Alexander Candalla

Executive Director, Des Moines

Alexander Candalla joined Wesley as Executive Director of the Des Moines campus in 2015. Since 1999, Candalla has been the executive director of a retirement community in California. Under his leadership, that campus maintained a 5-Star rating in all areas and achieved two zero deficiency-free surveys within the last three years.

Candalla has a Master of Arts in Gerontology with an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, both from San Francisco State University. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management. He holds several licenses and certifications, including California Nursing Home Administrator, preceptor and Retirement Housing Professional.

His accomplishments include Vice Chair, LeadingAge California Board; Executive Director of the Year, American Baptist Homes of the West; Mentor of the Year, LeadingAge California; Dr. Herbert Shore Mentor of the Year, LeadingAge National; and the Dr. Hiram Friedsam Mentorship Award, University of North Texas.

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