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Meet Seth Talley

This week, we would like you to meet SpringShire Sales Associate, Seth Talley.

At the start of 2016, as Springshire relaunched its sales campaign, Seth joined the sales and marketing team to be a part of the sales success of this active retirement community.

Seth notes, “I was impressed with the Ammons family’s dedication to making SpringShire a reality and wanted to be a part of this impressive organization.”

Seth, an eastern North Carolina native, lives in Washington, NC with his wife and has two grown sons.

Meet Lynn Pischke

This Monday, SpringShire would like you to meet another Community Advisory Board Member, Lynn Pischke.

Lynn is an Account Executive with WNCT-TV9 in Greenville. She currently serves on The Greenville Museum of Art and Riley’s Army boards, and is on the Planning Committee for the Methodist Home for Children’s First Chance for White Pants event.

Lynn is from Riverview, Michigan, but has made Greenville home for the last six years. She is married and is actively involved with her son’s PTA group at Wintergreen Primary.

We asked Lynn why she chose to be part of the SpringShire Advisory Board and she stated, “With the large growth in our population, and people living longer lives, there is a need for more active senior communities across the country.  Although we have some very good communities here, none can compare to SpringShire. Its unique and innovative approach to retirement living is a game changer, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Plus, one day I hope to be a resident!”

Meet Charlotte-Anne Alexander

SpringShire would like you introduce you to one of our Community Advisory Board Members, Charlotte-Anne Alexander. Charlotte-Anne is an attorney with Colombo Kitchin Attorneys in Greenville, and practices in the areas of Estate and Trust Disputes, Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Guardianship and General Litigation.

Charlotte-Anne currently serves on the boards of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys-NC Chapter, Pitt County Council on Aging and Pitt Aging Coalition. She has been actively involved with the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Pitt County Bar Association and Judicial District 3A bar, all of which she served as Past President. Charlotte-Anne was raised in Columbus, Ohio and considers Greenville, North Carolina her adopted home.

When asked why she chose to be a part of SpringShire’s Community Advisory Board, Charlotte-Anne responded, “Eastern NC needs a wider array of options for older adults and SpringShire checks all the boxes: choices of housing, from totally independent living to smaller apartments to targeted care. The campus will be lovely, nestled into nature, with amenities designed to promote an active, social lifestyle and a sense of community. I am thrilled to be part of creating this wonderful opportunity in the Eastern NC area.”

Homer presenting at the Rightsizing Event

SpringShire Hosts Rightsizing Event

Recently SpringShire hosted a Rightsizing Luncheon for future residents and others considering SpringShire Living. The purpose of the event was to update guests on the status of the regions real estate market and guide them on ways they can begin preparing to downsize, or rightsize, their home when considering a move to an active retirement community like SpringShire.

Homer Tyre, Owner of Tyre Realty Group, shared information that supports the rapid improvement of the local real estate market and the benefits this change offers those considering a move in the next two years. Tyre noted that the current inventory of homes for sale is low, which means houses are on the market for a shorter period of time. This is a big swing from what the market looked like eight years ago when sales were slow due to lack of demand and tighter financing guidelines. He discussed the stages of today’s home selling process for those planning a move within the next few years as they look to rightsize their living space, specifically when considering a commitment to retirement living.

Here to Home owner, Jennie Alwood, presented an overview of how to make a game plan for rightsizing to a smaller home. In her presentation, Jennie walked attendees through a two-year game plan starting with the staging and clean out of your existing home and ending with how that would simply move in day at their new residence. Part of the presentation included a brief overview of what options were available for disposing of old electronics and other household materials that have been collected through the years but may no longer be useful. While the project may seem daunting, Jennie noted that by creating a plan ahead of time the decision to move and embrace a new active retirement living lifestyle can be an exciting and pleasant experience.

