Meet the Cantex leadership team

Principal and
Managing Partner

Peter Longo is responsible for the company’s vision and mission as well as its ongoing performance and development of innovative programs and services.

With extensive experience in health-system management, he has served in a variety of leadership positions at Cantex and in industry organizations. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cantex from 1993 to 2001. Since then, he has co-led the company’s strategic growth, including the development of new in-patient facilities and related continuing care service businesses. He also spearheaded the Cantex evolution from a multi-facility skilled nursing provider to a full-service continuing care network, including the development of strategic health care alliances.

Mr. Longo has served on and chaired the Board of Directors of the Texas Health Association and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Health Care Association. He is a member of both the Texas and New York State Bars.

Principal and
Managing Partner

Joseph Bell is responsible for overseeing the long-term strategy and direction of Cantex as well as its continued innovation and reputation for excellence.

Mr. Bell has many years of experience in health system management. While serving as General Counsel of Cantex from 1993 to 2001, he led the development of the company’s organizational structure, capitalization and risk management, and managed the company’s balance sheet. Since then, he has co-led the company’s strategic growth, including development of new inpatient facilities and related continuing care service businesses. He has spearheaded the Cantex evolution from a multi-facility skilled nursing provider to a full-service continuing care network and has developed strategic health care alliances.

Mr. Bell is a member of both the Texas and the New York State Bars.

Chief Executive Officer

As Cantex CEO since 2001, Robin F. Underhill manages the growth of the company’s multiple business lines, including transitional care, chronic care, home and community-based services, pharmacy, rehabilitation, and an institutional special needs plan (I-SNP). She is the driving force behind the Cantex commitment to excellence, evidenced by the company’s consistent ability to exceed state and national quality metrics.

Ms. Underhill brings significant long-term care experience to Cantex. She began her career in 1991 with Sun Healthcare Corporation, advancing to Divisional Vice President of Operations responsible for 45 skill nursing facilities. In 1999, she became Chief Operating Officer for Ballantrae Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, responsible for 35 long-term care properties.

Since arriving at Cantex, Ms. Underhill has been appointed to the Governor’s nine-member Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Team in Texas.

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Sanchez oversees all financial aspects of Cantex including its skilled nursing, home health, hospice, pharmacy, provider, and health plan divisions.

Mr. Sanchez began his career at Arthur Andersen focusing on healthcare and construction clients. Subsequently, he was named CFO of Bradbury Stamm Construction, a regional general contractor, and later CFO of Laurel Healthcare, a regional skilled nursing home company, both in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to joining Cantex, Mr. Sanchez spent almost 15 years at Sun/Genesis Healthcare. His most recent position was Vice President of Operational Finance where he coordinated the financial operations of several divisions with revenues of $1.2 billion covering 13 states and over 140 skilled nursing centers.

His many years of financial and operational experience in the skilled nursing sector provide him with a skillset that integrates seamlessly into the Cantex family of businesses. Mr. Sanchez is currently a licensed CPA in Texas and New Mexico.

General Counsel

David Eriksen serves Cantex as General Counsel and compliance officer. He oversees all business law matters and litigation for the company. Mr. Eriksen counsels Cantex senior management on a broad variety of topics, including day-to-day clinical and operational issues, state licensing, and corporate legal and regulatory compliance matters, as well as risk management, including employee injury claims.

Before joining Cantex in 2004, Mr. Eriksen was an equity partner in the law firm of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP. Prior to earning his JD degree, he worked in the banking and mortgage industries, serving Gill Mortgage Company, Colonial Frost Bank, and MedCentre Bank.

Mr. Eriksen’s depth and breadth of legal and business knowledge and experience are integral to Cantex’s policies and corporate decision-making, keeping the company accountable to its various stakeholders, patient and employee populations, and reporting authorities.

Senior Vice President of
Strategic Initiatives

DeAnn Ogilvie helps shape and direct enterprise-wide projects with a focus on creative initiatives that drive expanded business opportunities, program growth, interoperability, and innovation. Additionally, she is honored to serve as a member of the company’s People Engagement Council.

A pharmacist by profession, Ms. Ogilvie began her career providing retail, specialty, and consultant pharmacy services before assuming multi-state operational oversight of sub-acute hospital and long-term care pharmacies. Having built an industry reputation as a trusted clinician and respected leader while working for several national long-term-care pharmacy providers, she joined Cantex in 1999 and served as Director of Pharmacy for many years.

While successfully integrating the pharmacy division into the company’s growing network portfolio, she championed multiple company-wide projects, including technology appraisal and implementation, new facility design, talent mentorship, and culture advancement.

Senior Vice President of
Payer Strategy and Analytics

Angela Smith is responsible for financial management of the Cantex rehabilitation program, including Medicare, Managed Care and Medicaid reimbursement, training, regulatory compliance and quality improvement for her departments. She is a dedicated clinician and financial steward who keeps Cantex on the leading edge of healthcare reimbursement.

