Meet The Chesapeake’s Dedicated Staff
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At The Chesapeake, every member of our staff exhibits a personal commitment to caring, a genuine sense of purpose, and a steadfast dedication to service. As a nonprofit organization, our primary concern is always doing what’s best for residents. A familial relationship is not only seen, but also felt in the sense of happiness and well-being that permeates our community, giving The Chesapeake a homelike atmosphere that’s second to none.
David Loop assumed the position of Executive Director of The Chesapeake in June 2017. Entering the field of senior living administration in 1984, David’s career parallels the development and growth of the senior living industry. His service as a senior living community executive includes Willow Valley Communities, Pennsylvania; The Garlands of Barrington, Illinois; and Friendship Village of Schaumburg, Illinois. He also has experience in Hawaii, Ohio and Michigan with Greystone Communities, Wesleyan Senior Living, Oakwood Health System and Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services. David’s experience includes expansion and renovation projects, hospitality program development, strategic planning and fiscal management. In his service to different organizations, David has experienced over $500 million of development and program growth. He has also served on numerous professional committees, state association boards and the LeadingAge House of Delegates.
Originally from Ohio, David holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and received a certificate in nursing home administration from The Ohio State University. He has a passion for excellent customer service and has received training from Disney, Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons.
A native of Suffolk, Virginia, Kelly joined The Chesapeake in October, 2016, as our Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. A graduate of James Madison University, she has a B.S. degree in Health Science with a minor in Business Administration and a concentration in long term care. She completed her M.B.A. at The College of William & Mary. With over twelve years’ experience in the long term care industry, Kelly oversees all licensed areas of the community including the clinic, assisted living, and the health care center. Kelly and her husband are parents of three children.
Elizabeth (Liz) Gee
Director of Sales & Marketing
Liz joined The Chesapeake in July 2005 as a Retirement Counselor and was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing in 2012. After graduating cum laude from Western Carolina University, Liz has more than 20 years in marketing for long-term care communities, private physician practices and hospitals. She is a recipient of the prestigious Touchstone award from the American Hospital Association for a marketing campaign developed for a local medical center. Liz is an active participant in LeadingAge and has been a Newport News resident for most of her adult life.
Leah Howard, R.N.
A graduate of Medical Careers Institute, Leah directs the nursing, transportation, and home care companion services in The Chesapeake’s clinic. She has previous experience in hospital, home care, and long term care settings. She lives in Newport News with her husband and their children.
Director of Resident Programs
In her current position with The Chesapeake, Susan’s diverse heritage, background and work experience help her to think “outside the box” in performing her responsibilities for the Wellness Department, Volunteers, Bus Transportation and the Events and Programs Department. Susan earned dual undergraduate degrees in Art Therapy and Art Education from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Armstrong University in Savannah, Georgia. Her work experience includes pre-school teacher, art teacher and Director of Adjunctive Therapies. She has worked in schools, nursing centers and retirement centers. In addition, Susan is an active participant in LeadingAge.
Director of Dining & Hospitality Services
Tammy has served as The Chesapeake’s Director of Dining & Hospitality Services for nearly 20 years, overseeing all of the community’s dining services as well as the Portside Gift Shop, and Mariner’s Point and Dock Side beauty salons. Tammy is a trained chef with more than 30 years of experience in the food-service industry. She has been working in the field of food and hospitality since the age of 16, and completed The Educational Institute of the American Culinary Federation and the American Hotel & Motel Association Apprentice Chef’s program in Colonial Williamsburg. During her 11 years with Colonial Williamsburg, Tammy created meals for presidents, heads of state and dignitaries. She is also an active participant in LeadingAge.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Hayes
Nancy serves at The Chesapeake’s Chaplain, supporting and encouraging the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of both residents and staff. Of her position, Nancy says “I consider it a privilege to serve. I love my role here and enjoy getting to know residents, staff and their family members. Coordinating worship, visiting residents who are under the weather, providing pastoral care, and supporting people during times of crisis are all important parts of my daily responsibilities.”
Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in business administration, theology and social work. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling and earned her doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She has been in ministry for 23 years.