Ashby Ponds resident

If information is power, John Hedley was at the center of it. With an intelligence career spanning nearly 50 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), John worked on matters related to Soviet foreign policy, compiled the President’s daily brief, and determined which CIA agents’ stories would become public as the chairman of the CIA’s publication review board.

shby Ponds residents participate in an eight-week joint learning class with Virginia Tech focusing on STEM-related topics.

Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

For community members at , an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., the quest for knowledge is an ongoing priority.

For seven years prior to their February 2015 move to Ashby Ponds, Anne and Warren Braham enjoyed riverfront living in the Northern Neck of Virginia, on the western shore of the Potomac River.

Despite the beauty of the area, the couple could not ignore the call to return home to Loudoun County where they had lived for more than 30 years. 

Ashby Ponds residents

“I am at my happiest when I am helping others, so I always have my eyes out for someone who needs a helping hand,” says Sharon Harvey, who lives at .

Ashby Ponds resident

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”

—Max De Pree, American businessman and writer

Ashby Ponds resident

Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” 

Teaching children is what Reiko Matsumoto does best. Following a 30-year career teaching elementary school, she began writing a series of children’s books on Japanese history and culture. 

student car wash at Ashby Ponds

Although she did not know it at the time, Ashley Wood’s life changed forever the day she accepted a position as a member of the dining services staff at , an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va.