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.
Chief Financial Officer
As Capri Communities’ Chief Financial Officer, Kristin Ferge is a well-rounded and highly accomplished C-level financial executive and business leader. Kristin’s holistic understanding of sustainable growth coupled with her expertise in the senior living industry has directly contributed to Capri’s growth during her tenure. Since joining Capri in September 2016, the company’s revenue has grown over 60%. She has been instrumental in enhancing the company’s Executive Committee to position Capri for continued growth and operational success.
Kristin has nearly 25 years of experience in the senior living industry. Her specialty is leading fast-paced, dynamic high-growth and business turnaround initiatives to a successful conclusion. She is able to lead multi-discipline teams across a wide variety of financial areas and brings expertise in both a for-profit and non-profit setting. She leads capital-raising activities and is also responsible for building relationships with joint venture partners, investment bankers, commercial banks, lessors, auditors, attorneys, and shareholders. Her expertise includes debt and equity financing, IPOs, M&A, restructuring, SEC matters, strategic planning, governance, treasury, banking, financial analysis and modeling, financial reporting, and auditing. She also has significant experience working with Boards of Directors and Audit Committees.
Prior to Capri, Kristin spent 18 years at Brookdale Senior Living, the largest for-profit, publicly traded senior living corporation in the US with revenues over $6.0 billion. Serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer at Brookdale, she was responsible for strategic planning, SEC and financial reporting, all corporate cash management and financial modeling, budgeting, and financial analysis for over 1,100 residences located in 47 states and 180 corporate departments.
Kristin is the recipient of many awards including the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, the Top 40 under 40 by Treasury and Risk Magazine, and was named the CFO of the Year by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2018.
Geri Krupp-Gordon, R.N., J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Geri Krupp-Gordon is Chief Operating Officer of Capri Senior Communities. A recognized leader in the industry, Geri brings over 30 years of experience as both a registered nurse and an attorney. Prior to Capri, Geri held an impressive variety of leadership roles including Vice President of Legal Affairs, Vice President of Resident Services and Training, and Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer during her 20 years at a large, publicly-traded senior living company.
Geri brings experience creating national operational learning and development programs including leadership foundations for executive directors, sales managers, and health and wellness directors. As Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Geri has experience with all legal issues relating to operations including licensure, survey support, HIPPA, risk management issues, regulatory appeals, and negotiations with regulatory agencies.
Geri has served on a variety of industry-related Boards and Committees. She is currently on the Board for the Waukesha Academy of Health Professions and previously served on the Government Relations Committees for the Assisted Living Federation of America and the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association. Geri received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from the University of Wisconsin.
Senior VP of Real Estate Development
Wayne Wiertzema joined Capri Communities in 2017 to lead the team in growth and development of new senior living communities. Previously, he was President of a multi-faceted and integrated commercial real estate development firm involved in syndication, development, and management of many high profile commercial real estate projects.
During the past 25 years of his career, he has been involved in developing over $500 million of commercial real estate. Wayne’s experience spans all forms of commercial real estate including office, industrial, retail, and multi-family developments throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. Wayne has built dynamic teams engaged in every aspect of the development process to include planning, financing, construction management, and property management. Working closely with architects, designers, engineers, contractors, financial institutions, and municipal and state officials, he has executed some very complex developments and capital structures. Wayne’s focused and transparent strategy ultimately brings success to his projects.
Wayne holds a BA in Management/Communication from Concordia University. He is affiliated with Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and held board positions with Lutheran Home Foundation and PRA Board of Advisors.
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth
Alicia Dupies brings 20+ years’ experience across diverse geographies, sectors, and roles with a focus on strategy, community affairs, workforce development, and business development. A highly-regarded leader, she is a proven and passionate ideas person with a bias for action and results. Alicia has successful record-developing innovative strategies that deepen relationships, enhance communication and culture, strengthen reputation, and deliver business and social outcomes for internal and external stakeholders. She is focused on developing strategic partnerships, developing innovative workforce development strategies, and directing the company’s corporate citizenship programs.
Prior to Capri, Alicia was Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Executive Director of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation during the planning, design, and construction of the new Fiserv Forum. In that role, she leveraged the team’s commitment to Milwaukee and our City’s youth, working closely with MPS and the City of Milwaukee to establish MENTOR Greater Milwaukee. While with Mortenson Construction, Alicia led the strategy around developing a customer-centric business development model and was a major contributor to diversifying the firm’s portfolio.
Alicia is often referred to as an “Activator” as she moves with a great sense of urgency and thrives on achieving short-term wins on way to long term goals. She is a high-energy catalyst who brings people along toward common goals. Alicia is a recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence Awards.