Lifespace Communities Elects Resident to Board of Directors

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Lifespace Communities has elected one of its own independent living residents as a voting member of its Board of Directors. 

William “Bill” Rich of The Waterford, a Lifespace community in Juno Beach, Florida, assumes the role following a selection process. Lifespace believes it is at the forefront of growing trend in senior living to add a resident of the organization to its board of directors. 

Before retirement, Rich had a successful career in the for-profit sector, where he worked for International Business Machines (IBM) for almost 30 years. While at IBM, he held a variety of positions, including corporate secretary, corporate vice president, and president of the IBM Service Sector Group. He has extensive experience working with national and international nonprofit organizations, including Covenant House, where he served on the board for eight years. The organization provides shelter and support services to homeless youth in North and Central America.

Rich received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He currently serves as treasurer for Hands Together for Haitians, a Palm Beach County nonprofit that assists Haitian immigrants with assimilating into the United States.

Lifespace Communities Inc., based in West Des Moines, is a nonprofit owner with 12 continuing care retirement communities in 12 states serving more than 4,100 residents.