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Melissa Fortner Named Executive Director of The Village at Orchard Ridge

August 26, 2015

Winchester, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., announced Melissa Fortner as its Executive Director effective August 24, 2015.  Fortner brings 20 years of senior living experience, most recently as Vice President of Supportive Living for Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. 

            “I am delighted to be joining the National Lutheran family, specifically The Village at Orchard Ridge,” Fortner said. “I look forward to being a part of this community’s success, as well as helping to develop more opportunities to connect our services with those who wish to age well.”

            Fortner’s expertise is in designing and implementing operational and strategic plans, with a record of transforming institutional-style nursing models into resident-focused social models.  She spearheaded the first Green House project in Virginia, which focuses on delivering care to seniors in a homelike atmosphere. Fortner has a B.S. in Health Care Administration from East Tennessee State University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She is a frequent conference speaker and presenter at LeadingAge and a guest lecturer at James Madison University.  She also formerly served on the boards of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and Generations Crossing Adult and Child Daycare.

             “Melissa brings a wealth of experience in senior living, specifically in change management, strategic planning, servant leadership, health care reform and more,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said.  “We are pleased to welcome an individual of her caliber to TVOR and know that her skills will greatly benefit staff and residents alike.”

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with in-home services, memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Currently, The Village at Orchard Ridge is in Phase 2 of construction, which will include additional independent living apartments and cottages, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and the expansion of dining areas and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
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About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

The National Lutheran family includes The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and coming soon The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit