When did we, as a society, get so disconnected from each other? Steve saw this as a problem in senior living communities. He passionately developed a multi-generational health and wellness neighborhood, as a new concept, to change the future of senior living.

Steve is an international thought and action leader in the creation of innovative models in intergenerational living. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop presenter on leadership and transformation in multigenerational living and hospital care. He was formerly the President and CEO of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, KS, an internationally known senior living provider that, under Steve’s leadership, pioneered and shaped the “Household Model” in the 1990s – bringing heart into the home. Along with LaVrene Norton, Steve co-authored the book, “In Pursuit of the Sunbeam: a Practical Guide to Transformation from Institution to Household,” which is currently in its sixth printing and has sold in all 50 states and a number of foreign countries. He also co-authored “The Household Model Business Case,” a definitive work establishing viability of this model in long-term care. Steve also taught leadership in long-term care for 17 years at Kansas State University.

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