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Meet Heath Bowman

This Monday, we would like to introduce you to SpringShire Advisory Board Member, Heath Bowman.

Heath is the president of the East Carolina University Alumni Association. His mission is to inform, involve and serve members of the ECU family throughout their lifelong relationship with the university. The ECU Alumni Association and SpringShire have formed a relationship, about which Heath comments, “We find that partnerships like this help us meet our mission to ensure that alumni and friends are well taken care of into their golden years.”

“Our association views partnerships with communities such as SpringShire as a great way to promote the outstanding quality of life that our Pirate alumni enjoy when they choose to begin their retirement years close to campus,” continues Heath.

Heath believes that the addition of SpringShire is just one example of how Greenville is becoming a retirement destination, especially for those with ties to ECU. “SpringShire will provide our alumni and friends with an option for active retirement living; one that showcases an impressive number of activities and amenities for its residents” says Heath.

As Heath entered his third year as president of the Alumni Association, he found himself engaging more and more with community partners who directly impact the experiences that alumni have while they are in Greenville. Heath notes that this engagement has translated into various volunteer leadership roles, including his role as the incoming chair of the Young Professionals of Pitt County, membership on the Uptown Greenville Board of Directors and involvement with community advocacy and advisory groups, including the SpringShire Advisory Board.

Heath is enthusiastic about being a member of the SpringShire Advisory Board. “I feel that giving my time, energy and input is a valuable way in which I can help shape the future of the city for our alumni and friends who choose to live, work and play here,” says Heath. In order for ECU to remain on an upward trajectory, Heath feels it is vitally important that Greenville continue to grow and thrive as the diverse and successful city he knows it to be – and the addition of SpringShire will help to do just that.

Meet Theo H. Pitt, Jr.

This Monday, we would like to introduce SpringShire Advisory Board Member, Theo H. Pitt, Jr.

Theo is a native and resident of Rocky Mount, NC. Following his retirement from Pioneer Savings Bank where he was CEO, he has been a real estate development and investment consultant. Throughout his life he has been active within the community and currently serves as an Independent Trustee on multiple mutual fund boards. “Theo’s knowledge and experience in the real estate market makes him a valuable addition to the SpringShire Advisory Board,” notes long-time friend and business associate, David Ammons, President of Retirement Living Associates (RLA).

For Theo becoming a part of the SpringShire Advisory Board was an easy decision. “Not only have I known and respected the Ammons family for many years, I also realized eastern North Carolina had a strong need for such a facility and wanted to be a part of making that a reality,” noted Theo.

Through the years Theo witnessed the growth and development of Springmoor as well as other retirement living facilities managed by David Ammons and the RLA staff. And he has seen first-hand how their knowledge and extensive experience in the industry has benefitted numerous retirees looking for active quality senior living options

“SpringShire will provide an opportunity for seniors to continue to live in a secure environment, while remaining socially active with other retirees,” says Theo. With limited choices for retirement living in the area, Theo is excited to help spread the word about SpringShire’s living opportunities for the increasing senior population in eastern NC.

Meet Leslie Parker Thompson

This Monday, we would like to introduce you to SpringShire Sales Assistant, Leslie Parker Thompson.

Leslie began with Springshire in 2016 as the Sales Assistant. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to be part of a team. And, I liked the idea of helping prospective SpringShire residents learn about the many amenities that we will offer,” noted Leslie.  She recognizes that it’s a big step when a person or couple decides to move into a retirement community and she’s dedicated to making that decision and transition as easy as possible.  If you call SpringShire to request information or RSVP to an event you’ll often hear Leslie on the other end of the line. Or she’s the first cheerful face you’ll meet when entering the sales center or attending an event. When asked about SpringShire events Leslie stated, “I thoroughly enjoy networking with organizations and working with our local marketing team to develop and coordinate various events that highlight SpringShire or help future residents get to know one another.”

Leslie was born in Germany and considers herself an “Army brat”. Her father is her Hero and he has served his country proudly. She has lived in NC most of her life and went to ECU to pursue her Master’s degree in Sociology. Go Pirates! Most of her career has been advocating for others in the areas of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Leslie served as the Executive Director for the local Family Violence Program, and procured the shelter for battered women. 

Later, she had the opportunity to serve as a Regional Director with the state, working 23 counties in the eastern part of the region while serving multiple programs for women. “I learned a lot by working with victims and survivors of domestic violence” notes Leslie, “and I found that for real change to come about, myths need to be challenged and those seeking help need to be heard without fearing judgment.”

