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Phil DeBaun has been named the next CEO of Foulkeways-Gwynedd in Gwynedd, PA, effective June 1. he will succeed Mike Peasley, who is retiring next month after five years in the position.

DeBaun has been CEO of the Kendal-Crosslands Communities, Kennett Square, PA, since 2013.

"I'm attracted to the opportunity to lead a pioneering community in our field with an unparalleled record of innovation and success in serving older people," DeBaun told McKnight's Senior Living. "I plan to make strong connections with the residents and staff that make this community, and to move it forward in the strategic direction set for it by its board of directors."

Foulkeways-Gwynedd had been searching for Peasley[s replacement since May 2018, when he announced his plans to retire, organization representatives said in a statement to McKnight's Senior Living.

"There was a [succession] plan in place. However, because of the extensive notice, the board of directors were able to develop a search committee as well as identify a professional search consultant to aide in this national search," the statement said.

The search drew qualified candidates from across the nation who answered questions including those formulated by residents and senior staff members, Foulkeways-Gwynedd's Board Chairman Phil Henderson said. Those questions, McKnight's Senior Living learned, included:

  • How do you propose balancing the ideas of current residents, needs of future residents and financial constraints / goals?
  • Foulkeways' diversity statement calls for making our community more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. How do you see yourself helping this to happen?
  • What experience have you  had with conflict resolution? What approaches have worked well for you?
  • What would you like your legacy to be as the CEO of Foulkeways? How would you like to be remembered / valued?
  • What role do you think a CEO of a CCRC should play in the non-profit organization's philanthropic efforts?
  • How can Foulkeways reduce its carbon footprint? How important will this issue be in your administration?
  • What experience have you had with working to establish ways to measure and balance the importance of a financially diverse community of residents and an organization wealthy enough to sustain itself?
  • Based on what you have learned about the community thus far, what do you see as the most challenging obstacle facing the community? How would you address it?

Before his current role as CEO of Kendal-Crosslands, DeBaun had been executive director of Crosslands and Cartmel since 1999.

He currently also is a member of the Board of directors of Chandler Hall, a Kendal affiliate community in Newtown, PA. He also is a member of the finance committee of Peach Church Risk Retention Group, a Vermont-based captive liability insurance company owned by KCC and other non-profit long-term care providers.

DeBaun's career began as a loan officer in a commercial bank, where he specialized in loans to retirement communities. He has an economics degree from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Drexel University.

DeBaun was a member of the LeadingAge PA Board of Directors from 2005 to 2015. During 2011 and 2012, he served as chairperson of the board and previously served as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.