About Us

LifeSpan Network

Lifespan Network is the largest and most diverse senior care provider association in the Mid-
Atlantic, representing more than 350 senior care providers in Maryland and the District of
Columbia. LifeSpan's members include not-for-profit and for-profit organizations providing care
and services to seniors across the continuum of care, including independent living, assisted
living, skilled nursing, continuing care retirement, subsidized senior housing, community-based
and hospital-based programs.

The LifeSpan Network is composed of LifeSpan, The Beacon Institute, and LifeSpan Products
and Services (LPS).  Providers and professionals involved in senior care in Maryland and the
District of Columbia turn to LifeSpan to keep informed of the latest legislation and trends in
senior with a team of dedicated lobbyists representing their interests in Annapolis, as well as to
have opportunities to network with colleagues in the field.   In addition, LifeSpan's Beacon
Institute provides clinical and administrative education and training for senior care providers, both in its Columbia, Maryland classrooms and online.  Finally, Lifespan's Products and Services group (LPS) provides discounts on products and services that senior care providers use every day.

LifeSpan's Mission Statement:
Through leadership, education and advocacy, we are the voice of all senior care service organizations.


LifeSpan's Vision Statement:
Advancing quality services for seniors.


LifeSpan's Code of Ethics:
The LifeSpan Network Code of Ethics is a statement of the common values and standards ofLifeSpan and its affiliates, The Beacon Institute and LifeSpan Products and Services. Its purpose is to provide a common framework for the decisions that LifeSpan members make as businesses and individuals, and to assist with members’ collective responsibilities to the seniorservices profession, employees, residents and customers, and the broader community. View our Code of Ethics.



Meet the Staff


Meet the LifeSpan Board



Lifespan Member Directory

Lifespan Chairman's Award

Mayer Handelman Award

Getting Involved in LifeSpan

Many opportunities exist for you to become more involved in the LifeSpan Network. As a LifeSpan Network member you and interested members of your staff can participate on communities or tasks forces. Your input will be greatly valued and can help benefit LifeSpan in the future!


Committies usually meet on a quarterly basis and help set policy on the association's organizational structure, public policy and services. Committees recommend actions to the Board. The following is a list of brief descriptions of the current committees that exist at the LifeSpan Network. For more information about any of these committees, please contact the LifeSpan Network directly.

LifeSpan Network Committees

Finance Committee | kbernetti@lifespan-network.org
Reviews all financial statements and annual budget for all organizations

Membership Committee | jjaegers@lifespan-network.org
Helps communicate with prospective members and considers issues of importance to Provider and Associate Members

Public Policy Committee | dkauffman@lifespan-network.org
Oversees advocacy

Education Committee | lflaim@lifespan-network.org
Explore opportunities for educational projects and trainings

Marketing Committee | cderato@lifespan-network.org

Generate and collaborate on ideas that fit industry standards and reach proper audiences

Task Forces

Task Forces are formed and dissolved as needed. There are usually several task forces active throughout the year. Policies, recommendations, or action steps developed by task forces are recommended to the Board or to an appropriate committee for action

The following are examples of current LifeSpan Network Task Force Groups:

Business Strategy Task Force | kheffner@lifespan-network.org

CRISP Task Force | kheffner@lifespan-network.org

Healthcare Info Technology Task Force | kheffner@lifespan-network.org

Assisted Living Public Policy Task Force | dkauffman@lifespan-network.org

If you are interested in learning about or participating on a committee or task force, please email the staff person who oversees that committee.


Conference and meeting space in Columbia and Howard County can sometimes be difficult to locate, and often is expensive, with restrictive food and beverage options and challenging parking options as well. LifeSpan Network, the largest senior service provider association in the Mid-Atlantic, is headquartered in Columbia’s Gateway Business Community, and provides alternatives that can help your business to maximize its conference and meeting budget.  View our brochure for more information and pricing.