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Meet Our Team

Vi’s employees are experts in their fields with a wealth of experience in senior living. Below, get to know our leadership.
Gary Smith.
Gary Smith President

Formerly Vi’s Chief Financial Officer since 2001, and the company’s most tenured executive management team member, Gary was promoted to president in 2022. Across Vi’s portfolio, Gary is responsible for executing Vi’s strategic growth initiatives designed to enhance Vi’s economic value.

With more than 30 years of experience in real estate-related industries, Gary provides leadership and direction to further the company’s position as an employer-of-choice, and industry leader in providing exceptional service and quality care to Vi’s more than 4,000 residents.

Prior to joining Vi, Gary served as Vice President of Finance for Northbrook Corporation, an affiliate of JMB Realty Corporation, where he was responsible for the asset management of various acquired operating companies, including obtaining financing, analyzing acquisitions and sales, and overseeing ongoing financial performance. Prior to that, Gary served as Senior Audit Manager for KPMG, a Big Four public accounting firm.

Gary graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant.

Cary Maslow.
Cary Maslow Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Since joining Vi in 2002, Cary has held various prominent roles within the organization. He began his tenure with the opening of Vi at The Glen (Glenview, IL), where he served as the community’s Executive Director. In 2008, Cary moved to Vi’s corporate offices when he was promoted to Vice President of Operations overseeing Vi’s 10 rental communities, and in 2010, acted as Vi’s liaison while facilitating the sale of the company’s rental portfolio to Five Star Quality Care. Following the sale, Cary continued his role as Vice President of Operations focusing on Vi’s 10 Life Plan Communities (CCRCs). Cary was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations in 2019, and in 2022, he took on the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Cary oversees the corporate operations team as well as community functions such as food and beverage, lifestyles, resident care, sales, marketing, housekeeping and facilities maintenance. Cary’s team also leads the execution of Vi’s capital spending program for building and grounds enhancements to help drive resident satisfaction and define Vi’s market reputation.

Prior to joining Vi, Cary worked in management and corporate positions with Brookdale Senior Living Communities and Westin Hotels & Resorts. He is a graduate of The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Hospitality.

Tom Muszynski
Tom Muszynski Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Tom Muszynski became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2022. Prior to that, Tom served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller for Vi for almost 18 years, overseeing the Company’s fiscal functions.

He has spent several years serving on the board of a nonprofit Life Plan Community and currently serves on a Leading Age advisory committee.

Prior to joining Vi in 2004, Tom was a senior manager in the audit and assurance practice at KPMG.

Tom earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

TARA COPE Senior VP and General Counsel
Tara Cope Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administration Officer

Tara serves as Vi’s Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administration Officer. In her role, Tara provides oversight for Vi's legal, risk management, and human resources functions, and the company’s public-policy efforts.

Tara joined Vi in 2004 as Senior Counsel. She was later promoted to Associate General Counsel and became General Counsel in 2018 before her promotion in 2021 to Chief Legal and Administrative Officer.

In addition to her day-to-day professional work, Tara also holds several volunteer positions. She serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Chicago chapter; Giordano Dance Chicago; and the Chicago chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association, where she also chairs a scholarship committee that supports Chicagoland high school students.

Prior to joining Vi, Tara was an attorney at the Chicago offices of DLA Piper US LLP. She received her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.

JUDY WHITCOMB Senior VP of Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Judy Whitcomb Senior Vice President of Organizational Strategy and Effectiveness, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Formerly Vi’s chief human resources and learning officer, Judy oversees and drives Vi’s organizational effectiveness strategy. Supporting and acting as a thought partner to Vi’s executive management team and senior leaders, Judy identifies people, process, and culture interventions to elevate Vi’s organizational capabilities and business impact. Additionally, Judy oversees Vi’s succession planning, executive development, and change management efforts.

Judy joined Vi with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of HR leadership roles, including a 19-year career at United Airlines. She previously held leadership roles in sales, marketing, finance and operations in the airline, financial services, and employee benefit services industries.

Judy is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. She earned her undergraduate degree from DePaul University, her MBA from Roosevelt University, and is a graduate from Northwestern’s Executive Scholar’s Program. She is a certified executive coach and holds professional assessment certifications from Korn Ferry, Gallup, the Center for Creative Leadership, and Hogan. She is a frequent speaker at conferences as well as the author of many articles on employee development, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement. Judy also serves on the Chief Learning Officer Advisory Council and is on faculty for the Chief Learning Officer Accelerator Program and Network of Executive Women Rising Stars as an executive coach. She is a member of Chief, a women’s executive leadership networking and mentoring organization

In 2020, Judy was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Leader in HR and led the company to achieve the ranking of #26 among Glassdoor's 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Work out of over 840,000 companies.

Since Judy started at Vi, the company has been recognized with several top employer awards including Vi’s certification as a Great Place to Work and recognition by Fortune Magazine as a Top 5 aging services organization. In 2020, Vi was recognized by Chief Learning Officer Magazine as a LearningElite organization for the 10th consecutive year – ranking #3 in 2020 and in the top five over the last five years. In addition, Vi has also been a ten-time recipient of Training Magazine’s Top 125 award, and E-Learning Magazine’s Top 100 since 2010.

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Since 2018, Vi’s 10 communities and Chicago corporate office have been independently certified as great workplaces based on the results of an annual survey of our more than 3,000 employees.