We're leading the way in retirement living
In 1965, Beatitudes Campus began as a unique kind of retirement living community, combining senior living, healthcare and a holistic approach to wellness. Our founders fostered the open, welcoming spirit and vibrant learning of a college campus. Along the way, we expanded to meet the changing preferences of seniors and their families by adding new services, amenities and residential choices.
We’re proud to be an experienced, nationally recognized leader in independent senior living and senior healthcare, and a trusted part of the greater Phoenix community. We’re excited to continue growing and evolving, and we look forward to sharing Beatitudes Campus with you.
Beatitudes Campus Fast Facts
- Rev. Dr. Culver “Bill” Nelson, a Church of the Beatitudes pastor, founded the community.
- Dr. Nelson joined Rev. Dr. Everett B. Luther and other church visionaries to create a welcome alternative to nursing homes.
- Beatitudes Campus was the first senior community of its kind in Arizona.
- The campus was built on 25 acres within one mile of the Beatitudes church. The land was purchased for $25,000 per acre.
- Beatitudes opened in May 1965 with the building now known as Plaza South.
- Since then, the community has added more services and amenities, several residential buildings, a Health Care center, Town Plaza and more. We’ve embarked on a new master plan to offer even more residential options.
Beatitudes Campus is a not-for-profit life plan community founded by the Church of the Beatitudes, a United Church of Christ congregation. Our heritage of Christian hospitality calls us to welcome all people. This includes outreach to Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other faiths, as well as those with no connection to a faith community. We value the diversity of all – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. Our core values of compassion, respect, accountability and excellence drive every aspect of our community, and are what have made Beatitudes Campus a strong and respected leader in senior living since 1965.
Board of Directors
- Andres Contreras, Chair
- Jim Green, Chair-Elect and Treasurer
- Brad Stouffer, Secretary
- Mark Nesvig, Immediate Past Chair
- Mike Bontrager, President of Southwest Region, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, LLC
- Terry Fenzl, Attorney, Ret.
- Dan Hinkson, President, Sigma Contracting, Inc.
- Barbara Hoffnagle, SRP Executive, Ret.
- Herman Orcutt, Architect, Ret.
- Mike Scheurich, Attorney, Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks
- Brad Stouffer, SVP, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
- Michelle Just, Beatitudes Campus President & CEO
- Tom Denny, Residents Council President
- David Davies, Attorney, David G. Davies, Ltd.
Michelle Just, President & Chief Executive Officer
Michelle started her career in aging services in 1997, and was named President and CEO at Beatitudes Campus in January 2014 and has been very successfully leading the organization since that time. Having served the organization in a variety of leadership roles-- marketing, fund development, public relations and health services since 2000, Michelle has a unique vantage point and perspective that gives her a thorough understanding of the overall operations. In addition to being strategic and innovative. Michelle is a natural change agent who has moved the organization into financial stability and will lead it through a $100+ million redevelopment and renovation project, which is necessary for the future sustainability of the campus. Michelle clearly has the respect of her senior team and has attracted outside talent to augment the team and fill some gaps. The Board has a great deal of respect for Michelle and the senior team. The staff/Board relationship is very strong.
Michelle is a leader and advocate within the aging services community in Arizona as well as nationally and several of the campus programs serve as a model for others to follow. She is intentional about her own professional development, belonging to peer groups and participating in leadership programs.
Rod Bailey, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Rod brings extensive experience in acute and post-acute care to the newly created role at the campus. In his long career in health care services, he has held leadership roles in multiple other communities, associations, home health agencies, a consulting firm, a hospital and the Arizona Department of Health Services. He is also both a licensed nursing home administrator and an assisted living facility manager. His well-rounded experience and knowledge has allowed him to quickly implement new initiatives and programs in occupancy development and community outreach during his short time at the campus. Rod is a natural at networking and belongs to several community groups throughout metro Phoenix.
Allen Bloch, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Allen began working with the campus as a consultant in 2001 and joined the organization as its Chief Financial Officer in 2002. His background is grounded in healthcare finance. Prior to coming to the campus, he spent 27 years in hospital administration working for both the Samaritan Health System (now Banner Health), as well as the John C. Lincoln Health Network (now Honor Health). As the CFO, he has the responsibility for the accounting, financing, reimbursement, treasury, cash management and analytical functions of the organization as well as general management responsibilities. He currently oversees accounting, IT and Comfort Matters®. He thinks strategically, and sees the “big picture.” He played a critical role in the campus turnaround in the early 2000s and was the keystone in the financial feasibility work of the first phase of redevelopment.
Cheryl Knupp, Senior Vice President, Health Services
Cheryl entered the field of aging services in 2004 as the Director of Human Resources for a life plan community in the West Valley. She quickly found a passion for seniors and became a licensed nursing home administrator in 2007. Her deep understanding of health care operations and regulations led her to expand her experience into assisted living and other areas of aging services. She joined the Beatitudes Campus in February 2014 in her current executive role overseeing the campus’ most complex operating divisions - skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and Beatitudes at Home programs. She has made significant changes in the campus’ health services that has streamlined programming and continually improved quality of care. She recently completed a year-long executive leadership program and is involved in many health care initiatives with partner organizations.
Scott Mardian, Senior Vice President, Redevelopment
Scott is a fourth-generation builder. He grew up in the family construction business in central Phoenix, which, most importantly, built the campus and Church of Beatitudes. This history and connection allowed Scott to move from past campus board member to Sr. VP of Redevelopment in 2003. In his role in Phase One, he was the owner’s representative successfully negotiating with and coordinating the efforts of the general contractors and architects. He is also responsible for maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, security and grounds.
Rev. David Ragan, Senior Vice President, Resident Services
David first joined the Beatitudes Campus as the Interim Vice President for Spiritual Life in 2009 – an experience that opened his eyes to an aging services career. After completing his tenure, he came back in a part-time role as the Interfaith Outreach Ambassador. In 2012, he felt his heart calling him to revise his ministry as possibilities opened before him where his passion is lived out today as Senior Vice President of Resident Services. David has served as senior minister in large local UCC churches for nearly 20 years - including serving at the United Church of Christ national level during this time. This experience makes David a natural connector and community builder, instilling our culture of resident empowerment and purposeful living across the campus.
Rev. Peggy Roberts, Senior Vice President, Spiritual Life
Peggy joined the Spiritual Life Department in 2010. She brings 18 years of pastoral ministry experience, as well as 3 years as a Chaplain for Hospice of the Valley. Much of her experience and ministry has been focused on older adults. Peggy is also the campus liaison to our sponsoring church, the Church of Beatitudes, serving as associate pastor.
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United Church of Christ (UCC)
The Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ
Church of the Beatitudes, United Church of Christ
Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)
Duet: Partners In Health & Aging
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