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Now hiring: Corporate Controller

April 16, 2019

The LifeSpire of Virginia home office is currently recruiting for a full-time Corporate Controller to help lead the home office accounting team. This important financial management position reports to the Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for all aspects of accounting information, production, compliance, and management pertaining to LifeSpire and its affiliates.  In addition, this position monitors and manages the companies’ cash position and our non-profit Foundation’s business affairs and is a valued accounting and financial consultant and resource to LifeSpire’s senior leadership and communities.  In performing these responsibilities, this position leads and manages an accounting team of seven FTEs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Accounting degree required; CPA preferred.
  • Must have at least 7 years’ relevant experience, including as controller or with accounting management experience, preferably in a decentralized operating environment.
  • Experience in healthcare, senior living, and/or not-for-profit is preferred
  • Must have proficiency in Microsoft Office and at least one accounting software application.
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional oral/written communication skills are required. Project management experience is a plus.
  • Must be a team-oriented and self-motivated leader.  Management experience preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to apply sound accounting and business principles and organize and manage multiple deliverables, deadlines and priorities in a fluid environment.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Effectively and efficiently manage the following centralized major functional areas:
  • General Ledger & Financial Reporting
  • Bank reconciliations & cash monitoring/management
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable & Third Party Billing
  • Fixed Assets
  • Payroll
  • Tax and Third Party Reporting
  • Produce i) monthly income statements and balance sheets for all affiliated not-for-profit corporations, ii) quarterly and annual consolidated GAAP Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Changes in Cash Position, and annual footnote disclosures.
  • Establish and maintain effective working and advisory relationships with community Executive Directors, department heads and administrative staff, consistent with providing efficient and mutually effective support.
  • Establish and manage internal controls within LifeSpire.  Produce, implement and maintain accounting-related policies and procedures, consistent with GAAP, GAAS, governance directives, and good stewardship, to support safeguarding of assets, accurate/timely financial reporting, and regulatory compliance.
  • Manage & coordinate i) LifeSpire’s annual independent audit and production of audited financial statements, and ii) other/regulatory external audits, as necessary.
  • Maintain not-for-profit and Foundation accounting and reporting, including donor accounting and management of restricted & unrestricted donations.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual discloser statements and quarterly EMMA filings.
  • Manage the relationship with LifeSpire’s actuarial consultants, and the calculation/recording of Future Service Obligations; including the use of actuarial software (LifeCalc) & the accounting for and amortization of deferred entrance fees.
  • Maintain all companies’ charts of accounts (utilizing Matrix Care integrated software) and their interface with our reports library (utilizing F9 report writer).
  • Mange the accounting and reporting pertaining to LifeSpire’s diverse investment portfolio, including alternative investments.
  • Manage retirement plan accounting and compliance, including annual non-discrimination testing.
  • Ensure appropriate accounting for various types of existing and potential CCRC contract arrangements.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple bank accounts and processes, including electronic transfers; maintain bank accounts/relationships as needed.
  • Review and approve invoices prior to release of A/P disbursements.
  • Assist in the review and preparation of the annual 990 tax returns.
  • Manage LifeSpire’s record retention policy and process.
  • Develop, maintain and manage accounting-related policies and procedures pertaining to areas of responsibility.

This job offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. The full-time benefits package includes options for health, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan, and generous paid time off.  EOE.

Qualified applicants may apply by sending a resume to: jobs@lifespireliving.org

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.

 

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.  

Lakewood to begin community center demolition Feb. 9

By Ann Lovell

Lakewood’s current community center, seen to the right in this aerial view, will be demolished Feb. 9 to make way for a $64-million expansion to the campus.

RICHMOND, Virginia—Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Richmond’s west end, will begin demolishing its community center Feb. 9 to make way for a $64-million expansion to its campus.

To mark the beginning of the demolition, the retirement community will host a remembrance and celebration service for residents and guests at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in the community’s Simms Center.

Lakewood Executive Director Barrett Way recognizes the importance of the community center to many Lakewood residents and wants to mark the occasion appropriately — honoring the past while also looking forward to the future.

“We want to remember what happened in this building,” Way said. “We have a lot of residents, resident families and past residents who have the experience of being in this building … and we want to remember and appreciate those memories.”

Lakewood’s expansion includes a state-of-the-art four-story clubhouse, pictured in this architectural rendering, with 44 apartments on the upper floors, underground parking and an indoor pool and fitness center.

