Asbury at a Glance

Ron and Pam, residents of Asbury Methodist Village, in Gaithersburg, MD, on a hike in Sedona, AZ.


Asbury is more than a collection of communities. It’s an organization of people with a mindset to help others. With a system of premier continuing care retirement communities and life-enriching home care services for older adults, Asbury delivers what people need to live their best life.

Todays, Asbury Communities is the nation's 16th largest not-for-profit system of continuing care retirement communities and related aging services, according to LeadingAge Zeigler 200. From our origins as a Methodist Home for the Aged founded in Gaithersburg, Md., in 1926, Asbury has grown to include eight vibrant communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; HUD affordable senior housing; the Asbury Foundation; and, Asbury Home Services. With our newest partner Albright Care Services, Asbury now includes three LIFE senior centers operating under the federal Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

Thrivewell Tech, Edge Therapy Services, and Albright Pharmacy Services round out Asbury's Integrated Services. Asbury Communities is proud to hold CARF International and EAGLE accreditation.   

        

Our Communities – A Snapshot

Meet the Leadership Team

Doug Leidig

President & CEO

Doug Leidig

President & CEO

Doug Leidig’s role as President & Chief Executive Officer of Asbury Communities, Inc., continues more than 25 years of experience dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of older adults. During more than 18 years with Asbury, he has remained firmly committed to the organization’s Mission while working encouraging accountability, data-driven decisions, and innovation. During Doug’s career, he has overseen the operations of several senior living communities and implemented numerous advancements in care and wellness for residents within those communities. Doug is currently on the advisory board for Senior Living 100, the premier leadership event for C-level executives from the nation’s largest, most progressive assisted living, independent living and continuing care providers; serves on the board for Caring Communities, an industry insurance provider; and is a board member of the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area. He previously served as the Chair of LeadingAge Maryland and as a Director on the Kairos Health System Board. Doug is a licensed nursing home administrator in Maryland and Pennsylvania. 

Andrew Jeanneret

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Jeanneret

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Jeanneret is responsible for overseeing the finance and accounting functions for Asbury and its affiliated entities. With more than three decades of experience in finance, he has held senior financial and accounting positions within the healthcare, accounting, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, insurance and technology industries over the course of his career. Andrew joined Asbury from Learn It Systems, LLC, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for all financial functions including general accounting, revenue processing and financial analysis for a rapidly growing behavioral health and education services company. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer with Millennial Media Inc. (MM), ); as Chief Financial Officer for Dialysis Corporation of America, as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at MGI Pharma (formerly Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc.), and as Assistant Controller and Director of Treasury Services for Life Technologies, Inc. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sandra Hegelein Lawson

Chief Growth Officer

Sandra Hegelein Lawson

Chief Growth Officer

"The future of senior living is the story of two organizations taking a strategic look at how their resources and strengths can combine to the benefit residents and associates, and to Mission expansion."

Sandra Hegelein Lawson leads Asbury’s strategic growth initiative, utilizing strengths such as relationship building, contract negotiation, solution design, public speaking and financial acumen. She draws upon 28 years of experience in contract management, including a 16-year focus on senior living business development, to achieve successful outcomes. Previously, she served as Director of Business Development for Sodexo Seniors North America, managing a region including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. She developed more than 150 strategic business partnerships designed to improve quality of life for older adults as well as deliver operational efficiencies, labor optimization, and sustainable savings. With Sodexo, Sandra was a consistent top sales performer, an eight-time recipient of the Sodexo Eagle Award for sales and a 12-time recipient of the Sodexo Inner Circle Award.

