Our Team


John F. Taylor

President and Chief Executive Officer

John Taylor co-founded StoneGate Senior Living in 2001. Under his leadership StoneGate has grown from managing six skilled nursing and one assisted living community in 2001 to managing 43 seniors housing and health care properties. StoneGate opened more than 35 new seniors housing communities from 2001 through 2017. Since StoneGate’s inception, Mr. Taylor has obtained commitments of capital in excess of $300MM. Mr. Taylor also serves as managing partner for several StoneGate affiliate companies, RehabPro, Accel at Home, StoneGate Private Duty Nursing Services, Care Navigation Services, Lifetime Wellness, Accel Rehabilitation Hospital and SG Development. He was a founding member of OKALA (the Oklahoma Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America) and served as its Vice-Chairman and Director. Mr. Taylor served as a Director of TALA (the Texas Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America). Mr. Taylor serves on the Owners’ Advisory Board of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC). He also served on the Public Policy Action Team of the Assisted Living Federation of America. Mr. Taylor attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas where he studied accounting, finance and economics.


John Paul Taylor

Chief Operations Officer

John Paul Taylor joined StoneGate in 2002. During his 15-year tenure at StoneGate, Mr. Taylor has skillfully led the company’s operations team through the development, opening, and stabilization of more than 35 post-acute skilled care and senior living communities. In addition to directing operations at StoneGate-managed properties, Mr. Taylor is a key leader in the company’s successful efforts to develop an optimized post-acute care network to address the ACO needs of hospitals, managed care providers and CMS. Mr. Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience in post-acute care, assisted living, and retirement community operations and management. He was an Executive Director for eight years with TORCH Health Care at assisted living and memory care communities in Lawton, Oklahoma; San Marcos, Texas; and Round Rock, Texas. Mr. Taylor directed start-up operations at multiple TORCH startup communities, and later served as operations consultant for several TORCH start-up communities.


Jim Fisher

Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Jim Fisher joined StoneGate in 2002 after serving as a Chief Financial Officer for Uniplast Films, Inc. As Uniplast’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Fisher was responsible for all Finance functions and served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Mr. Fisher has more than 35 years of experience in finance and accounting. Prior to his tenure with Uniplast Films, Mr. Fisher served as Director of Accounting and Tax for Rexene Corporation, a large chemical and plastic film manufacturing company located in Dallas, Texas.


Lee Wood

Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Human Resources/General Counsel

Lee Wood joined StoneGate in 2007. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law and has practiced health and employment law for more than 30 years in private practice and in-house positions. Mr. Wood has held senior human resource and legal positions with various healthcare organizations, including Peak Medical Corporation, Integrated Health Services and Horizon/CMS Healthcare Corporation.


Eddie Parades

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Eddie Parades joined StoneGate in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Facility Operations and transitioned into his current role as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs in 2015. With more than 30 years of experience in senior health care operations, Mr. Parades has served several large publicly-traded health care companies in a variety of senior management positions, including Senior Vice President of Operations at Horizon Healthcare, Sun Healthcare, and Skilled Healthcare. He also held regional operations positions with Marriott Senior Living Services and The Waverly Group. Most recently, Mr. Parades was the Chief Operating Officer for Regency Nursing Centers, a privately held operator of skilled nursing facilities in Texas. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he served 17 years as an infantry officer and paratrooper in the U.S. Army reserves, rising to the rank of Captain.


Cristi Cannon

Senior Vice President and Controller

Cristi Cannon joined the StoneGate Senior Living management team in 2005. Ms. Cannon’s brings StoneGate extensive accounting and finance management experience, with a career that spans more than 30 years and includes Controller positions at several large health care companies. In her most recent position prior to joining StoneGate, she served as Controller of ZA Consulting of Texas and Martus Healthcare Management, Inc. As Controller, Ms. Cannon is responsible for oversight of accounting, and finance departments, cash management and financial statement preparation for StoneGate, StoneGate-managed properties and StoneGate sister companies. Ms. Cannon completed her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas where she graduated with honors.


Dianne Sullivan

Chief Clinical Officer

Dianne Sullivan-Slazyk serves as StoneGate’s Chief Clinical Officer, providing strategic leadership as the senior executive with responsibility for clinical operations, clinical reimbursement, case management, quality and education. Ms. Sullivan-Slazyk joined StoneGate in 2010 and has held multiple leadership positions in the company, serving as Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations prior to moving into the Chief Clinical Officer role.

Ms. Sullivan-Slazyk is a health care industry veteran with more than 25 years’ experience in acute and post-acute health care, including 18 years managing clinical service delivery and quality for multi-location / multi-state health care companies. Prior to joining StoneGate, she served as Divisional Vice President of Clinical Services at Fundamental Clinical Consulting, where she was the company’s divisional leader of clinical, pharmacy, dietary, rehabilitation, risk management, and case mix management at 60 health care facilities across 10 states. During her tenure at Fundamental Clinical Consulting, Ms. Sullivan-Slazyk also served as Chief Executive Officer of Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital, a 118-bed acute care hospital, where she led the development of medical specialty units and pulmonary specialty units.

Clinical quality improvement has been a hallmark of Ms. Sullivan-Slazyk’s career. She has worked with medical leaders and business leaders in multiple states and market-areas to drive performance improvement, enhance quality of care, improve the patient experience, and drive safety and efficiency through the implementation of evidence-based best practices. Ms. Sullivan-Slazyk completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Angela Norris

SVP, Strategic Relationships & Managed Care

Angela Norris leads StoneGate’s sales, marketing, & business development activities as well as alternative payment methodologies including but not limited to accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payments, & managed care organizations (MCOs).  Ms. Norris joined StoneGate in 2017, after serving 12 years at an Indiana-based post-acute care organization with approximately 80 properties called American Senior Communities (ASC).  During her time at ASC, she wore many hats.  In 2009, she launched ASC’s managed care department where she & her team grew insurance contracts from one (1) to greater than 40 & grew managed care average daily census from 40 to approximately 350.  In 2012, she was named VP of Contracting & Business Integration.  Angela is a Registered Nurse (RN) by trade with over 23 years’ experience in the post-acute healthcare sector, starting as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) during college, becoming a DON at age 24 for six (6) total years with four (4) deficiency-free annual surveys, & eventually transitioning to marketing as a hospital liaison.  Angela has a passion for the geriatric population & embraces a philosophy that sound patient care & customer service coupled with transparent, trusting communication build the foundation for market position.  Angela completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at The University of Mount St. Joseph, a private, Catholic college located in Cincinnati, OH, where she graduated with honors.

Brandon Tappan

Divisional VP of Operations

Brandon Tappan joined Stonegate Senior Living in 2017 from Kindred Health Care where he was the Southwest Division Vice President. Brandon holds a Nursing Facility Administrator license in Texas and Colorado.  He has spent the last 10 years serving in Multi-facility and Multi-State operations leadership. Mr. Tappan is a Post-Acute industry advocate having served for several years on the Texas State Health Care Association Board of Directors and as a Senior Examiner for the National Quality Award Program. His undergraduate degree comes from Texas Christian University and Master of Science degree from Texas State University.