Judy Raymond, Executive Director, Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk
Judy has been with Lake Prince Woods since September 2010, previously employed with Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay for 16 years. She has been involved in long term care since 1987. She is a graduate of Salisbury State College. In 2007, Judy participated in the VANHA/VCU CCRC Executive Leadership Course. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and a preceptor for nursing homes and assisted living and also is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Jeannie Shiley, President & CEO, Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, Winchester
Jeannie has been with Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester, VA since 1999. She is a graduate of Sheperd College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Aging Services Professional. Jeannie is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Nursing Home Preceptor in the state of Virginia.
Sean Huyett, President & CEO, Westminster-Canterbury, Lynchburg
Sean was appointed President and CEO in 2010. He began his career in 1994 working in for-profit nursing homes. Before coming to Westminster Canterbury, Sean was the Executive Director at Glenaire, a CCRC in Cary, North Carolina. Sean has a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration and a Master of Business Administration from James Madison University.
Rodney Alderfer, President, Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater
Rodney joined Bridgewater Retirement Community to serve as controller in 1998. He was promoted to Vice President of Health Services in 2005, serving in this position until 2008, when he was promoted to President of Bridgewater HealthCare, Inc.
immediate past chair
Marilyn Gray, Executive Director, WindsorMeade of Williamsburg, Williamsburg
Marilyn joined WindsorMeade of Williamsburg in November 2008. Marilyn previously worked at The Chesapeake in Newport News, VA for 17 years and Harbor’s Edge in Norfolk for three years. Marilyn holds Virginia licenses as a Nursing Home Administrator and a Registered Nurse. She received a Bachelor’s in Science degree from Mountain State University. Marilyn has served on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Virginia (previously VANHA) for 12 years. Most recently she served as the Chair of that Board for two years and now sits as the Past Chair. Marilyn has over 30 years of experience in the retirement industry.
class of 2018
Melissa Fortner, Executive Director, The Village at Orchard Ridge, Winchester
Melissa was named Executive Director of The Village at Orchard Ridge in 2015. She was formerly Vice President of Supportive Living at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC). She has over 20 years of experience in senior care management in both the long-term health care setting as well as retirement communities. Melissa has operated free-standing nursing centers and been on the senior leadership team of one of the nation’s largest CCRCs. She is a Fellow of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy, a Certified Aging Services Professional, and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Her credentials include an MBA from Virginia Teach and a BS in Health Care Administration from East Tennessee State University.
class of 2019
Ben Burks, Executive Director, Brandon Oaks, Roanoke
Ben was named Executive Director of Brandon Oaks in fall 2017. Previously, he served as Executive Director of The Glebe from 2013 to 2017. From 2009-2013, Ben served as Vice President of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC). Ben has a strong background in resident satisfaction, wellness, financial performance, strategic planning, technology, and innovation and change. He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Virginia. He is also an ordained elder in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Divinity and a Theological Masters from Duke University, and a PhD in Leadership and Policy from the University of Virginia.
Libby Bush, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, Vinson Hall, McLean
In late 2017, Libby was named Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Vinson Hall Retirement Community. Libby served as Chief Operating Office for Ingleside from 2016 to 2017, having been promoted from the position of more than two years as Executive Director of Westminster at Lake Ridge and having served more than 20 years with Life Plan Communities. As COO, Libby had operational responsibility for Westminster at Lake Ridge, Ingleside at King Farm, and Ingleside at Rock Creek. She holds as Masters Degree in Management of Aging Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the College of Wooster.
Mike Rowe, Executive Director, Patriots Colony, Williamsburg
In 2015 Mike Rowe became the Executive Director of Patriots Colony, a Riverside Health System LifeCare retirement community in Williamsburg. His career in health care has spanned more than 30 years and included an early stint as a Captain in the Medical Services Corps of the U.S. Air Force. After serving in the Air Force, Mike returned to school to earn an MHA in Healthcare Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia, and he served in executive positions for health care organizations across the East Coast, from Florida to Maryland.
class of 2020
Joan S. Thomas, Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Health, Director of Community Relations and Administrator, Birmingham Green
Joan is responsible for the overall philosophy of behavioral healthcare that is provided across the campus of Birmingham Green. Since 2011 she has served as Administrator for the District Home Assisted Living. Joan holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from George Mason University. She holds an MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute, administered by Strayer University. Prior to her work with Birmingham Green she was with Kaiser Permanente.
Courtney Nuzzo, Administrator, The Lewinsville
Courtney assumed a leadership role with The Lewinsville in 2009. She is also an avid advocate for affordable housing in the Commonwealth at both the local and national levels. Prior to joining The Lewinsville, Courtney’s work experience included Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Dominion Psychiatric Hospital, and Goodwin House Alexandria. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Concord College, Master of Social Work from University of South Carolina. Executive Leadership Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University, Management Business School and Larry Minnix Leadership Academy.