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LifeSpire of Virginia launches new leadership development program

By Ann Lovell

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia recently launched a new leadership development program and selected its first two associate administrators, Cidney Colby and Kevin Furman.

Cidney Colby

Colby is a recent graduate of Purdue University in Indiana. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and management. Colby will be based at Lakewood, LifeSpire’s community in Richmond’s west end.

Kevin Furman

Furman is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences with a concentration in health services administration. Furman will be based at The Chesapeake in Newport News.

Traditionally, an administrator-in-training program is a supervised internship that allows the associate administrator to work under the guidance of a licensed administrator and gain additional education and experience in long-term care administration. LifeSpire’s program hopes to go beyond a traditional program to give associates exposure to all aspects of the senior living industry, including clinical services, resident-directed care, marketing, finance and economics, communications and public relations, human resources, strategic planning, risk management and information technology.

Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire’s President and CEO, describes the program as an opportunity to develop leaders and expand the organization’s “bench strength” and managerial capacity.

“We want to give Cydney, Kevin and others who will join the program the opportunity to learn from the best of the best,” Cook said. “As we expand our mission, we want to develop leaders who can position our organization for future growth.”

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities and one continuing care without walls: The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, The Chesapeake in Newport News, and Lakewood and Lakewood at Home in Richmond.


Ann Lovell is LifeSpire’s Corporate Director of Communications. For more information, she can be reached at alovell@lifespireliving.org or by phone at (804) 521-9192.



Averett University and LifeSpire Sign Partnership Agreement

RICHMOND, Va. — Averett University and LifeSpire of Virginia launched the first-ever educational partnership for LifeSpire in a ceremony June 7 at Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Richmond’s west end.

Averett University President Tiffany Franks and LifeSpire of Virginia’s President and CEO Jonathan Cook signed an agreement that includes a three-pronged partnership between the school and LifeSpire’s four continuing care retirement communities.

Dr. Tiffany Franks, President of Averett University, signs a partnership agreement with LifeSpire of Virginia, as LifeSpire President and CEO Jonathan Cook looks on.

The partnership allows employees of LifeSpire to earn their degree at Averett with scholarships awarded by Averett, LifeSpire residents to attend college-level lectures right where they live and Averett students to serve as interns at LifeSpire.

Cook praised the agreement as a step forward in positioning LifeSpire communities as employers of choice across Virginia.

Marcello Ouhali (Left), a nurse in Lakewood’s skilled nursing facility, talks with Stacy Gato, Averett University’s vice president for enrollment management, about scholarship opportunities with Averett as LifeSpire President and CEO Jonathan Cook looks on.

“We are excited to partner with Averett to offer these opportunities,” Cook said. “Averett prepares their students to make a difference in the world. LifeSpire helps team members achieve their full potential and believes that providing educational opportunities is a key piece of that process.”

Franks agreed, “LifeSpire and Averett University both value and encourage lifelong learning, a commitment to intellectual growth throughout one’s entire lifetime. We hope that LifeSpire employees and its residents will be excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Averett University family.”

LifeSpire President and CEO Jonathan Cook (Right) shakes hands with Dr. Tiffany Franks, Averett University President at the conclusion of the signing ceremony between the two organizations.

The partnership builds on the organizations’ shared mission and values as members of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. LifeSpire employees automatically qualify for Averett scholarships once they meet admissions criteria. For each undergraduate course taken, Averett will award a $250 scholarship and a $350 scholarship for each graduate course taken.

In addition, Averett will offer residents of LifeSpire communities the option of attending Averett University lectures and courses at home – right in their own community – beginning at Lakewood and expanding to LifeSpire’s other communities in Culpeper, Daleville, and Newport News. The program will launch in the fall 2019 and LifeSpire residents will be able to choose from classes in religion, communications and criminal justice/sociology.

Averett students will also benefit directly from this partnership, with opportunities to intern at LifeSpire in the areas of business, communications and accounting.


About Averett University

Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with five graduate programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe.

About LifeSpire

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities and one continuing care at home program in Virginia: The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, The Chesapeake in Newport News and Lakewood and Lakewood at Home in Richmond. For 70 years, LifeSpire has provided compassionate, quality care to senior adults in a faith-based environment.












Contact: Danielle Staub (434) 791-5681
: dstaub@averett.edu

Contact: Ann Lovell (804) 521-9192

Leonard named Director of Development

RICHMOND, Virginia — LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce that Jodi Leonard has been named Director of Development for the VBH Foundation, LifeSpire’s benevolent arm, effective, January 1, 2019. In her new role, Leonard will lead the annual planning, relationship building, and fundraising administration, which includes the annual golf tournament.

Leonard joined the VBH Foundation in November 2015 as Annual Fund Manager where she quickly became a trusted member of the team, said Patricia Morris, Vice President of the VBH Foundation.  Residents and community staff welcomed her and have consistently praised both her genuine personality and her effectiveness.

“Jodi is creative, fearless, sensible, and compassionate in her approach to fundraising, and she loves working with seniors,” Morris said.

Prior to joining LifeSpire, Leonard served nonprofit fundraising as director of development for Safe Harbor in Henrico, Virginia; as database and special events coordinator for Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York; and as database systems coordinator at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. She has a degree in Business Administration and a certification in fundraising from University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy. She also completed a Leadership Intensive Training for New and Emerging Directors from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Leonard currently serves on the finance and gala committees for Action Alliance.


For more information, contact Ann Lovell, Corporate Director of Communications, at (804) 521-9192 or alovell@lifespireliving.org.

LifeSpire of Virginia manages four continuing care retirement communities across Virginia, including The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville, The Chesapeake in Newport News, and Lakewood in Richmond. The VBH Foundation is LifeSpire’s benevolent arm, which raises funds to help LifeSpire seniors stay in their homes when they outlive their financial resources.