For us, you are everything. How you feel, how you spend your day, what makes you laugh, what you need, what you love to eat—we embrace all of it, because we are a community. We support one another and make the most of every single day, together.
Susan Bick has been working in programming for seniors for over 30 years. Susan began working with seniors as Program Director for the Friendship Heights Village Center and began her employment with Five Star Premier Residences 28 years ago. Susan is a believer in Maslow’s Five Dimensions of Wellness and incorporates all of them into the monthly schedule of programs. A native Washingtonian, Susan is very familiar with all that Washington DC and the surrounding areas have to offer and makes them available to our residents. Susan Bick has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in Therapeutic Recreation and is a Five Star Customer Service Trainer. When Susan is not working you will find her enjoying time with her husband and 2 sons.
Chris Long has been our Director of Dining Services since January 2011. He has worked in the hospitality field for over 30 years holding positions at corporate hotels, private clubs, private restaurants and Five Star Senior living. Chris earned his culinary degree in professional cooking and baking from Baltimore International College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from University of Baltimore. Chris leads our largest service team to provide dining service to our residents in our Main Dining Room, Assisted Living Center as well as room service. He also plans and coordinates catering of special and family events for our residents here at Chevy Chase. He currently resides in Olney, MD with his wife and two daughters. Chris is actively involved in youth sports with his daughters as a coach and mentor. When he’s not here he enjoys traveling, playing golf and spending time with his family.
Angela Gibson-Cheshier has been our Resident Services Director since September 2007. She has a BS in Social Work from Bowie State University and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in geriatric/gerontology from Howard University. Angela has worked in the field of geriatrics for over 20 years in direct services as well as administration in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and independent living communities. Angela is also responsible for our front desk services staff which is the focal point for first impressions and communications within the community. She and her team help residents acclimate to their new living environment and work with our residents and their families to assist them in accessing additional services if needed. In her spare time, Angela enjoys word games, string beading and spending time with her 3 grandchildren.
Ruth M. Dukuly has been the Director of Resident Care here at Five Star Residences of Chevy Chase since May 2007. Ruth is a Registered Nurse and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Cuttington University College; Suacoco, Liberia. Ruth is also certified as a Case Manager and a Delegating Nurse. Her experience includes working as a skilled nurse for ten years as well as over 20 years in Assisted Living programs in both Washington DC and Maryland. As Director of Resident Care, Ruth leads our dedicated nursing staff in providing excellent care to our residents and offers quality support to our residents, their families and our staff. Ruth emphasizes to her team the importance of being compassionate, efficient, and dedicated and being great listeners which leads to effective problem-solving. Ruth recently became a proud grandmother to her 2 month old grandson. She visits her daughter and son in- law every other week in New Jersey.
Brian McNeil is originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland and is a veteran of twenty years in the US Air Force. Mr. McNeil earned his Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. As our Human Resources Manager since June of 2015, Brian is primarily responsible for employee recruitment and training as well as benefits administration for our service team of over 135 employees. Outside of work Brian enjoys time with his family as well as local and international travel.
Audrey McClain has been our Director of Housekeeping since May 1993. She has worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years in different capacities and has been a member of the International Executive Housekeepers Association since 2004. Audrey’s past experience of working in the hotel industry, including Hyatt hotels, helps her to bring a different style of housekeeping to our business of senior living. Under Audrey, “FIRST IMPRESSION” is the motto for our housekeeping department. She is responsible for our full service laundry, resident apartment housekeeping as well as the cleanliness and sanitation of all of our public areas. Audrey leads her team of 20 dedicated team members to maintain a clean, sanitary and crisp environment for our residents and visitors. Audrey spends her personal time with her family at home and abroad and with her pet Boxer dog Sammy.
Richard Faison has been the Director of Maintenance here at Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase since 1998. He first started here in 1991, the year after we opened. Richard comes to us with a background of working in Hyatt Hotels and at Newport News Shipbuilding where he took part in aircraft carrier construction. He leads our maintenance team of seven technicians who provide first class service seven days a week to our residents. In his spare time he likes to restore classic cars and is also interested in real estate investment opportunities.