With a strong family history in long-term care, Stan Studer felt right at home following his father’s footsteps by founding Care Inn Properties, Inc., in 1991. This company’s first acquisition was the Brenham Rest Home in Brenham, Texas.
Under Stan’s leadership, the company–now known as Touchstone Communities–has grown to 16 communities, six Texas State Veterans Homes, and more than 2,500 team members. Stan achieved this by building a team of compassionate people who are dedicated to not only making a difference in the lives of the families we serve, but who are also dedicated to supporting each other. He continues to be the driving force in making Touchstone Communities a premier network of dynamic healthcare communities and services. Stan was named chairman of Touchstone Communities in 2017.
Stan has served as a member of the Texas Health Care Association and other legislative-related committees. He received a master’s degree in real estate and land economics and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
With a background in public accounting, audit, and tax, Carl Fellbaum joined Stan Studer as a partner in 1997, of Touchstone Communities and in 2017 was named chief executive officer. He has also served as president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer.
In the service of the Lord, Carl uses his financial insight and background to lead Touchstone Communities in providing the best possible environment and care for the families we serve. He is also dedicated to building a company that not only is a great place to work but also supports our team members and their families. Since 2001, Carl has been involved with the Texas State Veterans Home program.
Carl is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Ecumenical Center and he is a Stephen Minister. He has served on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Alamo Heights School Foundation, and Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Bryon Sehlke joined Touchstone Real Estate Development as senior vice president of development in 2009, and was named president of Touchstone Communities in 2017.
With more than 20 years of financial and operations experience, Bryon focuses on Touchstone Communities’ development projects, acquisitions, and divestures and participates heavily in the accompanying debt and equity financings. Bryon was attracted to Touchstone from a desire to care for others. Prior to joining Touchstone, Bryon served as CEO of Supportkids, Inc., the largest private child support collections agency in the country, providing millions of dollars a month of support to families. Bryon also held several positions in the high-tech and services industries and was involved in several acquisitions and numerous fundraising efforts, including public and private debt offerings and equity financings.
He started his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. Bryon holds master’s degrees in both business administration and aerospace engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lynnea Castillo has served as chief financial officer since 2007. With an extensive accounting, finance, and leadership background in several industries, Lynnea brings a wealth of professional experience and business acumen to Touchstone Communities. She plays a vital role in reaching our care-focused goals, all the while balancing costs.
Lynnea is responsible for the leadership and management of the company’s financial, accounting, and technology systems. Since her employment with Touchstone in 2004, Lynnea has worked extensively with the Texas Veterans Land Board to develop technology and accounting systems in support of daily operations and management strategies. Committed to Touchstone’s sustainability, she enjoys helping team members reach their full potential, especially when they are unsure of how much they can achieve.
Lynnea has served in several leadership roles on Catholic Charities’ board of directors, and she is affiliated with the Texas Health Care Association, the Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Lynnea received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Sandy Klein joined Touchstone Communities in 2007 and was named chief operating officer in 2017. Her 40 years of continuous experience in long-term care began upon graduation from Texas A&M University. She started as an activity director and soon earned her nursing home administrator’s license. During her career, she was president of Texas operations for both Mariner Healthcare and Sava Senior Care.
Sandy continues to advocate for the elderly through the State Legislature and through strong governmental relationships at all levels. She is involved as treasurer on the executive committee with the Texas Health Care Association and also chairs the legal committee. Sandy previously served in numerous capacities with THCA, She is a member of the American Health Care Association (past board member) and the American College of Health Care Administrators and serves on the board of Texas Alliance for Patient Access. Sandy is the governor’s appointee to the Star + Nursing Facility Advisory Committee, and serves as chair.
Sandy strongly believes that we have a professed duty and an obligation to treat our older adults with dignity and respect. She maintains a passion for the team members who choose long-term care as their life vocation and advocates for them through her legislative work. Sandy serves on the boards of Impact SA, SA 100, and the Oakes Club. She is also a member of the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing Advisory Board.
Kai Mayne was named senior vice president of operators for the veterans division of Touchstone Communities in 2017. He has also served as vice president of operations and chief operating officer for the veterans division. Working closely with the Texas Veterans Land Board since 2010, Kai’s objective is to develop a premier team of talented experts in their field, who truly cares for our veterans and executes our mission.
