Our Leadership Team

The Americare Philosophy - Words we live by, Everyday

We believe our primary responsibility is to enhance the quality of life of our residents. We strive to deliver exceptional care and customer experiences every day. We provide an environment that encourages innovative person-centered approaches to the complex challenges in care delivery. We assure the hiring and the professional development of a capable and competent team of caregivers. We assure the operation of a well-maintained community.

The team at Americare.


Richard Montgomery

Chairman of the Board

Since Americare’s inception in 1981, Mr. Montgomery has embarked on a strategy of innovation and controlled growth.


Americare’s skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care assisted living facilities throughout five states today employ over 3500 eldercare professionals. 

A graduate of Vanderbilt University Mr. Montgomery has been recognized by several professional organizations including:

  • 2004 Recipient of the Missourian Award
  • 2002 Distinguished Friend, Missouri University Sinclair School of Nursing
  • 1998 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year - St. Louis, Missouri Region

Clay Crosson

President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Crosson leads Americare's senior management team.


Mr. Crosson joined Americare as its president in 2001. He has 34 years of executive management experience in senior living with Centennial Health Care, CareMore, and National Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Crosson represents Americare on several industry boards including LTC 100 and Senior Living 100, and is a past chairman of The American College of Health Care Administrators. Mr. Crosson holds a B.S. from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Crosson holds the following professional certifications: FACHCA (Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators), CAS (Certified Sub-acute Care Administrator), CALA (Certified Assisted Living Administrator).

Jean Summers

Senior Vice President of Operations, Assisted Living Division

Ms. Summers joined Americare in 1999, having served in senior management with a national rehabilitation company.


She oversees operations for Americare's assisted and independent living communities. Ms. Summers has managed a doubling of the assisted living division during her tenure. Ms. Summers has over 35 years of senior living experience. She holds a B.S. in nursing from Clarkson School of Nursing.

Steve Hatlestad

Senior Vice President of Operations, Skilled Nursing Division

Mr. Hatlestad joined Americare in 2002 and directs operations for Americare’s 23 skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities.


He oversees operations of Americare's skilled nursing and rehabilitation communities. Mr. Hatlestad has 40 years of senior living experience. He holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland.

James Reiker

Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Reiker joined Americare in 1986 and serves as the chief financial officer for the company.


Mr. Reiker holds a B.S. from Southeast Missouri State University.

Patricia Cokingtin

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Ms. Cokingtin joined Americare in 1988.


She supports the local facilities’ sales and marketing efforts, including brand development, sales training, and media planning. Ms. Cokingtin has 30 years of senior living experience and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University.

Mike LandEwee

Vice President, Controller

Mr. Landewee joined Americare in 1987 and serves as lead controller and financial analyst for the company.


Mr. Landewee holds a B.S. in accounting from Southeast Missouri State University.

Christian Camp

Vice President of Human Resources

Mr. Camp joined Americare in 2014 and oversees the human resources, compliance and benefit administration for the company’s 3500 employees.


Mr. Camp holds a Masters of Science in Human Resources from the University of Renfrew.

Henley Montgomery

Vice President, Development

Mr. Montgomery oversees the company's new development including market analysis, site selection, building design and construction. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Missouri, Columbia.


Jason Baxter

Vice President of Information Technology

Jason Baxter joined Americare in 2015 and leads the IT Team. Jason has extensive experience in IT in various industries including Health Care, Gaming, Automotive, Financial Services/Insurance and Local Government.


He also spent several years serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Jason holds a B.B.A in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University.