NIC Academy Instructors

Meet the industry experts who make up the team of course instructors and contributors. 

Introduction to Senior Housing and Care Industry

  • Kurt Read, Lead Instructor
    Principal, RSF Partners
  • Bill Kauffman
    Senior Principal, Research & Analytics, NIC
  • Bob Kramer
    Co-founder & Former CEO, Strategic Advisor, NIC
  • Caroline Clapp
    Senior Principal, NIC
  • Emma Rosen
    Director, RSP Partners
  • Kyle Gardner
    COO, NIC MAP Vision
  • Maria Nadelstumph
    Senior Vice President, The Brandywine Center of Excellence, Brandywine Living
  • Omar Zar
    Principal, NIC
  • Ray Braun
    President and CEO, NIC
  • Serena Lipton
    Programming Curation Manager, NIC
Kurt Read

Fundamentals of Operations

  • Randy Richardson, Lead Instructor
    Former CEO and President, Strategic Advisor of Vi
  • Cameron Bell
    Vice President, Portfolio Management, National Health Investors
  • James Estes
    Director, Investments, Blue Moon Capital Partners
  • Justin Hutchens
    Executive Vice President, Senior Housing and Chief Investment Officer, Ventas, Inc
  • Kathy Sweeney
    Co-founder, Managing Partner and CIO, Blue Moon Capital Partners
  • Ken Segarnick
    Chief Corporate Officer, Brandywine Living
  • Melissa Evraets
    President of Resident Care-Chief Nursing Officer, Vi Senior Living
  • Mitch Brown
    Principal Consultant, Senior Housing Consulting (SHC)
  • Molly Vaughan
    CFO, The Springs Living
  • Tara Cope
    EVP and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Vi Senior Living
Randy Richardson

Market Analysis

  • Kevin McMeen, Lead Instructor
    Co-founder of MidCap Financial
  • Andrew Lavinder
    Financial Managing Director, Real Estate, MidCap Financial
  • Charles Turner
  • Lory Brin
    Managing Director, Head of Healthcare Real Estate, MidCap Financial

Course Contributors:

    • Zach Britton
      Director, Real Estate Lending, MidCap Financial
    • Danny Feldmeier
      Underwriting Analyst, Real Estate Lending, MidCap Financial
    • Richard Graham
      Managing Director and Head of Credit Underwriting, Real Estate Lending, MidCap Financial
    • Adam Solomon
      Director, Real Estate Lending, MidCap Financial
    • Chris Spence
      Associate, Real Estate Lending, MidCap Financial
Kevin McMeen

Capital Markets

  • Colleen H. Blumenthal, Lead Instructor
    Chief Operating Officer/Partner of HealthTrust
  • Ari Adlerstein
    Senior Managing Director, Meridian Capital
  • Brandi Healy
    Vice President, Asset Management, Harrison Street Capital
  • Samantha Medred
    CFO/Partner, HealthTrust 
Collen H. Blumenthal


  • Allen LynchLead Instructor
    Senior Counsel, Nixon Peabody
  • Aaron Yowell
    Partner/Chief Innovation Officer, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Amy Allen
    Senior Vice President, AEW Capital Management
  • Chris Froeb
    Partner/Practice Group Leader, Real Estate & Affordable Housing, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Colette Dafoe
    Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Lori Bowman
    Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Ruben Ravago
    Counsel, Nixon Peabody LLP
Allyn Lynch

Capstone Experience

  • Ryan Chase, Lead Instructor
    Executive Managing Director & Head of Market Strategy, Blueprint
  • Kari Onweller
    Senior Vice President, Partner & Investor Relations, Invesque
  • Mike Segal
    Executive Managing Director/Partner, BluePrint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors
Randy Chase

Empowering Senior Housing with AI: Unleashing the Potential of Large Language Models

  • Kyle Gardner, Lead Instructor
    COO, NIC MAP Vision
  • Arick Morton
    CEO, NIC MAP Vision

Course Contributors:

    • Erin Adair
      Online and Distance Education Coordinator, NC State University, NIC MAP Vision
    • Liisa Akkola
      Chief of Staff to the CTO, NIC MAP Vision
    • Jeff Durkin
      Vice President, New Product Development, NIC MAP Vision
    • Grant Hamm
      CTO, NIC MAP Vision