Convivial’s Governing Board are volunteers with no ownership, equitable, or beneficial interest in Convivial or its affiliated communities.  The Governing Board represent a set of diverse leaders who guide Convivial’s mission, strategic plans, and organizational growth.  The current Governing Board includes:


Bruce “Rick” Grindrod, Jr., Board Chair

Rick is a successful business executive with over two decades in helping build and operate twenty-two Life Plan Communities across the country.  He also founded a multi-state Medicare Advantage HMO insurance company, where he presently serves as CEO.


Judah L. Ronch, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Dr. Ronch is a leading psychologist specializing in person centered care approaches and strength-based programming for persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  His career includes serving as the Dean of The Erickson School of Aging, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Ronch has researched and written extensively on the psychological effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and has pioneered major reforms in the long-term care industry to improve the mental health of older adults and the working environments of those who care for them.


Ps. Jeff Metzger, Secretary/Treasurer

Jeff is the Lead Pastor at River Hills Christian Church and CEO and President of New International.  Over his career, he has helped expand over 400 churches across the world and train and assist thousands of emerging church leaders and develop new businesses.

Gretchen Ramey, PharmD, BCGP, At-Large Trustee

Dr. Ramey is a licensed pharmacist with over 25 years of experience in acute and long-term care, as well as short-term rehabilitation. She is an expert in assisting care providers in developing policies and practices for effective medication management programs, including person-centered care training for employees involving various stages of acute and chronic diseases and the aging process.


Cedric A. Richner III, CFRE, At-Large Trustee

Cedric is a successful business executive who co-founded a philanthropic and fundraising consulting firm.  He currently serves on the Board of The Giving Institute, which is widely considered one of the most influential and important organizations advancing leadership and ethics in the philanthropy and fundraising sector.


Greg Roberts, At-Large Trustee & General Counsel

Greg is co-founder of a multi-decade law practice in Venice, FL.  He serves on Convivial’s Board and also as general counsel.  His primary concentrations for his law practice are estate planning, probate, real estate, and land planning and development.


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