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Marty Tamburrano: A Legacy of Core Values and Progress

Summer 2016

After 40 years of dedicated service to seniors, Marty Tamburrano has decided to join their ranks as an official retiree. Those four decades prepared Marty well for one of the most significant challenges she ever undertook. In 2015, she led Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) and its boards, management, staff and residents through a process that restated our mission and clarified our core values.

Those core values include compassion. Marty grew up in a small Kansas town where her grandmother lived in a local nursing home. Marty was hired to direct activities in that facility and realized she loved working with seniors. Here was a career that had heart! Her commitment led her to a new post two years later as the administrator of Mennonite Friendship Manor, where the board expected a high quality of service and encouraged its staff to be creative.

That call to creativity and imagination stuck with Marty as she took on new roles. She served on the board of KAHA, the state-wide organization and as its president in 1981. Through the years, she served as executive director of three continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and as a creator/developer of five.

Marty joined ECS as vice president of operations in 2001. Her tenure has been characterized by courage. She worked with then-CEO Kevin Gerber to build, open and successfully operate The Covington in Aliso Viejo. She became our president and CEO in 2005 and led us through a merger with The Scripps Home in 2006 and the establishment of The Sophie Miller Foundation in 2009.  She guided us through the sale of our original property, The Kensington, in 2010, and the successful relocation and continuing care for 120 residents. 

Marty oversaw our name change to Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) and launched our work in affordable housing through an affiliation with Community Housing Management Services.  In 2012, ECS was one of only 3 senior service organizations in the state to earn an A- rating from Fitch, which helped with our successful bond offering that raised $148 million to develop MonteCedro. The first CCRC to be built in the Los Angeles area in 20 years, MonteCedro opened on time and on budget.

In reflection, though, Marty says that the most satisfying experience during her time with ECS was leading us through the process that restated our mission: “We Create Exceptional Communities and Services for Seniors,” and clarified our values: Courage, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Generosity, Spirituality, Imagination and Diversity. As an expression of their commitment to the core values of ECS and the well-being of its staff, Marty and her husband have established the Martha and Angelo Tamburrano Core Values Award which will annually recognize a non-management staff member who most exemplifies the values they cherish. We are grateful for this gift and for Marty’s amazing years of service.

“If in any small way my years of service in the field of senior living have been reflective of these values, then all of the days, months, years and decades I will count as a success. I will always hold a deep sense of gratitude to those who have walked this path with me.” ~ Marty Tamburrano

Above photo of Marty Tamburrano, Former President & CEO of ECS.

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