Meet our leadership team
Gayle Trupiano, President and Chief Executive Officer
Gayle, with more than 30 years of progressive management experience in nursing, clinical support services and healthcare administration, joined Ascension Living to further elevate Ascension Healthcare’s integrated systems of care.
Prior to joining Ascension Living, Gayle served as Vice President, Performance Excellence, leading efforts around operational and clinical performance with a steadfast commitment to Ascension’s Mission of serving all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Earlier she led Ascension’s Operations Resource Group, an internal consulting function supporting Ascension’s 2,500 sites of care in 22 states and Washington, D.C.
Among her accomplishments at Ascension, Trupiano successfully led the deployment of Ascension's Veterans Choice Program. This initiative resulted in providing access to care for 8,867 veterans and 17,378 visits over a 10-month period, while exceeding all quality standards established by the Veterans Administration.
Prior to joining Ascension in 2004, she served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services at Christian Hospital, a member of BJC Healthcare, in St. Louis. She also spent 10 years as Director of Surgical Services for two different large, acute care facilities.
Trupiano earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University in Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Maryland. She also participated in the Ascension Foundations of Ministry Leadership program.
Daniel Stricker, Chief Operating Officer
Danny’s experience in the senior living industry provides our organization with a wide range of knowledge and expertise. Danny began his healthcare career in college as a caregiver in a residential behavioral health home. After college graduation, he entered the senior care industry in St. Louis as a Director of Business Development with Cincinnati-based Communicare Health Services and eventually became a licensed nursing home administrator at their North St. Louis skilled nursing and assisted living facility. He then joined the Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., and currently known as AMITA, to reposition one of their skilled nursing facilities in St. Louis. He was promoted to regional chief executive officer for Ascension Healthcare’s Carondelet Long-Term Care Facilities in Kansas City and upon the formation of Ascension Living in 2014, he served as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, where he led key, strategic initiatives for the organization.
He possesses in-depth knowledge of the strategic and operational aspects of the industry, as well as the interconnectivity of senior living to the broader healthcare ecosystem, with a focus on personalized and quality care. In 2016, Danny was recognized as one of the Catholic Health Association’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders,” a prestigious recognition in Catholic healthcare.He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from William Jewell College, and a master’s degree in health administration from Lindenwood University.
Lori Smith, BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Lori is a nursing leader in clinical management, reimbursement, oversight, training and evaluation to meet and exceed clinical, regulatory and compliance standards in skilled nursing facilities. Serving as our Chief Nursing Officer, Smith leads clinical teams in each community to ensure quality and compassionate care for all our residents. A United States Army Reservist and a graduate of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Smith bring more than 20 years of nursing experience to Ascension Living.
Helen Burke, Senior Director, Human Resources
Helen provides leadership support with operational and strategic human resources outcomes. As a member of the senior leadership team, she collaborates to develop and implement integrated and aligned organizational strategies to achieve operating goals and objectives. She brings more than 20 years of experience in directing HR teams, providing guidance to senior managers and coaching and developing HR staff in various disciplines. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Saint Louis University and completed the Ascension Management Formation program.
Sneha Patel, Chief Information Officer
Sneha joined Ascension Information Services (AIS) as chief information officer for Ascension Senior Living in May 2017. Prior to joining ASL, Sneha Patel worked as the Chief Information Officer for Covenant Retirement Communities for 15 years and also has over 15 years of consulting experiences in various roles at EDS, Platinum Technologies and Computer Associates. She is dynamic hands on leader with proven success record on delivering projects with a balanced approach to achieve the highest level of functional success with targeted time frames. She is a change agent, problem solver and strategic thinker with a passion for technology and a track record of deploying creative solutions to improve operational process improvement.
Tim Gorman, Legal Counsel
Tim brings a broad range of skills to his role supporting Ascension Living, such as advising and assisting clients on an array of transactional and operational business, regulatory and legal issues. He has been a partner at the Lowenbaum Law Firm, focusing his legal work in business, health care and corporate law. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri.
Michael Gordon, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Prior to that, Mike worked in the banking industry.
Mike is a certified public accountant with thorough knowledge of the senior living industry and has substantial experience in operating multi-site senior living locations. He is a mission-driven leader with excellent analytical, strategic and management skills who thrives on supporting other leaders to ensure the continuation of our founders’ mission. In addition, Mike creates and maintains a partnership between associates, the community, and those we serve that fosters an environment honoring individual preferences, choices and traditions.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, and a Master of Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. He has served on the Finance Committees for Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, College Church of the Nazarene, and the Illinois Homecare and Hospice Council, and on the Finance, Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Cabinets of LeadingAge Illinois.