About the Waters

Our mission is powerful, yet simple. We are committed to creating a sense of community where everyone thrives. This is done by offering living and working experiences centered around wellbeing and hospitality. We want our residents and team members to feel inspired to thrive™. Our goal is to help all who live and work in our communities experience a sense of belonging and to understand how purposefully they contribute to one another’s wellbeing.

Our Vision is to elevate Senior Living by distinctively and consistently delivering The Waters Way of pairing hospitality and wellbeing to our residents and team members. You can see this in all we do. 

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A history in housing and hospitality

The Waters was founded by a pace-setting visionary, Lynn Carlson Schell. She imagined a new model of senior living: building on the successful hospitality approach in hotels and resorts and applying it to senior living. She envisioned a brand that represented consistent quality and care, instilling confidence in those who experienced it. As she explored the models of care available, Carlson Schell defined an approach which integrates hospitality and care to deliver a senior living experience that rises above the status quo. That brand became The Waters.

The Waters’ first community opened in 2013. Now, The Waters is a thriving owner, operator and developer of pet-friendly senior living communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. More than 13 communities, with 1,600+ apartment homes, are in operation, construction or under development.

Why the Dahlia?

Throughout The Waters you’ll see our iconic orange Dahlia, bursting with life, genuine emotion and color. To us it symbolizes living life to its fullest—how residents and team members can flourish as they thrive™ at The Waters.

This complements the six dimensions of our Wellbeing Wheel. The petals represent the interconnectedness and interdependence with our friends, families and communities, as well as the environment in which we live. The dahlia has a distinctive beauty that is differentiating, elegant and sophisticated.

The blossoming flower itself is an emblem of the beauty and personal growth that is possible with the right nurturing and attention.

Meet our team

Our mission is powerful, yet simple. We are committed to creating communities that thrive by offering living and working experiences centered on wellbeing and hospitality. The Waters empowers residents and team members to enjoy life in better health through our innovative suite of personal services and amenities.

The leadership team at The Waters takes seriously its role in stewarding its vision to elevate senior living by distinctively and consistently delivering “The Waters Way” of pairing hospitality and wellbeing to its residents and team members, while honoring the legacy of its Founder, Lynn Carlson Schell.

tami kozikowski

Tami A. Kozikowski

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Jeff Bata

Jeff Bata

Chief Financial Officer

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John Hunsicker

John Hunsicker

Senior Vice President of Capital Markets & Development

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Heidi Elliott

Heidi Elliott

Vice President of Operations

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Lisa Bien-Sinz

Lisa Bien-Sinz

Vice President of Marketing

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Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards

Vice President of Human Resources

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Patty Krueger

Patty Krueger

Senior Director of Health & Wellbeing, Compliance & Integrity

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Kari Stolz

Kari Stolz

National Director Food, Beverage & Procurement

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Carol Armendariz

Carol Armendariz

Senior Regional Director of Operations, Corporate

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Stauss

Elizabeth (Betsy) Stauss

National Sales Director

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Lynn Carlson Schell

Lynn Carlson Schell

Founder (IN MEMORIAM)

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