Meet The Chesapeake’s Dedicated Staff
And a way of life.
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, he has held various management positions in communities in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, & Hawaii. 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 Lynchburg, Virginia, Barbara Jackson-Ingram joined The Chesapeake in September 2018 as our Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. In this position, she oversees all licensed areas including the health care center, assisted living, memory support, and clinic. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science degree in Administration with a concentration in Health Services from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining The Chesapeake, Barbara led the assisted living team at Lakewood in Richmond as their Administrator of Assisted Living. She has extensive experience in the senior living field and truly enjoys serving her ‘extended family’ of seniors and sharing in their wisdom. She has two children and enjoys reading, landscape photography, and writing.
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.
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.
Director of Human Resources
A native of New Jersey, Jane Petro joined the Chesapeake in December 2017 as the Director of Human Resources. She graduated from Richard Stockton University with a B.A. in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in human resources from Thomas Edison University. With over 22 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Jane has a unique perspective on the many dynamics of the human resources field. “People are our greatest resource, and they need to work in our environment where they can grow and best serve our residents,” Jane says. She frequently can be seen at The Chesapeake visiting with team members throughout the day and night. “It’s important that I stay focused on what our team members are thinking, what their needs are, and how we can help them reach their potential,” she says.
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Steven Nelson, joined The Chesapeake in September 2017 as the Director of Buildings and Grounds. In his position, he oversees all mechanical, electrical, and engineering systems of The Chesapeake. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining the beauty of our 40-acre campus, all safety programs, as well as housekeeping and laundry services for residents. In addition, he manages the renovation process of all residences as well as the day-to-day maintenance of more than 400 residences throughout the community. With more than 28 years’ experience in residential property management, Steven is a native of Vermont where he earned a B.S degree in Business Administration from the American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts and served in the U.S. Air Force. “I believe we were put on this earth to serve others, and at The Chesapeake, we’re given that awesome opportunity each and every day,” Steven says.
Kristi Fleenor, Director of Fitness, is passionate about helping residents live vibrant, active, and healthy lifestyles. Her passion fuels her position at The Chesapeake by developing and managing wellness programs and services for residents. With our affiliation with The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS), Kristi has access to the latest programs and techniques for senior fitness. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and her Master’s Degree from Old Dominion University. With degrees in exercise science and her professional experience with the U.S. Navy and Old Dominion University, Kristi brings a wealth of skill and training to her position. She is also certified as an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. As The Chesapeake’s Vibrance Director, Kristi is constantly looking to foster an environment that promotes all the components of Vibrance — Joy, Growth, Community, and Purpose — into every aspect of life at The Chesapeake. “It’s our responsibility to provide opportunities for residents to grow and flourish and we love making this happen for the residents,” Kristi says.