Meadowlark names new CEO

By The Mercury

Meadowlark Hills retirement community has named Lonnie Baker its new chief executive officer.

Baker has been the not-for-profit organization’s chief operations officer since 2011. He replaces former CEO Willie Novotny, who resigned from the post in October.

Baker will be responsible for providing leadership for the organization by working with the board of trustees and senior leaders to establish and achieve short-term and long-range goals, according to a press release. He will complete his transition into his new position by June 1.

“Lonnie is a gifted and effective leader who has a strong understanding of the person-directed care that Meadowlark Hills administers,” said Dirk Daveline, chair of the Meadowlark board of trustees in the release. “He is a forward-thinking person who will maintain the organization’s status as an industry leader.”

Previously, Baker was the administrator at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City, according to the press release. He began his career in health care in 1997 and has held various leadership roles since. He practiced as a chiropractor for more than 10 years and he transitioned to the world of senior services in 2008.

A nation-wide search for a CEO began in November 2012.

Baker graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College with a doctorate in chiropractic medicine and a bachelor’s degree in human biology, according to the press release. Baker is a Kansas native and graduated from Wichita East High School.

He and his wife, Karen Baker, live in Manhattan with their three children.

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