Kai has more than 20 years of experience in health care. He was a counselor and assistant director for ResCare Premier, caring for adults with traumatic brain injuries, and has served as social services director and as a licensed administrator. Kai’s passion in caring for veterans stems from the experiences of his father and his uncle, who both served in the U.S. Navy and both his grandfathers who served in the U.S. Army.
He is formerly Region 3 chair of the Texas Health Care Association and is a member of the American Health Care Association, National Association of State Veterans Homes, and LeadingAge. Additionally, he serves on the board of C-12 Leadership. Kai received a bachelor’s degree in social services from Texas State University and long-term care administrators training from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.
Greg Moore joined Touchstone Communities in 2013 and began serving as chief operating officer of the skilled division in November 2014. He was named senior vice president of operations for the skilled division of in 2017.
He has served as chief operating officer for two other Texas based long-term care companies. In addition to providing operational oversight of his division, Greg works closely with our team members to meet the clinical and social needs of our elders, and he encourages the development of leaders in our communities who can continually provide thoughtful direction to our team members.
Greg recognized the need for compassionate people in the long-term care profession when his family was caring for his elderly grandparents.
He is a member of the Texas Health Care Association and the American Health Care Association and was a member of the Texas State Long-Term Care Advisory Board. He received a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
Lynda Jennings has served as chief operating officer of Touchstone Rehabilitation since 2011. With almost 25 years of experience in geriatrics, adult rehabilitation, and post-acute rehabilitation services, Lynda is passionate about ensuring that the elders in our care receive quality rehabilitation services.
With Lynda’s leadership, our rehabilitation team focuses on helping our elders achieve the best results.
She is a past president of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and is an active member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association as well as a member of the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. She serves on the Occupational Therapy Advisory Board at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is a guest lecturer. Lynda received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
As chief culture officer since 2005, Sam Planta brings 25 years of experience in organizational development and in designing leadership initiatives to Touchstone Communities.
Understanding that organizational leadership is the key to performance and market distinction, he develops performance improvement programs and initiatives to inspire our team members to deliver optimum care and services to our elders.
Sam is passionate about helping team members shift from thinking of possibilities to actually knowing they are truly making a difference in the lives of others. When team members embrace Touchstone’s vision and mission with his guidance, they begin believing in delivering the services that our elders deserve.
Sam is a certified mediator with the University of Texas Law School Center for Dispute Resolution and is a certified predictive index analyst with PI Worldwide. He is affiliated with Leadership Austin, the Association for Talent Development, the American Experiential Education Association, and is on the board of Family Elder Care of Austin.
DeDe Juel joined Touchstone Communities as a Director of Recruitment in March 2015 and in May 2016 began serving as Vice President of Human Resources.
She is dedicated to helping team members in good times and challenging times. Touchstone’s family atmosphere and the drive to challenge the status quo is what she enjoys most about her role. She strongly values Touchstone’s purpose to glorify God by serving others.
Her bachelor of business administration degree from Texas A&M University and 20 years of experience in health care has enabled her to excel as a leader for human resources.
Robin Hayes was named senior vice president of clinical services for the veterans division of Touchstone Communities in 2017. She has also served as a vice president of clinical operations and health services and as regional nurse for Touchstone’s veterans communities. With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Robin’s objective is to deliver progressive skilled nursing and management care for all state veterans homes in Texas.
Prior to joining Touchstone, Robin was vice president of clinical and pharmacy services for Mason Health. She also held the position of director of best practices with the Texas Health Care Association.
Robin is a member of the Texas Health Care Association. She is also an avid speaker for the Texas Health Care Association, the Education Institute in Aging, and the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH).
Ann Chirhart was named senior vice president of clinical services of Touchstone Communities’ skilled division in 2017 after serving as vice president of clinical operations and health services. Previously, she was with HCR Manor Care and Integrated Health Services.
Ann’s passion for geriatric care stems from her personal experience of caring for her mother who developed Alzheimer’s, a journey that enables her to be a supportive resource and advocate for families.
She is a member of the Texas Health Care Association, the American Health Care Association, Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society, the National Association of State Veterans Homes, and the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. She received a master of science degree in advanced practice nursing from Texas A&M University and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.