Andrew Joseph

General Counsel

Andrew Joseph

General Counsel

Mr. Joseph has over 22 years of experience providing legal services to health care providers, and has served as Asbury's in-house counsel for seventeen years. He specializes in legal and regulatory issues unique to the not-for-profit senior living and long-term care sector, and provides day-to-day corporate legal services related to administration, governance, contracting, and employment practices. He is an operations minded legal counsel, mitigating risk while maintaining focus on key operational and business objectives. Previously, Mr. Joseph served as the Compliance and Privacy Officer, responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the organization's system-wide compliance and risk management program. Mr. Joseph is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He holds a Masters in Health Services Administration, J.D., cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

J.D. Shuman

President & CEO, Asbury Foundation

J.D. Shuman

President & CEO, Asbury Foundation

J.D. brings a history of exceptional results to his role leading Asbury’s 501(C)3 charitable organization, which is dedicated to benevolent care and life-enhancing programs and projects for residents of Asbury’s communities. Before assuming his current role at Asbury Foundation, J.D. served the organization for 10 years, eventually as its Vice President of Development. In 2017 J.D. became President of the Homewood Foundation, part of Homewood Retirement Services. During his tenure there, J.D. increased annual giving to new levels. At Asbury, J.D. was integral to the success of such key campaigns as the construction of the Richard D. Rife Center at Bethany Village and to significant increases in philanthropic support across the Asbury system. J.D. has a bachelor’s degree from Strayer University. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds certifications from the Association of HealthCare Philanthropy Madison Institute.

Nick Patel

President, Thrivewell Tech

Nick Patel

President, Thrivewell Tech

As President for Asbury’s for-profit IT services firm, Nick brings more than 15 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations and sales management in both domestic and international markets, including with Fortune 500 companies, and a history of delivering results and customer satisfaction. In his role, Nick is responsible for the growth of Thrivewell Tech’s business as well as the strategic, tactical and operational planning and execution of technology hardware and software initiatives and programs. Previously, Nick served as CFO and was promoted to COO with CompuGain, a global provider of business solutions, technology consulting services and outsourced project services. He worked as a Senior Advisory Consultant with Fannie Mae, a Senior Project Manager with Freddie Mac, and held financial and accounting roles with MCI, Sprint/Nextel and the Associated Press.

Shaun Smith

President, Albright Care Services, Inc.

Shaun Smith

President, Albright Care Services, Inc.

Shaun Smith has been with Albright Care Services since 1997. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President. His previous positions include the Vice President of Community Services, the Vice President of Therapy Services, and the Administrator of the RiverWoods Nursing Care Center. Shaun has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marywood University, Scranton, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Syracuse University. Prior to joining Albright, Shaun was the regional Vice President for Therapy Services at Nova Care.

Board Service for the Greater Good

Meet the Asbury Communities Board:

Mavericks of Senior Living Podcast

In February 2020, Doug Leidig spoke with the hosts of Mavericks of Senior Living after presenting at the Senior Living Transformation Summit in Boston where he shared how Asbury Communities is transforming our business through metrics and data. We invite you to listen to his podcast, including a discussion of his earliest days delivering newspapers to a retirement community, working as a nurse's aide, and the vital importance of what we do.

Asbury Communities Highlights & Recognition

The outstanding work of our 2,800 associates in partnership with residents, partners, and volunteer board members make the accomplishments below possible.

View media highlights and see Asbury associates and residents in action on A Look at Asbury.

  • 2020 Top 40 Workplaces Aging Services - Fortune Magazine
  • 2020 and 2019 Frederick County Best Workplace
  • 2020, 2019 and 2018 Great Place to Work
  • 2018 Top 40 Workplaces for Aging Services - Fortune Magazine
  • 2018 United Methodist Association EAGLE Innovation Award – Asbury Communities
  • 2017 LeadingAge Dr. Herbert Shore Outstanding Mentor Award – Sue DaCamara, Asbury Communities
  • 2017 PR Daily Nonprofit PR Award – Asbury Communities
  • 2016 Maryland Outstanding Environmental and Community Leadership Award – Asbury Solomons
  • 2018 Planetree Gold Recognition – Bethany Village
  • 2015 Planetree Bronze Recognition – Inverness Village
  • 2014 International Council for Active Aging Innovator Award – Asbury Methodist Village, Inverness Village
  • 2014 LeadingAge Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award – Asbury Methodist Village