The community center, which opened July 20, 1978, once housed the community’s health care center. It will be replaced by a state-of-the-art four-story clubhouse with 44 apartments on the upper floors. The new clubhouse will also provide underground parking and offer views of a new lake with walking paths, gardens, fire pits and a waterfall feature, Way said. In addition the expansion will include two mansion-style buildings with 10 homes in each.

“On Feb. 9 we’ll have a celebration of knocking the building down, but also a time to remember the individuals who called this building home. We want to remember the memories that took place in this space, but also celebrate the future as we welcome a brand new state-of-the-art campus,” Way said.

Ann Lovell is corporate director of communications for LifeSpire of Virginia. For more information, she may be contacted at alovell@lifespireliving.org or by phone at (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia manages four continuing care retirement communities across Virginia: The Glebe in Daleville, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Chesapeake in Newport News, and Lakewood in Richmond.

LifeSpire welcomes new Chief Operating Officer

By Ann Lovell

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to welcome Ray Fisher as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Fisher will be responsible for directing overall operations in LifeSpire’s four continuing care retirement communities through leadership, management, and vision. His expected start date is Nov. 27, 2017.

“We believe Ray will be a great addition to our team of managers and as an officer of the company,” said Scott Cave, a LifeSpire trustee who participated in the search and interview process. “We are pleased to welcome him.”

Fisher has more than 25 years’ experience at the executive level within the context of large for-profit firms and senior living organizations. He has been involved in senior living since 2001 during which time he has held positions as CFO, CEO, and advisor. He has been part of many senior living expansion projects, the most recent involving the creation of a nationally recognized short-term recovery and rehab center. As CEO, he led the turnaround of a mid-size CCRC and the successful creation and operation of a nationally recognized 48-bed rehab and wellness center.

“We are excited to welcome Ray to the LifeSpire team,” said Jonathan Cook, president and CEO. “We are building a great culture and a great team at LifeSpire, and one thing that excites us most about Ray is the depth of his background and experience.”

Fisher is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, and he earned an MS Finance degree from the University of Baltimore. He has instructed at VCU, UVA’s Darden School and the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Virginia Society of CPAs.

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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.

LifeSpire announces new mission, vision and values

By Ann Lovell

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia, a senior housing provider based in Richmond, Virginia, released new mission, vision and values statements that will serve as a guide for the present and future of the organization. They are principles for every LifeSpire employee to embody and strive to achieve each and every day.

“Our mission, vision and values define who we are as a company and set the tone and direction for every initiative we undertake,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire president and CEO. “From resident-centered care to a focus on dining, hospitality and wellness our company vision is at the heart of who we are and what we do.”

LifeSpire’s mission is empowering individuals with choices in purposeful living. LifeSpire’s vision is vibrant living where faith, wellness and community flourish. The organization achieves its mission and vision by adhering to its core values of faith, servant-leadership, stewardship, integrity, peace of mind, innovation and joy. A complete look at LifeSpire’s mission, vision and values is listed below and can also be found online at LifeSpireliving.org.

In response to numerous resident, employee and stakeholder surveys in the past several years, LifeSpire recognized the need to revisit its mission, vision and value statements, Cook said. In early 2017 LifeSpire initiated a strategic planning process and included a mission, vision and values review. The goal was to better align the organization’s mission, vision and values with the transformations its communities are undergoing as they seek to become the premier senior housing provider and employer-of-choice in the mid-Atlantic region.

“We are proud of the result of this months-long, collaborative effort and believe the results accurately reflect who we are,” Cook said. “Moving forward, these statements are the lens through which ideas are evaluated, decisions are made, and programs are initiated.”

Our Mission:

Empowering individuals with choices in purposeful living.

Our Vision:

Vibrant living where faith, wellness, and community flourish.

Our Core Values:

Faith: Loving God. Loving people. Respecting dignity. Welcoming all.

As a faith-based organization birthed in Christian values and Virginia Baptist traditions, we welcome residents of all faiths. We honor and respect diversity as well as our Christian heritage. Key terms: Diversity, religious freedom, Christ-centered, Virginia Baptist heritage, welcoming, honor, respect, dignity.

Servant-Leadership: Putting the needs of others ahead of ourselves.

We do our work with a focus on others. We meet the needs we see, regardless of job title or position. We recognize and value the contributions of others. Key terms: Compassion, humility, graciousness, others-focused, hospitality, generous listening, community.

Stewardship: Respecting the dignity of those we serve and managing the resources of the organization with integrity.

