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LINDA L. CLARK

Linda L. Clark was inspired to a career in health care after she experienced considerable difficulties finding a good long-term care home for her grandmother. Earning a Bachelor of Science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University, in addition to coursework at Indiana State University, she achieved certification as a certified dementia practitioner, a licensed health facility administrator, a predictive index analyzer and in multi facility management. She began her career in 2008 as an instructor for health care administrator and residential care facility courses for the state of Indiana, a position she remains active in to this day, and also taught a structured self-development course for the state as well. From 2009 to 2012, she was the regional director of operations for CarDon & Associates and went on to serve Bickford Senior Living as the vice president of operations for the Midwest from 2012 to 2014 and Trilogy Health Services as the senior vice president from 2014 to 2016.

Between 2019 and 2021, Ms. Clark held the role of vice president of operations for Gardant Management Solutions and briefly acted as president of LCL HealthCare Consulting LLC in 2021. Later that same year, she attained the position of chief operating officer of HutsonWood Health & Housing Solutions in Nashville, Tennessee, a long-term care facility for children with disabilities. In her day to day activities, she is responsible for all aspects and internal workings of clinical, dietary and laundry operations as well as growth strategies for the company. As Ms. Clark looks toward the future, she hopes that she can use her position to effect positive change for both the residents and staff at HutsonWood in order to continue to provide quality care.

Standing out in her field for her ability to lead and cultivate exceptional teams, Ms. Clark is inspired everyday by her residents, their families and her own desire to give back to her community. Alongside her primary responsibilities, she has maintained affiliation with a number of professional organizations, including the Indiana Assisted Living Association, where she is a founding member and board president, and the Indiana Health Care Association, where she sits on the clinical and regulatory affairs committee. She is particularly proud of the time she spent as the state leader of the Indiana Center for Assisted Living from 2013 to 2014. For her excellence in the field, Ms. Clark has been the recipient of numerous awards for her role as a health care administrator.

Furthermore, Ms. Clark attributes much of her success to having worked in almost every aspect of her field outside of a hospital setting. Getting to work in both licensed and unlicensed positions afforded her a thorough and well-rounded perspective on the industry, which, in turn, allowed her to grow professionally as she took on positions of greater and greater responsibility. Notably, she is certified in every service line available in long-term care, including assisted living, transitional care and memory care. Considering the most rewarding part of her career to be taking care of her residents, Ms. Clark also finds incredible gratification in being able to teach health facility administrator courses and pass on her knowledge to residential care and facility administrators throughout Indiana.

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