Chief Executive Officer & Founder
David Kitchen provides the leadership and strategic direction for DMK’s growth and new business opportunities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with particular expertise in senior housing. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in the financing, acquisition and construction of over 200 senior housing properties and healthcare- related projects valued in excess of $2 billion.
Prior to forming DMK Development Group, David served as co-founder and Executive Vice President-Business Development for Louisville, Ky.-based Trilogy Health Services. During his tenure there, David led efforts in all aspects of property development, including site selection, design-build construction and fill-up and stabilization of operations.
Prior to Trilogy, David served as the Vice President for Centennial HealthCare Corp. (NASDAQ: CTEN), where he oversaw the marketing and development of 90 post-acute/long- term care facilities in 21 states. Before that, he served as Vice President–Business Development for Transitional Health Services of Louisville, Ky.
Chief Development Officer & Founder
Michael Kitchen oversees all financial and legal matters, asset and investment management, banking/lender relationships and investor reporting. Since the inception of DMK Development Group in November 2007, Michael has closed more than $300 million of Class “A” senior housing assets for company owned and newly created single purpose LLC’s. During this same time period he has facilitated sales transactions for approximately 1,500 senior housing units.
Prior to joining DMK he served in the private and corporate practice of law for more than 20 years. He formerly served as General Counsel for Perennial Health Systems, a nursing home operator and therapy provider, and participated in the due diligence and acquisition of individual and multiple facility transactions.
During his 15-plus years of private practice, Michael represented clients ranging from individual property owners to Fortune 500 health care companies. His experience in litigation and navigating the complex regulatory environment associated with the healthcare industry is a valued asset in the day-to- day operations of DMK Development.
Michael is 1988 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. In 1991, he received his J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School Of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky.
Chief Financial Officer
A licensed CPA, Todd Coke has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. His background includes extensive expertise in healthcare finance and operations, including stints with senior housing operators Trilogy Health Services and Atria Senior Living, as well as with acute care and long-term acute care operators Merit Health Systems and Kindred Healthcare, respectively.
As CFO, Todd is responsible for DMK’s strategic financial planning, including modeling and financing of all development projects, developing performance measures, investor and lender relations as well as all financial operations, reporting and risk mitigation.
Prior to joining DMK, Todd served as CFO for FDH Velocitel, where he led the relocation of the company’s accounting function from Irvine, Calif., to Northbrook, Ill., revamped the monthly financial reporting process, and led integration efforts for the acquisition of FDH Engineering.
As VP of Accounting and Treasurer for Trilogy, Todd oversaw all aspects of accounting functions. As VP for Finance and Accounting and Chief Accounting Officer for Merit, Todd led the due diligence of potential acquisition targets and the integration of systems and staff in newly acquired hospitals, short and long-term financial projections, financial management and lender relations. He served as Atria’s liaison with financial institutions relating to treasury management services and lender relations, and oversaw the financial reporting function.
Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Bellarmine University, holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation and is a member of both the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Senior Vice President of Finance
Setrina Hettinger has more than 16 years of experience in construction finance and cost accounting. At DMK Development, she is responsible for all aspects of finance operations, including company accounting policies, budget/cost control operation protocols, financial reporting, forecasting, analysis and risk management. She works directly with lenders, title agencies and outside CPAs on due diligence and compliance, and handles financial reporting and cash management for DMK’s nine joint-venture entities.
She began her finance career as Controller for Tergeo Corp. in Louisville, where she oversaw all aspects of financial management and reporting for the multiple-entity construction and development company.
Setrina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, is a Licensed Real Estate Sales Broker and holds the CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Senior Vice President of Construction Operations
Justin began his journey with DMK as a Corporate Project Manager in January of 2013. As Senior Vice President of Construction Operations, he manages a dedicated group of construction professionals to deliver projects on schedule and on budget.
Justin’s construction and business management career spans 27 years and includes experience from hands-on fieldwork to executive operations. Justin spent seven years as a concrete form carpenter during and after college, followed by roles as a Superintendent, Project Manager, Director of Construction and Vice President of Construction. He has worked in senior housing, healthcare, multifamily, light commercial and residential sectors. His goal is to fulfill customer expectations and provide quality service. These are integral for DMK’s clientele.
