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An illustrious past meets an exceptional future. We are committed to creating meaningful lives of purposeful engagement for every resident as well as those who serve them.

Senior Leadership


Our Leadership Team includes accomplished professionals in education, finance, management and health care administration. Their role is to uphold the vision, purpose and values of Westminster at Lake Ridge, set the community’s direction and priorities and ensure the integrity of services for the benefit of community members.

 

Christine L. Podles

BRIAN R. TENNEY   
Executive Director

"The opportunity to work with others to positively impact the lives of older adults provides me an enriching and fulfilling career."

Brian Tenney has been serving older adults for more than 20 years, from the time he graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration.  His diverse and accomplished leadership experience involves being the Executive Director of a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Williamsburg, VA.  He also has been the Regional Vice President of Operations for multiple for-profit, post-acute care facilities after starting his career as the Administrator of post-acute care facilities.

Tenney’s experience as Licensed Nursing Home Administrator is valuable in today’s retirement communities as healthcare is an important and ever-changing part of the continuum of care.  Each level of living at Westminster at Lake Ridge allows residents to maintain their lifestyle and maximize their independence.

Tenney, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is pleased to be returning to Northern Virginia.  He is a husband and father of two boys who enjoy outdoor activities. Tenney values the opportunity to be a member of civic organizations and a part of the community of which he lives and works.

 

Elaine Koubek

DAN ARNOLD, CASP
Director of IT

Dan is the Director of Information Technology and is responsible for all the computer and servers for the staff at Westminster at Lake Ridge, as well as any technical decisions that need to be made. Dan likes the environment at Westminster, staff and residents make Westminster a pleasurable place to work. When Dan is not working, you can find him playing sports, a few of his favorites include golf, softball and tennis. 

 

Frank

BELVA DICKEY
Chaplain

Belva joined Westminster at Lake Ridge after serving as the Director of Chaplaincy at a regional hospital for almost ten years. She is an ordained minister and a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She serves on board certification committees and mentors chaplains. Belva earned a Master's of Divinity degree with honors from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Following graduation, she successfully completed nine units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Virginia Health System. She served three years in Moscow, Russia and five months in Gorlitz, Germany as a missionary associate. She enjoys singing and playing the trumpet in various churches, hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons throughout the United States and overseas. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Belva is married and has three grown step-children and one grandson. She enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, knitting, crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Monique Elizer

MEHDI HAZMI
Director of Dining Services

Mehdi Has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, from the time he graduated with a master's degree in hospitality management from the Moroccan Institute Of Technology. His multifaceted leadership experience encompasses a diverse management career including marketing, business development, operations and dining services, both nationally and internationally in institutions such as the international monetary fund, luxury hotels, consultancy firms and most rewardingly retirement communities such as Westminster at Lake Ridge. Mehdi brings his global perspective to the dining experience at Westminster at Lake Ridge. 

 

Pamela Mills

ERIN MAYHUGH
Director of Sales

Erin graduated with honors from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor's of Science in Communications and Sociology. She went on to work for an international public relations agency where she concentrated on Public Affairs and Media Relations. Clients included the Social Security Administration, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, American Red Cross, and Homeland Security. Erin parlayed her experience into her next roles – first as the Marketing Assistant and then a Sales Counselor for Ingleside at King Farm, a sister community of Westminster at Lake Ridge, where she worked for six years. She spent the next three years working for a retirement community in DC, where she was the Marketing & Sales Director. She is an honorary member of a National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta, and Alpha Iota Chapter, and has served on multiple senior advocacy boards – including the Alzheimer's Association, Walk to End Alzheimer's. She lives in Fairfax with her husband and enjoys reading, home projects, and spending time with her family and friends. At Westminster at Lake Ridge, Erin finds incredible joy in learning about the lives of those who both live at the community and those interested in making the community their new home.

 

Johnny Smith

THERESA MORGAN
Director of Nursing

Theresa's passion for health care began at a young age volunteering at the local hospital where she found her love for nursing and making a difference in people's lives. She has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for over 25 years and brings with her exceptional leadership, clinical expertise and a passion for working in the Healthcare field. She has a wide range of experience including Skilled Nursing, Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Sub-acute and working in hospital settings. Before joining the Westminster at Lake Ridge community she served in positions of great responsibility, such as a Certified Nurse Assessment Coordinator, Nurse Manager, and as an Assistant Director of Nursing. Theresa enjoys spending her free time on the water sailing and boating.

 

Kristina Pare

LAUREN O'CONNER
Senior Accountant

Lauren is actively involved in the financial life of Westminster at Lake Ridge, from writing and presenting reports to residents and other stakeholders to developing the annual budgets. Before coming to WLR in October 2016, Lauren was a Senior Audit Associate at CohnReznick LLP in Baltimore, MD. As a Senior Audit Associate, Lauren was responsible for providing for-profit and non-for profit developers, public housing authorities, state housing credit agencies, and investors with audits of financial statements performed using generally accepted auditing standards. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

 

Carol Davis

DEE PEKRUHN
Director of Resident Services

A native of Pennsylvania, Dee Pekruhn has worked in the field of aging services for ten years, and has served in the position of Director of Resident Services for seven. She began her career as an Activities Coordinator in Assisted Living at another Virginia CCRC, and "just fell in love with the job!" Dee completed a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University and earned a Virginia Nursing Home Administrator's license in 2013. This past October, she also graduated from the highly-regarded LeadingAge Leadership Academy, a leadership development program through our national association! Dee especially enjoys building community partnerships and creative arts programs for older adults, and in her last position she successfully wrote, received, and administrated a $17,000 Fairfax Arts Council Grant to pilot a Senior Arts Institute in Fairfax County. In her free time, Dee loves to be outdoors, and just this summer started learning how to "SUP" or Stand Up Paddleboard. 

 

Carol Davis

AMNA GABR
Human Resources Manager

Amna has been working in the Human Resources field for over 13 years.  Although she has an accounting degree, her first professional job was in the Human Resources field where she developed a passion for helping others and recognizing employees for their hard work.   Being a credible and strategic partner to senior leaders was her main drive in becoming nationally certified by the HR Certification Institute, and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  Upon completion of her Master’s in Business Administration, Amna focused on connecting business acumen to Human Resources. As the Human Resources Manager at Westminster at Lake Ridge, she embraces the positive culture within WLR while also collaborating with her peers and senior leaders to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations.  Amna has extensive experience working with global organizations, largely diversified workforces.  She excels at efficiently communicating the organizational goals across the organization by consistently emphasizing the core values. In her free time, Amna enjoys spending time with her son.

 

Carol Davis

MICHELLE THURSTON
Executive Assistant

Michelle has been in the Reston area for 17 years, moving here from the great state of Arkansas. Her extensive background in health care, education and administration assists in her current duties as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, and she is excited to be a part of the Westminster at Lake Ridge family! Working here at Westminster at Lake Ridge feels like coming home – everyone is helpful, patient, smiling and very welcoming. 

 

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