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ROBERT H. FISH
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Robert Fish, a healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sector, joined Skilled Healthcare as Chief Executive Officer in November of 2013.

During his career, Mr. Fish has served as Chairman, President, or CEO of a number of successful companies focusing his efforts on driving operational improvements and increased shareholder value. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Chairman of REACH Medical Holdings, a regional air medical transport company; from 2005 to 2006 he served as Executive Chairman of Coram, Inc., a large home infusion provider; and from 2002 to 2004 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Health Ventures, a long-term care and institutional pharmacy company.

Mr. Fish has also served as an independent director of public and private sector companies including service as chairman, lead director, and chair of executive, compensation, and compliance committees.

Mr. Fish holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Whittier College, and a Masters degree in Hospital Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

PAXTON L. WIFFLER
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Paxton Wiffler, a healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience, joined Skilled Healthcare as Chief Operating Officer in May of 2014.

Mr. Wiffler has held senior leadership positions with several of the national healthcare companies. He served in several capacities from 2001 to 2011 for Golden Living, ranging from Director of Operations to Vice President and Division President. In 2011, Mr. Wiffler started with Sun Healthcare as the Western Division President of Long-Term Care Services. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Genesis Healthcare with operational responsibility for 57 skilled post-acute care facilities in California, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Mr. Wiffler is active in industry associations and currently serves on the Government Relations Committee for the California Association of Health Facilities. He has served on the payment committee for the Wisconsin Healthcare Association, and has been a past Board and Executive Committee member of CareProviders of Minnesota.

Mr. Wiffler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks.

ROLAND RAPP
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL, AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Mr. Rapp was appointed General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Skilled Healthcare, LLC in March of 2002. He has more than 28 years of experience in the healthcare and legal sectors. Mr. Rapp was previously the Managing Partner of the law firm of Rapp, Kiepen and Harman, and was Chief Financial Officer for Vintage Estates, both based in Pleasanton, California. His law practice centered on healthcare law and primarily focused on long-term care based on his prior experience as nursing home administrator and director of operations for a small nursing home chain.

Mr. Rapp’s involvement in the healthcare community includes past Chairman of the Board for the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), and past Board member for the American Health Care Association (AHCA). He is also the recipient of CAHF’s most esteemed Thomas Spindle Award for his contributions to the long-term care profession. He is currently a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Rapp earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Law in Taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

CHRISTOPHER N. FELFE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Chris Felfe is a CPA with over 20 years of experience, including over 15 years in senior executive roles. Chris joined Skilled Healthcare in September of 2006 as Controller and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance in August of 2007. Chris has served as our CFO since July 2013.

Chris’s professional financial background includes Corporate Controller of Sybron Dental Specialties, a manufacturer of products for the dental profession, including the specialty markets of orthodontics, endodontics, and implantology; and Corporate Controller of Datum, a supplier of precise timing solutions for telecommunications and other applications. Prior to joining Datum, Chris worked for Ameriquest for nine years and Deloitte & Touche for three years.

Chris attained his BA degree in Economics in 1987 from UCLA. Chris is an active member of Financial Executives International.

JOHN T. MITCHELL, ESQ.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

John Mitchell joined Skilled Healthcare in January 2011. John came to Skilled Healthcare from an international law firm where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and securities matters. He represented public and private companies as well as private equity funds in a number of industries including healthcare, semiconductors, software, retail, professional services, and gaming, among others.

Mr. Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and he received his Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.