Sandra PreyaleChief People Officer“We’ve found the secret to happy employees is to encourage them to follow their passion.”
Tom LabordeChief Operations OfficerAs Chief Operations Officer, Tom Laborde supports all Aegis Living communities in Washington, California, and Nevada. A veteran of Aegis Living for 20 years, Tom has grown a cadre of strong community leaders. Tom joined Aegis when it was a “virtual” company – no communities yet open, but three under construction. From his start as a marketing director, Tom quickly transitioned to the role of executive director at Aegis of Napa. After opening the community and stabilizing the business, he was promoted into corporate operations, first as Regional Vice President, then to Vice President of Operations, progressing to Senior Vice President of Operations and most recently, Chief Operations Officer in 2015.
Tom is a staunch advocate for integrity in business, and works throughout Aegis Living to ensure that the company delivers on its service promises. His ability to nurture and manage people embodies Aegis Living’s servant-leader model, with Tom playing a key role in Aegis Living’s executive onboarding process in which he strives to help new administrators become highly successful and passionate industry leaders. Tom is a longstanding member of the Leadership Steering Committee, responsible for setting company growth strategy, program development, and new market site selection.
Prior to his time at Aegis Living, Tom enjoyed careers in risk management, physical therapy, and employment and training. Tom lives in Napa Valley and is passionate about his family, actively volunteers to promote accountability in youth, and serves in the faith community.
Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Psychology from California State University-Hayward.
Kris EngskovPresidentKris joined Aegis Living in January 2019, coming from Starbucks where for the past 16 years he successfully led a number of the company’s global businesses—most recently as executive vice president of business integration, responsible for leading the company’s new and emerging growth initiatives and partnerships. In his years at Starbucks, Kris led and gained experience in all parts of the organization—from brand strategy and marketing, to real estate development, to technology implementation, to customer experiences and operational excellence. His roles included president of the company’s flagship U.S. Retail business leading 170,000 employees across 8,300 stores, and president of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division where he built the Starbucks brand across 30+ countries.
This experience driving business development and enterprise growth in a company offering quality offerings and great customer experiences position Kris to lead Aegis Living as it continues to innovate and grow in providing standard-setting senior living. His background helping to recruit and develop people in a nurturing and caring workplace will also sustain Aegis Living’s hallmark ‘employee first’ culture that is at the heart of how we help our residents live their best lives each day with dignity and respect. Kris now joins the Leadership Steering Committee, responsible for setting company growth strategy, program development, and new market site selection.
Kris’ additional prior experience includes an analyst role evaluating and advising technology investments with Madrona Venture Group LLC, a Seattle-based venture capital fund. He also served in the White House from 1993-2000, first as assistant press secretary and later as personal aide to President Bill Clinton.
He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.
Dwayne J. ClarkFounder and CEODwayne J. Clark founded Aegis Living to offer breakthrough design, disruptive operational concepts and joyful, transformative living experiences that bring joy, comfort and meaning to the lives of seniors. With more than 30 years in the senior housing arena, he is an established leader nationally known for his creativity, innovation, and independent thinking in the development and management of standard setting senior living communities. Importantly, with a reputation for caring deeply for senior residents as well as the staff in Aegis Living communities by creating a culture of respect as a path to productivity, success, and satisfaction.
Dwayne was raised from humble beginnings by a single mom who gave him his greatest gift, the confidence that he could do anything. Those early years of Dwayne’s life led him to the tireless pursuit of running a company in a different way, with staff satisfaction being a driving force behind his success in creating an outstanding company serving seniors and supportive culture for employees.
Prior to forming Aegis Living, Dwayne was Executive Vice President of Sunrise Senior Living, and spent seven years with Leisure Care. When Dwayne started Aegis Living, his mission was to redefine an industry that had great potential but was failing in execution. He studied business models from companies known for world-class innovation, all based in Seattle: Costco, Nordstrom and Starbucks. With the knowledge gained from these companies, he grew Aegis Living from a dream to a company with over 2,000 staff members and seven projects currently under development in the Seattle area.
Dwayne operates from personal experience knowing what it’s like to care for an aging parent with dementia. He has chronicled stories about his mom, Colleen Clark, and her journey with Alzheimer’s in “My Mother, My Son” and “Saturdays with G.G.” His most recent book, “30 Summers More” was published September 2019.