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.

markwoodardMark T. Woodard
Executive Director
Mark Woodard assumed the position of Executive Director of The Chesapeake in May 2006. Previously, he worked for Goodman & Company as a Senior Human Resource Management Consultant. In this role he provided human resources expertise, business management guidance, counsel, and training to numerous Tidewater and statewide organizations. Mark also served Virginia Health Services, Inc., where he administered compensation and benefits, oversaw employment programs, led employee relations initiatives, and ensured statutory and regulatory compliance. Previously, Mark served in management with Riverside Health System for seven years, including five years as Human Resources Manager with Riverside Regional Medical Center. He helped to lead efforts to maximize operational efficiency, customer service, and effective employment practices for a staff of 3,500 employees in the medical center and allied health organizations.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia Tech, where he graduated summa cum laude. He also holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Mark was a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Personnel Committee of Lifespire of Virginia during the six years prior to his appointment at The Chesapeake.

Kelly Myles
Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

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.

Liz-newElizabeth (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.
Clinic Director
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.





susanSusan LaFrance
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.

TammyTammy Slowikowski
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.

Staff-page-pics-(1)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.

kenbeachumKen Beachum
Director of Facility Services
Ken has worked with The Chesapeake since March of 2013. In his role as Director of Facility Services, Ken oversees the maintenance and housekeeping operations for more than 500,000 square feet of interior space and grounds maintenance for our entire 40-acre campus. In his professional capacity, as well as his personal pursuits, Ken enjoys meeting whatever challenges need to be met, and appreciates the opportunity to be of service to others. Outside of work, Ken is active in the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry and The Gideons.