Returning to his roots

Meet Adam Dickson, Oak Crest’s new associate executive director

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January 11th, 2019
New Oak Crest Associate Executive Director Adam Dickson lives in Baltimore’s Locust Point neighborhood with his wife Kelli and their two daughters.

New Oak Crest Associate Executive Director Adam Dickson lives in Baltimore’s Locust Point neighborhood with his wife Kelli and their two daughters.

Adam Dickson was no stranger to Oak Crest when he began an internship at the community in 2008. Both his maternal and fraternal grandparents lived in the Erickson Living community located in Parkville, Md., not far from where he grew up. Now after his decade-long career with Erickson Living that most recently took him out west, Dickson is back where he started in a new role as associate executive director. 

“I have one grandfather who lives in our continuing care neighborhood here at Oak Crest. In fact, that’s how I got my internship here. I came to visit my grandparents and began talking with an Oak Crest resident, and my interest grew from there,” says Dickson, who graduated from Towson University.

Dickson has worn many hats over the last ten years. In 2010, he served as a business office manager and then the administrator-in-training for the continuing care neighborhood at Riderwood, a sister community in Silver Spring.

In 2014, he became assistant administrator at Oak Crest for a little more than a year. And in September 2015, he was promoted to director of continuing care at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Denver, Colo.

“Every community has the same look and feel and offers the same services, but there are subtle differences to each one,” says Dickson. “For example, the weather in Colorado is incredible compared to the east coast. It snows, but it’s so sunny the snow quickly melts and you’re back to bright sunny skies.”

Long-term relationship

Dickson returned to the Baltimore region in April 2018 to serve as associate executive director (AED) for Charlestown, the flagship campus of Erickson Living in Catonsville. Seven months later, he transferred to Oak Crest to fill the AED vacancy there.

He attributes his longevity at Erickson Living to the variety of opportunities to grow within the company.

“They really encourage the staff to try new roles and positions and take on new responsibilities,” says Dickson. “I think one of the best ways to grow and develop within the company is to simply find a position you’re interested in and work toward that goal by assisting the person already in that position until a similar opportunity opens up. That’s exactly what I did before I came into the role of AED. I trained with all of the AEDs at other communities and learned as much as I could from them.”

In his leadership position at Oak Crest, Dickson supports the day-to-day operations of the 87-acre campus that is home to more than 2,100 residents in the community’s independent living and continuing care neighborhoods. His focus rests on resident satisfaction and employee engagement outcomes.

“I like to think of myself as a problem solver,” says Dickson. “This role, more than any other I’ve held, has very little time behind a desk. I’m always going to an event, presentation, or a meeting. I’m constantly on the go, but I love it. I love talking with people, and I find solace in listening to people’s concerns and working with them to find solutions.”

Oak Crest Executive Director Mark Roussey says he is excited to welcome Dickson back to the Oak Crest family.

“As we are in the midst of fulfilling our long-term strategic plan, Adam’s wealth of knowledge in the senior living industry will help us to better serve current residents with an eye to a bright future,” says Roussey. “Adam appreciates our mission-driven culture, and on behalf of our entire team, we look forward to working with him at Oak Crest.”

Out of the office

Dickson resides in the south Baltimore neighborhood of Locust Point with his wife Kelli and their two daughters Nora and Celia.

“Before we moved to Colorado, my wife and I lived in Federal Hill in a two-bedroom condo,” says Dickson. “We had our first child there and found raising a kid in the city to be fun. During the summer, my oldest daughter and I enjoy riding bikes to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. We like the fact that we can walk to different parks and pop-up events that are going on.

“When we came back to Maryland and had our second daughter, we were worried we wouldn’t have enough space to live in the city,” he adds. “But we were able to find a nice townhouse in an area which is really family friendly,” says Dickson, who also enjoys hiking, camping, and riding his motorcycle.

“One day we may decide we want to have a yard again and move to the suburbs, but for now, we’re just having fun downtown.”