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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.

The Leadership Academy is generously supported by:


Congratulations to the newly announced Fellows for the 2019 LeadingAge DC, Maryland, and Virginia Leadership Academy. The new Academy session will kick-off at the 2019 LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference in Norfolk in June.

2020 Leadership Academy Fellows

  • Theresa Dauz

    Infection Control Nurse
    Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home (DC)

  • Danielle Flippin

    Adult Care Center Manager
    JABA Adult Care Center (VA)

  • Sarah Hagan

    Vice President of Independent Living
    Bridgewater Retirement Community (VA)

  • Jessica Herpst

    Army Distaff Foundation & Knollwood (DC)

  • Heather Jacobs

    Services Liaison and Security Manager
    Asbury Solomons (MD)

  • William Lester

    Warm Hearth Village (VA)

  • Amy Lewis

    Coordinator of Resident Program Development
    Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (VA)

  • Becky Lipscomb

    Sales Director
    The Village at Orchard Ridge (VA)

  • Tammy Mackey

    Executive Director
    Lakewood at Home (VA)

  • Steven Nelson

    Director of Building & Grounds
    The Chesapeake (VA)

  • Joan Noe

    Account & Project Manager/Client Liaison
    Senior Options (VA)

  • Miamah Pinkard

    Compliance Officer
    NCBA Housing Management Corporation (DC)

  • Lindy Sellew

    Admin/HR Assistant
    Brandermill Woods (VA)

  • Lauren Sims

    Falcons Landing (VA)

  • Jennifer Young

    Business Office Director
    Hermitage Richmond (VA)

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

DeAnn Akins, Facilitator

President & Founder
OctoFly Dreams

Libby Bush, Coach

CEO & Executive Director
Vinson Hall

Sue DaCamera, Coach

Chief Operating Officer
Asbury Communities

Dwight Mayes, Coach



2019 Leadership Academy Fellows

  • Carla Brown

    Executive Director
    St. Joseph's Place (MD)

  • Trent Clugston

    Mountain View Nursing Home (VA)

  • Matt Dameron

    Assistant Executive Director
    Hermitage Richmond (VA)

  • Marni Ewell

    Terrace Resident Services Director
    Army Distaff Foundation & Knollwood (DC)

  • Meredith Hodges

    Director of Quality Assurance & Compliance
    Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay (VA)

  • Eileen Kwak

    Director of Resident Services
    Lakewood (VA)

  • Heather Mattingly

    Director of Development
    Asbury Solomons & Calvert County Nursing Center (MD)

  • Dave Milliron

    Director of Maintenance & Engineering
    Cedarfield (VA)

  • Damian Nita

    IT/Network Tech
    Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (VA)

  • Viatris Nugent

    AL/Memory Support Social Worker
    The Chesapeake (VA)

  • Cynthia Perez

    Sr. Director of Marketing & Admissions
    Asbury Methodist Village (MD)

  • Dennis Poremski

    Director of Wellness
    Asbury Solomons (MD)

  • Cecilia Roe

    Director of A/R and Billing
    Ingleside Senior Living (MD)

  • Crystal Scott

    Assistant Executive Director
    Carroll Manor Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center (DC)

  • Andrea Staskiel

    Director of Marketing & Sales
    Warwick Forest (VA)

  • Robin Von der Pool

    Director of Volunteer Services/Community Liaison
    Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home (DC)

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

DeAnn Akins, Facilitator

President & Founder
OctoFly Dreams

Libby Bush, Coach

CEO & Executive Director
Vinson Hall

Sue DaCamera, Coach

Chief Operating Officer
Asbury Communities

Steve Nash, Coach

President & CEO
Stoddard Baptist Home


2018 Leadership Academy Fellows

  • Donna Bolton

    Manager, Dining Services
    The Lewinsville Retirement Residence (VA)

  • Delaine Caldwell

    Director of Resident Life Services
    Hermitage in Roanoke (VA)

  • Brandy Day

    Senior Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development
    Williamsburg Landing (VA)

  • Anne Ellestad

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

  • Maggie Falzone

    Nursing Home Administrator
    Willowbrook Court, Country House (DE)

  • Heather Gearhart

    Vice President, Health & Wellness
    Warm Hearth, Inc. (VA)

  • Stacey Iden

    Connected Living Director
    The Village at Orchard Ridge (VA)

  • Heather Kennedy

    Community Life Director
    Glen Meadows Retirement Community (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 (VA)

  • Melinda Noland

    Director of Wellness Center
    VMRC (VA)

  • Dennis Olaniyi, RN

    Director of Nursing
    Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home (DC)

  • Traci Powers, RN

    Director of Nursing
    Heron Point of Chestertown (MD)

  • Brian Tenney

    Executive DIrector
    Westminster at Lake Ridge (VA)

  • Robert Wagner

    Director of Dining Services
    Birmingham Green (VA)


Michael DeGeronimo, Leader in Residence

Program Director
Walter Read Adult Day Health Center

Joan Thomas, Leader in Residence

Chief Clinical Officer
Birmingham Green

Courtney Nuzzo, Leader in Residence

The Lewinsville Retirement Residence