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75 Years Later, Pearl Harbor Survivor Shares Her Story

Sep 21, 2016

Greenspring Resident Has Place in American History

(Springfield, Va.) – Seventy-five years ago, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Kenealy, a community member at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va., survived Japan’s December 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that left 2,403 Americans dead and 1,200 injured.

“I don’t dwell on the past but it’s a day I’ve never forgotten,” she says.

In January 1941 Betty’s father, Joseph Walker, accepted a job as a sheet metal worker position for the Navy moving the family from from Portland, Oregon. Although it was a...

Chandra Kumar Selected as the New Executive Director at Greenspring

Jun 28, 2016

Veteran in Senior Living Management, Resident Services, and Health Care to Provide Executive Leadership at Springfield, Virgina’s Premier Retirement Community

SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA – June 28, 2016 – Chandra Kumar has been selected as the new Executive Director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va. In this role, Kumar will oversee the daily operations at the 58-acre campus with nearly 2,000 residents.

Kumar has over twenty years of experience in the senior living industry, including serving the past two years as the Associate Executive Director at Riderwood, an Erickson Living...

Former Greenspring scholarship winner returns to help award a record-breaking 53 scholarships totaling $485,000

Jun 17, 2016

Annual Scholars Award Ceremony

Greenspring’s Hunters Crossing Conference Center

Wednesday, May 25, 2016/7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Greenspring will host family, friends, residents, staff, and local school officials for the presentation of 47 Scholars Fund scholarships and five donor endowed scholarships. In attendance will be former scholarship winner Molly Everett who returned to Greenspring last year to serve as the community’s philanthropy coordinator. In this position she’s helped raise a record-breaking $485,000 in awards.

“I’m coming full circle to give back to something...

Greenspring Resident and Colleague Receive U.S. Patent for Process Aimed at Combating Global Warming

Feb 22, 2016
Charlie Bliss and Charley Moseley received their first U.S. patent together as co-inventors in late 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) - Data recently released from NASA and NOAA confirmed that 2015 marked the hottest year since record keeping began in the late 1800s. Their data also confirms that 2015 was not an outlier; in fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in history have been recorded since the turn of the century. In response to the data, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden indicated that “climate change is the challenge of our generation.” Greenspring retirement community resident, 98-year-old Charlie Bliss, and his 78-year-old colleague...

Greenspring to Present Over 250 President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Feb 16, 2016
Volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2015 totaled more than 107,000 hours

(Springfield, Virginia) - Since 2005, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia has presented President’s Volunteer Service Awards to residents and non-residents who volunteer both at Greenspring and with Greenspring-related service activities in the greater community. That year, Greenspring was proud to present 32 service awards. This week, Greenspring will present 250 service awards for service completed in 2015, marking the highest number of annual awards presented to date. “We now have 833 active volunteers who serve throughout our community,” said Ben Cornthwaite, Greenspring’s Executive Director. “The manner in...

Greenspring Scholarship Recipient Returns to the Community to Help Give Back

Feb 8, 2016
The “sense of community” brought a 2011 student scholar back to Greenspring to work in the philanthropy department

(Springfield, Virginia)—In 2011, Molly Everett graduated from West Springfield High School and was awarded a scholarship from Greenspring retirement community toward her studies in higher education. Molly and her twin sister, Amy, were among 21 local students who received scholarships from Greenspring’s Scholars’ Fund that year. The scholarships helped Molly and Amy with student expenses at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). Now, Molly has returned to Greenspring as the community’s new philanthropy coordinator, helping future student scholars realize their potential....

Greenspring’s Arnold Sells, WWII Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan 22, 2016
Local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans recognized Sells for 65 years of service and membership

(Springfield, Virginia) — World War II veteran and Greenspring resident Arnold Sells was recently recognized by Chapter 10 (Arlington/Fairfax) of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with the chapter’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. Sells, who became a member of the DAV in 1950, has been involved at all levels of the chapter, formerly holding the positions of Department Commander, Department Adjutant, and Department Chaplain. A resident of the D.C. area for over 70 years, he has lived at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield since...

Greenspring’s Tak Kato Recalls the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago and His Personal Connection

Jan 19, 2016
Kato spent over 25 years working with international space station programs in the U.S. and Japan

(Springfield, Virginia)—Greenspring resident Tak Kato spent his career as an electrical engineer working in the research, design, and development of operational systems and satellite technology for international space programs.

In 1972, Kato joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in Tokyo as acting manager over the design, development, and integration of the tracking and control software system for the first Japanese geostationary satellite. A few years later, he served as the manager for the second generation system. In the early 1980s,...

Greenspring Celebrates the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 15, 2016

(Springfield, Virginia)—On January 14, 2016, residents, staff, area clergy, and guests gathered at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia, to remember the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy was sponsored by various Greenspring faith groups including Pastoral Ministries, Catholic Community, Episcopal-Anglican Fellowship, Greenspring Fellowship, Jewish Community, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, and The Village Church.

“The life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., serves as a testament of a man who came to the understanding that he had been chosen to lead a movement bigger than himself,” said Reverend Loyce...

Eli Ayoub Named New Director of Dining Services at Greenspring

Jan 14, 2016

(Springfield, Virginia) – Eli Ayoub has recently been named the new Director of Dining Services at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Virginia. Ayoub brings to the community nearly 25 years of leadership in hospitality and dining operations, as well as more than a decade of experience serving the senior living industry. He officially started in his new role on January 4.

“I believe dining is an experience that one should look forward to each day,” said Mr. Ayoub. “I look forward to promoting a nourished menu with a variety of fresh choices and healthy...