Cub Scout Vincent Sorrentino (left), along with his parents, worked in Riderwood’s woodshop to build his car for the annual pinewood derby.

One Saturday in February each year, Riderwood’s on-site woodshop—normally the domain of handy retirees working on projects—is bustling with young Cub Scouts. 

Retired geriatric social worker Suzan Wynne is one of the new members of Riderwood’s Resident Advisory Council, which facilitates communication between community members and management.

When Suzan Wynne and her husband Ronald moved to Riderwood about five years ago, she was still working as a geriatric social worker. In fact, Suzan became familiar with Riderwood through one of her former clients and ultimately decided she wanted to live there. 

Carolyn Compton is one of the newest members of Riderwood’s Resident Advisory Council.

Carolyn Compton spent her career working in community relations. Now, thanks to maintenance-free, active retirement living at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., she’s returned to her life’s work.

Natural path

Christy Andrus is one of Riderwood’s two sales counselors. She and Debbie Brumbach are most people’s first point of contact when they visit Riderwood for an appointment and tour.

Many people’s first encounter with Riderwood is an appointment with one of the community’s sales counselors, Christy Andrus or Debbie Brumbach. That initial appointment is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what the community has to offer and get a sense of whether it’s right for you. 

New Associate Executive Director Mickey Thaxton brings more than two decades of experience with the U.S. Navy to Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md.

The newest member of Riderwood’s executive leadership team is Michael (Mickey) Thaxton, who became the community’s second associate executive director last August. He comes to Riderwood from the U.S. Navy, where he has served for many years.

Dianne Shipler worked at Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., for 13 years. She enjoyed the community so much, she decided to move there when she retired.

Dianne Shipler just became a resident at Riderwood last October, but she’s been a familiar face at the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., for many years. 

Margaret and George Steffens hired one of Riderwood’s preferred real estate agents and sold their property in just four days.

“We’ve never had such an easy time moving.” 

That’s what Margaret Steffens says about the move she and her husband George made last year from Easton, Md., to Riderwood, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md.

Won Yin spent her career as a ceramics teacher. Now that she lives at Riderwood, she continues to teach ceramics to her neighbors.

Ray Roth, leader of Riderwood’s Gentlemen’s Songsters, has been singing all of his life and has a Ph.D. in music education.