Senior Living in Vancouver WA

The Founders

Milestone Retirement was founded by Don Anderson, Paul Dendy, and Mark Wiesner. Collectively, the three have more than 90 years of experience in senior living and health care. They’ve worked diligently to create a senior living management company that puts people and relationships first. Watching their collective vision flourish into a nationwide senior living management brand has been Don, Mark, and Paul’s personal milestone. 

Paul Dendy – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Dendy, founder of Milestone Retirement Communities

Paul Dendy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Paul was a founder and is Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Retirement Communities, LLC, located in Vancouver, Washington. Milestone began operations in April 2008 with 6 retirement communities and 289 resident units. Currently, Milestone manages over 40 communities across the country. 

Paul has worked in the seniors housing field since 1989. He has served in finance, development, acquisitions and senior executive roles in public and private companies with as many as 3,000 seniors housing units. He has acquired or developed and financed several dozen retirement housing properties. Previously, he had extensive careers in venture capital and public accounting.

He has been active within retirement housing industry groups and was previously a member of the Board of Directors and the Owner/Operator Advisory Board of NIC. Paul holds a BA in Finance and an MBA, both from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He is most proud of being a grandfather of 9.

Mark Wiesner – Chief Development Officer

Mark Wiesner, founder of Milestone Retirement Communities

Mark Wiesner

Founder and Chief Development Officer


Mark is the Chief Operations Officer and co-owner of Milestone Retirement Communities, LLC, located in Vancouver, Washington. In this role, he focuses on operations of the retirement communities under management, adding to that his expertise in budget development, acquisitions and operational design of new communities. Currently, Milestone manages 41 communities across the country. 

Prior to starting Milestone, Mark was responsible for 12 of the senior communities managed by LifeStyles, Senior Housing Managers, LLC. These properties comprised independent living, assisted living and dementia care with nearly 1,200 units. His responsibilities included oversight of regional operations staff, direct oversight of some Executive Directors at properties, budget development, program development, program implementation and managing properties to resident and owner expectations.

Before joining LifeStyles in 2000, Mark served as Western Division Vice President for Alterra Corporation with responsibility for up to 50 properties in 7 western states. He was with Alterra from 1995 through 2000. Between 1990 and 1995, Mark served as the Operations Manager for Crossings Corporation which was subsequently merged with Alternative Living Services to form Alterra. Mark was responsible for operations within the western states, site approval for development projects, acquisitions of existing properties and integrating new properties into Alterra's systems. He began his career with Crossings as an Executive Director.

Mark has also served as Director of Senior Services for a Southern Oregon Regional Medical Center and as Program Manager for the Crisis Hotline in Southern Oregon. Mark has a BA in Communications from Cal State Long Beach.

Don Anderson – Chief Health Care Officer

Don Anderson, founder of Milestone Retirement Communities

Don Anderson

Founder and Chief Health Care Officer


Don is Chief Clinical & Marketing Officer and co-founder of Milestone. In this role, he focuses on operations of the retirement communities under management, adding to that his expertise in care management and marketing of the properties. Currently, Milestone manages 41 communities across the country. 

Don was most recently Vice President of Marketing and Clinical Affairs of LifeStyles, which operated 16 senior communities with services including independent living, assisted living and dementia care totaling 1600 units and 700 employees. In addition to overseeing the global marketing and clinical activities of the company, he was active at the building level working closely with the Executive Directors and their teams in training and development of staff in programs aimed at delivering quality care in promoting resident and family satisfaction and ensuring high occupancy.

Prior to LifeStyles in 2000, Don had been in the health care industry since 1975, most recently as Vice President of Support Services in a facility nationally recognized for its innovation in service delivery and employee training and retention. His experience covers a vast range of disciplines having performed in management of senior housing communities, acute care hospital, physician office practices, medical office building, physician recruitment and training and development of care and support staff in both senior housing and acute care.

In addition to his marketing and management experience, Don's passion is the training and development of employees to consistently deliver exceptional customer service.

The Ownership Team

Partners Patrick Dooley, Angelo Branch and Joe Jedlowski, join the founders in the ownership team to lead Milestone’s development, analytics, and operations. Their collective experience in senior living management is invaluable to Milestone, its employees, its residents and their families.

Patrick Dooley – Chief Operating Officer

Patrick Dooley, Partner / President of Milestone Retirement Communities

Patrick Dooley

Partner and Chief Operating Officer


Patrick joined Milestone Retirement Communities in August, 2009. Patrick has over 25 years’ experience in the seniors housing and hospitality industries. He has a strong background in business development and operations, having owned and operated several successful companies during his career.

Patrick has been instrumental in the turnaround of many seniors housing communities and the development of 28 new communities in the Northwest. He has worked almost every position in a retirement community and is an investor in seniors housing, so he understands all aspects of operations. Patrick attributes much of his success to his education from The School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at Washington State University. Go Cougs!

Patrick loves to entertain, travel and spend time with his wife and three daughters.

Angelo Branch – Vice President of Analytics

Angelo Branch, Partner of Milestone Retirement Communities

Angelo Branch

Partner and Vice President of Analytics


As Vice President of Finance for Milestone Retirement Communities, Seniors have always been important to Angelo Branch and he has great pride in working for a company that believes in caring for Seniors as if each one was a family member of those providing the care. His closest friend was born in 1929 during what is so aptly named "The Greatest Generation" and lives in a Seniors Housing development in Vancouver, Washington.

Angelo joined the Milestone team in March 2009, and became an owner in January, 2011. He has been in the Seniors Housing industry since October, 2007. He has managed Accounting/Finance operations for over 25 years and has managed IT systems for 10 years for several companies.

Angelo has owned and operated a business in the Business Services arena as well as the retail industry. He brings a strong sense of service to the Milestone team through his varied experience. Angelo worked with the Founders of Milestone at his previous position.

He loves music, travel and lively conversation.

Joseph Jedlowski, CDP – President

Joseph Jedlowski, Partner/Senior Vice President of Milestone Retirement Communities

Joe Jedlowski, CDP

Partner and President


Joe joined the Milestone family in 2011 and currently serves as Milestone’s Senior Vice President. He works closely with each Executive Director, Regional Director (Clinical, Sales and Dining Services) and Milestone’s Vice President’s to oversee all of the day-to-day operations. Mr. Jedlowski supports the ongoing success of Milestone Retirement Communities by his development and execution of well-designed solutions that significantly improve operational performance, cost and capabilities. His creative direction and broad knowledge base have allowed him to lead innovative seniors housing ventures to record levels of success. 

Over the years, he has become an expert in operational and financial executive management across multiple sites and states. This talent proves advantageous in the management of seniors housing projects such as: new construction developments, acquisitions, change management, human resources and overall relationship building (employee, resident, vendor and investor).

He shares his expertise with the larger industry as well, sitting on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Assisted Living Federation Association (Executive Committee) and remaining active with the American Geriatrics Society, National Association of Health Services Executives, The American College of Healthcare Administrators and The American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Jedlowski is also a supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Society, American Red Cross.

He holds a degree in health care and business from American University, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. He also holds a degree in nursing home administration from the School of Aging and Long Term Care at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

In his spare time, Joe loves to spend time with his wife Jessica, friends, and family. His hobbies include going to the beach, kayaking, hiking, golfing and watching football - NY Giants!