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Ecumen Expands Its Senior Housing Development Team by Welcoming Julie Murray

Ecumen, which is one of the country's largest non-profit senior housing, aging services and senior housing development companies, has named Julie Murray as a director of real estate development services. She joins Ecumen from Dallas-based Greystone Communities, a developer of continuing care retirement communities.

Ecumen Expands Its Senior Housing Development Team by Welcoming Julie Murray
Minneapolis, MN, March 14, 2008 --( Ecumen, which is one of the country’s largest non-profit senior housing and aging services companies is expanding its senior housing development team by welcoming Julie Murray as a director of real estate development.

Ecumen provides third-party senior housing development, management and long-term care consulting services. Ecumen develops a variety of senior communities, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), independent living, assisted living, memory care and congregational senior housing. It is currently developing Luther Park of Sandpoint, Idaho, which will be physically connected to First Lutheran Church of Sandpoint and include independent living, assisted living and memory care.

“We’re very pleased to have Julie joining the Ecumen senior housing development team,” said Steve Ordahl, senior vice president of business development for Ecumen. “Her commitment to hospitality and creating wonderful customer experiences is a tremendous asset for our clients who are seeking to create senior housing for the 21st Century.”

Murray’s focus at Ecumen is on pre-development analysis, development and marketing. She joins Ecumen from Dallas-based Greystone Communities, Inc., a continuing care retirement community (CCRCs) developer. As regional manager at Greystone, she led marketing for Greystone’s Edgemere community in Dallas and its Las Ventanas community in Las Vegas.

Murray graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in restaurant, hotel and institutional management. Prior to joining the senior housing and aging services profession, she served as a chief purser for six years for Carnival Cruise Lines. In this role she oversaw all guest relations, accounting and human resources activities on major cruise ships in the Caribbean.

Ecumen ( provides a variety of housing choices and services for people 50-years-of-age and older. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen’s mission is to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has 4,000 team members who provide housing options and services in approximately 100 communities.

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