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LifeSpire awards staff scholarships


By Ann Lovell


Kristen Peters, a dining services employee, receives a scholarship award from Jim Jacobsen, The Culpeper’s executive director.

CULPEPER, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia recently awarded its first-ever employee scholarships to staff and family of The Culpeper, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Culpeper.  Kristen Peters, a dining services employee at The Culpeper, and Brandi Houck, daughter of Paula Bolton, The Culpeper’s assisted living administrator, each received $1,500 to continue their education. Peters, a graduate of Culpeper County high school, plans to pursue a degree in nursing. Houck, a graduate of Eastern View high school, will attend Christopher Newport University in the fall.

Brandi Houck and her mother, Paula Bolton, The Culpeper’s assisted living administrator, display her scholarship award from LifeSpire’s Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation.

The scholarships are funded through donations to LifeSpire’s employee education fund and administered by the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation, LifeSpire’s benevolent arm. Scholarships are available to employees and children or grandchildren of employees.

“We are pleased to provide scholarships to these students, and we are grateful to our donors who helped make these inaugural awards possible,” said Patricia Morris, vice president of the VBH Foundation. “We wish Kristen and Brandi the very best in their future studies.”

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 for Lakewood

RICHMOND, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is seeking to hire an executive director for its Lakewood community in Richmond, Virginia.

Lakewood is a not-for-profit life plan community located in Richmond’s West End.  It is one of four communities owned and operated by LifeSpire of Virginia, based in Richmond, Virginia.

The Lakewood community currently consists of 227 independent living apartments, 30 villas, 14 cottages, 60 assisted living beds, 14 assisted living memory support beds, and 96 skilled nursing beds.  The community is in a pre-sales phase for an additional 44 independent living apartments and 20 hybrid homes.  A comprehensive expansion and repositioning project is currently in process that will include the additional independent living units, four new dining venues, a performing arts center, and a comprehensive wellness center that includes an aquatic center.

The community has an outstanding reputation in the Richmond market and currently provides service to 440 residents and employs 360 staff members. The health center provides excellent care and has a 5-Star rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In November 2016, Lakewood received the prestigious “Best Nursing Home” rating by U.S. News & World Report.

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 results 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 the residents, clients, and their families.

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


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as an Executive Director, Officer, or Administrator 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


  • 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 the 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


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 to 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:

Mick Feauto, Chief Operating Officer, at mfeauto@lifespireliving.org.




LifeSpire welcomes Corporate Director of Clinical Services


teresa-collinsRichmond, Virginia—LifeSpire of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of Teresa Collins as Corporate Director of Clinical Services. As a member of LifeSpire’s corporate team, Collins is responsible for the overall clinical and health services in all LifeSpire communities, including global implementation and training for all clinical programs, protocols, benchmarks and standards. She also assures compliance with Federal and State regulations and best practices in the delivery of quality services across all communities.

Collins holds a master’s degree in nursing administration and is board certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced. She has 26 years’ experience as a registered nurse and 10 years’ experience in acute care as a Director of Emergency Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She brings a strong understanding of Medicare, Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payments. She has also served as Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance and Compliance Director at Colonial Heights Health Care and Rehab in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

She and her husband, Jack, reside in Doswell, Virginia. They have two adult sons.

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

LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes, 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 partners with Virginia Baptist Foundation to award scholarship


By Ann Lovell

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Jonathan Carter of Graceland Baptist Church in Powhatan is the 2016-17 recipient of a Virginia Baptist Foundation scholarship sponsored by LifeSpire of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Virginia—In partnership with the Virginia Baptist Foundation (VBF), LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes, awarded a scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year to Jonathan Carter in a ceremony May 22 at Gayton Baptist Church. Carter, a certified nurse aide and member of Graceland Baptist Church in Powhatan, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“We appreciate the opportunity to give back to Virginia Baptists by sponsoring this scholarship,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire president and CEO. “We are grateful for the support Virginia Baptists have given to us throughout our 70-year history, and we look forward to future partnership opportunities.”

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Ron Hall, Virginia Baptist Foundation president and CEO, introduces the 2016-17 VBF scholarship recipients in a May 22 ceremony at Gayton Baptist Church.

In applying for the scholarship, Carter credited his mother as the inspiration for his decision to pursue a career in health care. Herself a nurse, she also suffered a workplace injury that caused her to undergo two major spinal surgeries. Carter’s experience as the child of a caregiver and the family member of a patient motivates him to become the best care provider he can be.

In 20 years Carter hopes to have completed medical school along with the internships, residencies and fellowships necessary for a career in neurosurgery, he said. He also plans to attend seminary.

“I believe that healing takes part on both the physical and spiritual (level),” Carter wrote. “I want to be able to have a fuller understanding of the Word, to be more comfortable and knowledgeable to share it, and (to) promote a more complete healing for people.”

The Virginia Baptist Foundation awarded $156,000 in total scholarships to 90 recipients from a pool of 131 applicants, said Ron Hall, VBF president and CEO.

“This is both a record number of recipients as well as dollar amount for this ministry,” Hall 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.