Justin is attentive to team safety, quality control, job costs, best practices and technology. This is part of what makes him a leader in senior housing construction.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed General Contractor in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
Vice President of Construction Operations
Josh Abbott has more than 10 years of commercial building experience with a specialty in healthcare construction. He has completed over $150 million in complex healthcare and commercial builds. As Vice President of Construction Operations, Josh helps lead, mentor and train the project operations staff.
Before joining DMK, he began his career with Messer Construction. During his time there, he experienced great professional growth by using lean construction techniques. Josh has implemented several of these proven techniques at DMK to help maximize project efficiency, timeliness and to eliminate waste. While with Messer, he worked on multiple projects for Norton Healthcare including the Norton Brownsboro Hospital, building additions, medical office buildings, renovations and expansions.
Through the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers, Josh has secured his certification as a healthcare contractor and holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He currently serves as a board member for multiple non-profit organizations in the Louisville area.
Vice President of Pre-Construction
David Hettinger is responsible for product design development, estimating and procurement. He has more than 20 years of diverse development and construction experience. As Vice President of Pre-construction, David works closely with many of DMK’s clients to help set budgets, coordinate design and navigate required approvals in preparation for the construction process. With DMK, David has successfully managed the construction for several senior living facilities as well as the renovation of over 40 assisted living facilities.
In the past, David has managed multiple land developments from design through construction. He has worked with two independent care providers to design and build homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These homes were part of several larger neighborhood builds that he managed.
David holds a General Contractors License in Tennessee and is a second-generation developer and general contractor. He joined DMK in 2011.
Vice President of Construction
Jason S. Unger oversees construction activities within the Northern Region for DMK Development. As Vice President of Construction, he manages multiple construction teams on all aspects of the company’s senior housing projects including set-up, contracting, scheduling, billing, cost control and overall project coordination where he collaborates with site superintendents, subcontractors and suppliers.
Jason is responsible for monitoring all pricing and estimates during the course of a project. He assists in ensuring the most current, effective technologies and communication systems are in place. Jason joined DMK in September of 2013. Previously, he served as Regional Director of Construction for DMK.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Toledo and has worked in the senior housing industry for over 10 years in various markets throughout the Midwest.
Assistant Vice President of Development
Ben Spies brings more than 12 years of financial and operations experience to DMK from a background that includes banking and senior housing. As Director of Development and Capital Finance at DMK, Ben is responsible for business analytics, underwriting and modeling all development projects. He also supports investor, lender and client relations.
In the past, Ben served as Commercial Portfolio Manager for Fifth Third Bancorp handling the analytical, underwriting and customer service for a $200 million lending portfolio.
Before joining DMK in 2016, Ben served in operations at Atria Senior Living, a national senior housing provider. In his time at Atria, Ben oversaw a portfolio of over 50 communities, where he was in charge of developing programs and reporting to help boost the net operating income. In his final years with the company, he worked in operational support roles with new communities being developed and repositioned. Within this role, he created underwriting models, “lease-up” plans, implementation, and maintained relevant project analytics.
Ben received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 2005. He went on to finish his Masters of Science in Strategic Finance from Indiana University.
Director of Development and Client Operations
Ross Oberhausen serves as Director of Development and Client Operations for DMK. Ross uses his unique and varied background as a licensed administrator and his deep experience in developing senior housing facilities to provide a unique level of support to DMK’s diverse client base. Ross started his professional career in senior housing when he was hired to oversee the start-ups for Trilogy Health Services. In his 10 years at Trilogy, Mr. Oberhausen managed the construction process and purchasing for over 40 new skilled and assisted living openings. He also conducted the market feasibility and analysis studies for new market growth, as well as site selection, land acquisition and was a CON application specialist. In 2012, Mr. Oberhausen transferred from the Development department into an Operations Manager and became a Licensed Administrator. He joined DMK in January of 2015. Mr. Oberhausen received his Bachelor of Science in Public Finance from Indiana University in 2004.