Acts CEO Mark Vanderbeck Passes Away Suddenly

WEST POINT, Pa. — J. Mark Vanderbeck, CEO of Acts Retirement-Life Communities and a longtime leader in the nonprofit seniors housing industry, has passed away. His age and the cause of death were not disclosed, but Acts described the passing as “sudden.”

In the wake of the news, the Acts Board of Directors appointed Gerald Grant, currently president and chief operating officer, as interim CEO.

Vanderbeck joined Acts in 1998 and climbed through the ranks until being named CEO in 2014. He also served on various boards and committees for nonprofit seniors housing association LeadingAge and its state affiliates LeadingAge PA and LeadingAge Florida. His career in seniors housing spans 35 years.

Vanderbeck was recently the featured subject of the Seniors Housing Business one-on-one SHB Interview. That Q&A can be found by clicking here.

“On behalf of the Acts Board of Directors and leadership team, it is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Mark Vanderbeck, Acts CEO,” says Dr. John Esterhai Jr., chairman of the board. “Mark was a beloved figure and an outstanding leader at Acts who touched the lives of many residents and staff members. He will be missed dearly by the entire Acts family. We mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Mark’s family and friends.”

Based in West Point, Acts is the largest nonprofit seniors housing owner-operator in the country. 

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