2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

NCAL-1 - NCAL Update and Opening Keynote

Sunday, October 7
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: NAB: 0 | Nurses 0

NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle and NCAL Chair Ashley Blankenship will provide updates on the organizations’ activity over the last year. Their remarks, along with an inspiring keynote from world champion adventure racer Robyn Benincasa, will get you ready for a day devoted to thought-provoking education specifically tailored to this sector of long term care.

Learning Objectives:

Scott Tittle, JD

Executive Director

Scott Tittle was named the Executive Director of the National Center for Assisted Living in May 2015. He joined the Center from the Indiana Health Care Association - a state affiliate of AHCA - where he served as president for both the skilled nursing profession in the state as well as assisted living since 2010.

Previously, Tittle served former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as the health care policy director. In this capacity, Tittle was responsible for executing Gov. Daniels' health care initiatives through the legislative process as well as the state's health-related agencies, including the Family and Social Services Administration, the State Department of Health, the Department of Child Services, and the Department of Insurance.

An attorney by background, Tittle is a former member of the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault, where he practiced in the firm's Health Care, Governmental Affairs, and Business Practices groups. Tittle received his law degree from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2001, and his undergraduate degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1995. He was awarded a Distinguished Hoosier Award by Gov. Daniels in 2007, has been listed as an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star by The Indiana Lawyer from 2010-2012, and was named a Forty Under 40 honoree by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2010.


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Ashley Blankenship, BBA

Director of Assisted Living Services
StoneBridge Senior Living

Ashley Blankenship, director of assisted living services for StoneBridge Senior Living, is Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Assisted Living.
Blankenship oversees StoneBridge Senior Living’s six assisted living communities in Arkansas. The company offers assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation services in Arkansas and Missouri.
Previously, she was the vice president of operations for Southridge Village Assisted Living. The company was nationally recognized, as three of its assisted living communities earned the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program in recent years.
Blankenship has served at the national level for nearly a decade, previously as the secretary/treasurer and vice chair of the NCAL Board, as well as co-chair of the Assisted Living Independent Owner Council and chair of the NCAL Risk Management Workgroup. For eight years, she sat on the NCAL Finance and Policy and the NCAL Workforce Committees. Blankenship also chaired and served on the Facility Guidelines Institute Workgroup, to help develop minimum standards for design and construction of assisted living communities.
Additionally, Blankenship volunteers in her home state of Arkansas. As a member of the Arkansas Assisted Living Association, the assisted living arm of the Arkansas Health Care Association, Blankenship serves on their Medicaid taskforce and government relations committee. She previously served on the Leadership Committee for the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association and currently works with local senior organizations to educate seniors, family members, physicians and public about assisted living.
Blankenship has a Bachelor of Science in marketing with a health care minor from The University of Central Arkansas.


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Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. One of the highest rated female speakers who regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Fast Company, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft, AT&T.

With a background in marketing, she was previously in corporate sales with Baxter and Allergan and is currently a full-time firefighter. World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, CNN Hero, founder of the Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!), 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of two metal ‘bionic hips’, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating uman Synergy Her New York Times best-selling book “How Winning Works,” published by Harlequin has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.”

For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?

It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams’ amazing accomplishments. Robyn people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses.

This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!


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