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Leadership

“I believe what we have created at Capri Communities is truly exceptional. Not only am I proud to lead a management team gifted with the experience and vision to guide this organization forward, but also a family of employees at every level committed to enriching the lives of our residents and our communities.”
JIM TARANTINO, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL

James Tarantino

Founder and Principal

Taking care of people is just something Jim Tarantino grew up with. Born to a large extended Italian family in Milwaukee, Jim was always surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives who not only enjoyed spending time together, they looked out for each other—especially as those loved ones grew older. It’s just what families did—at least, families like Jim’s. It was a lesson that always remained with him. After studying architecture at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Jim found his calling assisting larger “families” of sorts, working for a series of non-profit community development organizations. In particular, Jim was determined to create new ways to provide affordable housing for seniors and those dealing with mental health issues. In time, this led Jim to start his own property management company focused on developing and providing vibrant communities for seniors and persons with disabilities across the wide spectrum of care needs. Today, the Tarantino family of companies, including Capri Communities, is proud to help residents lead lives of meaning and purpose at premier-quality communities across southeastern Wisconsin.

Kristin Ferge

Chief Financial Officer

If it has to do with numbers, Kristin Ferge is the expert. 25 years of experience. 60% revenue growth in four years. Several site and facility acquisitions. 40 Under 40 in two publications and 2018 CFO of the year by Milwaukee Business Journal, and the list goes on. As Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for all financial matters from raising capital to budget analysis. Her national senior living expertise is evident in her guidance and execution of helping Capri Communities sustain a viable growth model. Through this model, she is building relationships with key stakeholders including investors and joint venture partners, as well as bankers, attorneys and shareholders. Kristin brings value to every level of the company from the Executive Committee to the campus budgets. When she isn’t running the numbers for Capri, she shares her expertise with various boards and committees throughout the community.

Geri Krupp-Gordon, R.N., J.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Keeping a large, diverse portfolio of senior living campuses running efficiently and effectively is no small task. In fact, it takes someone with skills, experience and tenacity. Luckily, we have Geri Krupp-Gordon to fill the role of Chief Operating Officer. With over 30 years of experience as both a registered nurse and an attorney, Geri knows how to keep not just one, but all of the communities operating at their peak. She is a natural leader in the senior living industry and brings that expertise to Capri through a variety of training and development programs. She also has experience as Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for all things licensure, survey support, HIPAA, risk management, regulatory appeals and negotiations with regulatory agencies. Basically, she keeps us up and running. Her work doesn’t end with her day job, she serves on the board for the Waukesha Academy of Health Professions.

Wayne Wiertzema

Senior Vice President of
Real Estate Development

It’s hard to enjoy life without the right environment. That’s where Wayne Wiertzema comes in. As the Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, he oversees the design, development and construction of each new facility. He brings over $600 million of commercial real estate expertise to the table. He also makes sure the table is functional, affordable and beautiful. He leads a dynamic team that is involved in every aspect of the development process from planning, financing and approvals to design, construction and property management. Wayne’s focused and transparent strategy brings success to the projects. If managing multiple complex developments wasn’t enough, he is involved in several professional organizations.