Brethren Village Announces John N. Snader as President and CEO

The Board of Directors of Brethren Village retirement community in Lancaster, Pa., announce the appointment of John N. Snader as the community’s new president, effective Nov. 19. He succeeds Gary N. Clouser, who is retiring after having  served as president since 1977.

Snader is currently senior vice president for Customer Experience at Ephrata (Pa.) Community Hospital, responsible for shaping and directing the organization’s approach to providing high quality, high touch care that connects emotionally with patients and their families and results in sustaining loyalty that will grow the hospital’s market share.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as Brethren Village’s President. I look forward to serving the residents, employees, and the larger community of supporters of Brethren Village as it continues to fulfill its mission, vision, and values,” said Snader. The appointment of Snader is consistent with the strategic plan of transitioning leadership adopted by the Board of Directors earlier this year.

Snader is an active community volunteer and currently serves as chair of the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation Board of Trustees as well as a Brethren Village board member. He is a graduate of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College with a degree in Political Science and earned an MBA at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is an adjunct faculty instructor in Saint Joseph University’s graduate healthcare administration program and also has been a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University, and Penn State University in both the undergraduate and graduate school.

He resides in Ephrata and is a member of Lancaster Church of the Brethren.

In another appointment, David Rayha, NHA, will join Brethren Village on Oct. 17 as vice president of Health Services and will be responsible for skilled care, personal care, home care, and rehabilitation services. He is currently executive director of Bellingham Retirement Community in West Chester, Pa. He holds undergraduate degrees from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Public Administration with concentration in Heath Care Management from Pennsylvania State University. He resides in Willow Street, Pa.

Brethren Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that provides care for residents 62 years of age and older. As a nonprofit corporation, the village provides services and amenities in three areas of living including residential living, personal care, and skilled nursing care. Maintaining a close affiliation with the Church of the Brethren’s Atlantic Northeast District, the village has memberships with LeadingAge, LeadingAgePA, the Fellowship of Brethren Homes,and the Anabaptist Provider Group. Brethren Village also maintains affiliation with Brethren Services Inc. and Brethren Service II Inc., incorporated in 1984 and 2004 respectively, for the purpose of providing affordable housing for the elderly and/or handicapped under Section 202 of the National Housing Act.

— Tara Marie Ober is public relations manager at Brethren Village Retirement Community.