Touchstone Communities®
Caring For Families, One Generation At A Time.®

Corporate Team

Touchstone Communities® - Stan Studer, Jr., Chairman
Stan Studer, Jr. | Chairman

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, five 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.

Touchstone Communities® - Carl Fellbaum, Chief Executive Officer
Carl Fellbaum | Chief Executive Officer

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.

Touchstone Communities® - Bryon Sehlke, President
Bryon Sehlke | President

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.

Touchstone Communities® - Laura Miller, Chief Operating Officer
Laura Miller, LNFA | Chief Operating Officer

With a personal passion for quality and years of leadership experience, Laura Miller joined the Touchstone Communities family as chief operating officer in April 2017.

Prior to joining Touchstone Communities, Laura served as senior vice president of operations for Legend Healthcare for nine years, where she served 16 years in a variety of leadership roles, beginning as an administrator and working up the leadership ladder to senior vice president of operations. Laura also served as president/operations leader for another long-term care provider in East Texas where she had direct responsibility for 12 long-term care centers.

Laura is known for her hands-on leadership style, strong organizational skills, proven ability to develop team members through training and education, teamwork promotion, and a long-held personal belief in creating an environment conducive to retaining great leaders. She is proud to be the newest member of the Touchstone Communities family and looks forward to a long-lasting, positive partnership.

Touchstone Communities® - Darrell Zurovec, General Counsel
Darrell Zurovec | General Counsel

Darrell Zurovec, a nationally known healthcare lawyer, joined Touchstone Communities in August 2017 as General Counsel. With more than 20 years of experience representing long-term care clients with compliance, transactional and reimbursement matters, Darrell is proud to be a member of the Touchstone family. “Touchstone is a high quality organization dedicated to providing innovative care to senior Texans.” Zurovec said. “It is a privilege to join Touchstone and to do my part to help carry out the vision of the company.”

Darrell joins Touchstone from Zurovec PLLC, which he founded in 2008. Prior to leading Zurovec PLLC, Darrell served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Cornerstone Health Care Group and Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Mariner Healthcare. He presently serves on the Legal Committee for the Texas Health Care Association and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Darrell graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and the Duke University School of Law. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and four children.

Touchstone Communities® - Lynnea Castillo, CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer
Lynnea Castillo, CPA, CGMA | Chief Financial Officer

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).

Touchstone Communities® - Lynda Jennings, B.S., OTR, Chief Operating Officer - Rehabilitation
Lynda Jennings, OTR | Chief Operating Officer - Rehabilitation

Lynda Jennings has served as chief operating officer of Touchstone Rehabilitation since 2011. With over 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.

Touchstone Communities® - Sam Planta, Chief Culture Officer
Sam Planta | Chief Culture Officer

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.

Touchstone Communities® - DeDe Juel, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President of Human Resources
DeDe Juel, PHR, SHRM-CP | Vice President of Human Resources

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.

Touchstone Communities® - Robin Hayes, RN - Vice President of Clinical Operations & Health Services - Veterans Division
Robin Hayes, RN | Senior Vice President of Clinical Services - Veterans Division

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).

Touchstone Communities® - Paul Wray, RN, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services – Skilled Division
Paul Wray, RN | Senior Vice President of Clinical Services - Skilled Division

Paul Wray was named senior vice president of clinical services for the skilled division of Touchstone Communities in 2017. He has also served as PointClickCare clinical speacialist for Touchstone Communities. With more than 20 years of experience in long-term care, Paul has written clinical platform standards for two large nursing home companies. He has also developed and implemented career ladder tracks for directors of nursing, nursing assistants, and dietary team members. Paul worked with PointClickCare to develop Interact as well as a veteran-specific UDA. He is a member of the Texas Health Care Association Nurse Council.

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