June 27, 2022
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Two California Caregivers Chosen to Participate in Inaugural and Nationally Renowned Programs

SACRAMENTO – The American Health Care Association (AHCA)/National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has announced that two professional caregivers from California are among their inaugural Diversity Executive Leaders Program (DELP) scholars and Future Leaders class.

DELP Scholar

Coming off the heels of wrapping up the year-long Future Leaders program, Kevin Thomas is now one of ten individuals nationwide selected as a DELP scholar. The two-year program provides individuals from under-represented groups support and access to opportunities for leadership. This is achieved through a diverse pool of talented, engaged members and leaders such as committee members and chairs, board members, AHCA Council of States representatives and NCAL State Leaders.

“The honor of being one of AHCA’s first DELP scholars is a testament to Kevin’s commitment to the long-term care profession,” said Craig Cornett, CAHF CEO/President. “The opportunity to go through this process and represent California will undoubtedly be an enlightening experience, and one that will help others in the future.”

A licensed administrator, Kevin is currently the chair of CAHF’s Region 5, on CAHF’s Board of Directors, and the former president for CAHF’s San Bernardino/Riverside chapter. He oversees operations at Linda Valley Care Center, an 83-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, Linda Valley Villa, a 98-apartment retirement living community for active seniors and Linda Valley Assisted Living, a newly opened state of the art assisted living and memory care community. He also oversees Revere Court in Sacramento, Devonshire Acres in Colorado, and Woodlands Assisted Living in Maryland — all communities operated by Chancellor Health Care. 

Future Leader

Jared Edmunds, an Administrator at Courtyard Healthcare Center in Davis, California, is one of 56 individuals selected nationwide to participate in AHCA/NCAL’s prestigious Future Leaders Program.


Edmunds was nominated by CAHF to be a part of the year-long experience which offers training and guidance for long-term and post-acute professionals through theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction and leadership.

“This is a unique opportunity for Jared to represent his company, California, and CAHF on the national level,” said Cornett. “Jared is eager to be an active member in the program and will put to good use the skills he learns.”

Beyond his duties at Courtyard Healthcare Center, Edmunds is currently the Multi-Facility Conference Chair for CAHF. He’s also the former president of CAHF’s Sacramento Chapter, the former vice president of the Progress Valley chapter, and the former vice chair of CAHF’s Region 2. Additionally, Edmunds is a two-time graduate of CAHF’s Leadership Academy and a three-time winner of AHCA’s Bronze Quality Award and two-time winner of AHCA’s Silver Quality Award.

The Future Leaders Program kicks off with a three-day symposium in September in Washington, D.C.