How Five Star is responding to the COVID-19 virus
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.
After completing his Bachelor Degree in Marketing, PJ Petkovic moved to The United States from Serbia formerly known as Yugoslavia. Not too long after PJ moved, he started his career in the Senior Living Industry as a Wellness Professional at a Continuum Care Retirement Community in Gaithersburg then promoted later on to a Retirement Sales Counselor. PJ also worked as Marketing Specialist for the CIA, FBI, DLA, DIA, DOD and Military officer’s retirement community in McLean VA. In 2019 PJ decided to expand his education and graduated with MBA Degree from CBS International University. With 11 years in Senior Living Industry PJ happily accepted the position of Director of Sales and Marketing with the Five Star Senior Living Family at Aspenwood in June of 2019. He has strong passion for what he does, especially helping people find their new permanent home. In his spare time, PJ exercises and loves to dine with friends and his sister in local restaurants.
Leigh graduated with a Business Degree from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!). It was during this time that she began her journey into senior living, starting as a server during the summer months. Now with over 10 years of experience working in Dining, Marketing, Nursing, Maintenance and Administration in a senior environment, Leigh has gained skills that allow her to be a “jack of all trades”. When she is not spending time with her residents, Leigh enjoys playing softball and kickball, and spending time with her husband, her family, friends and her two dogs.
It is obvious that Sheila enjoys working with senior adults. She has served in various roles at Aspenwood for more than 20 years. She began as a Move-In Coordinator, then the Assistant Activity Director to later being promoted into 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. Sheila’s compassion for seniors has earned her recognition as Maryland Activity Coordinator Professional of the Year, ALFA Champions of Senior Living Recognition and ARC of Montgomery County Community Service recognition award. When Sheila is not at work planning and leading Lifestyle360 programs, or spending time with residents, you will find her going to festivals, plays or shopping with her daughter.
Sharon was born and raised in the western portion of the city of Baltimore, MD. Sharon obtained her diploma in Registered Nursing from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing—Provident Hospital. During her junior year in nursing school, Sharon attended a dance where she met her soon to be husband. While raising their three children, Sharon went on to obtain her Bachelor of Nursing from the College of Notre Dame. In her spare time she loves to travel, garden and read mysteries.
Idowu graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also has a diploma in education. She has over twenty four years nursing experience in both acute and long term nursing care. She has experience in being a nurse educator and a manager of performance improvement. As an advocate for seniors, she utilized knowledge of regulations with compliance to foster residents’ rights. She remains an educator at Montgomery College, training and preparing students for becoming Certified Nursing Assistants and Geriatric Nursing Assistants. She is a mother of three sons and in her spare time she enjoys traveling.
Patrick graduated from Towson University with a dual degree Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. While at Towson, Patrick met his wife, who is also an Occupational Therapist. Since graduation, Patrick has been working in senior healthcare settings gradually working his way up from treating therapist to Director of Rehabilitation. In his free time Patrick enjoys hiking and going on adventures with his wife and dog Harvey.
Sam oversees maintenance, housekeeping and security. He holds a Third Grade Stationary Engineer License in Maryland. Certified in Refrigeration, Air Condition, Electrical and Residential Wiring. Sam has worked at Aspenwood Senior Living for over twenty eight years and wears many hats. He works closely with the Aspenwood Team, their residents and families on day to day issue as well as managing outside contractors. He loves helping people and assisting residents and families with a smooth transition to Aspenwood.
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