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Ashby Ponds Celebrates Student Scholars Class of 2019

May 23, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— Ashby Ponds honored the 27-member Student Scholars Class of 2019 during its Annual Award Ceremony on May 20. The employees, members of the Dining Services Department, earned four-year collegiate scholarships in the amount of $7,000.

More than $134,000 was raised during the 2019 campaign, funded primarily through resident contributions and pledges, according to Elisabeth Longworth, Philanthropy Manager for the Erickson Living retirement community. Since the inception of the Ashby Ponds Scholars’ Fund in 2009, 117 students have been awarded a scholarship.

“We are proud that this year represents our largest class of scholars ever,” stated...

Five Questions with…Ashby Ponds Resident Rose Pryor

May 3, 2019

Rose Pryor has lived at Ashby Ponds with her husband Charles approaching four years. The couple moved from Springfield, Virginia, and at one time, lived overseas in Germany and England.

Rose is a self-taught artist whose select work was displayed this spring in the gallery of the Great Oak Clubhouse. She enjoys a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils, ceramics and even Zentangle.

Recently, Rose discussed a variety of topics about her artwork and life at Ashby Ponds.

Has art been a lifelong passion for you? I was born and raised in Baltimore, and...

Next Steps Taken at Ashby Ponds Home Expo

Apr 26, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia-- By the numbers, the Home Expo held at Ashby Ponds on April 25 was a resounding success.

The event drew more than 250 guests to the continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living. They toured 13 apartment homes in the beautiful Birch Point and Cypress Ridge residential buildings, showcasing a variety of floor plans, styles and custom features that match all tastes and budgets, and received a first-hand look at the amenities offered in the Great Oak Clubhouse.

Farmwell Hall was a hub of activity with 22 tables staffed with employees and...

Ashby Ponds’ Executive Chef Leads by Example

Feb 21, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— “Your plate is your resume.”

That is the philosophy employed by Kevin Kilhefner when preparing a meal at home for family and friends. It is also a motivator for him as the Executive Chef at Ashby Ponds, a retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living.

An Unlikely Career Journey

Chef Kevin was born in Sierra Leone in West Africa. By the age of seven, he moved with his family to Virginia, and while he loved watching his mother cook, pursuing a restaurant job was not on his life’s radar as a teenager....

Will Nance Named New Executive Director of Ashby Ponds

Jan 8, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community in Loudoun County, has named Will Nance as Executive Director.

Mr. Nance joined Erickson Living in 1998 with an extensive background in sales, politics and nonprofits. He spent six years as the Sales Director at Greenspring, a sister community in northern Virginia, before moving into operations serving as Associate Executive Director for two years and as Executive Director for four years. In 2011, he was promoted to Regional Vice President of Sales for Erickson Living.

In his leadership role as Executive Director of Ashby Ponds, Mr. Nance will...

Ashby Ponds Residents Contribute More Than $245,000 to Hourly Staff for a Job Well Done

Dec 18, 2018

Ashburn, Virginia— Whether it’s preparing for a holiday concert or serving a meal in one of the campus restaurants, the hourly employees of Ashby Ponds are being thanked for a job well done.

Their service and dedication are recognized through the Erickson Living retirement community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The 2018 campaign was incredibly successful, raising $245,700 from mainly resident contributions. This total included gifts received from the resident-led Woodworking Club, Drama Club, Bingo Committee and Treasure Chest, as well as from 20 families with loved ones at Maple Grove, the community’s continuing care neighborhood.

498 eligible hourly...

Ashby Ponds Continuing Care Neighborhood Named a “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report

Nov 15, 2018

Ashburn, Virginia-- The continuing care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community, was named a 2018 “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report for its skilled nursing services.

"This recognition by U.S. News & World Report confirms the culture of caring that I see every day at Ashby Ponds,” stated Craig Karczmer Executive Director. “Serving the residents and their families is our number one priority, and we do it in a mission-centered environment that fosters inclusion and celebrates life. I am proud of our team.”

U.S. News evaluated more than...

Honoring Loudoun County history, Ashby Ponds dedicates new meeting place

Nov 6, 2018

Ashburn, Virginia-- In honor of the community’s 10th anniversary, Ashby Ponds dedicated Farmwell Hall, the Erickson Living community’s newest meeting place. Devoted to the moral, spiritual, and intellectual growth of residents, Farmwell Hall is named after the 19th century Loudoun County log house of the same name.

Gifted to the people of Loudoun County in 1849 by the George Lee family, the Farmwell house was, as described in the deed, “to be used to aid the religious, moral, and intellectual improvement of the people residing in the vicinity.” In the same way, Farmwell Hall at Ashby Ponds will...

Family Connection Brings Parents, Daughter to Ashby Ponds

Oct 30, 2018

Ashburn, Virginia— For nearly eighteen years, Christa Gormley lived just two doors away from her parents in a quiet neighborhood in Annandale. The proximity allowed her two daughters to enjoy regular time with their grandparents, Lawrence and Margaret Dominguez, beyond the holidays.

That dynamic changed in June 2018. After performing extensive due diligence, Lawrence and Margaret moved to Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community, in Ashburn. In an interesting twist, though, the family connection remained as strong as ever.

“After working for Fairfax County Public Schools as a teacher in the classroom and administrator in the...

Ashby Ponds Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Sep 21, 2018

Ashburn, Virginia-- For the last ten years, Ashby Ponds has fulfilled the Erickson Living motto: "We share our gifts to create a community that celebrates life.”

From September 12–September 17, residents and employees celebrated the life they helped create with a full week of festivities in honor of the community’s ten-year anniversary.

“What strikes me, and anyone who has visited Ashby Ponds, is the engaging and energized people who make Ashby Ponds a true community,” said executive director Craig Karczmer. “Over the last decade, residents organized over 150 clubs and activities, dazzled us by showcasing their talents...