Working for You

The Residential Assisted Living National Association represents the interests of small assisted living providers. Our mission is to help small assisted living homes get the resources they need, give them a voice at the national level, and improve the quality of service delivery throughout the industry. With a national membership base, RALNA offers robust benefit to investors, owners, managers, and caregivers alike!

How We Fulfill Our Mission

Training & Education

Provide even better care to your residents through education and training opportunities with nationally renowned experts.

Legal Services & Advocacy

Have access to legal experts that understand the assisted living business and legal issues surrounding it.

Improved Industry Standards

RALNA’s certification program tells the public that your home meets rigorous national standards.

Save Money

Our national membership base allows RALNA to offer robust group buying power so members save money and increase profitability.

Market Your Home

Smaller is better in assisted living and our home locator helps potential residents find you as well as top care for loved ones.

The RALNA Team

Teamwork makes the dreamwork! RALNA is led by industry professionals, trailblazing leaders, and all-around great people.

Our Leadership

Brian Pinkowski

Director
Brian is the President of the Residential Assisted Living National Association. He is also a commercial law attorney and environmental engineer with experience in the field of public health and the environment. He focuses on handling matters related to business formation and operation and has advised companies internationally at all stages of development.

Gene Guarino

Founder
Gene is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Residential Assisted Living National Association. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business and now is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He is the President, CEO & Founder of RAL Academy and has trained tens of thousands of investor/entrepreneurs over the past 25 years, he now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

Molly Tennant

Executive Director
Molly is an experienced realtor turned RAL specialist, with a passion for bringing people together and serving the community of RAL homeowners. As the Executive Director, she is the go-to gal for all things RAL National Association.

Our Board of Advisors

Dr. Lorn Miller

Advisor
Dr. Lorn Miller is a board certified neurologist with over 35 years experience in the medical field. He is contracted by clinics & universities across the country from Florida to Alaska and has served on numerous boards and has held academic affiliations at multiple colleges & universities. He has been featured on local radio and television programs as well. Dr. Miller joined the Lighthouse Personal Care Home team in 2017.

Dr. Bredesen

Advisor
Dr. Bredesen is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. He graduated from Caltech, then earned his MD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He served as Chief Resident in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner’s laboratory at UCSF as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding President and CEO.

Jamie Robinson

Advisor
Jamie is a seasoned entrepreneur with an extensive background in financial advising and real estate investments including property acquisition and disposition. Jamie earned his Residential Assisted Living Specialist Certification in 2016 and now mentors and coaches other RALA students.

Dana Robinson

Advisor
Dana is a registered nurse with 18+ years medical experience. Along with medical office management, she has a background in ICU, Critical Care, & Neurology. She is the co-founder of Lighthouse Personal Care Homes. After earning her Residential Assisted Living Specialist Certification through RAL Academy she has focused her efforts on becoming a memory care and dementia specialist. She is currently a Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator and is in the process of becoming a PAC certified trainer. As an owner operator of a memory care home, she emphasizes education and support for staff, resident families, and local communities.

Harry S. Dent, Jr.

Advisor
Harry S. Dent Jr. studied economics in college in the ’70s, but found it vague and inconclusive. He became so disillusioned by the state of his chosen profession that he turned his back on it. Instead, he threw himself into the burgeoning new science of finance where identifying and studying demographic, technological, consumer and many, many other trends empowered him to forecast economic changes.

Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN

Advisor
Jan Dougherty is a nursing expert and leader in dementia care crafting award winning innovative programs to support people living with dementia and their family caregivers across the care continuum. For over 3 decades, Jan has pioneered unique dementia programs being used in Arizona, nationally and internationally. These programs include Dementia Care Paths, Best Practices for Dementia Care Management, Hospice Care for Dementia, Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia, Arts and Dementia; and the Native American Toolkit for Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, Jan is on the forefront of the Dementia Friendly Community movement making Tempe, Arizona, the first Dementia Friendly Community in Arizona. Her new book, “Travel Well with Dementia” offers the first comprehensive guide to assist families and persons living with dementia to plan and execute successful travel. Jan is a noted speaker and author in the field of dementia and has received numerous state and national recognition wards for her work.

