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Memory care community names executive director

SUWANEE -- An executive director of a Sandy Springs senior living community is the second member announced as part of the Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf team.

Matt Summerville will join Autumn Leaves as executive director after two years with Emeritus, first as a community relations director and later as assistant executive director and executive director. Summerville led regional move-ins and total consensus growth at Emeritus, according to a news release. Summerville, who studied economics at the University of Georgia, previously worked at Atlas Healthcare and Hospice.

Summerville will be responsible for the company's start in this market, develop brand awareness and supervise community operations. This community serves families living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Summerville said his strengths are developing marketing strategies and growing community relations. He will focus on a goal to prepare families for the long term and bring to them a sense of stability.

"After watching both of my grandparents on my father's side battle dementia, and witnessing how much strain it caused my dad as a caregiver, I feel this role will provide me with a chance to relate to families experiencing the same stress that we went through," Summerville said.

Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf, a 26,000 square foot facility operated by The LaSalle Group and Constant Care Family Management, which will manage, design and operate the community. The $10 million project at 1455 Satellite Blvd. will provide care for 47 residents.

Earlier this month, Divine Taylor was named community relations director.

Holly Tenner, vice president of operations for Constant Care Family Management, said Summerville's skills in community relations, sales and management will be an asset to residents and their families.

Autumn Leaves is scheduled to open next year in Suwanee.