Doris Ellie Sullivan


Retirement Unlimited

After her time as a nurse in the United States Army, Doris-Ellie Sullivan has dedicated over 25 years to building her knowledge and experience in the senior living industry in both the skilled nursing facility realm and the senior living industry realm. Most recently, she has provided leadership, guidance, and drive as President of Retirement Unlimited, Inc (RUI) based out of Roanoke, Virginia. Under her 8-year leadership, RUI has grown from 6 Virginia-based communities to 57 senior living communities in 9 states across the East Coast. She has coordinated the renovation of the original 6 communities and designed and successfully opened an additional 4 new construction developments, some of which during the covid pandemic. Since mid-2021, Sullivan has strategically acquired over 40 additional communities and launched Elancé Luxury Living which currently spans 7 communities.

She is also accredited for building the company’s signature programs setting the organization apart from other senior living companies. Through the development of 9 specialized signature programs, Sullivan has not only enhanced the experience of their residents, but she has also provided new opportunities for team member growth and advancement within the company. Sullivan firmly believes in rewarding and recognizing team member dedication, talent, and unique skills. She has created mentorship programs to develop team members and encourage recruiting from within as demonstrated by the advancements of many of the leadership and regional personnel. Sullivan is also focused on investing in the growth of our future leaders through the RUI Limitless internship and Administrator in Training programs offering the opportunity to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing meaningful connections in the senior living field.

With a current portfolio of 57 communities and several in development, Sullivan has transitioned RUI’s 40-year legacy from quiescent to an industrious and progressive organization, with proven records in occupancy and profit during all climates. Sullivan is currently on the board of Argentum – Senior Living Association, the American Senior Housing Association, Florida Senior Living Association.