Eskaton Leadership

Eskaton’s Leadership Team


Board of Directors

Larry Garcia, Chair
Maureen Hewitt, Vice Chair
Nancy Heffernan
David Lindeman
Patricia McFarland
Jordan Rose
Mariann Sheldon
Amy Yotopoulos

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Sheri Peifer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sheri Peifer, President and CEO

Sheri Peifer, MSG, is Eskaton’s President and CEO. Ms. Peifer leads strategic growth and innovation, operational excellence and partnership development for the organization to meet the increasing demand for high-quality senior living solutions. Ms. Peifer joined Eskaton in 2005, and since 2014 served as Chief Strategy Officer expanding management services and affiliations, joint ventures, partnerships, marketing and communications. She is a graduate of the national LeadingAge Leadership Fellow program, based in Washington, D.C., and serves as Chair of the LeadingAge California Board of Directors. Ms. Peifer holds a BA from Messiah College and a MS in Gerontology and Education from California State University, Sacramento. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons. Contact: Sheri Peifer


Mark Jenkins

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Jenkins is Eskaton’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Jenkins comes to Eskaton with an excellent track record of accounting, auditing and managing a growing portfolio of services within nonprofit organizations. Initially with experience as Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers and then eight successful years at VSP Vision Care in Sacramento. Mark is a licensed CPA, and he brings a diverse set of skills to Eskaton as we strategically grow our Northern California footprint. An alumnus of California State University Sacramento and well-connected in the finance industry, Mark brings a strong commitment to professional services and managing multiple partnerships. He enjoys the outdoors and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. Contact: Mark Jenkins


Scott Winans

Senior Vice President, Operations

Scott Winans, Senior Vice President of Operations

Scott Winans brings thirty-three years of executive management experience in the senior housing industry encompassing age-restricted, independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care. He managed 10 start-up communities and over 17 existing communities concurrently and multiple acquisitions throughout the country. Winans earned a scholarship from Eastern Illinois University where he studied Health Care Administration for his undergraduate degree (BS). He subsequently obtained his MBA from George Washington University. Winans is a licensed nursing home administrator (NHA) in Pennsylvania and Florida as well as a preceptor. He is certified as a Retirement Housing Professional (RHP) and has served as an active board member of the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. Contact: Scott Winans


Tighe Hammam

Vice President, Operations

Tighe Hammam, Vice President, Operations

Tighe Hammam is the Vice President of Operations with over nine years of operational experience, including his NHA and RCFE license. Tighe focuses on ensuring excellent residential living services and compliance with regulations that govern residential care communities in California. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. In his free time, Tighe enjoys spending time with his wife cycling, playing golf and coin collecting. Contact: Tighe Hammam


Elizabeth Catron

Vice President, Affordable Housing

Elizabeth Catron, Vice President, Affordable Housing

Elizabeth Catron is Eskaton’s Vice President of Affordable Housing. She has worked in senior living for sixteen years and joined the Eskaton team in 2006. Elizabeth assures quality and compliance with current federal, state and local guidelines and regulations that govern the subsidized housing programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. Elizabeth is a Registered Housing Manager through the National Center of Housing Management, a graduate of the EMERGE LeadingAge CA Leadership program and member of the LeadingAge California Affordable Senior Housing Cabinet. Elizabeth enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two boys in various activities such as hiking, kayaking and biking. Contact: Elizabeth Catron


Tom Garberson

General Counsel

Tom Garberson, General Counsel

Tom Garberson is Eskaton’s General Counsel. Tom fills a variety of diverse roles, including legal and strategic advice for the executive team, supporting and training leadership in Eskaton’s communities, and risk management. Previously, Tom was a partner at Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP in 2012. As a member of the firm, Tom defended assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and health care professionals in civil cases, professional licensing actions, and appeals. Tom’s litigation experience is invaluable in identifying risks, improving systems, and providing training and guidance in difficult situations. The end result is safer operations and better outcomes for residents and operators alike. . He currently sits on the Senior Citizens’ Commission for the city of Davis, California, as an advocate for older adults in the community. Contact: Tom Garberson


Charles Garcia

Chief Information Officer

Charles Garcia, Chief Information Officer

Charles Garcia is Eskaton’s Chief Information Officer. Bringing over 26+ of experience in the technology sector, Charles is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all Eskaton IT systems and electronic needs. Garcia joined Eskaton in April 2002 and has held several other positions including network manager and director of information technology. Charles holds a bachelor’s in information technology. Prior to Eskaton, he worked with several multi-national companies, including Hewlett Packard, 3Com and Northrop Grumman.  Charles enjoys coaching baseball and football and riding all types of two-wheeled bikes along with his family.   Contact: Charles Garcia


Erin Scherer

Executive Director of Capital Asset Management

Erin Scherer, Executive Director, Capital Asset Management

Erin Scherer is Eskaton’s Executive Director of Capital Asset Management and brings over 13+ years of experience in capital planning and budgeting as well as project management with construction and design for Eskaton’s 30+ locations throughout Northern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist through the National Association of Home Builders. Erin has presented at conferences around the nation including DWELL on Design and Leading Age California. She enjoys hiking and the outdoors with her husband.  Contact: Erin Scherer


Jennifer Marlette

Executive Director of Quality and Compliance

Jennifer Marlette, Interim Executive Director of Quality and Compliance

Jennifer Marlette, MSN, RN, CNL is the Executive Director of Quality and Compliance. Jennifer’s has extensive leadership experience in post-acute settings, including skilled nursing, residential living, and home healthcare. She holds a DON certification from both NADONA and LeadingAge, Infection Preventionist training through CAHF and the CDC, and is also a graduate of the California LeadingAge Emerge Fellowship Academy. Jennifer’s educational background includes a Master of Science in nursing and an AACN certification in Clinical Nurse Leadership through Touro University. Additionally, she is part-time faculty at California State University, Sacramento in the gerontology department. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family.  Contact: Jennifer Marlette


Zach Melchiori

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Zach Melchiori

Zach Melchiori is Eskaton’s Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. He has over 15 years of experience developing and executing marketing campaigns for brands both large and small. Prior to his role at Eskaton, Zach served as Director of Marketing at Pebble Beach Company where he oversaw all brand and consumer marketing for the resort. Before Pebble Beach, he worked agency-side in media and digital strategy roles, on everything from large global brand campaigns to websites for local non-profits. Zach is an alumnus of California State University Sacramento. He enjoys playing golf, running, surfing, spending time with his wife and chasing around his kids. Contact: Zach Melchiori


Trish Bayless

Director of Human Resources

Trish Bayless,  Director of Human Resources

Trish Bayless is Eskaton’s Director of Human Resources. She has over 30 years of diverse human resources experience, 18 within non-profit senior living.  Proficient in all areas of HR, Trish’s strengths are in communication and relationship building, management coaching and support, employee relations, training and development, and legal compliance. Certifications include HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP, Senior Certified Professional and most recently Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida, MUMA College of Business. Trish is a proud mom to a wonderful son and two dogs. She likes to travel and explore new hobbies when not enjoying the pool.  Contact: Trish Bayless


Beth Vandenberg

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and the Board of Directors

Beth Vandenberg

Beth Vandenberg is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and the Board of Directors. Her diverse professional background allows her to provide executive-level support and assist with complex, detail-driven projects. Beth holds a variety of certifications, including in Presentation Development, Leadership and Coaching, and Pragmatic Marketing. Her skill set is essential for supervising meetings and events involving Eskaton members and the Board of Directors, making certain that each detail receives careful attention. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her loved ones and immersing herself in the beauty of the outdoors. Contact: Beth Vandenberg


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