Management Team

  • Craig M. Bernfield
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr. Bernfield co-founded Aviv in 2005. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of Karell Capital Ventures, the predecessor entity to Aviv, which he joined in 1990. Mr. Bernfield has been an investor in the nursing home industry for approximately 20 years. Mr. Bernfield received a J.D. degree from The University of Chicago Law School and a B.S. degree in Finance from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Steven J. Insoft
  • President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Mr. Insoft joined Aviv in 2005. Prior to that, he spent eight years as a Vice President and Senior Investment Officer of Nationwide Health Properties, Inc., a publicly-traded REIT. Before that, he was President and Chief Financial Officer of CMI Senior Housing & Healthcare, Inc., a privately-held nursing home and assisted living facility operations and development company, for seven years. Mr. Insoft received an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University and a B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Samuel H. Kovitz
  • Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • Mr. Kovitz joined Aviv in 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Kovitz was Vice President and General Counsel of Karell Capital Ventures, the predecessor entity to Aviv, which he joined in 1996. From 1988 to 1996, he practiced law at Rudnick & Wolfe. Mr. Kovitz received a J.D. degree from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Accounting from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Leticia Chavez
  • Executive Vice President, Administration
  • Ms. Chavez joined Aviv in 2005. Prior to that, she was with Karell Capital Ventures, the predecessor entity to Aviv, which she joined in 1988. Ms. Chavez is responsible for administration, human resources and business management. She also has extensive involvement with tenant and asset management matters.

  • Donna O'Neill
  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • Ms. O'Neill-Mulvihill joined Aviv in 2008. She is responsible for the oversight of our accounting and financial reporting functions. Prior to that, Ms. O'Neill-Mulvihill served as Vice President Finance and Principal Accounting Officer at Northfield Laboratories, Inc. from January 2006 and as their Controller from 2004. Ms. O'Neill-Mulvihill received a B.S. degree in Finance and an M.B.A. degree in Management Information Systems from DePaul University.

  • Joshua Kochek
  • Vice President, Investments
  • Mr. Kochek joined Aviv in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Kochek served as Vice President of healthcare lending at Bank of America. Mr. Kochek is responsible for overseeing Aviv's asset management activities and coordinating new investment opportunities. Mr. Kochek received a B.S. degree in Finance from University of Kentucky.

  • Steve Levin
  • Vice President, Real Estate
  • Mr. Levin joined Aviv in 2011. He has been involved in real estate development, design, and construction for over 32 years. Mr. Levin previously served as the President of Continental Wingate Development Company where he focused on development and construction activities, concentrating on healthcare and senior housing. Mr. Levin earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center.

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