Ashby Ponds Announces Susan Fix as New Dining Services Director

(Ashburn, Va.) -Susan Fix recently joined the Ashby Ponds retirement community as the new Director of Dining Services. "We are very pleased to welcome Susan to Ashby Ponds," said David Gallagher, Executive Director at Ashby Ponds. "She brings a wealth of experience and passion to our talented dining services team." Susan has more than 30 years of experience working in the hospitality industry.  During her 18 years with Marriott, Susan worked as the General Manager of food services at Marriott's International Headquarters in Bethesda.  From there, she became a District Manager for Sodexo Marriott in Northern Virginia where her primary focus was strengthening the retail and dining services on the AOL campus in Dulles, Va., as well as for 20 other Fortune 500 corporations in the area.  Following her tenure with Marriott, Susan spent four years as the Resident District Manager for Sodexo USA at Western Washington University.  She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and English, along with postgraduate work in Business Administration.  Susan holds multiple certifications from Sodexo including Customer Service Excellence, Spirit of Diversity, Clients for Life, Mentoring, and EEO & Affirmative Action.  She also has a ServSafe certification. "It is a pleasure to join the Erickson Living and Ashby Ponds family," said Susan.  "I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the residents and the leadership and dining teams here to continue to promote healthy choices, as well as new and innovative menus and programs for our residents." As the Director of Dining Services at Ashby Ponds, Susan will oversee a staff of 180, as well as the operations in the two dining establishments at the community.  Some of those staff include high school students from Loudoun and Fairfax counties who work in a variety of dining service capacities including as servers, restaurant assistants, utility workers, and service coaches. 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: www.ericksonliving.com.