Lake Prince Woods Celebrates 10 Years with Executive Director Judy Raymond

September 4, 2020

Originally from Maryland, Raymond earned a bachelor's degree in leisure studies with a concentration in communications and sociology from Salisbury State College. She was chosen to participate in the first Leadership Studies courses offered by the Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging, now known as LeadingAge Virginia, on which she recently served as board chair. Raymond is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Prior to joining LPW, Raymond served another local Virginia retirement community for 16 years. As an active professional in the Suffolk community, Raymond is a member of the Suffolk Business Women's group and the Suffolk Rotary Club.

As executive director, Raymond oversees the day-to-day management and operations of LPW. According to many of her colleagues, Raymond beyond that role by taking time to personally connect with the residents that call LPW home. From managing safety procedures to making gifts for residents, Raymond leads with a hands-on approach that helps strengthen the deep sense of community at LPW. Jacque Edwards, a resident of LPW for more than 15 years, has witnessed firsthand how Raymond goes above and beyond for residents. "Judy's success as executive director comes from her approachableness," shared Edwards. "We know that she truly cares for this community. Residents feel comfortable reaching out to her with questions or needs they may have, or even just to chat," elaborated Edwards. "Every decision she makes is with our wellbeing as first priority. As a resident, I believe she has done an excellent job of leading us through these challenging times and we are truly blessed to have her."

Raymond's accomplishments at LPW are not only celebrated by its residents, but also by the team that works alongside her. "10 years of service is truly a significant milestone," said Gary Newsome, director of spiritual life at LPW. "The number 10 is considered to be the symbol of obedience and responsibility of people. It is an honor to work with Judy and I congratulate her for the many years of dedicated service, vision, and oversight she has provided."

Marketing director Tammy Garrett believes Raymond's empathy and insight contribute to her success. "We are fortunate to have Judy as our executive director. She leads with compassion and our resident's needs are foremost in her decision making." Social worker Jessica Wolland shares many of these same sentiments about Raymond. Wolland witnessed many firsthand accounts of the efforts put in place early to protect staff and residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. "Her devotion to our community-residents and team members-is nothing short of admirable. She continues to guide us all through these uncertain times."

When asked why she does the job she does, Raymond belives it was a calling to work with older adults. "As a younger person, I remember how much I enjoyed hearing stories from seniors and really appreciating the knowledge and wisdom they shared," said Raymond. "Here is to 10 more years of service, growth, and great things at LPW."