Senior Resources of the West (formerly JTM Communities)

  • SRW is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. SRW is the supporting organization for several subsidiaries including  Episcopal Senior Communities and Lytton Gardens Senior Communities.
  • SRW’s mission is to “support its affiliate’s missions by identifying, funding and developing strategic growth initiatives in quality, nonprofit senior housing and services”.
  • The organizational structure with SRW as the member organization was intended to create a structure and an avenue to pursue future opportunities that might otherwise have been judged too great a risk to ESC’s core business and assets – the Life Plan/CCRCs. Examples of the utilization of the structure are the successful affiliation in 2007 with Lytton Gardens Senior Communities; a Palo Alto based affordable senior community and skilled nursing facility as well as the acquisition in 2011 of Webster House, a small CCRC located on the same block as Lytton in downtown Palo Alto.  Both entities were initially operated outside the ESC core structure.  Webster House was subsequently stabilized and acquired by ESC.
  • SRW does not directly operate the individual businesses; however it appoints the majority of Directors on the board of which it is the sole member. SRW is the organization’s point of consolidation for financial reporting and the annual audit.  The Board of SRW is separate from the Board of ESC and there is no overlap of members.
  • SRW is not the Certificate of Authority (COA) holder for any of the Life Plan/CCRCs and is not regulated by the California Department of Social Services. SRW is governed by a volunteer Board that consists of seven (7) Directors.  The majority of the SRW Directors are appointed by the SRW Board.
  • The original name of this organization was JTM Communities. The JTM initials reference the John Tennant Memorial, a gift of property made at the turn of the century by Margaret Tennant in honor of her brother John Tennant.


Sanford “Sandy” Skaggs, Chair

Sandy is a retired partner to a national law firm and has extensive legal experience in land use issues and related litigation. He previously served on the ESC Board of Directors. Sandy served as Mayor of Walnut Creek, President of East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Director of John Muir Health and was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Law Revision Commission.

Anne Burns-Johnson, Director

Anne is a consultant in aging services and senior housing, specializing in strategic planning and board development. She was the CEO of Aging Services of California (now LeadingAge California) and has an extensive background in senior services in both development and operations, having worked for a variety of organizations.

Mary Anna Colwell, Director

Mary Anna was the executive director of a family foundation, philanthropic consultant and a fundraiser. She held teaching positions at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and University of San Francisco, and has been a board member for a range of charitable, arts and public interest organizations. She is a resident at St. Paul’s Towers in Oakland and served for four years as the Resident Representative to the ESC Board of Directors.

Robert Edmondson, Director

Robert has a long history in healthcare and senior services. He served as a Director for John Muir Health and was CEO of On Lok for 11 years. He is currently a healthcare consultant. Robert graduated with his Juris Doctor from Stanford University.

Sue Roderick, Director

Sue has extensive experience in aging services. She served in the health and long term care fields for over 40 years, retiring as a Vice President with American Baptist Homes of the West. She continues to be active in LeadingAge California, and has served on its Board of Trustees. Sue was previously an ESC Board member.

John Tornquist, Bishop’s Appointee

John retired as Senior Vice President from the brokerage firm Aon Re, Inc. He also served as Chair and Director of Episcopal Charities, and President and Director of St. Dorothy’s Rest (Episcopal Church Camp). John is currently on the Finance Committee of The Sea Ranch Association and Senior Warden of his Episcopal church on the Peninsula.