Executive Director Heather Zeiss Earns Special Designation
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Congratulations to Heather Zeiss, Executive Director of Brightview Severna Park in Severna Park, Maryland, for passing the Senior Living Certification exam and earning her Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) designation.
Heather joins nine other associates from Brightview Senior Living who have also passed the exam and earned their CDAL designations.
A high standard credential for professionals in the senior living profession, the CDAL certification attests that Executive Directors have the relevant, measureable, and industry recognized knowledge to excel in their field. The credential is offered throughout the senior living industry by the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC), a non-profit organization dedicated to professional development initiatives for senior living executives and staff members and was created to assure residents and family members that their respective Executive Director has achieved advanced certification in the industry.
Heather has her BA degree in Gerontology and Human Services from the University of North Carolina and has dedicated her 24-year career to improving the lives of seniors. She began her career with Deerfield Senior Day Services as an activity director, and was promoted over her ten-year tenure to various roles, including Regional Support Director. She then worked as Associate Director of CopperRidge where she specialized in dementia care, and then became Executive Director of Somerford Place. For the last six years, Heather has served as Executive Director at Brightview Senior Living – first at Brightview Catonsville in Catonsville, Maryland, and now at Brightview Severna Park.
In addition to her CDAL designation, Heather is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner, with a CADDCT designation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Lifespan and Beacon Institute, Maryland’s Assisted Living advocacy, legislative and education association.
The Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Dementia Care community – located at 469 Jumper’s Hole Road – opened in December 2013. The community will undergo an expansion, adding 95 Independent Living apartment homes in spring 2019.