Rich has served at Providence for more than 40 years, beginning in maintenance at age 15, and working in various positions in the company, culiminating in being named CEO in 1986. Rich has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Trinity Christian College, and a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from Governor's State University. He is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Illinois and Michigan.
Rich has served on boards for many industry-leading organizations, including Chair of the Illinois and National LeadingAge Associations, as well as numerous industry Association Committees. Rich has served the Global Ageing Network (GAN) on two occasions and is the current Chair of GAN. He has performed speaking engagements and Scenario Planning seminars across the country, and has participated in the National Investment Center (NIC) Owner Operator Advisory Board.
He is married to Linda Schutt (RN, MSN), who served PLS for 31 years in various capacities, and recently retired as the VP of Education. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. Rich and Linda are members of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, where Rich is an Administrative Elder and Linda serves in the Orphan Ministry.