Baker Tilly adds Jennifer Schwalm as partner in healthcare practice

11 March 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has hired Jennifer Schwalm as a partner in its healthcare practice, where she will serve as senior services sector leader. She has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and senior services business advisory.

Chicago-based Baker Tilly US’ healthcare practice supports hospitals, senior services providers, and specialty service providers with strategic and financial planning, market research, and risk readiness, among other offerings.

New sector leader Jennifer Schwalm has over a quarter-century of experience in senior services, with time spent on both the industry and consulting sides. As sector leader, she will work on senior services client strategy, operations, mergers, partnerships, market positioning, and performance improvement.

Previously, Schwalm was chief mission development officer of retirement community Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania (MV of PA) for six years. In the role, she developed and implemented strategic growth initiatives while supporting the company’s core mission.
Baker Tilly adds Jennifer Schwalm as partner in healthcare practiceBefore that, she spent another six years as president of Ashlar Creative Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of MV of PA, which provides strategic, operational, and management advisory to senior services providers. As president, Schwalm helped clients build business solutions while leveraging the skills of the team at MV of PA.

Prior to that, she spent eight-and-a-half years at Baker Tilly predecessor ParenteBeard, where she was a partner in the specialized healthcare and senior living services consulting practice. Schwalm began her consulting career at KPMG, where she spent nearly 12 years and rose to the position of director in the firm’s senior living services consulting group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania.

“We are thrilled that Jennifer will be joining Baker Tilly’s healthcare practice,” national healthcare firm leader Mark Ross said. “Her vast industry experience will help our clients confront the challenges of today and develop strategies for the future.”

Schwalm herself added, “I could not be more excited to be joining Baker Tilly. Working closely with healthcare firm leader Mark Ross and the Baker Tilly healthcare team, we will focus on providing high quality and value added accounting and consulting services to organizations in the senior services sector.”

In other Baker Tilly US news, the firm recently acquired two public sector municipal advisory firms: Indianapolis-based H.J. Umbaugh and Associates and St. Paul-based Springsted Incorporated.


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