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WALA Executive Director Jim Murphy Announces Retirement

Thursday, March 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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MADISON: At the 2018 WALA Spring Conference on March 15, at the Kalahari Convention Center, WALA’s Executive Director, Jim Murphy announced his retirement. After 22 years with WALA, Jim Murphy’s last day will be on his 70th birthday, July 27, 2018. A national search is underway for the new CEO. Jim Murphy joined the organization in 1996 as the first full time WALA Executive Director with past experience in association management. Under his leadership, WALA grew from a one-person organization with 85 members to an organization that has 7 staff, numerous volunteers, and over 1,500 members.


“Jim Murphy’s passion for quality care of the residents we serve in assisted living communities and the quality education we need has fueled the amazing growth and level of quality education at the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association” said Glen Choban, President of the WALA Board. “We are so thankful for his dedication to the Association for the last 22 years.”


In his tenure at WALA, assisted living have seen dramatic changes, starting with the creation of the Residential Care Apartment Complex facility category, signed in to law by Tommy Thompson in August of 1997. As assisted living continues to grow, Jim has led the way for higher standards on education, including the development of the first DHS 83.15 Administrator Course for Community Based Residential Facilities in 2010. In 2012, Jim Murphy accepted the Horace D’ Angelo, Jr. Memorial Award from Argentum (formally ALFA) on behalf of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association for regulatory grassroots advocacy efforts. Throughout Jim’s tenure with WALA, the organization has been a leader in regulatory collaboration and efficiency, specifically collaboration with the Bureau of Assisted Living. An example of this collaboration lead to an abbreviated survey for exemplary providers and the Assisted Living Forum.


“I have been honored to be the Captain of the Good Ship WALA all these years. I use this nautical analogy because it takes a whole crew to continue to move WALA forward. With a strong and involved Board of Directors working with an amazingly talented and service-oriented staff, the WALA Ship continues to progress,” commented Jim Murphy. “I am lucky to have had such a joyful run as Captain with such dedicated people. I thank you all.”

About WALA, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
WALA, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association is the premier statewide association for Wisconsin’s assisted living industry. WALA represents the majority of Wisconsin’s assisted living providers and their residents, with over 1,500 members. WALA promotes standards of quality care and provides valuable member services to organizations providing assisted living services. WALA leads the profession with educational programs, professional products and tools, and other member quality resources.

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