Ms. Smith has managed reimbursement systems for hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and outpatient clinics. During her career, she has served as Area Manager of Program Development and Training for Vencor, Inc., and Director of Medicare Operations-Western Group for the Sun Healthcare Group. She is the former Vice President of Rehab/Medicare Operations for Ballantrae Healthcare and Vice President of Medicare and Rehabilitation Services for Centers for Long Term Care, Inc. Before joining Cantex in 2010, she managed her own consulting business providing therapy management, revenue recovery, and rate enhancement services to regional clients.

Vice President of
Talent Development

Elizabeth George contributes to the company mission through recruitment, retention, employee relations, on-boarding, training and benefits procurement. She is responsible for all areas of people management, including company culture, standards of behavior, hiring, onboarding, continuing education, employee relations, compensation modeling, labor management, and benefits procurement and administration.

She began her career as a Banking Center Manager with Compass Bank and held a similar position with Bank One before becoming the Human Resource Manager for The Gentry Group. Later, she joined Cardiovascular Consultants of North Texas, LLP, as Human Resource Manager and served in that capacity until moving to Golden Acres Campus. In 2007, she joined Cantex to oversee its growing workforce and was instrumental in crafting the Cantex Standards of Behavior.

Ms. George is an employee advocate with a passion for creating memorable, positive patient experiences through outstanding service delivery.

Vice President of
People Engagement

Antonio Johnson is the Director of People Engagement at Cantex. Certified as both a diversity professional and diversity executive, Dr. Johnson is responsible for leading operational oversight of DEI initiatives and strategies for all company business lines. He provides valuable insight for visionaries, leaders, and stakeholders on engaging with and best supporting each employee as an individual.

Dr. Johnson joined Cantex in 2010 after receiving his master's and doctorate degrees in physical therapy. Prior to his current role, Dr. Johnson served as a Regional Director of Rehabilitation with operational oversight of 19 rehab departments in Houston, San Antonio, Southeast Texas, and Monroe, Louisiana. He is a dedicated health professional and servant leader with extensive experience in healthcare administration, operations, and provider services.

Vice President of
Home and Community-Based Services

Ty Jelinek oversees the Home and Community-Based Services division at Cantex, focusing on home health and hospice services as well as the ongoing expansion of the company’s investment in and deployment of telehealth devices in patient’s homes.

Before joining Cantex in 2020, Mr. Jelinek served as Director of Operational Excellence at Brightspring Health Services, where he was responsible for company growth, acquisitions, and transformation of care. He has also served as Director of Business Transformation at AccentCare. During his tenure there, he helped lead multiple initiatives designed to transform company operations through technology. Much of his effort was focused on centralized services, which saved significant cost and improved revenue through implementation of key technology.

Vice President of
Pharmacy Operations

As Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Cantex, LaKeesha Zuniga is responsible for the operation, management, and performance improvement activities related to medication management and patient safety. She works with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure systems operate effectively and meet patient needs.

Under her guidance, the pharmacy division has expanded service within the state of Texas and beyond. Holding excellent customer service as a priority, she focuses resources on emergency preparedness and stabilization of inventory.

Dr. Zuniga also serves as Co-Chair of the People Engagement Council. In this role, she works to expand cultural awareness, communication, and education to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

Vice President of
Population Health Management

Armando Guzman contributes to the company mission through operational leadership of ProCare Advantage, the Cantex Institutional Special Needs Plan (I-SNP), which is a health plan and nurse practitioner company.

Mr. Guzman began his career as a Grievance and Appeals Coordinator at CarePlus Health Plans, where he filled a succession of key roles. He has filled network and provider services leadership roles at both Vista Health Plans and UnitedHealthcare. While at UnitedHealthcare, he led the successful implementation of I-SNP plans in Florida, Texas, and Minnesota.

He brings to Cantex his in-depth experience and passion for working in the unique I-SNP space. He is also a proud member of the People Engagement Council.

Vice President of
Information Technology

As Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer, Tony oversees and leads the IT operations, application support, business intelligence, and security operations teams at Cantex. He has developed a secure, agile IT/IS organization that supports all business line initiatives.

Tony is a thought leader focused on security and results-oriented information technology that supports business goals and growth. He has more than 25 years of experience developing strategies that engage people, refine processes, protect information, and modernize technology to make infrastructure agile enough to support business growth.

He has developed technology departments in the real estate, financial, healthcare, retail, and utility construction industries and has led technology transformative initiatives at Texas Health Resources, Golds Gym, and Future Infrastructure, enabling these companies to manage technology spending and successfully grow.

Vice President of
Business Development

While responsible for marketing, census development, and maintaining strong provider relationships across the company portfolio, Edward Proa's passion is helping families and providers ease a patient's transition into long-term care.

