Our Leadership

Sonata Senior Living is led by proven executives who have been instrumental in the development, operation and marketing of more than 20 senior housing communities — giving us the strength and expertise we need to truly make an impact in the lives we touch every day.

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Stuart Beebe, President & CEO

With nearly 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Stuart is responsible for the overall execution of Sonata’s strategic initiatives. Previously, as President and CEO of CNL Retirement Properties, a public unlisted real estate investment trust (REIT), he led the strategic initiative resulting in the sale of the REIT for $5.3 billion. He then joined the CNL REIT and was directly involved in over $3.5 billion of acquisitions. Stuart has also held senior management positions at CNL Corporate Properties and Lincoln Property Company, two of the country’s largest privately owned real estate companies.
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Shelley Esden, Chief Operating Officer

Shelley has over 18 years of experience in all aspects of senior housing operations and development activities. Her ongoing pursuit of improvement, innovation and passion are the underlying principles that have fostered her visionary leadership in the senior living industry. While her authentic commitment to “raising the bar” is illustrated by Sonata’s award-winning communities, Shelley’s pragmatic, data-driven approach to strategic management has remained the foundation to her success over the years.
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Stephen Caruso, Vice President of Business Development

Leveraging 10 years in commercial real estate management, leasing and brokerage, Stephen oversees our development and acquisition opportunities.

He also takes a leading role in executing Sonata’s due diligence efforts. For the past few years, Stephen has focused on identifying acquisition opportunities and development sites in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for senior housing and medical office buildings.

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Stuart Mottern, Chief Investment Officer

Extensively experienced in structuring health care real estate acquisition and development projects, Stuart oversees all new Sonata investment and financing efforts. During his career, he has been involved in the acquisition and financing of over $3 billion in senior living and medical office assets. Previously at CNL Retirement Properties, Stuart was involved in the acquisition and management of more than $1 billion in senior living properties. He has a Big 4 accounting and consulting background as well as several years of corporate finance experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic  and financial planning.
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Beth E. Dutton, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Beth Dutton previously held the position of Vice President of Sales for Brookdale Senior Living. She was responsible for managing sales, fostering a collaborative and innovative sales culture and building occupancy for over two hundred communities. Prior to joining Brookdale, Beth spent fourteen years at Emeritus Senior Living holding positions of Vice President of Sales for the Southeast Division, Sr. Regional Director of Sales, Regional Director of Sales and Executive Director. She is highly adept at developing, educating and mentoring sales talent to create engaging relationships with prospective families, residents and industry healthcare partners. Beth strongly believes that “you should never underestimate the impact you can make even if it’s helping just one customer a day.”
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Brooke Ellis, Regional Director

With over 17 years of experience in senior living, Brooke provides oversight and assistance with the day-to-day operations and has been instrumental in the startup of Sonata’s communities. She has held senior management roles in marketing, sales and operations, and provided consulting services for national providers, including Summerville Senior Living, National Health Care and Homestead Health Services. Brooke is also certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Care Practitioners (NCCDP) as a National Dementia Care Practitioner and Trainer (CDP).

I know that the staff cares. They understand our needs even when we don’t.

Jo, Resident March 2, 2016

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