Experienced Leadership Committed to Serving the Community

Each of the LifeSpire of Virginia communities has a unique setting, distinctive features and its own leadership. They share LifeSpire’s vision of vibrant living, where faith, wellness and community flourish with a mission to empower individuals with choices in purposeful living.

At Lakewood, a common ethic prevails. We’re committed to being stewards of both the promises we make to the men and women who live here and the continuing high quality of the community itself. We’re here not simply to do a job but to serve to the best of our abilities.

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Meet The Lakewood in the West End Team:

Barrett Way

Barrett Way

Executive Director

Barrett Way began serving as executive director of Lakewood in April 2017. During his time with Lakewood, the community has experienced increased resident satisfaction and engagement, achieved the highest occupancy over the past 40 years, and is successfully navigating a $64 million renovation and expansion project to transform the campus and services provided.

Prior to joining Lakewood, Barrett was the executive director of Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Indiana, managed by Life Care Services. During his tenure with Life Care Services, Barrett led a $2 million villa expansion project, oversaw the refinancing of $8.9 million in debt, and helped the community achieve more than 400 days in “no lost work.” His efforts led to an overall increase in resident satisfaction to 92 percent, with 96 percent of residents recommending the community to family and friends.

Barrett has served numerous life plan communities as an executive director, administrator, associate administrator, and consultant across the Life Care Services and CRSA (now part of LCS family of companies) footprint. Prior to managing life plan communities, Barrett was part of a development team repositioning existing life plan campuses as well as building new ones. He is currently a licensed nursing home administrator in Virginia, Michigan and Indiana and previously in Tennessee.

Barrett grew up in Richmond’s west end and volunteered at Lakewood as a boy. Barrett holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Ohio University. He and his wife, Jessi, have two daughters, Louella and Ames.

Felicity Wood

Felicity Wood

Administrator of Health Services

A native of Pennsylvania, Felicity Wood assumed the position of administrator of health services in March 2006. She is a licensed nursing home administrator. In her role, Felicity is responsible for the daily operations of the delivery of care and wellness services to our residents in all levels of care.

Felicity holds a bachelor of science in psychology and English from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania and a master of science in gerontology with a specialization in health care administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Felicity has previously served in assistant administrator and administrator roles for a nursing facility company with holdings in Virginia and North Carolina as well as serving as the director of resident Services and assistant administrator at a not-for-profit faith-based community in Richmond.

Felicity and her husband are the proud parents of three children.

Hillary Winkelmann

Hillary Winkelmann

Director of Marketing

Hillary grew up in the west end of Richmond and attended Collegiate Schools and graduated from Freeman High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Gettysburg College. She received a Master of Science from McDaniel College in Human Services Management. Hillary has 16 years of experience in senior living and was most recently a director of sales and marketing at a continuing care retirement community in Southbury, Ct. Hillary is married and has two children, ages 14 and nine.

Miles Rucker

Miles Rucker

Fitness Manager

Miles holds his bachelor’s degree in health studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and has achieved certification as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He has worked as a health fitness specialist and fitness manager in a corporate fitness facility. Miles’ focus has been on serving the needs of special populations, including those with orthopedic limitations and cardiovascular concerns. He has also completed coursework and internships in senior living communities, helping to facilitate individualized exercise programs for participants.

Miles’ favorite sport is baseball, which he played right up to the college level. He also enjoys jazz music and plays the alto saxophone. He is devoted to spending quality time with family, especially his nephew and niece.

Beth M. Farris

Beth M. Farris

Director of Human Resources

A native of Ohio, Beth M. Farris assumed the position of Director of Human Resources in October 2015. In her role, she oversees all areas of recruitment, retention, and development of Lakewood’s wonderful and hard-working employees. After moving to the area in 2007, Beth held HR management positions, most recently with Consulate Health Care and HCR ManorCare.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Urbana University. She is also SHRM-CP certified.

In addition to spending time with her children, Beth enjoys watching football, attending Zumba classes, walking her dog, and especially traveling to Ohio to visit family and lifelong friends.

