Our Leaders

Meet the people who are committed to carrying out the mission of LifeSpire of Virginia.

President and CEO: Jonathan R. Cook

Jonathan R. Cook joined the staff of LifeSpire of Virginia as President/CEO on December 3, 2014. Prior to joining LifeSpire of Virginia, Mr. Cook worked for Life Care Services LLC, where in his tenure he served as both Executive Director and in the regional position of Director of Operations Management. He has more than 19 years […]

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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer: Ray Fisher

Ray Fisher has been involved in senior living since 2001 and has held positions as CFO, CEO, and advisor. He 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 part of many senior living expansion projects, the most recent involving […]

Chief Financial Officer: Joseph Kelley

Joseph Kelley joined LifeSpire of Virginia in January 2009 and has served as Operations Controller and Corporate Director of Finance. He assumed the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer in September 2013. Joseph has more than 30 years of experience in the health care and senior living fields and during that time has held a variety of […]

Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations: Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson joined LifeSpire of Virginia in January 2009. Before coming to LifeSpire of Virginia, he worked with Sunrise Senior Living where he served in a variety of roles, including regional manager for an assisted living portfolio, managing a portfolio of six continuing care retirement communities and directing the marketing and sales for a new […]

The Culpeper

Executive Director: James F. (Jim) Jacobsen

James F. (Jim) Jacobsen was named Executive Director of The Culpeper in September 2015. His employment with LifeSpire of Virginia began in August 1991 when he served as Director of Dining Services at The Culpeper campus. In 1995, he began 20 years of service at Lakewood, the LifeSpire of Virginia retirement community located in Richmond, Virginia. Jim […]

The Chesapeake

Executive Director: David Loop

David Loop assumed the position of Executive Director of The Chesapeake in June 2017. Entering the field of senior living administration in 1984, David’s career parallels the development and growth of the senior living industry.  His service as a senior living community executive includes Willow Valley Communities, Pennsylvania; The Garlands of Barrington, Illinois; and Friendship […]

The Glebe

Executive Director: Ellen D’Ardenne

Ellen D’Ardenne was named Executive Director of The Glebe in September 2017. Previously, she served as director of health and wellness services at The Glebe. D’Ardenne 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 […]


Executive Director: Barrett Way

Barrett Way began serving as Executive Director of Lakewood  in April 2017. Prior to joining Lakewood, Way was the executive director of Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana, managed by Life Care Services. During his tenure with Life Care Services, Way led a $2 million villa expansion project, oversaw the refinancing of $8.9 million in debt […]

VBH Foundation

Vice President: Patricia S. Morris

Pat has more than 30 years in fundraising, marketing, and nonprofit governance.  Prior to joining Lifespire in 2011, she raised funds for the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and FeedMore.  Prior to entering fundraising, she worked in retail marketing, communications, and merchandising for […]