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Leadership Academy

LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia are joining together to create a joint Leadership Academy to cultivate future leaders in our field. Modeled after the LeadingAge Leadership Academy and many of our other state partners, this year long program will kick off in February 2017 and immerse participants in leadership theory and practice. With focus on collaboration, advocacy, self-reflection, work-life balance and innovation, fellows will explore how these pillars are working in member communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. They will also spend time with area leaders in our field to understand their path to leadership.

We extend a special thanks to the Academy's generous sponsors, both Elite Partners of LeadingAge Virginia.

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

    Sr Director of HR & Organizational Development
    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)

  • John Loop

    Operations Manager
    Asbury Methodist Village, Asbury (MD)

  • 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


Applications for the Class of 2019 will open this fall.