Jo Ellen Bleavins

Jo Ellen plays a pivotal senior leadership role in Gardant, the communities we manage and in work with our clients.

An analytical thinker and learner by nature, Jo Ellen stays ahead of trends in her strategic view of the industry. Always in command of the details, she is accountable for the success of the business and brings a personal touch in connecting with residents, employees and clients.

Jo Ellen is passionate about providing quality care through a servant leadership style.

As President of Gardant, she assures a culture that empowers our employees to provide excellent care to those we serve. During her career with Gardant, Jo Ellen has led the opening or acquisition of more than 70 communities. She brings to her position nearly 25 years of leadership and operational experience in assisted living, supportive living and long-term care. Jo Ellen opened her first community with Gardant in 2003, pre-leased at 100 percent and fully occupied within the first 30 days.

Jo Ellen has been a member of Vistage, an international executive peer mentoring and leadership organization, for the past six years.  She has been a member and volunteer of numerous organizations, including the  American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), Argentum, LeadingAge Illinois and the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition.  She most recently served as a Board Member for LeadingAge Illinois, the state’s largest elder care association. She also served as President of their Supportive Living Facility Cabinet.

Jo Ellen attended the University of Illinois and holds both an MBA and nursing degree from Millikin University.