Meet Our Team
President and CEO
Chief Visionary Officer
Director of Branding
Executive Chef and
Director of Food Services
Director of Programs
Director of Maintenance
Purposefully driven, Kevin Kast brings a unique combination of talent, insight and oversight to Avalon Park. Health care experience. Senior living expertise. Community involvement. He has over 25 years of senior health care system experience, serving in a variety of capacities, including hospital CEO and System Executive accountable for multiple hospitals, physician offices, surgery centers and home health services. As the President/Market Executive for SSM St. Charles Market, he oversaw the largest market within the SSM Health Care System. He then took the leadership role at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) in Central Illinois, serving as Regional President and CEO. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives® and served on the Missouri Hospital Association Board of Trustees and the American Hospital Association, with offices in Washington, DC.
Sharing his exceptional yet practical experience with others, Kevin has served on the faculties of Avila University and Lindenwood University and guest lectured at Webster University and Washington University in St. Louis. The health and happiness of seniors has always been important to Kevin, especially those who reside in St. Charles County. He envisioned, developed and secured financing for assisted living at the Meadowlands, one of the largest senior communities in the region. Currently, Kevin serves on the St. Charles County Merit System Commission and is the President of the Board for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles. Kevin also serves on the Board of the Mercy Kids, Division of Mercy Health Care Ministry. He formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Center and Industrial Development Authority in St. Charles County.
Tom Chulick, President and CEO
A new endeavor like Avalon Park requires sound fiscal stewardship. With the financial acumen of Tom Chulick at the helm, we are confident in our course. Tom has nearly 30 years in commercial banking, investment management, asset management and treasury services. Respected in the financial sector, Tom was most recently appointed CEO and President of the St. Louis Regional Chamber after providing executive leadership as Chairman/CEO of UMB Bank of St. Louis. The UMB region includes Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Tom is on the Webster University Board of Trustees, the St. Louis Sports Commission and serves on various corporate and nonprofit boards throughout the Midwest.
Ron Braun, Chief Visionary Officer
The Avalon Park team’s utility player, Ron Braun can do it all – and he brings that breadth of expertise to this new community. With over 25 years of experience, Ron has specialized in health care strategic planning, business planning and development, marketing and operations, and health care financing all within senior community development. He has also established commercial Medicare and Medicaid licensed health care plans in five different states. These broad yet specialized areas of knowledge are invaluable to Avalon Park. He didn’t start off in health care – early in his career, he headed the research department and served as the Chief Financial Officer for a regional planning and development organization. But his path soon brought him to the health care arena, where he served in executive, development, operating and consulting capacities with hospitals, regional health systems, ambulatory care facilities, medical groups and insurance companies. He has been an integral team leader or member in the acquisition and merger of several health care businesses.
Kim Chulick, Director of Branding and Marketing
There are people who are born to help others. There are people with a knack for getting the job done. Then there are those who have the rare ability to do both. That’s Kim. With the creativity, strategy and management skills learned and earned over an impressive career in sales, marketing and advertising, Kim leads the branding and marketing efforts of Avalon Park, shaping our message and changing people’s lives. Early in her career, she held a variety of roles in the marketing field. She devoted her time and efforts to forging client relationships, growing sales, and developing strategies for advertising campaigns. She worked for several advertising agencies and news organizations, honing her craft and skills. She then turned her attention to more personal entities, helping to raise money for charitable organizations throughout the St. Louis region. Every successful endeavor needs a storyteller. Kim tells our story.
Meghan Schmitz, Executive Director
With over 17 years in senior living new construction sales and a well-earned reputation for honesty, integrity and expertise, Meghan Schmitz is what every person interested in Avalon Park needs – a valuable and trusted resource. Over her career, she’s seen and done it all, from working with new construction to helping seniors downsize and successfully transition to community life. Sharing her experience and insight, she is here to guide and support our new residents and their families every step of the way, from learning about life in this exciting new independent living neighborhood to moving in and making the most of every day. For Meghan, this isn’t a job; this is her purpose. With a genuine love of seniors as her foundation, she is fulfilled by making a difference in people’s lives. She’s confident that the active, worry-free lifestyle offered at Avalon Park will do just that.
Greg Tournillon, Executive Chef and Director of Food Services
Blending the culinary artistry of an Executive Chef, the acumen of a kitchen operations expert, and the passion of a true foodie, Chef Tournillon brings over 24 years of invaluable experience to Avalon Park. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Chef Tournillon trained in French, Italian and Swiss cuisine at the world’s top restaurants. His professional trajectory is as varied as the delicious menus he creates, holding such positions as territory manager for a gourmet foods company, executive chef in corporate food service, a chef instructor at L’Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis and as the president and owner of his own gourmet storefront caterer, restaurant and New York-style deli, specializing in remarkable food and wines. Chef Tournillon has won a variety of accolades, including best Southwest meal, awarded by The Dallas Morning News, top three caterer and Top Deli in Readers’ Choice awards. One of his most memorable achievements was preparing dinner at L’ Auberge du Lion d’Or in Geneva, Switzerland during the 1985 Geneva Summit for President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. He brings that same level of culinary excellence to his team and residents of Avalon Park.
Tricia Cooper, Director of Resident Services
What makes a person spectacular at their career is loving what they do. You would be hard pressed to find someone with more passion for serving older adults than Tricia Cooper. Her grandfather was her best friend, and she helped care for him throughout his battle with Parkinson’s disease. She credits him for leading her to the best job in the world. Tricia’s expertise comes from 10 years of director-level marketing, sales, and client services positions at several senior-living communities in the St. Louis region. She has also a professional background with home health care companies and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and Voyce, a long-term-care organization. Tricia’s background reflects her exceptional customer-service experience and her heart to serve. She says there are no better storytellers than our seniors, and to be a part of their lives is very special to her.
With a background of more than 25 years in planning and orchestrating high-impact recreation and wellness curriculums, educational programs, and special events for people of all ages and abilities, Katie’s vast experience and dedication will inspire Avalon Park Residents to discover, cherish and thrive in their new community – all while making additional friends to last a lifetime. She has been a nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist since 1994 and has helped countless people achieve some amazing goals. Personally, Katie is an outdoor enthusiast, involved in a variety of outdoor adventures and sports including triathlons. She is a natural and instinctive motivator and loves encouraging others to explore new and challenging endeavors.
Having 15 years of building maintenance, contracting and HVAC technician experience, Scott brings a wealth of engineering, facilities management, preventative maintenance and building safety knowledge to Avalon Park. He has conducted building engineering management for a Fortune 500 organization – the world’s largest commercial real estate and investment firm – where he serviced 850 tenants on a daily basis. Scott has also worked as a senior HVAC technician to provide service and consultation to more than 300 clients in two states. Additionally, he has served as a general maintenance contractor for a large property management company. His expertise in quality control, energy savings and safety standards make him an excellent supervisor to ensure Avalon Park residents are always safe and comfortable. His background with landscaping also ensures our property grounds are beautiful. Scott also says that leaving the commercial office space and now working with seniors is a breath of fresh air. He was raised by his grandmother and assisted her in the end part of her life. Scott’s time with his grandma will certainly help him work with residents of Avalon Park.