Camp Hill-based Elixer names Neill COO 


Elixir, a wholly owned subsidiary of Camp Hill-based Rite Aid Corp., has a new chief operating officer.

Lance Neill, a veteran health care and pharmacy executive, was named to the post after most recently serving as vice president of network development and contracting for Centene’s portfolio of managed care products.

Previously, he held senior leadership roles with such major health care brands as Diplomat Pharmacy and Walmart Inc.

Elixir is a pharmacy services provider “offering pharmacy benefit management, Medicare-approved prescription drug plans, mail and specialty pharmacy solutions, and prescription discount programs,” according to a release.

As COO, Neill will oversee core operational functions, including Elixir Insurance, and be responsible for strategy development.

“Elixir is a critical component of Rite Aid’s growth strategy, and we are doubling-down on our investment to position the company as a market leader,” Heyward Donigan, Rite Aid’s president and CEO, said in the release. “Lance is a seasoned and trusted industry executive who consistently delivers results.”

Rite Aid operates more than 2,500 retail pharmacies in 17 states.

Penn State Health’s new executive vice president, COO to start this summer

Deborah Addo, a health care executive from Virginia, will take over as COO of Penn State Health in August. PHOTO/PROVIDED

A Virginia-based health care executive is set to take the role of executive vice president and COO at Penn State Health this summer.

Deborah Addo, president of Inova Loudoun Hospital in Loudoun County, Virginia, will join the Hershey health system in August following the retirement of COO Alan Brechbill last year.

Addo has more than 30 years of leadership experience in health care operations and management. Prior to joining Inova Loudoun, she served as the executive leader of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia for nearly three years and COO and senior vice president of Meritus Health in Hagerstown, Maryland.

“Deborah is a proven, visionary leader with a track record of leading hospitals and physician groups through times of transition that will allow her to play a pivotal role in our organization’s development, as we strive to bring the best in health care outcomes, access and choice to the communities we serve,” said Steve Massini, CEO of Penn State Health.

Addo’s expertise includes financial management, LEAN, organization re-engineering, strategic planning, physician engagement and population health. She has been named one of the “50 Great African American Leaders in Healthcare to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review multiple times.

Penn State Health’s incoming COO earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public health from Walden University. She is a licensed minister ordained through the Church of God.

New COO to join Masonic Villages next month

Masonic Villages’ COO will be leaving the Elizabethtown-based senior living organization next month, to be replaced by the executive director of its Montgomery County location.

The nonprofit organization announced in the fall 2020 edition of its official magazine, The Village Voice, that Raymond Tierney will be retiring in December.

Tierney served as Masonic Villages’ COO since January 2018 and has been employed by the organization since 1981.

Adrienne Staudenmayer, the executive director of the nonprofit’s Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County-based Masonic Village of Lafayette Hill, will be taking over the position of COO, effective Dec. 31, the nonprofit wrote in The Village Voice.

Masonic Villages is one of the state’s largest senior living organizations with locations in Elizabethtown, Luzerne, Montgomery, Allegheny and Bucks counties. It is owned by The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, the governing body of Pennsylvania’s Masonic lodges.

Staudenmayer joined the Lafayette Hill location in 1988 and has served as its executive director since 2001. She has since led the community through renovations, construction projects, service enhancements and growth, the nonprofit wrote.

The incoming COO told The Village Voice that she looks forward to the opportunities that the new role presents and will carry her experiences at Lafayette Hill to her new position.

“In my time with Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, I’ve had the honor of working with loving, dedicated staff; being inspired by amazing residents, volunteers, donors and fraternity members; meeting caring, passionate family members; and partnering with others in the community to benefit individuals of all ages,” Staudenmayer said.

Staudenmayer has a Bachelor of Science degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and is a licensed nursing home administrator. She is also an active member of LeadingAge, a trade association for nonprofit aging services with a Pennsylvania headquarters in Mechanicsburg.

Smith Land appoints new COO/CFO

Dallas Zulli, former Vice President and senior commercial relationship manager for F&M Trust, was named COO and CFO of Smith Land & Improvement Corp. (Photo provided)

Real estate development firm Smith Land & Improvement Corp.’s newest executive is bringing 16 years of experience in commercial banking and real estate finance to the Camp Hill-based company.

Dallas Zulli, former vice president and senior commercial relationship manager for F&M Trust, has taken the role of both COO and CFO for Smith Land, the firm announced Friday.

“His experience on the banking side of commercial real estate finance gives him unique insights into the types and structures of deals that will future-proof our development firm,” said Richard Jordan III, president and CEO of Smith Land.

Smith Land has a portfolio of about 50 properties, 80% of which are located in the midstate.

The firm’s most recent redevelopment project, the Camp Hill-based Neighbors & Smith, houses a number of local businesses including Little Black Dress, One Good Woman and Underneath it All and officially opened in June of last year.

“I was raised in this area and have seen the positive impact, resilience, and expansion of the Smith Land properties, including the landmark West Shore Plaza. It’s important to have historical context for development which will help me as I manage our current projects, evaluate future projects, introduce new tenant relationships, and prepare our properties for changing demands in the commercial real estate market,” Zulli said.

Zulli holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He is also the treasurer and board member for the East Pennsboro Ambulance Service and a trustee for the Cumberland County Bar Foundation.

Rite Aid appoints new COO

Jim Peters joined Rite Aid as its new COO. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

East Pennsboro-based Rite Aid has hired Jim Peters, the former CEO of Philadelphia-based Skyward Health, as its new chief operating officer to replace outgoing COO Bryan Everett.

Peters was CEO of Skyward, a strategic health advisory firm, for three years before accepting the job.

Peters will lead the Cumberland County corporation’s pharmacy and clinical strategy development and execution; relationships with health plans and health systems; marketing and merchandising and corporate development.

“Jim is a seasoned health care executive with health innovation, corporate development, strategy and healthcare provider-payer operating experience,” said Heyward Donigan, CEO of Rite Aid. “As our industry continues to evolve and Rite Aid charts our go-forward strategy, Jim’s strong track record of leadership and acting as a change agent to rejuvenate brand perception is exactly what Rite Aid needs to propel our business forward.”

Peters has 25 years of health care experience. Prior to working at Skyward, he held various senior level positions at Danville-based Geisinger Health System and served as principal at Updata Capital, a venture capital firm in Washington DC.

Peters graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Lehigh University and a Masters in Finance and Venture Capital from The Wharton School.

“I’m excited to join Rite Aid at such an inflection point in the health and wellness industry,” said Peters. “The Rite Aid brand is strong and its potential even stronger. I look forward to working with industry leaders – both at Rite Aid and in the marketplace – as we define and execute our strategy and achieve our goals, while keeping the health and wellness of our customer’s top-of-mind.”

Rite Aid also welcomed Heyward Donigan as its new CEO in August. With the addition of Peters, Rite Aid announced that it has rounded out its leadership team.