Mr. Proa began his healthcare career as an admissions coordinator in south Texas but quickly transitioned to the marketing position after discovering his aptitude for sales. He soon moved to the Dallas area for the challenge of a larger and more competitive market, including a stint as Business Development Specialist for The Madison on Marsh. Achieving success at the facility level, he began assuming oversight of larger geographical areas.

Since returning to Cantex in 2016, he has held a number of successively responsible positions including Area Director, Regional Director of Business Development, and Director of Centralized Admissions where he helped develop the structure, systems, and workflow for Cantex CareLink.

Vice President of
Clinical Partnerships

In her role, Lara Cline oversees the company’s focus on alternative payment models with hospital, physician partnerships, and value-based programming with ACO and Bundle Programs. She is a corporate champion for lowering readmissions, INTERACT, and disease management training.

Working with all business lines to strengthen the Cantex continuum, Ms. Cline is part of the clinical team handling company-wide electronic medical records development and ongoing physician training. She also oversees new initiatives that target the changing health care landscape, healthcare policy, and state and federal legislative issues. She holds a Master of Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is an appointed member of the American Healthcare Association, where she serves on the Survey and Regulatory Committee.

Vice President of
Managed Care

Patricia ""Patsy"" Tschudy is a registered nurse and certified case manager with many years of experience in the field. With Cantex since 2013, Ms. Tschudy is responsible for all managed care contracting and has established the infrastructure to support the growing managed care needs for in-patient skilled nursing, home health and hospice.

She is the former Division Director of Managed Care for SavaSenior Care. Ms. Tschudy has a long history of leadership and participation in the health care industry. She has been Chair of the Executive Managed Care Committee for the Texas Health Association and is a frequent speaker at this organization as well as local hospitals and case management conferences. She has served on a wide variety of industry association boards, providing expertise, leadership, and participation.

Vice President of
Clinical Operations

Gena Glasco oversees Cantex clinical quality teams—including the regional nursing team, directors of nursing, social workers, and lifestyle directors—who support overall quality of life for transitional and long-term care patients. Areas under her purview include discharge planning, program development, network integrity, education, and compliance. She also proudly serves on the People Engagement Council.

Ms. Glasco has served in many capacities during her career in the long-term care industry. She began as the team social worker in a 186-bed private facility, then moved to become director of a hospital-based geriatric psychiatric program, managing all operations. Her extensive background in long-term care regulatory practice includes many years of experience as a surveyor. She also served as Corporate Director of Social Services for a Dallas-based long-term care company, building a top-level department from the ground up.

Vice President of
Nutrition Services and
Vendor Relations

As Vice President of Nutrition Services and Vendor Relations, Carolyn Harris oversees clinical nutrition for all in-patients and food service operations in our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, providing 10,000 meals each day. She works with senior leadership to manage vendors and provide quality products and services to our patients while controlling costs by aligning with group purchasing organizations. She also assists with renovations, acquisitions, and specialty projects.

With experience in long-term care and hospitals, Carolyn began her career with Cantex in July 1996. She and her team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists precept interns and students from Texas Women’s University, Tarrant County College, and Dallas ISD School of Health Professionals. She has served as the Chair of the Dietetics Advisory Committee at Tarrant County College for several years, where she remains a member.

Senior Vice President of
Operations, South/East Texas

Kevin Flury joined the Cantex team in 2006 and implements all aspects of our Commitment to Excellence in our transitional care and long-term care facilities. While overseeing the field operations of facilities in Houston and southeast Texas, he provides leadership across the Cantex network.

His role as Senior Regional Vice President involves leading strategic projects aimed at maintaining Cantex’s industry leadership. This includes opening new facilities and growth into new markets, as well as rolling out processes and programs to the field.

Over his 25-year career in long-term care, Kevin’s passion for operational excellence and developing strong teams has earned him respect at Cantex and with previous organizations, including Stonegate, Integrated Health Services, and PeopleCare. He has served on advisory committees for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Vice President,
Operations - Central Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico

Christian Reinarz started his career as a firefighter and paramedic in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Before joining Cantex as Vice President of Operations for central Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico, he worked as a police officer and SWAT medic. He also served as both a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator and Regional Vice President of a healthcare facility.

In his free time, Christian loves to spend time with his family and enjoys running, skiing, mountain biking, and flying.

Vice President of
Plant Operations

Jeffrey S. Reinhard Sr. came to Cantex with a degree in business administration and a background in construction and plant operations. With 26 years of experience in the skilled nursing and assisted living industry, he provides leadership and fiscal oversite of the physical environment and capital improvements, while ensuring life and safety compliance for the buildings, staff, and residents. For 17 years, he managed plant operations for dozens of facilities across Texas and Louisiana.

At Cantex, Jeff has managed the construction transition to Certificate of Occupancy for more than 20 new buildings, and he oversaw renovation initiatives for 15 legacy facilities. As Vice President of Plant Operations, he is in charge of the physical lease space for the company’s home and community-based services division and pharmacy entities.

More about Cantex Continuing Care Network

Learn about the Cantex continuum of care

 Empty heading