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Markwith named Chief Financial Officer

By Ann Lovell

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia, which manages four continuing care retirement communities throughout Virginia and Lakewood at Home, a membership-based program for seniors in Richmond, is pleased to announce that Chris Markwith has been selected as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Markwith will be responsible for directing overall financial operations for LifeSpire, its communities, foundation offices and Lakewood at Home. For the past year, Markwith served as the organization’s controller. His expected transition date to the CFO role is June 1, 2019.

Markwith succeeds Joe Kelley who will retire in October 2019 after more than 10 years of service with LifeSpire, spanning a career of more than 40 years.

“Our search for a CFO brought in candidates from all over the country,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire’s President and CEO. “Chris came to us a little over a year ago with prior experience as a CFO but little experience in senior living. Over the past year, Chris has proven that he has the skills, abilities and commitment to our mission that will continue to move the organization forward. I am confident he will be a great asset to our organization in this new role.”

Markwith has more than 25 years’ experience in progressive leadership roles in auditing, finance and operations for a number of organizations including the Commonwealth of Virginia, Signet Banking Corporation (now Wells Fargo), MCV Physicians, ChildFund International, Patient Services, Inc., and Health Savings Adminstrators, LLC.

Markwith, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He and his wife, Ann, have two children, Kayla and Wyatt. The family resides in Powhatan.


Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email alovell@lifespireliving.org or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond along with Lakewood at Home, a home-based membership program for seniors in Richmond.


Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community is now The Culpeper

Residents of The Culpeper listen as the community’s name change is announced.

By Ann Lovell

CULPEPER, Virginia—Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community has changed its name to The Culpeper, Executive Director Jim Jacobsen announced in a community meeting with residents April 6.

“While we are proud of our Baptist heritage, we believe this name change better reflects where we are today — a community who welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds in the faith-based family atmosphere Culpeper residents have come to expect,” Jacobsen said.

Built in the late 1940s, The Culpeper is the fulfillment of Dr. J. T. Edwards’ vision to assist Virginia Baptists in their retirement years. Since then, LifeSpire of Virginia (formerly Virginia Baptist Homes) has grown to four continuing care retirement communities in Culpeper, Newport News, Richmond and the Roanoke Valley. Each community provides a full continuum of care to address the changing health needs of seniors.

In addition to the name change, plans are underway to expand and revitalize The Culpeper campus, including a new front entrance and building, said Peter Robinson, LifeSpire’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. Access to the community will change from Route 15 to Route 299, and the new campus will face the Blue Ridge Mountains. Additional services will include a rehab-to-home neighborhood, memory care and skilled nursing.

“For Culpeper, this is long overdue,” Robinson said. “We have long been known for providing some of the best care in the area. We have been accomplishing this in a building built in the late 40s. We can’t wait to give residents and staff a new building, multiple dining venues, a wellness center, library, walking trails and all the amenities our residents deserve.”

Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia. Contact her at alovell@lifespireliving.org or (804) 521-9192.


Lifespire AnnRICHMOND, Va.—Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) is pleased to welcome Ann Lovell as Corporate Director of Communications. Ann is succeeding Monica Hillery who retired Feb. 5 after 43 years of service. Ann comes to VBH from the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) where she served 13 years as a missionary in media roles in the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand and four years on staff as a writer and editor in IMB’s communication center in Richmond.  As a missionary, Ann led Bible studies with local and international women in the Philippines and South Korea. In Thailand, she founded a ministry to exploited women and children, which focuses on sharing the gospel in the red-light districts of northern Thailand.

Ann’s prior experience also includes 11 years of Federal government service with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Knoxville, Tennessee. While at DOE, Ann wrote speeches, developed presentations and crafted legislative language for senior officials to present to local stakeholders, state and Congressional representatives and the White House.

Ann and her husband, Joe, have two daughters. Lauren is a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Alli is a freshman in Tucker High School’s Advanced College Academy in Richmond.

Ann may be contacted by email at alovell@vbh.org or by phone at (804) 521-9192.

Please welcome Ann to the VBH family!

Peter Robinson
Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations
Virginia Baptist Homes
Corporate Headquarters:
1900 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 23238
Telephone: (804) 521-9276
Email: probinson@vbh.org