Rocky McKay

Advisor
Rocky McKay is the CEO/President of Peak Care Assisted Living Homes. Peak Care Assisted Living Homes specializes in operating Residential Assisted Living Homes for investors. Rocky is also President of Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association (AALHA) a nonprofit organization that helps and educate owners and managers of Residential Assisted Living Homes in Arizona. Rocky is experienced in managing service organizations and multi-million dollar projects, while going through expansion and increasing profitability in challenging business environments including start-up, turnaround and growth. Rocky has sound business insight, combined with strong relationship management and an ability for energizing, organizing and developing teams that achieve goals within highly competitive industries. Rocky has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Rocky is a Residential Assisted Living Specialist

Jack York

Advisor
Jack York is co-founder of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a company dedicated to helping older adults realize the full benefits of adaptive technology. Originally, Jack did not envision iN2L as a business; the impetus for what became the company was a philanthropic idea—to donate computers to assisted living communities and nursing homes in Southern California. With a 15-year background in the Silicon Valley, he saw a vast potential in fostering these connections, but also saw that conventional technology was too difficult for virtually all residents to use in a meaningful way. As a result, in 1999, Jack retired as VP of Strategic Sales for Vishay Intertechnology and started what has become a successful gerontechnology company. He is a sought after national and international speaker on technology being used to create personalized experiences that engage and connect residents to their loved ones and the world specifically individuals with dementia.

Jim Guarino

Advisor
Jim Guarino is co-author of the Amazon #1 best-seller “The Insider’s Guide to Investing in Senior Housing”. Jim serves as lead business and financial advisor for the RAL Academy client support team and is president of Senior Housing Investment Partners.com, a capital formation/syndication firm specializing in senior housing.

Chuck Bongiovani

Advisor
Chuck Bongiovanni, MSW, MBA, CSA,CFE,CPRS is the founder of CarePatrol Franchise Systems, the largest senior placement company in the nation. He is currently the Executive Vice President of National Strategic Partnerships for Best Life Brands, a portfolio company for the private equity firm, The Riverside Company, who acquired CarePatrol in 2018. Chuck has been the pioneer in the senior placement and referral industry for almost 30 years. He is the President of the National Placement and Referral Alliance, which is the trade association for placement agents across the country. Chuck is a recognized name within the assisted living and residential care home industry and brings with him a lifetime of unique, innovative ideas and concepts which have filled well over 100,000 assisted living and residential home beds across the country. He has spoken over 100 times on the subject of patient choice in regional and national healthcare conferences and has been the recipient of numerous business awards.
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Michelle Pinkowski

Advisor
Michelle is an attorney focusing on construction, land use, and matters related to residential assisted living facilities. A former trial lawyer, Michelle brings experience in risk assessment and management, as well as advocacy at the regulatory level for licensing and zoning. Michelle offers specialized legal assistance and market analyses for assisted living businesses and investors across the nation. Michelle and Brian have been recognized with the Industry Innovators Award by the Residential Assisted Living Academy in 2018. Michelle has represented developers, owners, and construction managers in matters related to construction defects, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and insurance coverage. On the policy level, Michelle has helped governments develop policy and implement reforms in construction permitting, land use, informal construction, and housing. She is called upon by the United States government as a special consultant for construction issues. Michelle has founded and operated legal and consulting businesses, as well as an NGO.

Learn More About Membership

RALNA Members are part of a greater community made up of other RAL home-owners, operators and investors nationwide. 

Through membership, you become part of a family ready to support and guide you to solutions in your business and receive direct access to investors, trained care personnel and qualified operators.

  • Group Purchasing Power with Over 200 National Vendors and Suppliers
  • Continuing education for managers and caregivers in key subjects
  • Discount on Legal Support Specializing in FFHA, Zoning and HOAs
  • Legislative advocacy for RAL homes nation wide
  • Member only discounts on RAL NAT CON admission

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