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Leadership Academy

The LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership program designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit aging services leaders in the DC, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia region. During the year, Fellows are guided through graduate level curriculum which examines the traits of successful leaders, develops leadership competencies, and expands knowledge in the field of aging services, while establishing strong bonds with peers from other LeadingAge members. The DC, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Academy is modeled after the highly successful LeadingAge National Leadership Academy.

2018-2019 Leadership Academy Application

Deadline: March 2, 2018



Please join us in congratulating our inaugural class of the LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Academy Fellows!



  • Donna Bolton

    Manager Dining Services
    The Lewinsville Retirement Residence (VA)

  • Delaine Caldwell

    Director of Resident Life Services
    The Hermitage in Roanoke, VUMH (VA)

  • Brandy Day

    Chief Talent Officer
    Williamsburg Landing (VA)

  • Anne Ellestad

    Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling
    Asbury Methodist Village, Asbury (MD)

  • Maggie Falzone

    Nursing Home Administrator
    Willowbrook Court, County House, ACTSLife (DE)

  • Heather Gearhart

    VP, Health & Wellness
    Warm Hearth Village (VA)

  • Stacey Iden

    Connected Living Director
    The Village at Orchard Ridge, National Lutheran Homes (VA)

  • Heather Kennedy

    Community Life Director
    Glen Meadows Retirement Community, PSL (MD)

  • Stephanie Lawrence

    Independent Living Marketing Counselor
    Vinson Hall Retirement Community (VA)

  • Elizabeth Lewis

    Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (VA)

  • Matthew Meinertzhagen

    Director of Facilities Management
    Lake Prince Woods, UCHAS (VA)

  • Melinda Noland

    Director Wellness Center & Life Enrichment
    VMRC (VA)

  • Dennis Olaniyi

    Director of Nursing
    Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home (DC)

  • Traci Powers

    Director of Nursing
    Heron Point of Chestertown, ACTSLife (MD)

  • Brian Tenney

    Executive Director
    Westminster at Lake Ridge, Ingleside Communities (VA)

  • Robert Wagner

    Director of Dining Services
    Birmingham Green (VA)

We also extend a special thanks to the Academy's facilitator and coaches:

DeAnn Akins, Facilitator

President & Founder
OctoFly Dreams

Libby Bush, Coach

Chief Operating Officer
Ingleside Communities

Sue DaCamera, Coach

Chief Operating Officer
Asbury Communities

Steve Nash, Coach

President & CEO
Stoddard Baptist Home