David M. Lawlor
President and CEO
David was appointed President and CEO in 2011 after serving as the CFO of UMH for the previous 10 years. David has a business background with over 20-years of experience in the senior care industry working with small, single site providers to large national corporations. In previous experiences as a consultant and on behalf of UMH, David has advised the management, board of directors and investors of numerous senior care providers throughout the country on strategic decisions that included continuing care retirement communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and designated specialty care units. Over the past decade, David has been a proven leader with a long track record of identifying and realizing business value by leading UMH through its organizational growth and overall strategic direction.
He was drawn to UMH primarily because of the organization’s dedication to its mission and values. Over the years, David has worked closely with the on-site team of each UMH community to improve performance and maintain stability in the midst of a changing health care environment. As President and CEO he is committed to continuing the UMH tradition of developing new and creative ways in which UMH will strengthen its relationship-centered approach to serving seniors.
His energy and passion are what drives him to lead a team of innovative and creative thinkers throughout the organization that are motivated to continuously improve UMH in order to better serve seniors. David is a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Business, and has been active in various national and state industry associations over the years. In his time away from work, David enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and attending his children’s various activities.
Peter Belval, MS
Vice President - Wesley Village
Pete has worked in the healthcare field for 33 years, the last ten with UMH. He has worked as a Respiratory Therapist and Administrator; with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management. He is ideally suited to lead the Wesley Village Campus team. He uses his wealth of knowledge and experience to work with staff to create innovative initiatives which help the Wesley Village Campus maintain the highest of regulatory ratings and continue to win industry awards. Pete is an active member of the Board of Directors of Leading Age, Connecticut and VNA Northwest, Inc.
When Pete is not working, he is involved in a variety of sports and exercise activities, most notably golf, dating back to his experiences playing in high school and on the Quinnipiac University Golf Team. He still plays competitively throughout the year. Pete is an active gardener with a focus on roses, dahlias and blueberries. He loves the beach and has vacationed each summer in Misquamicut, RI. Most important to Pete are his wife, two daughters, mom and many close family members and friends.
Elizabeth Bemis, MA
Vice President - Marketing, Promotions and Assisted Living Operations
In 1998, Beth drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of UMH and realized the next stop on her professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, she joined the team as Executive Director of the Middlewoods of Farmington community. Beth later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting her current role. Her professional background includes work as an Activities Director and Marketing & Sales Director. This varied work experience and her work as a culture-change specialist with a focus on creating relationship-centered environments helps her to work with staff and residents to create environment where residents not only live but have a meaningful life. In addition to her work at UMH, she is on the Board for the Connecticut Assisted Living Association. Her background as a Gerontologist and interest in the social, cultural and spiritual aspects of aging help Beth to understand what our residents and families and going through. She has presented on creative culture change initiatives at Pioneer Network and Planetree Conferences and more locally for the Consortium for Gerontological Education.
In her spare time, Beth most enjoys spending time with her family. When not attending one of her children’s extra-curricular sporting events, she can be found in the kitchen cooking up a home-made soup or baking her special chocolate cake. Beth enjoys swimming and walking, writing and reading, most often relating to the subject of aging.
Faith Wajdowicz, RN
Vice President – Clinical Services
All Faith has known during her nursing career is how to create a resident- and patient-centered environment. Prior to joining UMH in 1996, she worked for nearly 20 years at Griffin Hospital, leaders in Planetree, a patient-centered care philosophy. Making a move to UMH was a natural transition as Bishop Wicke Health Health Center is a leader in resident-centered care. In Faith’s position as VP of Clinical Services, she oversees the care coordination for all of our communities, with an eye on not only quality of care but quality of life. Areas of innovation include tray-less dining, consistent assignment and de-centralizing leadership. She has served as an active member of the Planetree Continuing Care Advisory Council and has presented on culture change initiatives at Planetree and Leading Age Conferences. Faith has been honored with a Leading Age Connecticut Employee of the Year Award and a Nightingale Award. During her years working in the acute care setting, Faith was recognized as the Surgical Nurse of the Year. Not only is she a nurse, she leads an interdisciplinary team including Social Services and Recreation.
In her spare time, Faith loves to share her love of food and wine with others; enjoys clamming, spending weekends at her beach home and decorating and spending time with her husband, Jim.