Veteran in Senior Living Management and Resident Services to Provide Executive Leadership at Northern Virginia's Premier Retirement Community
Ashburn, VA – Ashby Ponds is pleased to announce Craig Karczmer as the community's new Executive Director. Prior to joining Ashby Ponds, Craig served as the Associate Executive Director at Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, NJ.
"We are very excited to have Craig leading the team at Greenspring," said Erickson Living's Vice President of Regional Operations, Chip Warner. "He is a proven leader in senior living who has tremendous passion for this work and has consistently delivered superior quality services and health care for older adults."
Graduating from the State University of New York at Oswego, with a BA in Communication Studies and Marketing, Craig began his career working in the fields of marketing and publication. "My father instilled in me a solid work ethic, the desire to learn from every opportunity, and the drive to do more, to do better," says Craig. "As a French immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 16, with four quarters in his pocket, he discovered quickly the many benefits of hard work and dedication." In 1995 Karczmer received his Masters of Public Healthcare Administration from Long Island University and accepted a position with Manor Care, opening five assisted living communities in less than two years. "I decided I wanted to do something different with my life," he says. "I looked to retirement living because working with older adults appealed to me. I also enjoy helping people and being a part of residents lives." Karczmer went on to work for several more assisted living and continuing care retirement communities until finding his home at Erickson Living. "Throughout my career I continually asked myself – how do I take what I am doing, what I am learning and use it to impact the most lives," he says. "It wasn't until I began working for Erickson Living that I knew I was where I was supposed to be." Since arriving at Ashby Ponds Karczmer has thrown himself into day-to-day life at the community, making it his number one priority to get out and meet the residents he serves. He's attempted the hula hoop at a Caribbean-themed happy hour, walked through the gardens meeting residents at this summer's garden party, attended the Ashby Ponds Olympics and diversity week activities, and hosted his first few "Coffee and Conversation" meetings with residents. "I've worked in senior living for over 20 years and what always strikes me is how wonderful it is to meet the residents," he says. "There is something special about learning about a person's life experiences and what their dreams are as they enter a new phase of life. Trying to match up residents' dreams with what we do as a community – truly energizes me." About Ashby Ponds: Ashby Ponds, one of 19 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.). The community is home to over 850 residents and has over 120 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.