The Santé Executive Team

C. Mark Hansen


President and Chief Executive Officer

C. Mark Hansen has specialized in senior housing and healthcare since 1995. In 2008, he co-founded Santé Partners, a senior housing and healthcare development company. In 2011, Mark led the expansion into senior housing and healthcare operations with the opening of 4 new inpatient transitional rehabilitation facilities in the state of Arizona. In 2012, Mark oversaw the growth of Santé into the state of Washington with the acquisition of Encore Communities. Santé and Encore specialize in the post-acute healthcare continuum currently serving over 6,000 seniors annually with over 1,100 leaders and associates dedicated to putting people first.

Mark assembled the team, business plan and financial backing for the start up of Santé and the acquisition of Encore. Under his leadership, as President and CEO, Santé and Encore continue to improve the lives of seniors with several new senior housing and healthcare expansions in Arizona and Washington.

Mark is also a Principal of the firm Tellatin, Short and Hansen, Inc., which specializes in market studies, feasibility studies and valuations for senior housing and healthcare throughout the United States. Mark continues to assist senior housing and healthcare operators, developers and senior housing and healthcare financial institutions with strategic planning, market and feasibility analysis and other strategic operation initiatives as a Principal of this firm. Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon.

Kerri Cummiskey, MBA, NHA


Senior Vice President of Operations

Kerri was raised in the Midwest, just outside of St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration at Maryville University in Chesterfield, MO and continued at Maryville to obtain her MBA. Kerri has been an executive in healthcare for 20 years working in both operations and business development. Her experience operationally in the senior care industry is focused in Skilled Nursing and Transitional Care; she has worked as an executive director of individual skilled properties and has worked in a regional role, overseeing operations for up to 9, skilled properties. Her experience with business development has also focused on the senior care industry and includes the sale of fully integrated Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) solution, along with contract therapy services and managing territories ranging in size from 8 to 15 states. Kerri received various achievement awards for her sales performance while serving these two facets of healthcare. Kerri is passionate about working with professional healthcare teams, technology, and utilizing both to successfully attract and serve guests at Santé. She joined Santé in June of 2012.


Sterling Short


Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning

Sterling Short is a co-founder of Santé, a company created by partners who share a vision to revolutionize the senior housing and health care industry through the creation of innovative services and facilities that focus on the dignity and improved quality of life for seniors.
As the Vice President of Strategic Planning, Sterling oversees the tactical business plan for Santé from the creation of new state-of-the-art facilities to creation of a complete post-acute care delivery networks under Santé Care Connect in all of the markets we serve. Under his leadership and business plan, Santé became an Awardee Convenor under the Bundled Payment Care Improvement Model 3 Program administered by the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services. This program continues to propel Santé as an industry leader in post-acute care providing Santé a substantial competitive advantage over its competitors as well as securing Santé’s future in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Sterling has specialized in senior housing and healthcare since 1993. As a principal of Tellatin, Short & Hansen, Inc., a leading valuation and consulting firm specializing in seniors housing and healthcare since 1984, he has provided consulting services on more than 1,500 market study, feasibility and valuation assignments throughout United States. Mr. Short is designated as an MAI by the Appraisal Institute.
In 1987, Mr. Short earned his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and English, from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Jacob Schaefer


Chief Financial Officer

Jacob Schaefer started working the construction industry for a family business in 2002 prior to joining TS&H. He has since gained great knowledge in the field of Seniors Housing as an associate appraiser at TS&H. During his time with the firm he completed over 70 valuation or market analysis reports, focusing primarily on proposed construction projects being financed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). His strong financial talent and detailed personality gained him the opportunity to transfer to Santé Partners when it began. Jacob assisted with the market and site selection, preliminary due diligence, entitlements, and design of Santé Partners’ first few projects. He has also been instrumental in setting up systems for ongoing project budgeting, forecasting, and management allowing for ease of expansion and ongoing development tasks.

Now as Chief Financial Officer, Jacob provides the company with financial guidance and is integral in preliminary project decision making. He has a thorough understanding of real estate financial analysis, discounted cash flow analysis, market analysis, and the HUD MAP and LEAN financing programs. Jacob’s knowledge and hard work coupled with his drive to uphold Santé Partners’ goal of providing seniors with the highest quality facilities, which keep dignity at the forefront, has contributed strongly to placing Santé Partners as a leader in the senior healthcare development industry.  Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Linfield College.

Melissa Halverson, RN, NHA


Vice President of Operations, Corporate Compliance Officer

Melissa Halverson joined the Santé team in August of 2012. Melissa was the previous Executive Director of the Encore Communities in Silverdale, WA and now oversees the Clinical, Rehabilitation and Human Resource functions across the Santé network. With her strong leadership, team building and communication skills, Melissa and her teams have celebrated many successes including over 12 deficiency -free surveys. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Her passions encompass many aspects of healthcare but she loves rehabilitation nursing. Melissa is happily married with 2 children. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, water sports and spending time with her large extended family.

Scott Ness


Vice President of Real Estate Development and Asset Management

Scott is in charge of design, new-construction, remodeling, information technology, and the maintaining all facility assets in the Santé network. Scott oversees project scheduling, design timelines, construction budgets, construction & design documentation, contract negotiations, and the review and approval of design & construction pay applications on the development side. Scott is also heavily involved in facility design and operational programming from schematic design through construction documents. He works with the facilities Environmental Services Directors, Project Managers, and the operations IT department to insure compliance and upkeep from and environmental services, life safety, and information technology perspective. Scott is also responsible for the review, management, and negotiations of environmental service related service contracts.

In his time at Santé, Scott has overseen the design, construction, and licensure of four Santé facilities totaling over 60 million dollars, the design of two more facilities that are estimated at another 37 million upon completion, and is currently working on an expansion and capital improvement project totaling another 3.5 million. Scott and his team have also established tracking systems and protocols for life safety and environmental regulatory compliance requirements, work order tracking, preventative maintenance, and IT work orders.

He majored in business at Western Oregon University and successfully completed the basic electrical theory program at Linn Benton Community College required to complete his electrical apprenticeship. Scott holds certificates in Project Management, Project Scheduling, Effective Supervision, and systems programming for multiple low voltage and Fire & Life Safety product manufacturers.