Following a national search, CJE SeniorLife warmly welcomed Dan Fagin as its new President and CEO, effective August 13, 2018. Most recently, Dan served as CEO of Cedar Village Retirement Community, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Mason, Ohio. Its mission is similar to that of CJE—providing services and supports for older adults and their families.
A Cincinnati native, Dan was COO of The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati from 2012-2015 where he developed a new shared service organization for Jewish communal agencies and congregations and launched SAFE Cincinnati, a Jewish community security and disaster planning initiative. From 2002-2012, he was a Managing Director and Healthcare Industry Leader for Protiviti Inc., a global consulting firm that helps business leaders identify, anticipate and solve critical business problems.
In a letter to CJE staff upon his appointment, Dan says he is excited and honored to serve as President and CEO of CJE. He sees CJE as a highly-respected cornerstone in the Jewish Community with an impressive history of enhancing the lives of older adults: “I am grateful for the tremendous support we receive from the Jewish United Fund, and I’m proud to be part of a strong team that lives its values every day by providing physical, emotional, social and spiritual help to those who need it most.”
Fagin has a bold vision for CJE SeniorLife. He believes that CJE must continue to evolve, as the world around us is changing. His first order of business is to listen and learn how CJE operates. He will be looking for opportunities to become more efficient and effective, while at the same time strengthening CJE’s ability to fulfill its mission by focusing on its core healthcare business and growing newer lines of business which will contribute to the overall financial health of the organization. “While CJE has seen great success, there is more work to do. The eldercare and healthcare industries aren’t standing still and won’t reward us for our past success.”
In order to do this, Dan acknowledges CJE will need to forge new partnerships with other organizations along the continuum of care for seniors. He is all about rolling up his sleeves and working collaboratively as the leader of this complex organization. He is aware of the challenges in front of CJE and foresees a demanding, but exciting, road ahead.
Dan graduated from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business with a BS in Finance and received his MBA from Thomas More College. During his accomplished 30-year career, he has also worked for Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young, Kettering Medical Center and Florida Hospital in managerial and information technology roles.
Dan’s wife Kari is the Director of Communication and Member Engagement for the Isaac M. Wise Temple, the largest congregation in the Cincinnati area. Their daughter works for a global PR firm in Chicago and their son is a junior at the University of Alabama.
Now that Dan is part of the CJE family, he is looking forward to meeting many people throughout our community in the next few months. He believes the reward to everyone connected with CJE will be the sense of fulfillment that comes from providing the highest level of care to all who come through its doors. “The impact CJE SeniorLife has on the lives of people each and every day is simply amazing, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of it.”