Waltonwood Ashburn Announces New Resident Care Manager and Memory Care Coordinator
ASHBURN, VA–Waltonwood Ashburn, a premier senior living community, is pleased to announce Maria Cressida R. Manalo as its new resident care manager and Megan Mastre as memory care coordinator.
Manalo, originally from Philippines, brings more than five years of experience in senior living to her new role. Previously, she served as a charge nurse, RN supervisor, and most recently as a director of nursing service.
Mastre, who is originally from Pittsburgh, has nearly 15 years of senior living experience. Both Mastre and Manalo have significant nursing experience to fill a couple of important roles at Waltonwood Ashburn.
“Growing up in the Philippines, I was raised by my grandparents who later helped me raise my daughter as well,” said Manalo. “I’ve always had a very close relationship with them, and they are one of the reasons why I chose senior living as my career path. Elderly people have so much knowledge to pass on, and I think we can learn something new from them every day.
“I enjoyed working in rehabs in the past, but now as a resident care manager, I am able to build strong long-term relationships with the assisted living and memory care residents,” Manalo added. “Waltonwood has a very good reputation when it comes to resident care, and I know it’s the right place for me to continue my career in senior living. The roles I’ve held previously prepared me to be resident care manager, and I am excited to become part of a team that treats residents and employees like family.”
After receiving a practical nursing degree and becoming a certified nursing assistant, Mastre knew she wanted to start her career in geriatrics. She has spent many years in both assisted living and memory care and has worked in hospitals, rehabs and senior living communities. Mastre moved to Virginia five years ago. In her most recent position, she served as the director of health and wellness, and she directly oversaw care of assisted living residents. After spending a few years in memory care, Mastre decided that’s where she wanted to continue to grow her career. In her new position at Waltonwood Ashburn, she will be managing all memory care units and will become the frontline person for the residents, the medical staff and memory care team members.
“I am thrilled to become part of the team at Waltonwood Ashburn,” said Mastre. “The senior living community provides top-notch care for its residents, and I am honored to be part of the family now. Working in memory care, there is only one thing that’s for certain – every day is a different experience. That’s one of the many reasons why I enjoy working in memory care and with seniors in general. My career in senior living is one of the best choices I’ve made.”
“We’re excited to welcome Megan and Maria to the Waltonwood Ashburn family,” said Randy LeMaster, regional director of operations at Waltonwood Communities/Singh Senior Living. “They each possess the passion, talent and experience to help us redefine retirement living and ensure that the residents enjoy excellent care and quality of life. They both play a vital role within the community, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”
Waltonwood at Ashburn, a premier family-owned and operated boutique community, features 114 independent living apartment homes, 72 assisted living apartments and 27 memory care apartments (mix of private studios, one- and two-bedroom floor plans) for up to 270 residents. Located in Northern Virginia just minutes from the Potomac River and about 45 minutes from Washington D.C., the 287,000-square-foot community sits on 14.5 acres. At Waltonwood at Ashburn, residents have the opportunity to enjoy a worry- and maintenance-free life filled with friends and all the luxury amenities they deserve.
Singh is a family-owned company, and for more than 45 years it has remained multifaceted in real estate development, with a strong foundation in luxury apartments, commercial properties, land development, high-end single-family homes and, for nearly 30 years, senior living communities which have been branded “Waltonwood.” The vertical integration of the company, which provides for development, construction, finance and management under one umbrella, allows Singh to stay poised to take advantage of new opportunities in expanding markets. All projects are wholly owned by Singh and continue to be owned and managed by Singh.
With regional offices in Cary, NC, Singh has made a strong commitment to the expansion of its brand into the southeast markets.