The “We Can” sign, created by staff member David Dodson, demonstrates the special bond between community members and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenspring staff goes above and beyond amid COVID-19

“Across our family of communities, residents and staff are taking extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and caregivers,” says Erickson Living CEO R. Alan Butler, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several Greenspring staff members showed off their various cultures at last year’s diversity expo, standing here in front of a rainbow balloon arch.

Mhatma Gandhi once remarked that “our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

(From left) Roy O’Connor, Greenspring Executive Director Chandra Kumar, Betty Griffin, and Clint Lambert do the honors in front of residents and staff who gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand reopening of the Potomac Café earlier this year.

Recently ranked number one for dining across all Erickson Living-managed communities, the dining services staff at Greenspring dedicate themselves daily to serving delicious and healthy meal options at the community’s five on-site restaurants, with the sixth venue, Cork and For

Dan Ancona (left) works with Greenspring staff member Son Nguyen to collect contributions to the community’s resident-inspired plastic bag recycling program.

April 22, 2020, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. According to the website,, “The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge—but also the vast opportunities—of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.”

At Greenspring, Leonard Kalkwarf smiles in yellow NVSO t-shirt from the comfort of his home.

There is little that Leonard Kalkwarf doesn’t do. An ordained minister, Leonard is an accomplished author, a history buff, and a public speaker. He is also a tremendous athlete. At the most recent Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO), he won ten gold and three silver medals in a variety of events, including track and field, bowling, horseshoes, and rowing. 

Entertainment roundtable members Norma Hughes and Roger Thompson work diligently throughout the year bringing live, high-quality entertainment to their neighbors at Greenspring.

According to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University, “There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does.” The study reports that listening to music will keep the brain engaged throughout the aging process; reduce anxiety and blood pressure; and improve sleep quality, mood, and memory.

Members of Greenspring’s yacht club and the Girl Scout Connection worked with local scouts for the completion of the Good Sportsmanship badge.

In 1912, envisioning an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop. Now, more than 100 years later, 1.7 million young girls and 750,000 adult volunteers are members of this popular group worldwide.

As priority list members, John and Sue Huppert took full advantage of the opportunity to live on campus for two nights in Greenspring’s Live the Life suite.

Living in their Franconia, Va., home for more than 35 years, John and Sue Huppert were familiar with Greenspring, an Erickson Living-managed community in Springfield. The couple had friends already living at the community, and Sue visited often in her former position as a Fairfax County social worker. 

Greenspring’s general services team works diligently clearing sidewalks and parking lots and deicing walkways throughout the winter.

According to predictions from Washington, D.C.’s popular Capital Weather Gang, “As a more persistent wintry pattern emerges, February will be the snowiest month of the winter season.” These adept forecasters also predict “five to seven accumulating snow events in the immediate D.C. metro area.”