The Board of Directors for The Village at Orchard Ridge share a devotion to the ministry, guiding our growth to ensure that our community is a retirement destination for new generations. As NLCS President and CEO Cyndi Walters said, “The Board doesn’t just meet in a Board Room. They are out in the community, speaking with neighbors and seeing for themselves opportunities for improvement.” To learn about the Board of Trustees for our parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), click here.
Matthew S. Akers is a founding partner of McCarthy & Akers, PLC, where his practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, appellate law, construction law, contracts, and real estate, including planning and land use, and zoning. He also serves as the Town Attorney for the Town of Mount Jackson and is the general counsel to many non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Mr. Akers received his J.D. from the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he served as Executive Solicitations Editor of the Ave Maria Law Review. After graduation from law school, Mr. Akers clerked for the Honorable James L. Ryan, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, where he majored in Philosophy with minors in Economics and Theology.
Mr. Akers has recently served as Vice President and Board Member of the New Eve Maternity Home and on the Board of the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and as Board Member of the Istituto del Sacro Cuore.
Gail O. Mazzocco, a resident at The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, joined the Board of Directors in 2019. Mrs. Mazzocco served as a consultant to the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing Excellence, where she developed a statewide plan for admission requirements to 12 University of North Carolina System R.N. to BSN Programs. Prior to this, Mrs. Mazzocco served in senior positions in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland.
Mrs. Mazzocco has been active in community and church life serving in various capacities. She served as president and vice-president of the congregational council at Christ Lutheran Church in Cumberland, Maryland, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, respectively. She also served as chair of the health cabinet at Holy Trinity. She has served as vice president of the Maryland Nurses' Association, chair of the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Maryland, and chair of the Board of Directors, Fearrington Cares, Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Since moving to The Village at Orchard Ridge, Mrs. Mazzocco has been an active member of the Residents' Association, serving a two-year term as vice president, chair of the finance workgroup, and several support activities.
Mrs. Mazzocco received her EdD from the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland: major in higher education administration; M.S. from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, major in medical-surgical nursing; B.S. in nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland; diploma in nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, Massachusetts.
Catherine R. Philips (Cathy) is a Community and Civic Leader who currently serves as the Education Chair of the Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary Board while, at the same time, is a member of the Junior Century Club and the Little Garden Club of Winchester. Previously, Ms. Philips has held numerous officer, board and committee member positions with Quota International of Winchester, Chatmoss Country Club, Piedmont Arts, The Martinsville Garden Club, First United Church, the Macon (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra and the Oxford College of Emory University.
Ms. Philips received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia in 1987 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Emory University in 1985. Ms. Philips also earned an Associate of Arts degree from the Oxford College of Emory University in 1983.
Ms. Philips had significant prior professional experience as a Renal Social Worker and Clinical Social Worker at Riverside Health System and Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in Newport News, Va., respectively; as a Clinical Social Worker for the Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the Hampton VA Medical Center; and as a Clinical Social Worker at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga.