Jo Ellen Bleavins

Jo Ellen plays a pivotal senior leadership role in the operations of Gardant communities 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.

During her career with Gardant, Jo Ellen has led the opening or acquisition of more than 50 communities. She brings to her position more than 20 years of administrative experience in assisted living, supportive living and long-term care. She also has a complimentary background in nursing as Administrator and Director of Nursing with experiences including acute-hospital care and skilled long-term care in assisted and supportive living settings.

Jo Ellen currently serves as President of the Supportive Living Facility Cabinet for LeadingAge Illinois, the largest elder care association in Illinois. She is a member of Argentum’s COO Roundtable and Vistage, an international executive development group. She has been a member and volunteer of numerous organizations including Leading Age Illinois and the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition.

Jo Ellen attended the University of Illinois and holds both a MBA and BS in Nursing from Millikin University.

President and Chief Operating Officer