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, CPA

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.


Mike Beaty

Vice President of Provider Relations

Mike Beaty leads StoneGate’s initiatives with acute care partners, physicians and payors, and has been instrumental in the company’s successful efforts with ACOs, bundled payments and other alternative payment methodologies. Mr. Beaty joined StoneGate in 2005, after serving nine years in a similar capacity with Mariner Health Care. In that role, Mr. Beaty was responsible for census development, business development, strategic partnerships and alliances – targeting acute care, physician and managed care – for 76 skilled nursing centers and three long-term acute hospitals in Texas. Mr. Beaty brings more than 30 years of health care experience to the company, with time spent in post-acute care and acute care companies. Mr. Beaty received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baylor University.


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.