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Oak Crest in the News

See the latest happenings at our Baltimore County retirement community.

Residents of Oak Crest Embrace the Digital World

Sep 25, 2019

Parkville, Maryland— A study released by Michigan State University concluded that the quality of life for older adults can be enhanced by technology use. And a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center noted that more seniors (67 percent) are using the internet than ever.

“Age is irrelevant when it comes to each person’s digital journey. Seniors are on-line and incorporating the internet into their everyday lives,” said Hans Keller, Chief Information Officer for Erickson Living , a developer and manager of continuing care...

Travel Connects Oak Crest Couple

Aug 30, 2019

Parkville, Maryland— According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans are planning a vacation in 2019. Residents of Oak Crest are following these national trends. They are taking road trips to visit family and friends, enjoying cruises and going abroad to fulfill “bucket lists.”

Ken and Judy Phebus, residents of Oak Crest retirement community, are year-round travelers. They met in 1995 while Judy was directing a tour in Washington D.C. and Ken was driving the bus for Gunther Charters. After the group explored the city, they returned to find that Ken had set...

Oak Crest Resident Volunteers with Local Church for Worldwide Reach

Aug 8, 2019

Parkville, Maryland-- More Americans than ever are volunteering, according to a federal study released in 2018 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. The Volunteering in America report found that 77.34 million adults lent their time and talents through an organization last year.

Martie Noel, a resident of Oak Crest , follows this national trend. A retired teacher of the Baltimore County Public School System, the former resident of Harford County has been active with missionary work coordinated by Mountain Christian Church in Fallston.


Oak Crest Names Stephanie Taydus as Community TV/AV Manager

Aug 5, 2019

Parkville, Maryland— Oak Crest announced the promotion of Stephanie Taydus to Community TV & AV Manager.

Ms. Taydus began her career with the Erickson Living retirement community in the spring of 2018 as a Community TV Coordinator. She currently serves as co-chair of the My Erickson initiative, an interactive app that provides residents with community news and information on their smart phones and computers. She is also a member of the Welcome Home Team that assists new residents with a positive transition to Oak Crest.


Oak Crest Celebrates Worldwide Diversity

Jul 24, 2019

Parkville, Maryland-- Oak Crest held its Annual Diversity & Inclusion Expo on July 19, a celebration of worldwide culture that brought residents and employees together for a day of learning and fun.

The event featured 15 exhibitors who showcased their countries of origin, religion and community. Attendees were treated to delicious cuisine such as empanadas, bruschetta, egg rolls, spanakopita, beignets, and French pastries, all prepared by the culinary professionals of Oak Crest. Guests also were encouraged to take a “passport” throughout Erickson Hall to be stamped at each exhibitor table to be eligible for a prize....

Oak Crest Names Josh Runkles as Sales Manager

Jul 17, 2019

Parkville, Maryland— Oak Crest promoted Josh Runkles to the position of Sales Manager.

Mr. Runkles has been with Oak Crest, a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living , since 2005. He began his career as the Community TV Production Coordinator before advancing to Community TV and A/V Manager, where he served for ten years.

A founding member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, Mr. Runkles previously served as co-chair of the Erickson Living Values Committee and led the My Erickson initiative, an interactive app that provides residents with community news and...

Oak Crest Promotes Dan Plakatoris to Director of Sales

Jul 12, 2019

Parkville, Maryland— Oak Crest announced the promotion of Dan Plakatoris to Director of Sales.

Mr. Plakatoris has been with Oak Crest, a retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living , for more than five years. He began as Sales Manager and then promoted to Associate Director of Sales in February 2019. Previously, he served as a contractor supporting Military Service Member reintegration at the Maryland Air National Guard and as a Senior Customer Relations Representative for Baltimore Gas and Electric.

He has received multiple company-based honors, including the Oak Crest Leader of the...

Planning for a Secure, Engaging Retirement at Oak Crest

Jun 13, 2019

Parkville, Maryland— For twenty-two years, Barbara Zorn worked for the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), including a stint as the organization’s Executive Director from 1990 to 1997. The job entailed maintaining an extensive knowledge of the industry, establishing relationships with stakeholders throughout the state, and of course, understanding accounting.

When she was ready to make the transition from her house in Harford County, Barbara did her due diligence when exploring retirement communities throughout the area. “I still wanted to lead an out-going and engaging lifestyle so I was ready to move on from costly and time-consuming...

A Patriotic Employer at Oak Crest

Jun 12, 2019

Parkville, Maryland-- Brittany Woodard balances dual roles in her busy life: she is a Sales Associate at Oak Crest retirement community and serves her country as a Senior Airman in the Military Police of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Before beginning her military duties, Brittany had applied for a new position within the Oak Crest Sales Department. She began her career with Erickson Living at Charlestown in 2009 before coming to Oak Crest in 2015 as a dining manager.

She got the job in sales, but as timing would have it, learned shortly...

An Easy Way to Move to Oak Crest

May 20, 2019

Parkville, Maryland-- After 40 years, Kathleen Sergi’s love affair with her five-bedroom, two-bath house in Towson, Maryland finally ended.

“I loved my house. My husband and I had many blissful years there, but after he passed away it became more than I wanted to maintain. I had to hire someone to mow the lawn and maintain the heating system. I was tired of the upkeep and ready to move,” describes Ms. Sergi, a retired Baltimore County teacher.

Ms. Sergi began researching her options. She toured a variety of retirement communities in the area, but it was ...