The leadership at Senior Star is passionate about serving our residents and associates with world class service. They have dedicated their lives and careers being committed to providing excellent service on all levels of the Senior Star organization. Get to know those who set the vision and dedication for our Senior Star communities.
In 1976, Bob co-founded Gemini Properties — a real estate operating and investment company – with twin brother Bill. The company’s focus evolved toward seniors housing in 1989 with the founding of Senior Star. As the company has grown through its strong leadership team, ranking #3 on Fortune Magazine’s 2018 list of “50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services,” the brothers have been able to focus on broader senior issues. Bob served on the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors for eight years and was a founding board member for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, where he continues to serve as Treasurer. As volunteer lobbyists, he and his wife, Jill, routinely travel to Washington D.C. to promote increased Alzheimer’s research funding.
Bob currently serves as the Chair of the StepUP Endowment Committee at Augsburg University where he and Jill are advocates, donors, and champions for StepUP’s mission: to help students enjoy lives of recovery, achieve academic success, and thrive in a community of accountability and support.
In 1976, Bill co-founded Gemini Properties — a real estate operating and investment company – with twin brother Bob. The company’s focus evolved toward seniors housing in 1989 with the founding of Senior Star. As the company has grown through its strong leadership team, ranking #3 on Fortune Magazine’s 2018 list of “50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services,” the brothers have been able to focus on broader senior issues. Bill served as chairperson of the Philbrook Museum of Art Board of Trustees, as well as for the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and the Tulsa Community Foundation. Bill currently serves on the boards of the national Alzheimer’s Association, Philbrook Museum of Art, ASHA, the University of Tulsa, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sooner Chapter.
Bill and his wife Susan have chaired fundraising galas and capital campaigns for LIFE Senior Services, Domestic Violence Intervention Service, Project Woman, and Street School. Most recently they co-chaired the Alzheimer’s Association 2019 Tulsa Memory Gala and successfully implemented a 2-year fundraising cycle, raising a record $3.7 million. They also chaired the Philbrook Wine Experience twice, leading it into one of the top three fundraisers of its kind, nationwide.
Among Bill’s most significant contributions to Tulsa is his seven-year term on the board for the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa, which included his chairpersonship of HOPE VI, a Public Housing Revitalization Program. This $60 million public-private undertaking eliminated 1940s vintage housing and made way for “Country Club Gardens” — 396 units of exceptional residential apartments for low income and market rate housing.
Chief Executive Officer
Serving Senior Star since 1983, Anja leads marketing, sales, health services, and operations. In 1988, she became the company’s first business partner outside of the Thomas family. She plays a key role in bringing the Senior Star vision to life by helping to ensure that company culture, sales processes and marketing efforts are best in class. Instrumental to assisting in the company’s growth and development initiatives, Anja’s most recent professional achievement involved spearheading the award-winning and innovative design of Wexford Assisted Living and Memory Support by Senior Star in Kansas City.
Anja completed a ten-year term of service for the LIFE Senior Services Board of Directors, acting at times as both Marketing Committee chairperson and Executive Committee member. She routinely presents at national senior housing sales and marketing conferences, most recently for the Assisted Living Federation of America. Anja also serves on the American Seniors Housing Association Chairman’s Circle and lives in Tulsa with her husband Mark.
Chief Financial Officer
Matt is a member of Senior Star’s Executive Committee and oversees the company’s finance, accounting, and administrative functions. Additionally, he manages Senior Star’s business development and risk management teams.
Prior to joining Senior Star in 2012, Matt spent eight years in commercial banking as a Senior Vice President with MidFirst Bank and JPMorgan Chase, where he focused on real estate, debt syndications, and portfolio management. Additionally, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Victory Energy Operations, an industrial equipment manufacturer, for six years.
Matt earned his BSBA and MBA from Oklahoma State University. He currently serves as a founding Board member of the Green Country Treasury Management Association and is active in the Boy Scouts of America. Matt is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and in 2012, he was selected by the Tulsa Business Journal for the Tulsa 40 under 40.
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President
As part of the Senior Star Executive Committee, Karen oversees operations, human resources, sales and health services. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in retail, call center, and senior housing.
Karen found her purpose when she began working as an Executive Director in 2007. With her experience and passion in caring for seniors, she worked her way up to Senior Regional Vice President of Operations in the Southern and Midwest United States. Karen brings to Senior Star a wide breadth of leadership experience in organizational growth projects and working with interdisciplinary teams which enables her to easily identify operational efficiencies that serve the best needs of all stakeholders. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University and previously served as vice chair of the Oklahoma Assisted Living Board. She is a native of Minnesota who thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Senior Vice President
Letitia has served in leadership positions in senior living for more than 25 years, including over 17 years with Senior Star. During her tenure at Senior Star, Letitia has held a variety of positions including Executive Director, Director of Health Services, Regional Director of Marketing and Vice President of Health Services and Programming. She is responsible for helping to achieve the company’s mission through the oversight and development of programs, activities, new services, marketing, associate engagement and training programs.
A Purdue University graduate, Letitia is currently completing an eight-year term as a board member of the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has been certified as an Assisted Living Administrator, has conducted presentations for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Texas Assisted Living Association, is a certified Virtual Dementia Tour Trainer and a certified dementia care trainer.