Chief Executive Officer
Lilly Donohue joined as chief executive officer in January 2016. Prior to joining Holiday, Lilly spent five years building the leading private senior living and home care business (Xingbao/Starcastle) in Shanghai China for Fortress Investment. Before moving to China in August 2011, Lilly worked at Fortress Investment Group for eighteen years, most recently as managing director and member of the management committee. Prior to Fortress, Lilly was employed by UBS where she focused on structured finance and the commercial loan business. She started her career at BlackRock Financial Management Inc. in 1992 where she was involved in all facets of raising capital, investing and managing BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund.
Lilly received a bachelor of science in business administration from Boston University. Lilly serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of The Questrom School (formerly known as Boston University School of Management).
Chief Legal Officer
Chris Bouchard is our chief legal officer and is responsible for driving our legal strategy and managing the day-to-day operations of the legal team.
Chris has extensive experience in providing counsel to organizations on corporate and transactional matters, such as corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and general corporate governance. Prior to joining Holiday, Chris was an associate with the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 2003 to 2013.
Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar with a bachelor of arts in religious studies and a minor in physics. He received his juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School at Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
Tyler Nelson is chief financial officer and is responsible for the company’s fiscal and fiduciary activities and leads the financial organization.
Prior to being named to this position, Tyler held several financial positions of increasing responsibility at Holiday Retirement including vice president of finance, vice president and controller, and most recently, as senior vice president of asset management and finance.
Prior to joining Holiday, he was an auditor with KPMG and focused on the high tech, multifamily, higher education and banking sectors.
Tyler is a licensed CPA, and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.
Chief People Officer
Karen Sheean is chief people officer for Holiday Retirement. In this role, Karen provides senior level HR counsel to the company and oversees HR operations including employee relations, benefits, recruitment and learning and development.
Before being named to this position, Karen served as Holiday’s director of learning & development. Prior to joining Holiday, Karen worked for Knowledge Universe, U.S., a national private education company, for 17 years in a variety of senior leadership roles, most recently as vice president of KinderCare operations services.
Karen graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a bachelor of science degree in education. She recently served as board president for Youth, Rights and Justice in Portland, Oregon.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Rick Wigginton is senior vice president of sales and marketing at Holiday Retirement. He is responsible for leading Holiday’s national sales organization and for generating consumer interest in Holiday, championing the company brand promise and value proposition. He provides guidance to the marketing organization and to the district and regional sales teams with a focus on creating and promoting innovative programs and new services.
Before joining Holiday, Rick served as senior vice president of sales, marketing and creative at Atria Senior Living, Inc., where he led the sales and marketing teams. He started his employment with Atria in 2005, and was promoted to numerous management and leadership positions during his twelve years with Atria. Prior to Atria, Rick worked at Integrated Medical Systems and at Key Communications Services, a healthcare solutions company.
Wigginton has a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
Chief Wellness Officer
Dr. Bill Thomas serves as our chief wellness officer, innovating Holiday's enrichment program to consistently improve our residents’ quality of life. Dr. Thomas is focused on wellness, wellbeing and new opportunities to better serve older adults at Holiday communities.
Dr. Thomas is a world-renowned authority on geriatric medicine. He is also the founder of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit dedicated to creating quality of life for seniors and their care partners. As a pioneer of successful aging, Dr. Thomas has worked in the medical field for more than 30 years. Dr. Thomas graduated from Harvard Medical School, where he was a founding editor of Murmurs, a quarterly journal of opinion. He went on to graduate medical training in the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency, where Dr. Thomas was selected by the Mead Johnson Foundation as one of the top family medicine residents in the country.