LCS Development Leadership

If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.

People who love what they do stick around. That’s why our development team brings decades of design, finance, construction and marketing expertise, and has built some of the most innovative communities in the country.

To hear just how much passion we have for serving seniors, email us.

Charles Murphy

As the executive vice president/senior managing director of development and real estate, Charles Murphy is responsible for the strategy and performance oversight of LCS Development and LCS Real Estate. Capitalizing on his experience in developing, acquiring and managing commercial real estate for more than 30 years, Chuck directs the investment strategy and builds strategic partnerships that enhance the services LCS provides. Applying his expertise of working with a range of property types including hospitality, residential, land development and health care within private equity, public and entrepreneurial platforms, Chuck leads his teams to create special three-dimensional experiences for senior living communities and the seniors they serve.

At LCS, Chuck is a member of the LCS Investment Committee. Outside the organization, he is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association and he serves as a board member of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at The University of Wisconsin. Chuck earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in real estate investment analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As senior vice president/managing director – development for LCS Development, Tom Mathisen is responsible for the growth and execution strategy for The Delaney communities, the rental community brand for LCS. Building on his experience with LCS Real Estate and established industry relationships, Tom focuses on expanding the company’s footprint in senior living across the nation. Working in concert with the LCS Family of Companies, Tom optimizes every aspect of the rental development platform including market selection, design, construction and capitalization. His prior experience in institutional real estate provides a solid foundation that greatly benefits the overall growth strategy and mission of LCS.

Tom is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Buena Vista University and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

As senior vice president/managing director of development for LCS Development, Jason Jorgenson draws on his 25 plus years of diverse development experience in entry fee, rental, repositioning and greenfield development to drive successful senior living development across the United States. In his role, Jason leads all aspects of senior housing development — site selection, planning, capitalization and design construction — to position financially feasible senior living communities that meet client and resident demands and expectations. Jason’s diverse product experience in entry fee, rental, repositioning and greenfield development has been demonstrated in successful senior living communities across the United States. Through the visioning and planning processes, Jason provides clients with access to new ideas and established trends that create rich spaces for seniors to flourish in their retirement.

At LCS, Jason sits on the LCS Foundation Board of Directors and is an observer of the LCS Investment Committee. As a key leader of the LCS Development management team with decades of experience, he is a mentor and offers process guidance to team members. Jason holds the designation of Graduate Master Builder and Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Home Builders. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa.

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With more than 35 years of design experience, Joel Bleeker sets the bar for project design and construction standards at LCS Development. In his role as vice president/director of architecture and construction, Joel directs concept development, facilitates project planning, and oversees design construction of senior living communities across the nation. Joel brings his progressive experience and institutional knowledge to meet client needs. Using his expertise in cost estimating and project management, Joel identifies strategies to maintain expenses and meet project budgets for the boards of directors he serves. Utilizing his professional skills, Joel supports the development of senior living communities that offer engaging environments, deliver enrichment opportunities and support purposeful living goals for residents.

At LCS, Joel serves on the Innovation Council and EverSafe 360 task force. Previously, he was design manager for Life Plan Communities and director of design for all development projects. Joel holds a BA and an MBA from Iowa State University. He is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects at the national and state level.

In his role as vice president of project development for LCS Development, Todd Shaw is responsible for leading new development, expansion and repositioning projects. In collaboration with the project team, he manages all aspects of the development process, including planning, financial feasibility, project coordination and construction oversight. Todd works closely with sponsoring boards, architects, interior design firms and construction companies to ensure the established goals are achieved. In addition, he successfully navigates the process to remove barriers and ensure all legal conditions are completed as required. Working with the LCS market research and sales teams, Todd directs the master planning process for Life Plan communities.

Todd is a strategic thinker with a history of successful achievements in the industry. He brings 25 years of experience to meet the needs of his clients. With his focus on market assessment, financial analysis, negotiation and structuring of equity and debt arrangements, along with acquisition and disposition, Todd has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate development. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

In his role at LCS Development, Nick Herrick is responsible for creating and executing on master plans designed to drive revenue through increased occupancy for senior living communities. As director of development, Nick works closely with market researchers, architects, regulatory officials, sponsoring boards, attorneys, lenders, interior design firms, construction companies and operations management to identify community needs that enrich the resident experience. By leading a team of project managers to oversee every detail in the development process, Nick has successfully collaborated with many senior living community owners to create new and exciting spaces for residents to enjoy.

Under his leadership, LCS Development received the Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Award for best Renovation/Repositioning. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and a minor in real estate from the University of Northern Iowa. He served on the LCS United Way Committee for three years and is involved in his community’s youth sports programs.

As director of project and new business development, Ross Nichols plays a key role by collaborating with clients and operating partners in the design, development and expansion of premier Life Plan Communities. At LCS Development, Ross is responsible for the financial feasibility, development planning, risk management, construction oversight and project team management for senior living communities. Bringing his expertise in master planning, senior housing development and consulting, Ross ensures communities are successful in balancing the needs of current residents as well as the expectations of prospective residents. In his role, Ross strengthens relationships with new and existing partners in pursuit of the organization’s strategic goal of serving more seniors through business development opportunities.

At LCS, Ross has served on Project Vanguard and the Hospitality Committee. He was also chair of the LCS United Way Committee. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in community and regional planning from Iowa State University.