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Management Team

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Elie Pollak

CEO/President

Elie joined the Handmaker team in 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. Since his start, he has successfully streamlined various business processes and effectively led the growth, expansion, and innovation for Handmaker.

Elie was born and raised in New York City and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in both the state of Arizona and New York. Elie has a passion for Long Term Care and bringing quality care to the Geriatric population. He has successfully overseen many different Skilled Nursing Facilities in a wide range of acute and clinical settings. Elie has four boys Joshua, Dovi, Benny, and Joseph with his wife Talia.

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Steven Hunt

Administrator - VPO

Steven was born in Frankfurt Germany and traveled the world with his father, mother, and two sisters until he joined the Navy, and spent the next 23 years traveling the world as a Navy Deep Sea Diver. Steven is also a recognized expert in the Navy’s Elite Special Operations Programs, a skilled mentor with a lineage of decorated achievement, community involvement and distinguished awards.

He graduated from DeVry University with a technical management degree and received his master’s degree from Keller Graduate School in nursing home administration. Steven is an experienced Nursing Home Administrator including, operational and financial knowledge in Long Term Care, Post-Acute Care, Assisted Living, and Behavioral Health.

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Travis Wissinger

Chief Financial Officer

Travis joined Handmaker in February 2020. He is a seasoned finance and accounting professional with over 15 years of healthcare industry experience. Travis is responsible for financial matters at Handmaker, including budgeting, internal and external reporting, and assisting the CEO with business development. Before joining Handmaker, Travis was the Controller at Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Arizona.

Travis earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, and Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. In his spare time, Travis enjoys spending time with his wife and children, hiking, watching sporting events, and the outdoors.

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Cydney Turner

Marketing/Admissions Coordinator

Cydney is passionate about the senior living industry, with extensive personal and professional senior care experience to Handmaker. She has a unique ability to offer compassion and guidance to seniors and their families and the situations they face in the aging process.

Born and raised in Tucson, Cydney knows the community well and utilizes all her resources to make sure that each resident finds the right care and personal assistance they need.

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Mike Felde

Director of Food and Facility Services

Mike has been in the food service industry for nearly thirty years. During this time, Mike has worked at a wide variety of restaurants and hotels in Tucson, starting as a dishwasher, and learning new skills in order to advance his career as a Chef. Mike has been the Sous Chef at several notable fine dining and four-star restaurants, including The Lodge at Ventana Canyon and Hacienda Del Sol.

In 2006 Mike started at Handmaker as the Executive Chef, and is now the Director of Food and Facility Services. During his time at Handmaker he has learned a great deal about Kosher foods and the role it plays in the lives of Handmaker residents.

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Rachel Dorf

Human Resources Director

Rachel began her career at Handmaker as a volunteer in the HR department. Her passion and dedication resulted in her hiring in 1997. After nine years, she became the Director of Human Resources in 2006. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.