The Admiral at the Lake recently welcomed R.J. Zielinski as the new chief financial officer. R.J. is a seasoned financial professional with 15 years of business management experience in the field of senior living in the Chicago area.

R.J. Zielinski

“We are thrilled to welcome R.J. to The Admiral,” said Nadia Geigler, CEO of The Admiral at the Lake. “He is a great addition to our leadership team and his expertise in financial management will benefit us in the implementation of our new strategic plan.”

Working closely with the CEO, the Executive Team, the Finance Liaison Committee and Board of The Admiral, R.J. will oversee the financial operations of the community as it works toward its newly adopted strategic plan. He will lead specific initiatives to further develop the financial strength of The Admiral to ultimately help residents and staff lead their best lives through the investment in the community’s people and culture.

“Working in older adult services here at The Admiral is a natural fit for me,” added R.J. “Serving the senior population is a calling that runs in my family. My grandmother was a nurse and ran a convalescence home out of their family home, my father and his siblings would help with making beds and delivery meals. I’m excited to be part of The Admiral team, and to help contribute to and be part of the vibrant community of residents, staff and Board members.”

Most recently, R.J. was CFO of Friendship Senior Options with a decade-plus tenure in senior living management. R.J. also is a graduate of the LeadingAge Illinois Leadership Academy, a program that builds leaders and advocates for advancements in the senior living and aging services field. R.J. grew up around Chicago and lives with his family in Roselle, IL.  He has a love of travel that comes from growing up vacationing in many places throughout the U.S. and Europe; as his family enjoyed the perks of United Airlines where his mother worked.  An avid outdoorsman, most weekends he spends time woodworking, biking, and on home design projects. 

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