CJE SeniorLife Announces Name and Executive Director for New Independent Living Building in Deerfield

CHICAGO, October 11, 2019 – CJE SeniorLife is thrilled to announce two very exciting developments regarding the new luxury independent living community for seniors (65-plus) in Deerfield (1627 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL 60015) opening in June 2020. The building has been named Tamarisk NorthShore and will be managed by CJE. “Tamarisk” was chosen as a nod to the tamarisk tree—and the word tamarisk connects on many levels to the Jewish heritage and what CJE is offering in the new community. The word tamarisk is often associated with other words such as resilient and steadfast. These words also are frequently used to describe many older adults who take on aging with real gusto.  

Drew Kowalski

We are also pleased to share that Drew Kowalski has joined CJE and will serve as the Executive Director of Tamarisk NorthShore. “Drew comes to us with many years of experience in senior living and has opened other successful communities in the past,” said CJE President and CEO Dan Fagin. “He will be focused on building the team and getting ready to start the leasing process as soon as possible.”

Drew has over 25 years of experience as a highly visible and valuable financial/business partner who has taken on increased roles and responsibilities for large, family-owned businesses in very different industries. He found his passion 12 years ago working with older adults in helping them age successfully. During that time, Drew has worked for three large senior living communities supporting the growth and development of a 601 unit continuing care retirement community in Lincolnshire, leading a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion for a 179-unit independent living community in Wilmette, and successfully opening a 206-unit independent living, assisted living, and memory care community in Lake Bluff. Drew has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois. He resides in Arlington Heights with his wife Sue and they have three grown children, Adam, Amanda, and John.

“I’m very excited about opening this beautiful new community in Deerfield for CJE SeniorLife,” said Kowalski. “I look forward to building a caring and compassionate team to enhance the quality of life for older adults.”

The building has 240 rental apartments (studios, one bedrooms, one bedrooms plus den, two bedrooms and two bedrooms plus den) and is conveniently located on Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, Illinois (directly north of Weinberg Community at 1551 Lake Cook Rd.) near shopping centers, several hospitals, the entrance of Interstate 294 and O’Hare International Airport. The Sales Office will open in the Arbor Lakes Corporate Park by early fall. Until then, community members who are interested in adding their names to a growing list of people who want to receive more information (when available) should call:

Deerfield Senior Residences Pre-Leasing Line at 847.597.8772  or Drew Kowalski, Executive Director, at 224.500.7106.

For more information about Tamarisk NorthShore, please visit www.TamariskNorthShore.com.

Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Carole Klein-Alexander
Phone: 773.508.1123
E-Mail: carole.klein-alexander@cje.net