Marilyn G. Wood, RN, Chief Executive Officer
For more than four decades, Marilyn has dedicated her professional life to the service of others. Beginning as a floor nurse, then Director of Nursing, Administrator, and Senior Vice President for Operations, she has served in a wide range of roles, with increasing levels of responsibility and authority, for leading healthcare organizations nationwide.
Today, as Chief Executive Officer, she is responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of operations the Opis Senior Services Group.
As part of the original management team that formed Opis in 2003, Marilyn has championed the organization’s caring mission from the very first. Her dedication and leadership continues to ensure that each customer and family we serve receives the unwavering level of exceptional quality care, in respectful, warm, welcoming environments that both enhance outcomes and contribute to a dignified and uplifting quality of life.
Always striving to “make a positive difference” in the lives of the elders and other vulnerable members of the community who turn to us for care has elevated Marilyn to an acknowledged place among the nation’s leading healthcare executives.
As an active member of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), she chaired the Quality Credentialing Committee and was responsible for drafting the original Quality Credentialing Program in 2001. Since its implementation, this program has become an essential component of Association membership, demonstrating a commitment to full accountability for the quality of services provided to the residents of long-term care centers throughout the state.
In 2013-2014, Marilyn also chaired the Our Florida Promise (OFP) organization. Working in partnership with FHCA, the group strives to bring about legislative action in support of long-term care provider interests and the industry’s ability to better serve residents and patients.
Here at Opis, her efforts have included annual staff trips to the State Capitol to lobby for bills benefiting our customers, families and industry co-workers; and on-site tours for legislators to observe first-hand the exemplary care that progressive centers provide. On many occasions, she has also testified before Florida state lawmakers on behalf of all caregivers in the post-acute continuum.
In recognition of her decades-long service commitment, in 2012 Marilyn received the Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award. This prestigious award honors the FHCA member who most effectively advances the Association’s legislative initiatives and advocates on behalf of the long-term care profession and those we serve at both the state and federal level.
Jennifer Ziolkowski, President
Jennifer brings more than twenty years of long-term care experience to her role as President. Responsible for all aspects of Opis accounting functions, including Medicare and Medicaid compliance and reimbursement oversight, she is a major contributor to the organization’s on-going efforts to develop and implement customer-centric, cost-efficient strategies and programs.
Jennifer has also served as Senior Vice President of Finance with Opis. Prior to joining the Opis management team, Jennifer served as Corporate Vice President for Genesis ElderCare where, in addition to her financial management, her responsibilities encompassed supervision of nurses and therapists across 13 states.
Having earned both a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Accounting from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Jennifer is also a co-chair of the Florida Healthcare Association Reimbursement Committee where she participates in the review and recommendation of policy changes to the state Medicaid plan.
Mary Huss, Vice President of Operations
A key member of the Opis management team, Mary’s responsibilities are wide-ranging and critical to the success of the organization’s mission. Working directly with the administration of each center, she strives to ensure that all aspects of the centers’ operations are carried out in accordance with budgets, Opis policies, and procedures, as well as state and federal regulations.
Her oversight extends to the numerous senior managers who consult with the centers on matters related to marketing, social welfare, recreation, and food services. In addition, Mary provides personnel management support, problem resolution, financial planning, and Accounts Receivable review as well as site and safety assessments. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Mary has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for over two decades and is also a certified Health and Safety professional. Previously, Mary worked with Genesis Eldercare as an Administrator and as Regional Director of Operations at Opis before moving into her current role as Vice President of Operations.
Tara Zimmerman, General Counsel
Tara Zimmerman brings with her 14 years of litigation experience, including the defense of long-term care facilities, hospitals, physicians, and a variety of other businesses. Her primary focus for the past 7 years has been as a health care attorney. At Opis, Tara serves as a resource to the various departments and service locations, providing advice and guidance on all legal matters, reviewing policies and procedures for compliance with Federal and State statutes, and works closely with our outside counsel to manage litigation files. Tara is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Opis, she represented her clients in the long-term care and medical industry in Florida and several other states throughout the county, defending the excellent care provided by our fellow caregivers. She is a former prosecutor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly McFadden in Easton, Pennsylvania. Tara earned her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania in 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Penn State University in 1998.