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.

Director 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 Diversity Equity, and Inclusion 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 Director of Rehabilitation and Reimbursement

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.

Director of Clinical Services

A member of the Cantex team since 2011, Cindy Bliss is a seasoned clinician and patient advocate with many years of experience across the varied sectors of telemetry/critical care, long-term care, home health, respiratory therapy, and nursing.

Starting her Cantex journey as Director of Nurses at San Remo skilled nursing facility, Ms. Bliss was tasked with initial deployment of the company's electronic medical record. Her success with that implementation quickly cemented her reputation as a subject matter expert and resulted in her promotion to corporate Clinical & EMR Educator to oversee the remainder of the company rollout. Soon thereafter, she was named Regional Director of Clinical Services. In her current role as Director of Clinical Services, she oversees clinical care quality and protocol development across the Cantex continuum of services.

Director of
Professional 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.

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Antonio Johnson is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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.

Director 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.

Director 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.

Director of Pharmacy

As Director of Pharmacy 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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. In this role, she works to expand cultural awareness, communication, and education to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

Executive Director of
ProCare Advantage

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 Cantex Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

Director 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.

Director of Care Coordination

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.

Director of Social Services

Gena Glasco oversees the Cantex team of social workers and lifestyle directors to support overall quality of life for transitional and long-term care patients, and shares leadership in the compliance department. Areas under her purview include discharge planning, program development, network integrity, education, and compliance. She also proudly serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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.

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