Executive Leadership Team


As CEO of Garden Spot Communities, Steve Lindsey is the keeper of the unique and vibrant culture that Garden Spot Communities is known for throughout the country and around the world. He has a proven track record of innovation and searches for new ideas by continuously evaluating his surroundings. He has more than 25 years of administrative experience in retirement community and rehabilitation hospital industries and was instrumental in developing the new Guidelines for Residential Health, Care and Support Settings. He serves on the board of directors for the Society of Gerontological Environments (SAGE) as well as on the editorial advisory board for Environments for Aging. In July 2019, Steve was identified by Senior Housing News as a Changemaker, one of the pioneers driving the future of senior living. He holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.


As Chief Information Officer, Andrew Dietzel develops technology goals and strategies, plans and directs the implementation of new IT systems, and creates innovative technology platforms that contribute to the Garden Spot Communities mission and experience. He joined Garden Spot in 2004 as Information Technology Specialist, then served as Information Technology Manager and Director of Information Technology. A Lancaster Mennonite High School graduate, Andrew has an Associate’s degree from Hesston College, Hesston, Kan., and a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa.


As the Director of Healthcare Services for Garden Spot Communities, Lora oversees personal care, memory support and homecare, as well as the skilled nursing households for Garden Spot Village, Maple Farm and Frederick Living. She is a LeadingAge PA board member and is active on the LeadingAge PA Worforce Initiatives Taskforce. She also works with Harrisburg Area Community College as an adjunct professor for the Nursing Home Administrator Course and is a member of the Gerontology Advisory Board. Lora holds a Bachelor’s in Health Policy Administration and a Minor in Business as well as a Master in Health Administration with a certificate in long term care from Penn State.


Bryan has worked at Garden Spot Village for more than 25 years. He started just a few months after the first resident moved into the community in 1996. His initial responsibilities at Garden Spot included a wide variety of functions including Information Technology and Human Resources. He has been blessed to be a part of the growth and development of Garden Spot Communities from the early stages. He currently serves on the Executive Leadership team as the Director of Human Resources. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Messiah College.


As the Executive Director and Nursing Home Administrator for Frederick Living, Michael guides the day-to-day work of Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, Memory Care, Dining and General Operations at Frederick Living. Michael renowned for his unwavering commitment to enhancing resident, family, and staff satisfaction. With a profound understanding of regulatory compliance, Michael leads with a blend of strategic vision and compassionate care. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and a Master’s degree in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, Michael combines academic excellence with practical expertise. His dynamic approach and dedication make him a respected figure in the field of senior living and care.


Sandra Hegelein Lawson brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in driving strategic growth, business development and brand management to her role as Chief Growth Officer. She has served on both the vendor and provider sides of the industry, which gives her a unique perspective. In addition, her extensive background in business development, marketing, and business strategy positions her as a dynamic leader to spearhead the aggressive growth initiatives of Garden Spot Communities. Lawson’s leadership experience includes serving as the Chief Growth Officer for Asbury Communities and the Regional Director of Business Development for Sodexo Seniors. Her expertise will be instrumental in advancing Garden Spot Communities’ envisioned future to “Spark a Pro-Aging Revolution.” Lawson oversees strategic partnerships and market expansion to position Garden Spot Communities for continued success in a rapidly evolving landscape.


With more than 30 years of marketing experience, Scott oversees the marketing and sales and efforts for Garden Spot Communities. He creates innovative marketing approaches such as Destination Garden Spot Village, a podcast, an annual half marathon and hot air balloon. During his 23-year tenure at Unisys Corporation, a global technology firm, Scott held a variety of leadership positions, which included cultivating relationships with financial firms on Wall Street, worldwide travel promoting emerging technologies and corporate marketing. Scott holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Millersville University and a Master of Theological Studies from Eastern University.


As Chief Operations Officer at Garden Spot Communities, Steve guides the day-to-day work of the Dining, Facility Services, Campus Services, Construction & Project Development and Housekeeping departments . His team finds innovative ways to provide excellent customer service to residents as well as stewards the operational resources of the community. Steve’s career has been diverse, with leadership experiences in engineering, construction and business consulting, as well as extensive work with faith-based non-profits. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State as well as a Master in Leadership Studies from Lancaster Bible College.


As Chief Mission Advancement Officer for Garden Spot Communities, Wendy helps individuals and businesses find ways to support the benevolent care and capital campaign projects. Over the past 25 years, Wendy has served in leadership roles in a variety of organizations, including Sight & Sound Theatres, the Lancaster County Visitors Bureau, Heritage Center of Lancaster County and Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Wendy is committed to helping organizations and individuals passionate about making a difference in the communities where they live and serve. Wendy is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy.