After beginning work at SpringShire Leslie has continued helping others as a volunteer at the local Community Crossroads Center for the Homeless.

When asked about her work at SpringShire she noted, “I truly believe that SpringShire will be a place where community reigns and evolving friendships are built. I am glad to be a part of a team that is encouraging seniors to make plans for retirement living.”

Leslie lives in the country with her husband Marty and their daughter Rachel. Her hobby is collecting penguins–at last count she had 3,000.

Press Release: SpringShire to hold open house

A continuing care retirement community will host an open house this week to give the community a chance to glimpse what the completed community will look like.
SpringShire Retirement LLC will hold an open house on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event, which will take place at the SpringShire Informational Center, 3404 N.C. 43 North, Greenville, the staff will be meeting with visitors and showing off plans via a virtual tour.

The virtual tour will allow those who attend the opportunity to see what SpringShire will look like when construction is completed. The tour showcases the options offered for maintenance-free living, from estate homes to a variety of apartment layouts.

After viewing the virtual tour, SpringShire invites guests to stop by the gazebo overlooking the natural, 138-acre property and envision the community for themselves.
“We are thrilled with our new virtual tour, and we’re even more thrilled to show it off,” said Morgan Lamphere, vice President of marketing for the community. “We cannot wait for future residents and potential future residents to see the beautiful plans we have for SpringShire and become just as excited as we are.”

The community will consist of 150 independent-living apartments, 12 independent cottages, an 8-bed assisted living unit and a 12-bed skilled nursing unit. In addition to the homes, the community will offer a variety of services and amenities such as dining venues, fitness center & indoor pool, a movie theater, card rooms, and easy access to walkways and nature trails.

SpringShire is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. A CCRC offers a continuum of living and care options for older adults. The community is being developed by Retirement Living Associates, Inc., a firm that also manages a number of other senior living communities in the Southeast including Springmoor Life Care Community in Raleigh.

Read the Press Release on Reflector.com


Press Release: July 10 People in the news

SpringShire welcomes Gostele as team member

SpringShire has hired Valerie Gostele as a new team member. Gostele comes to SpringShire by way of Chicago, where for the past 8½ years she guided families and future residents through the moving process at a continuing care retirement community in Lincolnshire, IL. In this role, she said she enjoyed listening to future residents and learning about their stories.

Prior to working in senior living, Gostele held sales manager positions with Hyatt and Marriott hotels. She always has worked in the customer service and marketing arenas and it was in these positions that she found a passion for working with the senior population. Gostele’s compassion for seniors stems from her close relationship with her parents. She became a large part of her father’s support system when he lived with her for the last 10 years of his life.

From this experience, Gostele said, “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.”

Gostele moved to North Carolina to be closer to her daughter. She brings a compassion and understanding to discussing and making the decision to move into a life plan retirement community to SpringShire.

Gostele said, “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.”

Read the full press release on Reflector.com 


Press Release: SpringShire creates advisory board, adds members

SpringShire’s commitment to future residents’ needs and the community has brought about the formation of a Community Advisory Board and the addition of several members.

Advisory board members are volunteering their time to help introduce SpringShire to the community and will participate in upcoming events.

Members include Charlotte-Anne Alexander, elder law attorney with Colombo Kitchin Attorneys; Homer Tyre, owner of Tyre Real Estate Company; Lynn Pischke, account executive with WNCT-TV; Emily Coffman, owner of Igoe Creative, Inc.; and Andrew Ross, Lifelong Learning Programs coordinator at East Carolina University.

“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 connected with the community and participate in the wonderful things happening in Greenville,” said Morgan Lamphere, vice president of marketing.

SpringShire Retirement, LLC is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). A CCRC is a community that offers a continuum of living and care options for older adults. The community is being developed by Retirement Living Associates, Inc., a firm that also manages a number of other senior living communities in the Southeast including Springmoor Life Care Community in Raleigh.

The SpringShire community will consist of 150 independent-living apartments, 12 independent cottages, an 8-bed assisted living unit and a 12-bed skilled nursing unit. It will be situated on 127 acres of land located off Highway 43 near Ironwood Country Club. In addition to the homes, the community will offer a variety of services and amenities such as dining venues, a movie theater, fitness center and indoor pool, card rooms and easy access to nature trails and walkways.

The advisory board members said they were happy to be involved.

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

“Eastern N.C. 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,” Alexander said. “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 N.C. area.”

Read the Press Release on Refelector.com