Lansing, MichiganOctober 7, 2015 – Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes today announced the appointment of Leslie Shanlian as chief executive officer of the Michigan Veteran Health System, which oversees the state’s two veterans homes.

A licensed nursing home administrator, Shanlian comes to MVAA with nearly 20 years of experience managing and improving skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted and independent living communities throughout Michigan.

As CEO of the Michigan Veteran Health System, Shanlian will ensure one coordinated set of policies and procedures governs the day-to-day operations at both the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. The two homes provide quality, long-term care to Michigan citizens who have served in the military and their dependents.

Shanlian will assume her new role effective Oct. 26.

“Leslie has a proven track record of serving Michigan’s aging residents and their families, and we are excited to have that level of expertise in the Michigan Veteran Health System,” Barnes said. “Her leadership during this transition will reinforce MVAA’s core values of innovation, inclusion and customer service for the veterans who live in the homes and the staff who provide quality long-term care there.”

Shanlian will implement consistent and efficient home management processes and service delivery to the veterans who live in the two homes. Day-to-day activities at GRHV and the Jacobetti Home will be managed by chief operating officers at each home, while procurement, finances, marketing and reporting to both the state and the federal VA will be streamlined and centralized under Shanlian’s leadership.

“I look forward to ensuring those who served continue to receive the quality long-term care they’ve earned,” Shanlian said. “My father, brother and stepbrother all served in different branches of the military, and providing a better quality of life for those who have served is the least I can do to honor them and their sacrifices.”

Before joining MVAA, Shanlian served as the deputy director of the Aging and Adult Services Agency and as director of long-term care for the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Health Care Services. She was also the associate executive director and administrator of Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, where she reinforced programs for safe and healthy aging and implemented a campus-wide customer service program.

Shanlian holds a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Central Michigan University.

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