Clara Parker Named Executive Director of Charlestown

CATONSVILLE, MD---Erickson Living has named Clara Parker as the Executive Director of Charlestown, the continuing care retirement community in Catonsville. Ms. Parker has over twenty-five years of not-for-profit experience.  In 2005, she began her career with Baltimore-based Erickson Living as the Director of Finance at Oak Crest.  Most recently, Ms. Parker served as the Vice President-Regional Finance Director for Erickson Living communities throughout the country. As Executive Director, Ms. Parker will be responsible for the daily operations and major capital projects of the 110-acre campus that is home to over 2,000 residents served by 1,100 employees. The flagship campus of Erickson Living, Charlestown is in the midst of a modernization designed to meet the needs of Baltimore-area senior living demand.  The three-phase, $28 million project includes an expansion of the Charlestown Square clubhouse, the re-styling and expansion of the Edgewood residential building and construction of four new elevators.  The occupancy rate is currently 97 percent, above national industry averages. "This is an exciting time for Charlestown, and Clara's industry understanding, business acumen and passion for our mission will provide the community with tremendous leadership," stated Kerry Jones, Regional Vice President of Operations for Erickson Living.  "Her positive working relationship with the employees, Board of Directors and Executive Team members is crucial in guiding Charlestown through its next proud chapter of serving our residents." Prior to joining Erickson Living, Ms. Parker served as the Senior Director of Finance for the American Red Cross at its national headquarters in Washington D.C. A resident of Severna Park, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Towson University and attended the Executive MBA Program at Loyola University in Maryland. About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.