With the improved real estate market it’s now easier for older adults to confidently proceed with a financial commitment to a Continuing Care Community such as SpringShire. Current SpringShire depositor, Nan Rogers, told guests her story of “Why SpringShire” as she shared her experience with SpringMoor, a sister-community to SpringShire where her mother resided. Nan noted that she made the decision to commit to SpringShire because she didn’t want to be a burden on her children but also because she wanted to continue her active lifestyle without having to worry about day-to-day upkeep of a home and all that comes with living on her own. Most importantly, she noted her excitement to be able to hand-pick her living space since she committed prior to the ground breaking. In addition, her anticipation of living with others like herself, while SpringShire staff provides her with comprehensive billing assistance and access to a full-service clinic, licensed assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care facilities if and when the need arises, provides her a great deal of relief from the worry of what might happen in her older years as she possibly needs continuing care.

Homer presenting at the Rightsizing Event  Jennie presenting at the Rightsizing Event

SpringShire’s Community Advisory Board

SpringShire’s commitment to future residents’ needs and the community in which we serve has brought about the formation of SpringShire’s Community Advisory Board. We had our kickoff lunch on Thursday, April 27 at Rock Springs.

This group of professionals are volunteering their time to learn about SpringShire as well as share ideas about how to reach potential residents.

Our goal at SpringShire is to create not only a premier Life Plan Community but also to become an active and conscientious citizen in this area. We want to be knowledgeable about the local environment and be current about all the wonderful things that are happening in Greenville.

Morgan Lamphere, VP of Marketing provided an update on SpringShire and an outline of the scope of the SpringShire Community Advisory Board. Members are encouraged to participate in marketing events and promotions in the future and to help us with ideas on how to promote the community. SpringShire will host a luncheon twice a year to update the Board on how the community is progressing.

Here’s what some Advisory Board members have to say…

“I am excited to serve on the Community Advisory Board and work collaboratively with SpringShire Retirement Community to inspire their future residents to engage in wonderful opportunities through both SpringShire amenities and the Lifelong Learning Program.”

-Andrew Ross, Coordinator for Lifelong Learning Programs, East Carolina University

“Eastern NC needs a wider array of options for older adults and SpringShire checks all the boxes: choices of housing, from totally independent living to smaller apartments to targeted care. The campus will be lovely, nestled into nature, with amenities designed to promote an active, social lifestyle and a sense of community. I am thrilled to be part of creating this wonderful opportunity in the Eastern NC area.”

-Charlotte-Anne Alexander, Colombo Kitchin Attorneys

We are excited to have this great Advisory Board take part in the development of SpringShire.

SpringShire Welcomes Marketing Director Valerie Gostele!

The SpringShire team welcomes Valerie Gostele, our newest team member in Greenville. Ms. Gostele comes to SpringShire by way of Chicago, where for the past 8 ½ years she guided families and future residents through the moving process at a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lincolnshire, IL. Valerie found a great deal of joy in listening to future residents and learning about their stories.

She explains, “Their stories of life and personal experiences made me admire and respect them for their wisdom and tenacity.”

Prior to working in senior living, Ms. Gostele held Sales Manager positions with Hyatt and Marriott hotels. Her career path has always been in the customer service & and marketing arena. It was in these positions that she found a passion for working with the senior population. Valerie’s compassion for seniors stemmed from her close relationship with her parents who left an indelible mark on her. She became a part of  her father’s support system who lived with her for the last 10 years of his life.

From this experience, she tells us, “I truly believe the need for great camaraderie, comprehensive health care options, superb amenities and an overall fun and active lifestyle must be available to people in their retirement years.”

Valerie moved to NC in late 2016 to be closer to her daughter, Liz, a kindergarten teacher and to be farther away from the Windy City winters. She continues to cheer on the World Series-champions Chicago Cubs baseball team. Valerie’s son, Patrick, continues to hold the torch in her hometown working as an editor/videographer/cameraman for the Chicago Cubs.

Valerie brings to SpringShire a compassion and understanding to discussing and making the decision to move into a Life Plan retirement community.

Valerie states, “I look forward to being a part of the success of this beautiful SpringShire community representing the richness and history of Greenville and its residents.  It will be my pleasure to assist future residents to select a place to call home.”

Ms. Gostele promises to make an effort to meet each of our future residents to learn more about their decision to move to this community. You may be receiving a call from her soon!