We recognize and respect the dignity of others. We treat organizational and resident resources with the same attention we give to our personal resources. We are generous with our finances, our time and our talents. Key terms: Benevolence, managing others’ resources, whole-life accountability, dignity, respect, community, wellness.

Integrity: Doing the right thing. Every. Single. Time.

We do our work transparently, building an atmosphere of trust along the way. We provide “resident-centered care,” offering choices in all aspects of senior living. Key terms: Choice, transparency, trust, wellness.

Peace of Mind: Offering safety and security in an atmosphere of compassionate care.

We provide a safe place for residents and staff to live and work. We know each other by name and greet one another with a smile. We provide the highest quality of care and compassion, treating our residents and one another like family. Key terms: Responsiveness, safety, proactive, compassion, care, attentiveness, community.

Innovation: Providing best-in-class solutions and employing best practices to become an industry leader in senior living.

Residents and staff are empowered to make decisions and take risks in the best interests of our residents. We are not afraid to “fail forward.” We encourage creative problem-solving and flexibility in meeting resident needs. We seek to become an industry leader, employing best practices and paying close attention to trends in senior living. Key terms: Creativity, risk-taking, empowered decision-making, flexibility, problem solving, industry leader, best practices, trends, “fail forward.”

Joy: Finding deep satisfaction in our work that permeates our workplace.

The fulfillment and satisfaction we find in our work is infectious and permeates our work environment. We celebrate our differences, understanding that each of us brings a unique perspective to the workplace that benefits residents and staff. We are “there” for each other, supporting one another through professional and personal challenges and victories. Key terms: Fulfillment, fun, inspirational, celebrating and honoring differences, positive atmosphere and culture, encouragement, community, wellness.

 

 

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.

 

LifeSpire of Virginia appoints new leadership at The Glebe

By Ann Lovell

Ellen D’Ardenne is the new executive director of The Glebe.

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce the selection of Ellen D’Ardenne as executive director of The Glebe, a LifeSpire continuing care retirement community in Daleville.

Most recently, D’Ardenne served as administrator of health services at The Glebe. She joined The Glebe in 2005 as the director of dining services. After 25 years of food service management in the hotel, restaurant, and senior living industries, D’Ardenne was looking for a new challenge. In May 2006, she began a health care administration degree program, which led her to become a licensed nursing home administrator in June 2010. With experience in assisted living administration and skilled nursing management, she further expanded her role in April 2011 by assuming leadership of The Glebe’s health and wellness programs.

“We are pleased to promote Ms. D’Ardenne to lead The Glebe,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire president and CEO. “She has been a part of The Glebe from its beginnings and has played a major role in The Glebe’s success. We have every confidence she will lead The Glebe with excellence and a focus on resident-centered care.”

D’Ardenne and her husband, Dwayne, have three children. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, cycling, and running.

Brandon Evans is the new administrator of health services at The Glebe.

In a related move, The Glebe’s director of nursing, Brandon Evans, has been promoted to administrator of health services, the position vacated by D’Ardenne’s promotion. Evans joined The Glebe in 2011. He is a registered nurse who began his health services career as a nursing assistant, progressed to a licensed practical nurse and then obtained his registered nurse license. Evans’ nursing background includes supervisory responsibilities over a large skilled nursing program with more than 180-skilled beds, infection control, quality improvement and staff development.

Brandon received his associate’s degree in science, registered nursing, cum laude from Virginia Western Community College, and he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He received a bachelor of science in nursing from the Jefferson College of Health Science. He and his wife, Amy, have two children. He enjoys hunting and fishing.

 

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.

 

Dr. Valerie Carter elected as LifeSpire Trustee

By Ann Lovell

Richmond, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Valerie Carter as the newest member of LifeSpire’s Board of Trustees. Carter was elected at the trustee’s quarterly meeting Sept. 12 at The Glebe, a LifeSpire continuing care retirement community in Daleville, outside Roanoke.

Carter is currently the executive director/treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia (WMUV) and has worked in ministry roles with Virginia Baptists since 1988. In addition to her current position, Carter’s roles included Director of Hillside Baptist Center, WMUV Associate of Christian Social Ministries, and Associate Pastor of “Glocal” (global and local) ministries at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond. She is also an adjunct instructor of sociology at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carter to the board of LifeSpire,” said Jonathan Cook, President and CEO. “Her background in ministry and her strong ties to Virginia Baptists will help us realize our vision of vibrant communities where faith, wellness and community flourish.”

