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Operational Strength at Ashby Ponds Leads to New Leadership Roles

October 5, 2012

(ASHBURN, VIRGINIA) - Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community, recently announced changes to leadership roles as of October 1 due to the growth and expansion that continues at the community.
Ashby Ponds is preparing for the addition of a continuing care neighborhood at the 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Va.  Upon the completion of the neighborhood, Ashby Ponds will provide all levels of care at one site including independent living, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living, and memory care.  As site work for the neighborhood is planned to commence this year, Ashby Ponds has announced leadership changes in order to better serve the community's current and future residents and customers.
"As our community expands, we are looking forward to the new opportunities that will naturally emerge with the development," said David Gallagher, the Executive Director of Ashby Ponds.  "We are fortunate to be able to expand the responsibilities of our talented staff that have a unified focus on creating an exceptional resident experience."
During the month of October, Amy Grossman will be transitioning to her new position at the community as the Director of Continuing Care for the planned continuing care neighborhood.  Grossman has been an Erickson Living employee for 14 years.  She joined Ashby Ponds in June 2010 as the Associate Executive Director. Prior to joining Ashby Ponds, Grossman spent more than five years as the Assistant Administrator at the continuing care neighborhood at Greenspring, the sister community of Ashby Ponds in Springfield, Va.  Before joining Greenspring, Grossman worked at Erickson Living's corporate office in Catonsville, Md. and spent more than five years at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass. as the Assistant Executive Director.  Grossman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Bentley University.  She has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 2007. 
Grossman will be working with Steve Aigner as he transitions to the role of Associate Executive Director at Ashby Ponds.  Aigner first joined Erickson Living in October 2000 as a Dining Services Manager at Greenspring.  He was promoted to Assistant Director of Dining Services at Greenspring in 2003 before he began working as the Director of Dining Services at Sedgebrook, a former Erickson community in Chicago, Ill.   Aigner returned to Virginia in 2008 and began working as the Director of Dining Services at Ashby Ponds.  He was promoted last year to Regional Director of Dining Services, and now looks forward to returning to Ashby Ponds full-time as the Associate Executive Director.  Aigner received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and holds several restaurant industry certifications.
Nicole Johnson is the current Director of Human Resources at Ashby Ponds.  Throughout October, she will also be taking on the role as the Director of Resident Life at the community.  Johnson first joined Erickson Living in 1999 as a Senior Human Resources Manager at Greenspring.  She then worked as the Director of Human Resources at Sedgebrook for three years before joining Ashby Ponds in 2007.  Nicole received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida State University and Master of Business Administration degree from Marymount University.  She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certification.  
About Ashby Ponds:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 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 700 residents and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  With over 100 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options, life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at: