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
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.
Kristin was named one of Milwaukee Business Journal's Top 40 under 40, one of Treasury and Risk magazine's Top 40 under 40, and CFO of the year in 2018 by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Kristin has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Marquette University Business School Alumni Association and on the Board of the Directors for the Marquette University Real Estate Advisory Board.
Geri Krupp-Gordon, R.N., J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Geri Krupp-Gordon is Chief Operating Officer for Capri Senior Communities. A recognized leader in the industry, Geri brings over 30 years of experience as both a registered nurse and an attourney. 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 a 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.
- Publications & Presentations
- Co-author: Family & Medical Leave Acts: Where Lie the 'Greater Rights'?. Wisconsin Lawyer*. 1994.
- Author: Understanding Advance Directives. Nursing Matters. 1996.
- Presenter: Risky Business: Managing Resident Safety in a Changing Regulatory Environment. Argentum National Conference. 2019.
- Author: Assisted Living's Top Ten List: Understanding the Ten Most Cited Regulatory Deficiencies in Assisted Living and Strategies to Achieve Compliance. American Health Lawyer's Association Long Term Care and the Law. 2014.
- Author: Creative Solutions to the Financial Crisis in Health Care. American Law Firm Association International. 2005.
- Author: Assisted Living Regulatory Update: The Aftermath of the GAO Report. National Investment Center. 1999.
*Awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
- Community & Civic Leadership
- Marquette University Law School Elder's Advisor, Board of Advisors
- Assisted Living Federation of America, Government Relations Committee, 1998-2002
- Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Government and Legislative Committee, 1998-2000
- Argentum, Regulatory and Legal Advisory Committee, 2016-2017
- Waukesha Academy of Health Professions, Board Member, 2017-Present
- Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin, Cum Laude
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Iowa
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Nursing License
Director of Strategic Partnerships
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.
Regional Director of Operations
As Regional Director of Operations for Capri Senior Communities, Amy Fouts is responsible for over 900 units of Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, including as many as 12 individual healthcare licenses. In this role, she has maintained occupancy averages at her communities at or greater than 90%, and played a key role in the implementation of a unique assisted living integration into an independent living setting (called "ESP") now being replicated throughout the country as a way to manage the flow of residents through the continuum of care. She is also the lead for integrating new assisted living and memory care buildings through lease-up and into stable company operations. Amy oversees the financials and budgets for each of her communities, with community specific annual revenue targets ranging from $1.5 million to $5 million per community based on size and location. Amy is known for her progressive thinking in the space of attracting and retaining Millennials and has piloted initiatives geared towards that generation including flex shifts (short shifts, shifts that start at different times of the day) to accommodate the busy schedules of Millennials, the opportunity for employees to work extra hours one day and leave work early another for personal commitments, self-scheduling to allow employees to choose their own schedule, and scheduling opportunities to work 12 hour shifts so that the employee may work 3 days per week but have off 4 days to focus on their personal life. When Amy started with the organization eight years ago there were approximately 50 employees; Capri is now approaching 600 employees, the majority being direct care staff, and many of them Millennials.
Amy is married and a Pewaukee resident. She has been honored as an Argentum Senior Living “Leader Under 40” and is active in her local and professional community via organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA) and the Milwaukee Waukesha Aging Consortium.
Regional Director of Operations
Jennifer Kessel became the Regional Director of Operations in 2008. In her current role, Jennifer oversees overall development operations including supervision of community managers, financial performance of each development, and strategic marketing.
Senior VP of Real Estate Development
Wayne Wiertzema joined Capri Communities in 2017. Previously he was President of a multi-faceted and integrated real estate firm involved in development, property management and syndication of commercial real estate projects - including office, industrial, multi-family and retail - throughout Wisconsin. Wayne oversaw the entire development process from planning and managing to financing and construction ensuring all aspects of each project were thoroughly executed. Working closely with architects, designers, engineers, consultants, financial institutions and city officials, Wayne’s focused and transparent strategy brings success to his projects and provides a superior experience for the end-user.
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.