Alice Benson, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has served in the role of philanthropy director since 2017. Prior to that, Alice worked with The Village at Rockville as a regional gift planner with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 12 years. She has also served as a fundraiser for Bread for the World and a number of other non-profits. Her passion is to help donors fulfill their charitable wishes and make a difference in the world. She finds great joy in getting to know residents and their families. Alice is a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Kristina joined The Village at Rockville as Talent & Culture Director in 2017. She holds an M.B.A. and brings more than seven years of organizational and culture development experience in the health care and non-profit environments. Her areas of expertise include talent acquisition, employee relations, and leadership/management coaching.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Kristina began her human resources career at a faith-based non-profit, where she grew a passion for empowering employees to be successful in their personal career paths. She then became the human resources director for a managed care organization, leading organizational development, employee relations and policy/compliance development.
Kristina is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and enjoys partnering with leadership in training and strategies to develop effective professional relationships and results driven teams. Kristina is excited to be back in a non-profit setting, focused on direct impact to older adults, and contributing to the We CARE culture at The Village at Rockville.
With a background in higher education administration, Lawren Lankford brings with her more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and public relations. Prior to joining The Village at Rockville as the Sales Director, Lawren spent several years in corporate marketing and fundraising for Strayer University.
A former career counselor, Lawren enjoys educating visiting families about residential and service offerings with an emphasis on providing exceptional customer service. She is enjoying leading the sales effort for ‘Glenmere,’ the new west campus expansion independent living apartment project. She has a B.A. degree in Art History and has also earned an M.B.A.
Dr. Teizu Wolokolie is a board certified internal medicine physician with a passion for post acute and long term care practice. She graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2000 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 2003. She obtained her CMD through the American Board of Post Acute and Long Term Care Medicine in 2012. Her work has included hospital medicine, hospice and post acute/long term care. Currently, she is involved in clinical and administrative work as an attending physician, Certified Medical Director and a Chief Medical Officer.
Additionally, she serves on the board of the Mid Atlantic Medical Directors Association.
Kyle Hreben joined The Village at Rockville leadership team in April 2018. Committed to achieving results, Kyle brings over 11 years of leadership experience in the senior living industry. As Executive Director, he oversees day-to-day operations while continuing to support the needs of older adults.
Most recently, he served as administrator of housing, responsible for housing operations at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to that, he held the position of administrator at multiple senior living organizations. He was responsible for developing marketing and business plans, implementing various programs, as well as coordinating strategic preferred partnerships with major hospital networks.
Hreben is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Maryland, as well as certified assisted living manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication management from the University of Dayton and received his Master of Business Administration degree in the spring of 2019.
Larry Bradshaw joined National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) in October of 2009 as President & CEO. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit senior living industry. From 1987-2006, he was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Strategic Growth with Asbury Communities, a not-for-profit, multi-site, senior living organization. In 2006, Larry took on the role of President for Asbury’s for-profit company, The Asbury Group, offering consulting services to other Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Larry was also the principal of Bradshaw Insights Group, providing consulting services to CCRCs in everything from strategic planning and board development to financial analysis and capital structure development.
As the President & CEO at NLCS, Larry’s focus is strategically growing and furthering the organization’s 126-year mission and ministry of providing lifestyle, residential and health care options for seniors. He leads a team of dedicated professionals whose collective goal is to meet the ever-changing needs of seniors, while providing excellent care and innovative services that preserve seniors’ independence and dignity. Under his leadership, NLCS has become a multi-site organization offering a wide range of services including home health care and community clinics.
Larry is an active member of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Maryland, has served as a CCAC (now CARF) Commissioner, and as Chair of CCAC’s Financial Advisory Panel. He is a frequent presenter at numerous national meetings, including LeadingAge, the National Investment Conference, and Ziegler’s Senior Living CFO Workshop.
Larry has a B.S. in Accounting from Emporia State University and an M.B.A. in Technology Management from The University of Phoenix.