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Friendship Senior Options is overseen by a distinguished Board of Directors and led by a talented Executive Staff.
Clark Delanois joined the Friendship Senior Options Board in 2009. Mr. Delanois is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company at the Lake Forest Financial Center where he leads a team of professionals that service Personal and Private Banking, Investment and Fiduciary services and co-leads the strategy for the Northwest suburbs.
He is a graduate from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Delanois serves on the board of directors for Harper College Educational Foundation, is a Trustee for Cenegenics Educational and Research Foundation, and a board member for Roosevelt University. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Village of Schaumburg Business Commission.
Geoffrey Roehll is the Chair of the Friendship Senior Options Board of Directors. He joined the Friendship Senior Options Board in 2014. Mr. Roehll serves as leader of the Senior Living Studio at Hitchcock Design Group, where he has demonstrated his management, planning and design skills on prominent projects throughout the country. Since joining Hitchcock Design Group in 1990, he has directed many landmark projects in the senior living and assisted care market. His portfolio of built work confirms his passion for good design and keen eye for detail.
In addition to his leadership role with Hitchcock Design Group, Mr. Roehll’s diverse background includes an annual engagement with the Chicago Botanic Garden as an instructor for the Therapeutic Garden Certification program. He has been a guest lecturer at regional and national healthcare and senior living conferences and enjoys sharing, with attendees, his ideas on site planning and landscape elements that promote healing and respite.
Mr. Roehll is a graduate of Purdue University with Bachelors of Science and Landscape Architecture. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Illinois.
Loren Trimble joined the Friendship Village Board in 2017 and is the Founder, CEO, and Managing Director of AArete LLC, a global management consulting firm. His primary focus is setting the strategic direction of the firm and creating and molding AArete’s go to market strategy and execution. In addition to Mr. Trimble’s primary focus, he also plays a significant role in thought leadership for the firm and is at the core of AArete’s Knowledge Management Center™. Loren lives and breathes everyday his passion for excellence with AArete’s personnel and clients.
He has extensive business and operations strategy experience, serving clients globally in the following industries: healthcare- provider, payer and pharmaceutical, as well as higher education, distribution, consumer products, and business services. Specific areas of expertise include strategic cost reduction, revenue optimization, pre- and post-merger valuation and synergy integrations, and advanced data analytics.
Before founding AArete, Loren was a Managing Director and Strategic Sourcing Practice Lead at Huron Consulting. Prior to Huron, he started the Strategic Sourcing services for Arthur Andersen, developing the methodology and refining the approach through numerous client engagements.
Loren has presented for a number of organizations and authored numerous articles. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Accounting from The University of Iowa. He is a CPA and a long term member of Rotary International and the AICPA.
President and Chief Executive Officer
As Friendship Senior Options President and CEO, Mr. Flynn brings to his position over 32 years of experience in senior living, including 25 years with FSO. An expert in tax-exempt financing and regulatory and corporate compliance, Mr. Flynn previously served from 2012 to 2021 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with responsibility for all aspects of the financial operations of both FSO and affiliate organizations.
From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Flynn was CEO at Smith Senior Living, a nonprofit sponsor of two Life Plan Communities in southwest Chicago and suburban Orland Park. Prior to joining Smith Senior Living, Mr. Flynn served 15 years as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Friendship Village of Schaumburg.
Mr. Flynn holds a BS in Accounting from DePaul University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Retirement Housing Professional.
Mr. Flynn has served in leadership positions for many state and national senior living associations, including chair of the financial advisory panel for CARF/CCAC, a nonprofit accreditor of Life Plan Communities; chair of LeadingAge Illinois; and chair of Life Services Network, a statewide association representing providers of older-adult services. He is a sought-after speaker on senior living and care issues. An advocate for healthy aging, Mr. Flynn competes in triathlons and Ironman events. He resides with his family in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Mark Zullo has been passionate about the senior living industry for 32 years, helping senior living communities in Greater Chicagoland build their market presence, maximize occupancy and ensure that seniors make the best choices for their futures. At FSO, Mr. Zullo develops and implements marketing strategies and manages the Friendship Village sales team, where he previously served as Marketing Director from 1994 to 2004.
Previous to his current position, Mr. Zullo was Executive Sales Director at both Chicago-area Lifespace Communities for over 12 years, as well as Director of Sales and Marketing at Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire, IL. Mark has successfully increased or stabilized occupancy for all the communities he’s served by developing strong sales teams, and directing his teams to be laser-focused on providing prospects with exemplary customer service.
Mr. Zullo holds a BA in Health Services Management from Chicago’s Benedictine University and is a Certified Senior Advisor. A lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, he lives near Naperville with his wife, Jackie. They have two amazing children, Michael and Stephanie, and a new puppy named Gigi.
Almost half of older women age 75 and over live alone.
—National Center for Health Statistics