Ovation Communities recently welcomed two new administrators, but one is a familiar face.


Marlo Graceffa – Ovation Sarah Chudnow Executive Director

You won’t find Marlo Graceffa sitting still. In fact, you probably won’t find her in her office. Since becoming Executive Director at Sarah Chudnow in August, she’s spent most of her time among the residents and their families. Serving them lunch, talking about their days, finding out what’s going well and what could use improvement.

Graceffa has been Ovation Communities’ HR Director for nearly five years, and now she’s adding a new role. She’s excited about what lies ahead. “I’m passionate about effecting change,” said Graceffa. “Taking input, really listening to people, and then being strategic and moving things forward. My number one goal is to make people feel comfortable with coming and talking to me, so together we can make a difference.”

The knowledge and breadth of experience within Ovation’s HR department has allowed Graceffa to take on the additional position. The team is led by Colleen Rhodes, Lead HR Business Partner.

Holding a variety of leadership positions across the human resources and health care industries, Graceffa has nearly 20 years of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix.

“Marlo goes above and beyond in everything she does,” said Michael Sattell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “She is a tireless advocate with an innate caring nature, and I couldn’t think of a better person to lead Sarah Chudnow into its next chapter.”

When Marlo isn’t at work, she spends nearly all of her time with her Yorkie-poo, Bentley. She has two sons, 17 and 24, and
lives in Brookfield.

Lindsey Henschel – Ovation Jewish Home Administrator

Lindsey Henschel likes to say she grew up in a nursing home, so to speak. Both her father and grandfather were senior living administrators, and she spent much of her childhood shadowing their careers. At 18 she took her first job as a resident assistant and never looked back. She had found her passion.

Henschel started at the Jewish Home in early December. She’s spent her first months
really getting to know residents and their families. “Everyone has been so welcoming,” said Henschel. “This is such a tight knit, close community, I felt included from day one.”

Henschel has a particular interest in Alzheimer’s and dementia and is looking forward to building upon the great history of care and innovation the Helen Bader Center is known for. She has an associate degree in business management from Purdue Global and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Mount Mercy University in Iowa. She has in-depth knowledge of the industry from a variety of perspectives, with nearly 15 years of experience as a CNA, in-home caregiver and administrator.

“We are thrilled to have Lindsey join the Ovation team,” said Michelle Putz, Chief Operating Officer. “Her passion for delivering the highest quality care, enriching daily life, and pursuing innovation, makes her the perfect fit for our community.”

In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys outdoor activities, fishing, shoes and shopping. She lives in Pewaukee with her three children.