Enhancing quality of life since 1992
For over two decades, Capri Senior Communities has provided quality, caring management for seniors. Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, we at Capri pride ourselves on being able to offer hands-on management and care for every community that our seniors call "home."
Every one of our communities is designed to help our residents live as independently as possible, according to their needs. Our levels of care range from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Memory Care. Our communities vary in their offerings with some providing Independent Living or Assisted Living while some offer a full continuum of care.
Because our priority is to help seniors experience life in a carefree, safe and comfortable way, we've developed two special programs designed to support their needs and enhance the quality of their years.
The Enhanced Services Program (ESP) provides supportive services and extra conveniences to residents in Independent Living communities. This program enables seniors to receive the special care they need without having to move.
Part of our mission focuses on residents' quality of life. In order to accomplish this, we've created the Gain and Retain your Overall Wellness (GROW) program. The GROW program focuses on every aspect of an individual's wellness including intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional and physical wellness. With unique themes and fun activities, the GROW program offers seniors the ability to enhance their quality of life for years to come.
Founder and Principal
Jim Tarantino is the founder and principal of Capri Communities LLC, which has provided vibrant, caring residential communities for seniors since 1992. Capri owns and operates senior communities throughout Southeast Wisconsin, with levels of care ranging from independent living to assisted living to memory care.
Jim grew up in Milwaukee. He studied architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining Volunteers in Service to America, now known as AmeriCorps VISTA, where he helped rehabilitate homes for low-income residents. He also held positions with Milwaukee's East Side Housing Action Coalition, or ESHAC, and as Community Development Block Grant coordinator for the City of Waukesha. In the 1980s, he began working with a variety of partners to develop senior living and residential communities.
In addition to his position with Capri, Jim is founder and principal of Tarantino & Company LLC, a commercial real estate firm, and Trisect, Inc., a general contractor. He holds board positions with First Federal Bank and the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He is chairperson of the Milwaukee County Supportive Housing Commission, a member of the Interfaith Care Giving Network Advisory Committee and a member of the City of Waukesha Board of Review.
A number of organizations have recognized Jim for his contributions to the community and the senior housing industry. He is a recipient of the United Way of Waukesha County's Bruce Gill Volunteer of the Year Award and was the first recipient of the Edmond J. Vaklyes, Jr. Memorial Award from Interfaith Senior Programs, a Waukesha County nonprofit organization. Additionally, Capri Senior Communities is a past honoree in the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Future 50 program, which recognizes companies in the Milwaukee region that show rapid growth not only in revenue but in employment.
Glen Choban joined the executive team at Capri Communities early in 2010. His primary responsibility has been centered on the growth of Assisted Living within the company. Since 2010, the number of Assisted Living Licenses has grown from two to eleven. His breadth of experience ranges from managing a single Skilled Nursing Facility to CEO of a company with facilities in eight states.
Chief Financial Officer
Kristin Ferge joined the executive team at Capri Communities and Tarantino & Company in mid-2016. Prior to joining our team, Kristin was the Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer with a large, publicly traded senior living company for 18 years. She also spent four years in public accounting. She holds a Master's of Science in Healthcare Administration/Finance from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Marquette University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President of Human Resources
Karen Doering became the Director of Human Resources in May 2008. In this role, Karen supports the strategic objectives and human capital needs of the Tarantino Family of Companies. In addition, Karen oversees all day-to-day HR aspects including staffing, employee relations, compensation and benefits, compliance, performance management, and talent development.
Senior Director of Operations
Andy Lange joined the executive team of Capri Senior Communities in late 2010. He has led in the successful opening and fill-up of Capri's newest properties. He is a Certified Dementia Capable Care trainer and trains staff at Capri's Memory Care communities to provide the specialized care that is needed.
Regional Director of Operations
Amy Fouts became the Regional Director of Operations in late 2014 after her role as Executive Director of Casa del Maré, the Assisted Living and Memory Care community at St. Catherine Commons. In her current role, Amy oversees development operations including supervision of Community Managers and Executive Directors, financial performance of each development and strategic marketing of several Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.
Capri Senior Communities is a member of the Tarantino Family of Companies, along with Tarantino & Company and Trisect, Inc. Tarantino & Company, LLC provides real estate development and consulting services that include the development of premier-quality residential developments featuring common activity areas that enrich the lifestyles of senior residents and persons with disabilities. Trisect, Inc. is a general contractor responsible for constructing Tarantino & Company-developed and Capri Communities-managed developments.