Our Team

Somerford House & Place Hagerstown

Mark-edit.jpgMark Gipe
Executive Director

Mark has been the Executive Director at Somerford House and Place Hagerstown for the past 6 Years.  His role focuses on assuring resident satisfaction and managing the day to day operation of the Somerford Community. Mark has worked in the Senior living industry for over 17 years. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in business administration He is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  Mark takes great joy in watching his seniors live life to the fullest.   As the Executive Director, Mark enjoys building relationships with our residents, families and team members, as well as assisting residents and their families in all aspects of the aging process.   It is humbling to know that the team at Somerford of Hagerstown is truly making a difference  in our resident’s lives.  Mark enjoys time with his family in warmer climates by the beach as well as serving the people of La Romana, in the Dominican Republic.    
 

Pete-edit.jpgPete McMillin
Sales Director

Pete has served the seniors of Washington County since 2007. His roles in senior living and hospice have provided him with the expertise and connections to provide just the right direction to families in need. As the current vice president and past president of Washington County Cares, he also volunteers his time to help families and friends who are caring for a loved one. He is a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta honor society of healthcare professionals and has earned a BS degree in Health Services Administration from University of Maryland University College. His service in the Marine Corps included a tour at Camp David and a combat tour in Iraq. He uses these experiences to support the veterans who reside at Somerford and across Washington County.  Pete learned to serve seniors at a young age when he would mow lawns, rake leaves, and shovel snow for the elderly in the small town of Frankfort, Indiana.  He learned that it is always worthwhile to take a few minutes to learn from the experiences of retirees. His beautiful wife, four sons and one daughter are often seen around the community playing the piano for the residents and taking time to listen to their experiences.  
 

Christy-edit.jpgCristy Smoot 
Director of Lifestyle360

Cristy enjoys working with senior adults. She is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a BS Degree in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration. She has been at Somerford of Hagerstown for over 5 years working in the business office, then becoming the Activity Director/Lifestyle360 Director, she spends her days engaging the residents in research based programs that focus on Five Star’s Five Dimensions of Wellness:  Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual and Social.  She loves to create programs with the residents input that bring joy and purpose. When Cristy is not at work planning and leading Lifestyle360 programs she loves to take trips to Disney World with her family & friends.
 

Helen-edit.jpgHelen Mclanathan
Director of Food & Beverage 

Chef Helen loves food.  She views food as a vital part of a person’s overall wellness. Wholesome foods packed with nutrition are her specialty. Her freshly made desserts are a delight to all who eat them. Some of the favorite parts of her job are preparing foods from around the world and educating people about health benefits of different foods and ways to experience new flavors. Helen grew up in her father’s three Boston-area restaurants and began her food service career washing dishes. As she grew, so did her culinary experience and responsibilities. She developed great skill in preparing fresh New England seafood.  She has led a dietary team for over 20 years. When not in the kitchen, Helen spends time in her organic garden, canning foods, and expanding her education. She enjoys teaching others to cook and provides cooking demonstrations at the community. She has worked with many renowned chefs from around the country including the executive chef from the Mt. Washington Grand Hotel. 
 

Chris-edit.jpgChris Jackson, R.N. 
Director of Resident Care – Assisted Living

Chris began her nursing career straight out of high school and obtained her LPN prior to her diploma. Long Term Care was her first job before transitioning into Hospitals. She then spent some time in Home Health and Hospice Care before returning to her passion working of working with the elderly. She decided to return to school after having her children to obtain her RN. Chris enjoys watching horror movies and reading books while relaxing with her fur babies.
 

Shirley-edit.jpgShirley Huntzberry, R.N.
Director of Resident Care – Bridge to Rediscovery

Shirley started her career in the Medical Field working in Family Medicine in the early 1990’s. After her children grew, she pursued and completed her own passion in Nursing and obtained her BSN from Mountain State University. Although she has worked in various capacities of Nursing from Hospitals to Home Health, her true passion has always been the care of those suffering from Dementia and/or behavioral disorders. Shirley also has had her own personal experiences in taking care of her own Mother that suffered from Vascular Dementia. Therefore, she is able to relate to the families of those suffering from various forms of Dementia on both a personal as well as professional level.
 

Lynda-edit.jpgLynda Janet
Director of Bridge to Rediscovery  

Lynda has been at Somerford Place for over four years. She has a BS Degree in Gerontology from the University of Maryland.  She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Professional Gerontologist, AD-PC and Advanced Training in Dementia Care with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Copper Ridge Institute.  Lynda has worked as a substitute teacher in Frederick County for 16 years, including Montessori teaching, which has enhanced her ability to provide resident-specific Montessori programming for her Somerford residents.  Having over 15 years in the senior healthcare field from volunteering, aging in place, Hospice companionship, to building memory care programs, Lynda continues to share her deeper understanding and passion with her residents and families.  When Lynda is not working she enjoys riding her horses, competing in sprint triathlons with her daughter, sharing time kayaking with her son, and tidying their woods with her husband.
 

Mary-Kay-edit.jpgMary Kay Durr
Director of Rehab & Personal Fitness Ageility

Mary Kay was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. She graduated from Misericordia University with a BS in Psychology and MS in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various facilities including Outpatient Hand Therapy, Skilled Nursing, Acute Rehabilitation, and Acute Hospital (ICU and CCU).   In addition she is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.   Mary Kay joined Five Star and the Ageility Rehab Team as the Rehab Director 3 years ago.  She also serves as a “Mentor” in which she travels the US to various cities assisting in setting up new Ageility Rehab Clinics and “Mentoring” new rehab directors. Mary Kay enjoys spending time traveling with her husband and 3 amazing step-children.  She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren under the age of 5. She is very fond of her dog Oscar & cat Tiger.

 

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