PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 24, 2016

The Samarkand Welcomes New Executive Director

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Samarkand, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community recently appointed 20-year senior living veteran Robert T. Howell as executive director. He will report to Terri Cunliffe, president and CEO of Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest senior services providers.
Howell joins the 360-resident community in Santa Barbara from Covenant Village of Turlock, a sister community in Turlock, Calif., where he served as executive director. Before that, he was vice president of CRISTA Ministries in Seattle. As executive director, Howell will oversee a staff of 215 and overall operations for 205 residential living apartments, 53 assisted living apartments, 16 memory support assisted living apartments, and a 63-bed Medicare-approved skilled nursing center.
This year, The Samarkand celebrates 50 years as a Covenant Retirement Community and 60 years as a Santa Barbara retirement community. Howell says this longevity differentiates The Samarkand from other senior services providers in the area.

“Santa Barbara ranks consistently as one of the top 100 places to live in America,” explained Howell. “Combine our ideal location with CRC’s resources and sound financial stewardship and you have a community that is a great place to both live and work.”

Through its LifeConnect® wellness partnership with residents, The Samarkand offers a variety of classes, fitness activities, lectures, programming and faith-based and community outreach opportunities. In addition, SAIDO Learning®, a proven, non-pharmacological method used to help improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases, is offered to residents living in assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support.

SAIDO Learning allows us to go beyond the traditional methods of caring for residents with symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia and improve their quality of life,” explained Howell. “Until there’s a cure, we’re pleased to offer another option for care.”


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Howell is a member of LeadingAge, the national association of not-for-profit senior service organizations. He has served on the board of directors and in the cabinet and house of delegates for LeadingAge, and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, a non-profit organization for health care compliance professionals.
Howell earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitworth University, Spokane, Wash., a graduate diploma in Christian studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and a certificate of gerontology from the University of Washington, Seattle.
For more information about The Samarkand, visit or call 877-231-6284.

About The Samarkand
The Samarkand is a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located at 2550 Treasure Dr., Santa Barbara, Calif. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Retirement Communities serves 5,000 residents at 15 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information on The Samarkand, please call 877-231-6284 or visit For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit

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