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New executive director is award-winning leader Renato de Leon

September 19, 2023

The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) announced the appointment of Renato de Leon as Executive Director, introducing an award-winning leader in elder care to oversee the community’s growth and continue its tradition of best-in-class service.

de Leon, who has more than 20 years of management and operations expertise, oversees the Jamaica Plain non-profit, a centerpiece of the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association mission. He assumes the role from another post in the Legacy Lifecare system, having served as executive director of Edelweiss Village Deutsches Altenheim in West Roxbury since 2021.

“Renato is a fantastic and highly skilled addition to our community, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Martha Mansoian, President of the AWWA Board of Directors. “His commitment to top-tier service blends seamlessly with our terrific team, and our elders have already benefited from his leadership.”

During de Leon’s tenure as executive director, Edelweiss Village received a Best Senior Living community rating from U.S. News and World Report, based on residential and family surveys. In 2022, the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association honored the organization with an excellence award for its innovative intergenerational volunteer programming.

“I’m thrilled to join the ANRC, which is truly one of the finest communities for elders to optimize their heritage and culture in a rich, rewarding setting,” said de Leon. “My whole career has been devoted to providing our elders with the experiences they deserve, and the ANRC offers an unmatched environment for both short-term rehab and long-term care. I’m honored to be a part of this tradition that now stretches back more than a century.”

Prior to leading Edelweiss Village, de Leon served as executive director of Benchmark Senior Living in Newton and at Landmark at Ocean View in Beverly. In addition, he led CareOne as a regional director, covering 17 facilities in Massachusetts.

In 2013, he founded Deleon Dietary Solutions, a consulting firm focused on person-centered care and culture change in long-term care, with an emphasis on quality control.

de Leon holds a BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Founded in 1915, the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association provides elder care services both domestically and abroad. The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation  Center in Jamaica Plain includes 83 dual-license beds in a not-for-profit, skilled nursing environment offering both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. AWWA also oversees the Hanganak Elder Program and Clinic in Stepanakert, Republic of Artsakh, a non-governmental organization that provides medical services, food, fuel, and social support to more than 300 elders who live alone.