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, and one of Treasury and Risk magazine's Top 40 under 40. 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Geri has been working in healthcare for over 30 years as both a registered nurse and an attorney. Prior to joining Capri, Geri worked at a large, publicly traded senior living community where she held numerous roles throughout her twenty year tenure including Vice President of Legal Affairs, Vice President of Resident Services and Training, and Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
Geri is co-author of "Family & Medical Leave Acts: Where Lie the 'Greater Rights'?" published in Wisconsin Lawyer which was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Geri served on the Board of Advisors for Marquette University Law School Elder's Advisor and served on Argentum's Regulatory and Legal Advisory Committee. Geri received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and her law degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Wisconsin.
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.
Vice President of Human Resources
As a member of Capri’s Executive Team, Karen supports the strategic objectives and human capital needs of the organization through management of all day-to-day HR functions. Karen’s 20+ years of HR experience includes employee relations, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, safety, employee development and compliance in small, mid and large organizations
Prior to joining Capri Senior Communities in 2008, Karen worked with a large multimedia and telecommunications corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, in various capacities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing. Karen currently serves on the Board of Directors for ERAs Senior Network, Inc., a nonprofit leader whose mission is to engage and support Waukesha County seniors in leading meaningful lives. Karen also serves on the Advisory Board for the SHINE (Senior Care Human Resources Innovation Networks & Engagement) annual summit, an HR thought-leader conference focused exclusively on the senior care industry.
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.
Amy was recognized as one of Argentum's Senior Living Leaders Under 40 in 2017 for taking time to build relationships with residents, mentoring her peers, and contributing to worthy causes.
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.