Morris ‘Mo’ Funk named CEO of JSHHS
A top administrator of a Florida-based non-profit senior healthcare organization has been named as the new chief executive officer of Lions Gate and Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare Service (JSHHS), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey. Lions Gate is a continuing care retirement community affiliated with the Federation.
Morris “Mo” Funk, most recently chief operating officer with Miami Jewish Health Systems, started his new job at Lions Gate on March 18, announced Adam Kaminer, JSHHS president.
“Mo arrives with an enormous amount of experience in the senior healthcare and independent living arena, and he is excited to join us as CEO,” Kaminer said during the opening celebration of Lions Gate’s new rehabilitation center earlier this month, where Funk was introduced. “Mo has already begun to meet the staff, the board and residents, and he has made a great impression in just a few days.”
Funk said the South Jersey Jewish community’s commitment to the aging impressed him. “The organization itself has a stellar reputation as a mission-driven, very dedicated organization,” said Funk, who is relocating with his wife Mindy, a real estate attorney, and Sebby, the family’s schnoodle, from Fort Lauderdale. Their son Jonathan is a freshman at the University of Michigan majoring in industrial design and engineering.
While many senior living organizations offer multi-level care like Lions Gate, he said the non-profit organization’s edge is its laser focus on helping seniors “to age gracefully, with respect and dignity and with the opportunity to be in an environment where their lives can be enhanced.”
Funk, originally from Chicago, has forged his career in healthcare related jobs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in health service administration from Florida International University in Miami. Before being named chief operating officer with Miami Jewish Health Systems in 2008, he worked for Morselife, a non-profit senior services organization in West Palm Beach as senior vice president of operations and interim CEO.
His arrival at Lions Gate dovetails with the completion of the community’s new 32- room rehabilitation center.
“Lions Gate is such a gem for our Federation community and we are pleased that Mo—with his vision and skills—is joining us to lead Lions Gate and Jewish Senior Housing and Health Care Service,” said Betty Adler, Jewish Federation president. “I am very happy to welcome Mo to the Federation family and I hope that everyone gives him an equally warm welcome.” Added Kaminer, “The Board and all the staff are extremely excited for our future and we are looking forward to continuing our service to the seniors in our community at the highest level.” .