchised owner. She has been a leader in the industry of promotional products helping fortune 100 companies build brand recognition and customer loyalty. In 2010 she accepted a director position with a hospice provider that would forever change her life and career path.

Serving the elderly has become her passion.  Being asked to join the Shepherd Premier team has been her dream come true. She fell in love with the small intimate assisted living home model when she experienced first-hand the quality of care that was offered in the smaller home setting.