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Meet Andrew Ross

Today, SpringShire would like you to meet Advisory Board Member Andrew Ross.

Andrew is the Coordinator for Lifelong Learning Programs at East Carolina University.  ECU Lifelong Learning is an educational program for adults 50 and older who have a desire and joy for learning and personal fulfillment. Andrew works to create opportunities that stimulate cultural learning, promote social interaction and broaden horizons in many creative ways. Courses through ECU Lifelong Learning are taught by experienced professionals, many having strong tie to the ECU community.

SpringShire has partnered with ECU Lifelong Learning to bring these opportunities to our future residents. “The relationship between SpringShire and the Lifelong Learning Program is an exciting one,” says Andrew. “Our program can provide great learning opportunities on top of the ones offered on site at SpringShire, and we in turn look forward to the potential growth our program could see as a result of the influx of future residents,” he continues.

“I am excited about working on the Advisory Board with other professionals in the aging community to continue to make Pitt County a prime location for older adults,” comments Andrew.

Prior to his work with ECU Lifelong Learning, Andrew has worked at the Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro and the Pitt County Council on Aging in Greenville. “Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer invaluable services to residents and I am happy to be a part of the formation of SpringShire, Greenville’s newest CCRC,” he says.

A native of just outside of Charlotte, NC, Andrew received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from East Carolina University. Andrew has called Greenville his home for almost 10 years and is excited to be back at ECU.

At SpringShire, we are excited about upcoming programs and continuing to work with Andrew.

Meet Dr. Vivian Mott

This Monday, we are excited to introduce you to SpringShire Advisory Board Member, Dr. Vivian Mott.

Dr. Mott recently retired from East Carolina University’s College of Education, where she served as Associate Dean, department chair and faculty in the department of Interdisciplinary Professions (formerly Higher, Adult and Counselor Education).  

She and her late husband Don moved to Greenville in 1995 to join the ECU community. They had previously made their home in east Tennessee where they enjoyed family time, travel, photography, and UT-Volunteer football and women’s basketball.

Vivian was the founder and CEO of Wilson Mott & Associates, a human resource management, training and development firm. She is author of three textbooks, numerous book chapters and professional journal articles, and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She presents on subjects such as the development of knowledge acquisition and professional expertise, reflective practice, organizational culture, multicultural issues, and ethics in education and business.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled and worked in many wonderful places, nationally and internationally – and one of my great interests when I travel to different parts of the world are family dynamics, particularly in terms of care, respect for and interactions with the elderly,” says Dr. Mott.

Aside from her academic interest in elder care and social gerontology, Dr. Mott is committed to the Advisory Board because she feels SpringShire, as a model continuing care community, will be a unique addition to Greenville and Pitt County, and will have tremendous benefits not only for residents, but ECU and the larger community as a whole.

While teaching educational gerontology at ECU, Dr. Mott frequently engaged her graduate students in study, field experiences and simple enjoyment of residents in several retirement and assisted living communities. “While I hope we brought some joy and benefit to those residents, I know we all learned more and benefited greatly from visiting with them,” she comments.

“I very much look forward to serving on the Advisory Board, getting to know more future residents of SpringShire and lending a bit of expertise and perspective to the success of the community,” she says.

Meet Dr. Lara Surles

This Monday, we are excited to introduce you to SpringShire Advisory Board member, Dr. Lara Surles.

Dr. Surles is a geriatric physician at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. As a geriatrician, Dr. Surles recognizes the importance of seniors planning for their future. “In my opinion, one of the most important reasons for seniors to plan for their futures early is so that they can make their own decisions based on their own likes and dislikes,” she says.

Dr. Surles recommends that seniors find a community that provides “aging in place.” “Finding a community that provides all levels of care, so that a person’s needs can be met in one location, no matter what level of care they require is very important,” says Dr. Surles.

The SpringShire community will be equipped to provide for continuing medical needs as each resident ages. “SpringShire will be the type of place that encourages and supports active and interactive lifestyles, yet provides the reassurance that if a person becomes disabled or needs rehabilitation, they will not be separated from their neighbors and friends in order to receive optimal care,” notes Dr. Surles. “As a geriatric physician, I have seen how isolation in older years affects a person, both mentally and physically,” she continues. A community, like SpringShire, will allow residents to remain surrounded by friends and neighbors, which is important to mental health in seniors.

Dr. Surles says that planning early will allow individuals to look at different communities in order to discover what suits their style, and then they can purse the community that suits them best- a community that can provide for their needs as they may change.

“I joined the SpringShire Advisory Board because I see this as an exciting opportunity to share in its growth and to share in a plan that maximizes options for our seniors,” comments Dr. Surles. She is excited that SpringShire has become an attractive option for older persons in eastern North Carolina.

Meet David Ammons

This Monday we would like you to meet founder and president of Retirement Living Associates Inc. (RLA), David Ammons.

David has more than 30 years of experience in managing and developing communities, like SpringShire. David served as the executive director of Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community from 1991-1996 and continues as CEO overseeing all operations. In addition to working on the development of SpringShire, David and his family have also led in the development and management of several senior living communities throughout the southeast.

One of the primary locations of interest for development for David was eastern North Carolina. With Springmoor’s success, developers, architects, lenders and other community professionals began contacting David for advice and consulting on all aspects of Continuing Care Retirement Communities, now known as Life Plan Communities.  Eventually, Dr. Deyton and Dr. Clement of Greenville contacted David to see if RLA would consider building a community in Greenville.  After seeing each of their mothers receive excellent care at Springmoor and getting to know David while he served as executive director, they recognized the opportunities a RLA community would bring to residents of eastern North Carolina.

David has led the development of SpringShire since it was founded in the mid-2000s. In the economic downturn of 2008, David and other RLA associates had the foresight to protect both the land and prospective residents’ deposits. “When other communities simply went under, we waited for the most prudent and opportune time to proceed. That time is now,” notes David. “The market is better now, and with more and more people moving to Greenville to retire we’re excited that our plans are underway.”

In the early stages of SpringShire development, David recognized how important the location would be for future residents. The site for the community was chosen after three focus groups with Greenville residents. “The reason we chose this site for SpringShire was primarily because this location has a blend of natural beauty and untouched flora and fauna, but it is still a convenient drive to amenities such as the Vidant Medical Community, Ironwood Country Club and Uptown Greenville,” explains David. “I also like the fact that the community will not sit along the highway. I feel seniors will favor the privacy afforded by being off the highway when deciding between living options,” he continued.

David is excited about bringing options for active retirement living to the Greenville area. “I am proud to continue my family’s history of building retirement communities that match the interest of the community,” says David. “We feel Greenville is ready for new options and designs to serve younger residents.”

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.