Michelle Just has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer at Beatitudes Campus by the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2014. Just formerly was senior vice president of health services at the campus.
Just succeeds Peggy Mullan, who has held leadership positions at Beatitudes Campus for 25 years, most recently as President and CEO since 1997. Mullan announced her retirement effective January 17, 2014. Just’s appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer commenced on January 1, 2014.
As CEO, Just will provide leadership across the continuing care retirement community and the wide spectrum of services for older people that Beatitudes Campus offers, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support and home care services. She will guide the campus vision to be a center of excellence and a leader in the field of aging services, balancing the art and science of caring and focusing on living rather than aging.
“Michelle has an authentic leadership style and a passion for working for older people and a desire to make a difference throughout the field of aging services,” says Ken Husband, chair of the Beatitudes Campus Board of Directors. “Since joining Beatitudes Campus, she has championed the model of wellness for older adults that promotes soundness of mind, spirit and body.”
Recognized as an innovator in the field of aging services, Just has 16 years of experience in aging services, long-term care and continuing care retirement community management. She has been a leader in service and advocacy for older adults. For LeadingAge Arizona, she serves on the Board of Directors and as mentor and coach for the state Leadership Academy. Just is a graduate of the 2008 national Leadership Academy and past president of the Leading Age Alumni Network. LeadingAge is the national advocacy group representing not-for-profit retirement communities, health care facilities and the residents they serve.
“I am truly honored to be selected as President and CEO for Beatitudes Campus,” says Just. “I am committed to and inspired by the mission and core values of the campus in the way we serve older adults. As CEO, I look forward to continuing the work of Peggy Mullan in helping to provide a uniquely welcoming community spirit and outstanding quality of care for older adults.”
Just joined Beatitudes Campus in 2000 and was responsible for the marketing and leasing of Independent and Assisted Living units. In 2004, she transitioned into Fund Development Department, where she was the Capital Campaign Director for the $5 million “Caring for the Greatest Generation” capital campaign to benefit Beatitudes Campus $83 million redevelopment and expansion project. Just assumed the role of senior vice president of health services in 2011, where she provided executive oversight of Beatitudes Campus health care operations, including skilled nursing, assisted living, early memory support and home care services. She was responsible for health services business development and state and federal regulatory compliance. During this time, Just launched new home- and community-based services, Beatitudes At Home and Beatitudes Home Health, both of which have realized substantial growth since their inception.
Prior to joining Beatitudes Campus, Just served as admissions manager and associate director of social services at IHS of Cherry Creek in Denver. Just earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management and finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver.