Board Members 2021-2022
Chair: Glenn Panzer
Glenn Panzer, M.D., C.M.D., F.A.A.F.P.
Dr. Panzer is a Board-certified Family Physician with added qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice. He is Chief Medical Officer Emeritus of The Elizabeth Hospice. He has been affiliated with The Elizabeth Hospice for 16 years. He was Chief Medical Officer from 2007 to 2017. Dr Panzer prides himself as being a Certified Medical Director through AMDA (the Society for Post Acute and Long Term Care Medicine).
He is treasurer of the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care and on the executive committee. He is also president of the San Diego Dementia Consortium. He was chair of the Medical staff Ethics and Palliative Care committees at Palomar Health from 2007 to 2017.
He is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at The Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency Program in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania where he practiced for more than 20 years. Dr. Panzer moved to San Diego with his wife Lori in 2003.
Co-Chair: Glenn Shimer
Glenn has been in the field of aging services since 2010, as a Director of Sales and Marketing for the last 7 years with Atria Senior Living of Escondido. Glenn serves residents and families in Assisted and Memory care by understanding their needs for a safe and engaging lifestyle.
He is originally from Escondido and earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Diego State University. Glenn started his career in operations management, facilities, and sales management more than 20 years ago. He transitioned into senior living after “understanding that the call to serve others and his community is best for all.” Glenn’s understanding of different family dynamics has earned him and his community the Pinnacle Award and the Senior Advisor Award.
Glenn resides in Valley Center with his wife and family as a “ gentleman farmer” growing avocados and enjoying the outdoors.
Treasurer: Hank Kurtz
For over 14 years, Hank has owned and operated Olivenhain Guest Home. Born out of a passion to find his own parents the best possible memory care and assisted living for Alzheimer’s and dementia, Hank considers his ownership of the community more of a calling than a job. He lives his life each day with the residents and is involved with every aspect of resident care and operations within the community.
“My mother needed help after her husband died. She lived in our home on and off for ten years. When it came time to find a warm, caring place for our parents there were no facilities which met their diverse needs. We later found Olivenhain and fell in love with the spirit of the owner’s approach. After working with them for several years, we decided to purchase the community and continue the tradition of providing the highest quality care and a safe, loving environment for other North County San Diego families.”
Mobile: (760) 717-3117
Secretary: Brenda Lee Smith
Brenda-Lee Smith empowers the seniors of San Diego by providing personalized choices in home placement through Oasis Senior Advisors. Utilizing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in mental health care, and an extensive professional networking system, BrendaLee finds the right solutions for sustainable support as care needs evolve. Whether independent or assisted living arrangements are needed, or memory or residential care, her personal relationship with those she serves facilitates life transitions with respect and dignity. Skilled in creative problem solving, she understands what it takes for client satisfaction, using her expertise in intuition and communication to streamline this important process. A confident public speaker, Brenda-Lee shares her knowledge as a compassionate, informative leader in the senior care placement industry.
Brenda-Lee is a member of several local and national organizations, including the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, San Diego County Council on Aging, Golden Age Interactive Network, Estate Planning Group Network, and the San Diego Dementia Consortium.
Membership: Shanyn Chapman
Shanyn Chapman is the Family Ambassador at Silverado, a 101-bed memory care community located in the hills of Escondido. With Silverado, Shanyn assists families who have a loved one with a memory care need to get help to preserve purpose and dignity.
Shanyn has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Professionally, her goal was also to be a resource to people in need and assist in impacting lives positively. After working with at-risk youth, Shanyn found her calling in working with the elderly population and has been successfully doing so for over 15 years. Her first experience was in the world of Home Care where among other duties she would assist in matching the perfect caregiver to families seeking care.
Shanyn has the ability to connect with people on a deeper level and establish a high level of trust.
Shanyn is originally from South Lake Tahoe and settled in Oceanside where her husband was stationed as a Marine at Camp Pendleton. She loves to travel, spending time with family, and spend time with her pup who gets to go to work with her daily.
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Education and Outreach: Dan Sweiger
Dan Sweiger is an accomplished executive, public speaker, community educator and industry leader who owns and operates BrightStar Care of Carlsbad, an award-winning home care agency in North County San Diego.
BrightStar helps seniors age in place comfortably, safely, and independently, by providing top-quality medical and non-medical assisted living services at home. His company has been recognized with “Best of Home Care” awards for achieving the highest levels of customer and employee satisfaction, and his director of nursing was also recognized nationally as BrightStar Care’s 2021 Nurse of the Year.
Prior to starting his home care agency, Mr. Sweiger had a distinguished marketing career that spanned a range of industries from food to entertainment and hospitality. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including Gold Effies, Clios, Edisons, Adriens, and more. During his nearly 20yrs in hospitality, he developed a passion for inspiring brand purpose, fostering a highly motivated team culture, forging personal and collaborative relationships, and delivering a more personal customer experience.
Mr. Sweiger is a thought leader who serves on the National Aging In Place Council and on the boards of the San Diego Dementia Consortium and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Minnesota State University Mankato.