Eileen Kwak

Eileen Kwak

Assisted Living Administrator

Eileen Kwak has been with Lakewood since 1996. She joined Lakewood after receiving her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary science in biology from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Prior to coming to Lakewood, Eileen was employed as the day program coordinator for children and adults at UCP Cape Coral, Florida.

Eileen currently serves as the administrator for assisted living at Lakewood and is responsible for the daily departmental operations and oversight of assisted living and memory support. Eileen’s free time is typically spent outdoors hiking, kayaking, canoeing or spending time exercising her dogs.

Julie Gaines Walton

Julie Gaines Walton

Chaplain

Julie Gaines Walton, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, began serving as chaplain in June 2015. She holds bachelors’ degrees in music education and liberal studies from Longwood University and earned her master of divinity degree from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Prior to coming to Lakewood, she served as a chaplain intern at Westminster Canterbury Richmond and ministry intern at both Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond and Farmville Baptist Church in Farmville, Virginia.

Julie is passionate about working to create a welcoming, caring, comfortable community and cultivating a spirit of joy and hope in the lives of residents, staff members, and their families. When she’s not at Lakewood, Julie can be found running the streets of Richmond training for her next race, playing flute in the Richmond Pops Band, and spending time with her husband, Jeff.

AnneMarie Neville

AnneMarie Neville

Director of Nursing

A native of Portville, New York, who recently relocated to Richmond from Ontario, Canada, Annemarie Neville assumed the position of director of nursing in January 2018. In her role, Annemarie is responsible for administering the nursing program to maintain standards of resident care and provide clinical oversight for nursing practice in Healthcare.

Annemarie received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She also studied geriatric nursing in their master’s program.

Annemarie has previously held positions as manager of inpatient services and hospital utilization in Ontario. Before relocating to Richmond, Annemarie served as the director of nursing for a long-term care facility. Annemarie and her husband moved to Richmond to be close to family. Together as a blended family, they have four children.

Michelle Ellen

Michelle Ellen

Director of Clinic Services/Nurse Navigator

Michelle Ellen began serving as the director of clinic services and nurse navigator of Lakewood in March 2018. Prior to joining Lakewood, Michelle served as the wound care nurse at ManorCare of Richmond for five years. Recently, she has taken on additional roles as the director of transportation, concierge, and security.

Michelle grew up in Burnsville, NC, and joined the military right after high school, where she proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years, specializing in operations and communications. Since her discharge from the military, Michelle has served her community as an active member of the Yancey County Rescue Squad and received her associate degree in nursing, specializing in wound care. She has a daughter, Hailee, and a miniature schnauzer, Otis.

Frank Simal

Frank Simal

Director of Facilities Management

Frank Simal, originally from Chicago, joined the Lakewood team in 2018. He has been involved with facilities management in the senior living industry since 2014. He graduated from Marquette University in 1990 and has worked in commercial construction and facilities management for more than 30 years.

Frank and his wife, Melissa, have been married more than 20 years and have six children. He enjoys working with the residents and looks forward to being a part of the continued growth of the community.

Sally San Soucie

Sally San Soucie

Director of Resident Services

Sally is a Massachusetts native who moved to Virginia in 1972. She grew up a few miles from Lakewood in Tuckahoe Village, and now lives in Raintree with her mother, her son, and their two cats. Sally has over 20 years of experience in healthcare, having worked at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond and Winchester, St. Mary’s Woods, and most recently VCU Health System. Sally loves entertaining at home, dining out, attending live theater and music events, and cheering for the Flying Squirrels. She is thrilled to have recently transitioned from Lifespire’s home office to her new role as Lakewood’s Director of Resident Services.

Jim Sloan

Jim Sloan

Director of Dining Services

Jim brings a vast background of managing large, upscale retirement communities, hospitals and school culinary programs.  His joins the Lakewood team from the International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. where he served as Director of Culinary. He also served as the Food Production Manager of the Medical College of Virginia and Westminster Canterbury Richmond. In the 90s, Jim served as the Food Service Director for Lakewood and is thrilled to be back on campus.