Our Leadership Team

Kindred at Home Executive Leadership

David Causby PhotoDavid Causby

President and CEO


Since joining Gentiva in 2003, David Causby has served in various senior leadership roles including Senior Vice President of Operations and President for the Home Health Division. Starting in May 2014, David assumed the role of Gentiva’s President after serving as the COO and Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Gentiva, he was the COO of Millennium Health Care Resources. David holds a nursing degree from Presbyterian College and a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.


Brandon Ballew PhotoBrandon Ballew

CEO Home Health and Community Care


Brandon Ballew joined Gentiva in 2001 as the Vice President of Finance and most recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Kindred at Home. During his career, Brandon has gained deep experience with financial and operational functions within the healthcare space. Prior to joining Gentiva, Brandon served as the Vice President of Finance for the Healthfield Group, a provider of home care services in the southeast. Brandon also has past experience as an analyst for Navigant Consulting, a multinational consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Florida State University.


Larry Graham PhotoLarry Graham

CEO Hospice


Larry is the co-founder of CURO Health Services, and he most recently served as the company’s CEO. Since its inception in 2010, CURO has grown to be one of the largest private hospice care providers in the United States. With a strong company culture committed to compliance and clinical excellence, Larry assembled a management team that successfully completed six acquisitions and more than 100 start-up agencies. Prior to founding CURO, Larry served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Amedisys. During his tenure, Amedisys experienced increased revenue from $25 million to annualized revenue in excess of$ 1 billion in 2009.

Larry has played a key role in the development of charitable organizations including the Grace Hospice Foundation at CURO as well as the Christen Foundation at Amedisys. These organizations were created as a means to give back in the communities they serve. Prior to entering the home health and hospice industry, Larry served as Director of Financial Services with General Health System and as a Senior Accountant at Arthur Andersen.


Dean Johnson PhotoDean Johnson

Chief Commercial Officer


Dean has 24 years of domestic and international sales and marketing leadership experience in the post-acute care service environment.  He has been with Kindred at Home since 2010 in various key leadership roles, including Division Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Home Health; Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Home Health and Hospice; Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales for Kindred; and Chief Commercial Officer for Kindred at Home.  Dean graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.


Tom Dolan PhotoTom Dolan

Chief Financial Officer


Tom Dolan brings 30 years of banking, accounting, and corporate finance experience, including over thirteen years in healthcare, to his role as Chief Financial Officer. For the last four and a half years, Tom has served as CFO of Schumacher Clinical Partners, a private equity-backed specialty physician management company with over $1 billion in revenue. Previously, he worked as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Amedisys, Inc., a leading provider of home health and hospice services. His responsibilities at Amedisys included treasury, banking and investor relations, corporate development, financial analysis, and risk management. Prior to his role with Amedisys, Tom spent 11 years with American Airlines, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in profitability analysis, operations finance, corporate development, and corporate finance. Earlier in his career, he spent five years in commercial banking with Comerica Bank in Detroit Michigan. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan.


Kristen NearhoodKristen Nearhood Photo

Chief Administrative Officer


Kristen has nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare. She joined Gentiva in 1997 as a Senior Financial Analyst and served in multiple financial roles with increasing responsibility, including Director of Finance for Gentiva’s consulting division, Assistant Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Corporate Finance, and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Kristen played a lead role in the Kindred at Home/Gentiva integration and her leadership was integral to its success. She also has done a tremendous job leading the business intelligence (BI) initiative and overseeing new acquisitions for the division. Prior to the transaction that established Kindred at Home as a standalone company, Kristen served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, with one of her key areas of focus being the enhancement of the employee experience for all Kindred at Home team members.


Ron Lazas, Jr.Ron Lazas, Jr. Photo

Chief General Counsel


Ron began his career at Kindred Healthcare, Inc., in 1994 after spending four years in the commercial transactions and finance group of Frost Brown Todd, LLC.   Prior to his appointment as General Counsel, Ron was Kindred’s Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel responsible for coordinating the operational legal services for each of Kindred’s operating divisions. Ron is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Selece BeasleySelece Beasley Photo

Chief Compliance Officer


With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and nearly 20 years of service with Kindred, Selece has a strong background as an RN, as well as extensive legal and compliance expertise. She most recently was Kindred at Home’s Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. She previously served as Kindred at Home’s Divisional Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Risk, working to support the company through the interpretation and education of regulatory changes, with the goal of minimizing financial and patient care risks. Selece holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Howard University, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University.


Derek NordmanDerek Nordman Photo

Chief Clinical Operations Officer


As Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Derek has responsibility for all combined Kindred at Home clinical products, development, analytics, quality, delivery and service. His duties also include the coordination and leadership of the developing clinical collaboration with Humana. Dr. Nordman previously held multiple clinical and operational positions over his 14 year tenure with Kindred at Home and its subsidiaries, ranging from a field clinician to Regional Vice President of Clinical and, most recently, Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Kindred at Home, he spent five years in an outpatient private practice. Dr. Nordman completed his undergraduate degree at Lock Haven University, his Masters of Physical Therapy from Emory University School of Medicine, and his Clinical Doctorate from the University of Montana.


 

Regional Leadership Team

Todd SexeTodd Sexe Photo

Home Health North Region President


Since joining Gentiva in 1992, Todd Sexe has served as Branch Director, Market Manager, Area Vice President, Vice President and Regional Vice President in multiple locations across the country. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Todd worked in finance as an investment representative and financial planner at Edward Jones & Company and ACS Financial Group, respectively. Todd holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.


Susan BenoitSusan Benoit Photo

Home Health South Region President


Susan Benoit has more than 13 years of operational experience and 24 years of sales management experience. Susan joined Gentiva in 2008 as the Regional Vice President of Sales for North and South Carolina. From 2012 through 2013, she served as Interim Vice President of Sales for the Home Health Division while still leading the sales team of the Carolinas Region. Prior to joining Gentiva, Susan was Regional Vice President for the Adecco Group and Regional Vice President for Experian. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Marketing from Meredith College.


John AurelioJohn Aurelio Photo

Community Care President


John Aurelio has been with Gentiva for 30 years and oversees the South Central region’s home health operations along with all Community Care operations as a stand-alone region. From 2013 to present, John served as the President for the South Central Region. John began his tenure with Gentiva as the First Division Controller and was responsible for several support departments in the Central Support Kansas facility before he became Vice President of Operations for the Western States in 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Joseph’s College.