Melanie Reinhardt - President
Melanie is motivated by a passion for quality seniors care. Joining the Vantage Living team in late 2017, Melanie brings strategic vision, strong leadership skills and a commitment to quality which have been developed and refined through more than a decade of industry experience. The Vantage Living culture of excellence is well aligned with Melanie’s personal attributes. Opportunity, innovation and “doing it right” are philosophies that Melanie brings to the team as she challenges them to provide only the highest quality services and to ensure the comfort of the residents we serve.
Relationships are key. In order to develop this aspect, Melanie regularly visits all Vantage Living sites to meet our residents face to face and to learn more about their personal experience in a Vantage community first hand.
Undergraduate studies in Political Science have helped form her strategic vision and have aided in the development of tools which are enhanced by certifications with IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) and Procurement and Contract Management.
Residing in the Okanagan, Melanie is a proud mom of 4. She enjoys spending her spare time on the tennis courts and cheering on the hockey teams.
Evan J. Lopatka - Chief Financial Officer
Evan joined Vantage as Chief Financial Officer in November of 2018. Evan is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, corporate financial systems, treasury and tax.
Prior to Vantage, Evan has 15 years of work experience in hospitality, insurance services and professional services. He has experience showing progressive growth in diverse circumstances, involving rapid change arising from acquisitions, economic change, new business start-ups, and organic growth. He is an experienced leader, with a record of building, leading, motivating, and inspiring diverse teams to operate as cohesive units to execute critical business initiatives with sensitive deadlines.
Evan began his career in professional services firm Deloitte serving public and private clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Accountant.
Tara-Lee Calhoun - Chief Nursing Officer
Tara-Lee has over 32 years of nursing experience as a Registered Nurse. She is unique in having worked her nursing career in acute care for the past 32 years but truly found her passion in caring for seniors by leading the nursing teams for the past 20 years.
As the Director of Care in Residential care she has provided strong nursing leadership and ensured best practice outcomes to enrich seniors lives. Since 2013 Tara-Lee has achieved her Gerontology Certification through the Canadian Nursing Association, to better lead the nursing team in providing the best care for our seniors.
As of April 1, 2018 Tara-Lee has transitioned into the Chief Nursing Officer position to support each of the Vantage Living Sites through her nursing expertise.
Tara-Lee and her husband have two children and have resided in Kelowna for the past 30 years. Her passion is riding her motorcycle and spending time with her family. She is an avid quilter and she loves decorating her office for every season.
Scott Shearer - Regional Director, Long-Term Care & Assisted Living
Scott joined the Vantage Living team in April of 2019 as the Regional Director of Long Term Care and Assisted Living. In this role Scott is responsible for the day to day operations of six sites including financial management, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, employee and resident engagement, and process/systems improvement.
Scott has 30 plus years of healthcare experience and has an accomplished record in senior leadership positions with leading healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States, and has utilized his analytical, and problem-solving skills in leading change initiatives where his expertise in quality improvement principles have improved quality, reduced costs, and increased customer satisfaction.
Scott is a Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
David George - Director, Independent Living & Resident Services
David has worked the Independent Living and Healthcare sector for the last decade across Alberta and British Columbia, directing the support services function of Hospitality encompassing food, housekeeping, and laundry.
Joining Vantage Living in March of 2020 after 10 years with a non-profit provider of healthcare, David became directly responsible for the independent living sites of Lakeside Manor, & Chateau Three Hills. David also directs and oversees the hospitality portfolio for the long-term care and assisted living sites.
David’s career has enabled him to accumulate an in-depth knowledge of hospitality. During that time experiencing great change in the industry “innovation” has always been his mantra. Qualified in Education David has taught Food Hygiene, HACPP, Kitchen Design as well as Health and Safety at the School of Health College in Germany.
Educated in Budget and Finance, David holds Supervisory Management qualifications and recently completed the Food & Nutrition Management course to meet legislative requirements for long-term care in BC, he is now a full member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) as well as a member of the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association.
Dave Stone - Director, Support Services
Dave joined the Vantage Living team in October of 2018 as a Consultant for Building Services. Dave has since taken the position of Director, Support Services. In this role Dave is responsible to plan, develop and direct the maintenance and property management department and its people, programs and activities; to prepare and lead the company preparations of Emergency Plans and support the development of Site Safety Plans.
Dave has 30 plus years of maintenance and fabrication experience in both the manufacturing and building services industries. He has an accomplished record in senior leadership positions with leading Manufacturing and Maintenance with the Canadian Navy and private sectors. Dave has utilized his analytical, and problem-solving skills in leading change initiatives where his expertise in quality control principles have improved quality, reduced costs, and increased customer satisfaction.
With a background in Electronics Engineering, completed PMP Certification training at Mount Royal University and Red Deer College, completed Senior Leadership and Management courses at CFB St. Jean, and holds a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Dave served 21 years in the Canadian Forces achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd class and has received multiple commendations during his service for dedication, loyalty and leadership.