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The Carillon Assisted Living Team

Karen MoriartyKaren E. Moriarty, President & CEO

Ms. Moriarty founded Carillon Assisted Living as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Her leadership has taken Carillon from a fledgling start-up to the most highly regarded assisted living provider in North Carolina. In addition to overseeing Carillon’s growing portfolio and operations, Moriarty has taken a lead role in advocating for North Carolina seniors’ health and living needs at the state and federal level. Moriarty holds a master’s degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Bob Goyette, COOBob Goyette, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Goyette brings to Carillon a background of 25 years in the senior living industry, spanning clinical, operations and marketing leadership. He started his career in the military where he served as a nurse in the Army. Goyette got his start in senior living at Sterling House Corporation, where he opened more than 20 assisted living communities. He honed his skills as Senior Vice President of Operations at Elmcroft Senior Living, where he oversaw operations for one of the nation’s largest assisted living and memory care portfolios. Prior to joining Carillon, he served as Regional Vice President for Brookdale Senior Living. He holds a master’s degree from David Lipscomb University.

Ken Kirkham

Kenneth C. Kirkham, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kirkham joined the company in 1998, and served as Chief Operations Officer for 15 years. Kirkham transitioned to the role of CFO in 2016, helping to assure the company’s strong financial position amid a growing portfolio. A certified public accountant, Kirkham has extensive financial and operational expertise. He started his career with KPMG and later ran entrepreneurial ventures before embarking on his current role as a corporate healthcare executive. Kirkham has spent his career setting and exceeding the highest industry standards. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pace University.

Robert Steenson, Vice President of Development

Mr. Steenson manages all aspects of the development of Carillon communities, from market analysis to real estate acquisition to construction. He has been an integral part of Carillon’s growth and development since 1998. Previously, he served as senior vice president at Wind River Environmental, formerly the nation’s largest non-hazardous liquid waste company. Steenson’s development expertise spans the health and humans services, environmental and retail industries.

John Garrett, Controller

Mr. Garrett has served as Controller since June 2013. Garrett has two decades of experience in accounting, including stints in both the retail and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Carillon, Garrett worked for local subsidiaries of Consolidated Graphics, a national print conglomerate.  Garrett began his career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Garrett’s 16-year tenure there culminated in his directing accounting operations for the firm’s Raleigh office. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College, as well as a Bachelor’s in business administration from the University of North Carolina.

J. Keith Ensey, Regional Director of Operations

Mr. Ensey oversees operations for Carillon Assisted Living communities located in Cramerton, Hendersonville, Shelby, Newton, Lincolnton and Indian Trial. He ensures Carillon’s high standards are met through a multi-faceted, goal-oriented program of operational management. Prior to joining Carillon in 2009, Ensey served as a division vice president for a nonprofit health and human services provider. An Alabama native, Ensey once served as a staff member to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama.

Todd Key, Regional Director of Operations

Mr. Key oversees operations for Carillon Assisted Living communities located in Asheboro, Harrisburg, Mooresville, Salisbury, Southport and Wake Forest. Prior to joining Carillon in 2011, Key oversaw operations for ResCare, a state-supported human services provider with 43 locations in North Carolina. Key, a native of North Carolina’s piedmont region, has more than 20 years of expertise in North Carolina’s healthcare arena. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Jennifer Moore, Regional Director of Operations

Ms. Moore oversees operations for Carillon Assisted Living communities located in Durham, North Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina, Hillsborough, Fayetteville and Knightdale. She joined Carillon in 2012 after a successful 17-year stint as a healthcare operations manager in New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas, and with more than a decade of expertise in senior living. Moore’s systematic and strategic approach to  operational development, business management and sales support has helped drive improvements in customer satisfaction, census and revenue throughout her career. She earned her master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Richard Harris, Senior Regional Director of Marketing

Mr. Harris oversees sales and marketing responsibilities for the whole of Carillon’s statewide assisted living portfolio. He directs and monitors census-generating activities with the goal of keeping the communities in his region bustling, lively and engaging places to call home. Harris, who earned a master’s of public affairs from Indiana University, has worked in the assisted living profession for more than a decade.

Justin Isabell, Regional Director of Marketing

Mr. Isabell oversees sales and marketing responsibilities for Carillon’s Triangle and Piedmont area communities. A native Texan, Isabell earned a degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University. In addition to having a strong background in long-term care sales and marketing, Isabell is also a former assisted living community administrator. He honed his sales and operations skills in western Florida and prior to that, served as a regional sales manager for long-term care and home health providers in east Texas.

Brandon Ponder, Regional Director of Marketing

Mr. Ponder oversees sales and marketing responsibilities for Carillon’s Charlotte area communities. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, he started his career with a clinical degree in X-Ray Technology working at hospitals in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  After transitioning to the sales and marketing arena, Ponder drove sales and census for a variety of healthcare entities, including DME, home health and hospice.  Ponder is a Louisiana native.

Janie Benton, RN, Director of Clinical Services

Ms. Benton oversees clinical management for all Carillon communities. Her expertise helps ensure the high standard of care that Carillon is known for and that residents and their families rely upon. Benton has extensive experience in the field of senior health and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings in her career, including acute care and rehabilitation.

Bill Furnas, Regional Director of Dining Services

Mr. Furnas is committed to offering Carillon residents a top-notch dining experience. A certified executive chef with the American Culinary Federation, Furnas has owned and operated several restaurants throughout his extensive culinary career. He knows the senior living market well, having honed his expertise in the field for more than a decade before joining Carillon Assisted Living in 2012. Furnas holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and received his ServSafe certification from the National Restaurant Association.

Kerry Perkins, Director of Construction

Mr. Perkins manages all construction projects for Carillon Assisted Living, ensuring that each community is built to the company’s exacting standards and meet all state codes. Perkins holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Maine. Prior to joining Carillon, he spent 15 years managing major construction projects for a national supermarket chain. He was a general contractor for Carillon before joining the team as Director of Construction in 2007.

James Smith, Senior Regional Director of Facility Maintenance

Mr. Smith keeps Carillon communities in top-notch condition. He oversees facilities maintenance for all Carillon communities, managing a team of professionals who work to keep each building up to par and running smoothly. Smith has extensive expertise in long-term care facility maintenance, along with certifications in HVAC, fire sprinkler maintenance, industrial and commercial maintenance.

Mary Ann Drummond, Alzheimer’s Care Specialist Consultant and Author

Ms. Drummond serves as consultant to Carillon working to ensure that every community in the Carillon portfolio is in compliance with company policies and state regulations. She has previously served as Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice president of Clinical and Risk Management at Carillon and was the Chief Operating Officer and Administrator for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, SC.