Lori WittmanInterim Chief Financial Officer
Lori Wittman currently serves as our Interim Chief Financial Officer, a role she has held since November 2022, as well as a member of our Board of Directors (since December 2019). Previously, Ms. Wittman served as an advisor to Big Rock Partners Acquisition Corp. ("Big Rock"), a blank check company, from February 2020 until the closing of its business merger in May 2021. From September 2017 to February 2020, Ms. Wittman served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Big Rock. From August 2015 to August 2017, Ms. Wittman was the Chief Financial Officer of Care Capital Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CCP), a public healthcare REIT with a diversified portfolio of triple-net leased properties, which merged with Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc. in 2017. Previously, Ms. Wittman was Senior Vice President of Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Ventas, Inc., a REIT focused on the healthcare sector from 2011 to August 2015. Prior to her time at Ventas, Ms. Wittman served in a number of finance, accounting and capital markets-related roles at various companies, including General Growth Properties, Big Rock Partners, LLC and Heitman Financial. Ms. Wittman has been a director of IMH Financial Corporation ("IMH"), a real estate investment and finance company, since July 2014, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee of IMH. Ms. Wittman has also served as a director of Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE: GMRE), a REIT engaged primarily in the acquisition of healthcare facilities, since May 2018, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee of GMRE. Ms. Wittman also serves as a director of Freehold Properties, a real estate investment company, and currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.
Ms. Wittman received an M.B.A., Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago, an M.C.P., Housing and Real Estate Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Clark University. Ms. Wittman's thorough knowledge of finance, accounting, capital markets, taxes, control systems and her experience with REITs make her a valued member of the board of directors.