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Alton Mendleson named new CEO of Ávila Retirement Community

Jul 10, 2019 | Life at Ávila

Albany, NY – Ávila Retirement Community’s board of directors, staff and residents are pleased to bring on Alton Mendleson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective July 1, 2019. Mendleson succeeds Francis “Fran” Foley who retired earlier this year.

Mendleson, who grew up in Delmar, NY, has spent the last 25 years successfully managing senior living communities in South Florida, mostly along the Treasure Coast. “My experiences range from managing Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities, Memory Care neighborhoods, and Independent Living Communities. I am excited to be back in the Capital Region at this point in my life. This is where my entire family is living. This is my home.” He continues, “I was surprised to see so many individuals choosing to live here in Upstate New York to enjoy their retirement. There is quite a lot to do here and we have a lot planned for the residents here at Ávila. The friendly family like atmosphere here was the biggest attraction for me. Ávila is quite a warm place and the welcome I have received from all the residents and team members has been terrific.”

An independent senior living community, Ávila is maintenance-free and comprised of luxury apartments and townhouse style cottages. Over 200 residents live at Ávila and the community employs 60 full-time and part-time employees. Amenities include dining services (provided by Mazzone Hospitality), wellness, aquatic and land based fitness programs (provided by Barbara Howansky and Associates), and much more. “At its core, Ávila is all about community. Many of our residents have told me this sense of connection is what truly sets us apart. I am looking forward to becoming part of this family.”

Mendleson holds a degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and enjoys reading, attending music concerts, hiking, golf, and anything Lake George.  He is an avid sports fan of all NY teams, but especially the Yankees and loves a day at The Stadium.

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About Ávila Retirement Community Ávila is the Capital Region’s premier retirement community for seniors seeking an active, independent lifestyle. Providing an amenity-rich and maintenance-free lifestyle, Ávila’s approach to residential living allows residents to socialize and pursue their passions. Ávila truly understands and attends to our residents’ individual needs so they can enjoy the things that matter most. Surrounded by the beauty of the Pine Bush, Ávila provides a safe, and unique place to call home. Learn more at