Carter holds the doctor of ministry degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, a master’s in sociology from VCU, a master’s of divinity from Virginia Union University School of Theology, and a bachelor’s in sociology from Adelphi University. Carter is a native of Long Island, New York, the widow of Rev. Hylan Carter, Jr., and the mother of two sons.

 

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.

NOW HIRING: Executive Director of The Glebe

08/18/17

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is seeking to hire an executive director for The Glebe, a not-for-profit life plan community in Daleville, Virginia. The Glebe is one of four communities owned and operated by LifeSpire of Virginia, based in Richmond, Virginia.

The Glebe currently consists of 154 independent living apartments/cottages, 32 assisted living beds, and 32 skilled nursing beds.  Master Planning is underway to consider growth opportunities for additional independent living apartments and/or a memory care neighborhood.

The community has an outstanding reputation in the Roanoke market and currently provides service to 256 residents and currently employs 192 staff members. The health center provides excellent care and has a 5-star rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director is responsible for continuing and enhancing the reputation of the community by providing strategic leadership consistent with the LifeSpire mission, vision, and values. The Executive Director shall provide leadership in the development of policies, procedures and plans which result in the accomplishment of both the organization’s long- and short-range goals. The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of appropriate services to residents, clients, and their families.

Key qualifications, duties, and personal characteristics for this position are:

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as an Executive Director of a life plan community
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • NHA license is a plus, but not required
  • Thorough understanding of the senior housing industry
  • Financial management skills; ability to develop and manage the budget for the entire community; identify areas for expense savings or revenue generating opportunities
  • Ability to maintain and strengthen positive working relationships with staff, residents, and leadership across communities
  • With support of the leadership team, develop and implement a strategic plan that aligns with the LifeSpire mission, vision, and values
  • Provide quality programming and services that meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s consumer
  • Develop and sustain a community culture of teamwork, professionalism, mutual respect, continuous quality improvement, and accountability
  • Develop a strong team of competent and committed professionals who are committed to service excellence
  • Articulate a vision, create consensus, and motivate people to build a sense of community

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the strategic plan and direction of LifeSpire of Virginia.
  • Direct the overall operations of the facility while complying with state and federal regulations as well as the company’s policies and procedures
  • Ensure compliance and licensure with all licensing agencies
  • Manage occupancy development.
  • Plan, develop, and manage facility’s operating and capital budgets
  • Develop and monitor all contracted provider services.
  • Foster effective communications and teamwork among the facility’s management group
  • Maintain current knowledge about changes in federal, state, and local regulations
  • Focus on achieving and maintaining 5-star status in the community

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

The ideal candidate will be a competent, compassionate, and committed professional who is willing to enter into a long-term commitment of service to the organization and do so within a team-oriented, collaborative, servant-leadership environment.  He/she will be a person of high integrity and ethical standards and have a personal reputation that will reflect well on the organization.  Of equal importance will be a high standard of care and concern for current and future residents.  He/she will evidence a commitment to establishing community collaborations. As a relationship-oriented person, the Executive Director will be an excellent communicator and will maintain a visible presence among staff, residents, clients, and within the surrounding community.

This job offers a competitive base salary with a bonus incentive structure, as well as an excellent benefits package. The full-time benefits package includes options for health, dental, and life insurance, retirement plan, generous paid time off, and relocation assistance.  EOE.

Qualified applicants may apply by e-mailing a resume to:

jobs@lifespireliving.org

 

 

Mick Feauto, LifeSpire COO, announces retirement

06/30/17

By Ann Lovell

Mick L. Feauto
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

RICHMOND, Virginia—Mick Feauto, LifeSpire of Virginia’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), announced his retirement June 27, effective Dec. 31, 2017. Feauto has served as LifeSpire’s executive vice president and COO since 2015. He has 34 years of senior industry experience as a nursing home administrator, executive director, regional vice president of operations, and senior regional vice president of operations. In the 10 years before coming to LifeSpire, Feauto served in regional roles with Life Care Services with oversight of 28 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).

During his tenure at LifeSpire, “Mick led our communities through a number of substantive changes with remarkable results,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire president and chief executive officer. “We would not be where we are today without his leadership and vision.”

Cook said the search for Feauto’s successor is underway, and applications will be accepted through July 31, 2017, with interviews expected in August.

“We anticipate having the person selected and on board prior to Mick’s departure to assist with transition,” Cook said. More information and a job description are available on LifeSpire’s website.

In retirement, Feauto and his wife, Laura, plan to split time between their homes in Iowa and Florida.

“Please thank Mick for his service and join me in congratulating him on a fantastic career,” Cook said.

 

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.