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Carson College of Business Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living

Granger Cobb
Institute for Senior Living

Education. Service. Research.

Serving as a transdisciplinary global institute

for operations excellence in senior living

Granger Cobb Institute Naming


Where We Are

  • Industry-driven courses and program of study focused on operational performance
  • Partner with industry leaders to maintain curricular relevance and increase the number of professionals and students studying Senior Living Management
  • Courses led by full-time, industry experienced clinical assistant professor, Scott Eckstein, who connects real-world operations with best-in-class education
  • Provide undergraduate students with immersive learning every semester at senior living communities
  • Students gain real-world industry experience through the school’s 1,000 hour industry/ internship graduation requirement

Steering Committee

Industry Partners

Chris Belford
Executive Vice President, American Healthcare Investors

Maribeth Bersani
Chief Operating Officer, Argentum

Matt Bromen
Human Resources Director, ERA Living

Adam Clark
Vice President of Growth Strategies, Aegis Living

Caitlin Cobb
Communications Manager, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Cassie Cobb
Director of Customer Experience, PrettyLitter

Patrick Dooley
Chief Operating Officer, Milestone Retirement Communities, LLC

Barb Duffy
Shareholder, Lane Powell

Mark Finkelstein
Columbia Bank, Director

Tana Gall
Chief Executive Officer, Blue Harbor Senior Living

Bre Grubbs
Senior Vice President, Leisure Care/180

Chris Guay
Founder & President, Vitality Senior Living

Justin Hutchens
Chief Executive Officer, HC-One, UK

Chris Hyatt
Chief Operations Officer, New Perspective Senior Living

Bob Kramer
Founder & Strategic Advisor, National Investment Center (NIC)

Jerry Meyer
President Emeritus & Board of Directors, Aegis Living

Gary Milner
Canyon Ranch

Travis Palmquist
Vice President & General Manager, Senior Living PointClickCare

Bill Pettit
President, R.D. Merrill Company (Merrill Gardens)

David Schless
President, American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA)

Mark Southern
AVP Food and Beverage, VI Senior Living

Steve Tarr
Gartner EXP, Senior Executive Partner

Melanie Werdel
Columbia Pacific Advisors

Shamim Wu
Chief Operating Officer, Elmcroft Senior Living

Faculty Fellows

Cory Bolkan
WSU Associate Professor: Human Development

Minyoung Cerruti
WSU Instructor, Interior Design Program, School of Design & Construction

Diane Cook
WSU Chair/Professor: School of Electrical Eng & Comp Science

Julia Day
WSU Assistant Professor of Construction Management, Director: Integrated Design & Construction Lab, School of Design and Construction

Maureen Edgecombe
WSU Professor, Psychology

Shelly Fritz
WSU Assistant Professor of Nursing

Mel Haberman
Executive Associate Dean and Director, College of Nursing

Laura Hill
WSU Chair/Professor, Human Development

Zihua Ma
UNLV Hospitality: Assistant Professor In Residence (SHBM PhD Alumni)

Deb Nelson
WSU Instructor, Human Development

Catherine VanSon
WSU Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Raven Weaver
WSU Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development

WSU Administrative Team

Darcie Bagott
SHBM Administrative Assistant

Kelvin Chiang
SHBM Graduate Student

Scott Eckstein
SHBM Clinical Professor

Michelle Snyder
CCB Assistant Director of Development

Nancy Swanger
SHBM Director

Help Support Us


Contact Us

Nancy Swanger
(509) 335-2443
Darcie Bagott
Program Coordinator
(509) 335-6387
Scott Eckstein
Clinical Assistant Professor
Senior Living Executive-In-Residence
(424) 262-1288

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