Nate Weber started his adventure at Garden Spot Communities in May 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Millersville University. He has worked in public accounting as well as the senior living facilities. The culture here is the best the team members and residents are incredibly welcoming and friendly. When he’s not working, he can be found around the house with his two daughters playing games and enjoying life.



As Director of Pastoral Services, Chet serves as Campus Pastor, attending to the faith commitment of Garden Spot Communities and supporting the diverse faith experience within Garden Spot Village. In addition, he serves with a team committed to fostering a distributed leadership culture within the organization. Chet holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Pastoral Ministry from Lancaster Bible College and a Master of Arts in Religion from Evangelical Seminary. Postgraduate work in Clinical Pastoral Education and through the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. have enriched his understanding and application of systems theory in relationships.


Within a nonprofit organization the board of directors ensures effective organizational planning and the fulfillment of legal obligations, provides financial oversight and improve the organization’s public standing.

“It is inspiring to serve in an organization that has a board of directors that is diverse in experience and perspective, but aligned around our mission… that has clarity about the vision, but realizes the need to develop approaches that are flexible… that understands that the fast pace of change in the world around us requires us to try things that have never been done before. The Garden Spot Communities Board prioritizes learning… for themselves and for the rest of the organization. The members truly believe we find wisdom and discernment in community. Our board of directors is one of the key reasons that we feel we can articulate an envisioned future as audacious as Spark a Pro-Aging Revolution!”

– Steve Lindsey, Garden Spot Communities CEO

Board Members

PHIL HESS, CHAIR | 2000-2012, 2017-PRESENT

Phil brings extensive governance experience to the board of directors as well as an understanding of the deep history of Garden Spot Village. The former President of WellSpan Philhaven, and Senior Vice President of WellSpan Health Systems, Phil retired in 2022. 

Phil says, “I believe in giving back to my community and appreciate the mission of Garden Spot Communities. I’m inspired by the innovation and continued focus on improving that exists in the culture of Garden Spot. I enjoy being part of a team that seeks to find new and better ways to serve people.”


Joyce has served on the board of directors for nine years. As a certified public accountant and Principal at WNC CPAS & Consultants, Joyce provides expertise and financial oversight. In her role as vice chair, she also sits on the finance committee.

Joyce also serves as the chair of the board for the WellSpan Ephrata Community Health Foundation. Joyce says, “I volunteer for the board of directors at Garden Spot because I believe in the mission and have confidence in the leadership team. The leadership team is forward-thinking, with a strategic plan that will take the community into the future with confidence while continuing to grow and maintain the mission, vision and values of Garden Spot Communities.”


A life-long resident and Mayor of New Holland, Tim brings a local perspective. A senior lender with the Bank of Bird-in-Hand, Tim has more than 34 years of banking experience. As board treasurer, he also serves as chair of the finance committee. 

“I am humbled to be part of the board of directors. The involvement of residents and team members in the greater New Holland community is immeasurable. I am thankful for the ways we can all work together to make New Holland a better place to live and work,” says Tim.


For the past seven years, Karen has brought “people” expertise. She serves as Accounting Manager/Human Resource Administrator and is an Associate with RGS Associates. Karen is one of the two board members appointed in consultation with Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community.

Karen says, “As I think of the future of Garden Spot, I am most inspired by the way I see the leadership at Garden Spot Communities encouraging residents to live full, active lives and contribute to the community at large—with a focus on living as Jesus taught.”


“It is truly an honor to serve with Garden Spot Communities leadership and members of the board. Everyone has amazing gifts, experience and a strong commitment to positively impact Garden Spot residents and staff as well as the local community and society,” says Don, a Garden Spot Village resident since August 2016.

Don retired from DuPont, where he served as a supervisor, project manager, safety manager and consultant. He teaches high school math at Anchor Christian Academy.

Don says, “It is exciting to give direction to and represent this outstanding organization.”


Carl is the Director of Development at CrossNet Ministries. He says, “I have benefited from Garden Spot residents who are making a significant difference in the ELANCO community. I know the wisdom these individuals hold. As a young leader and father, I want to continue to learn from them.”

He adds, “I’m excited about the opportunities for intergenerational connections as well as collaborative efforts with all sectors of the community—businesses, churches, nonprofits—and finding ways we can work together to meet community needs and cultivate the experience of residents, team members and others.”


Over the past 12 years Jeff has helped lead Garden Spot Communities through his roles as vice chair and chair of the board. An elder law attorney, Jeff has dedicated his career to advocating for older adults. He is a founding partner of Brubaker, Connaughton, Goss and Lucarelli in Lancaster.

In addition to serving on the Garden Spot Communities Board, Jeff serves on the board of directors for the Long Community at Highland/Presbyterian Senior Living, the Dementia Friendly Lancaster Steering Committee and the board of Boston College Law School’s Social/Community Justice Program. He also volunteers with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Wills for Heroes, a program that connects first responders with lawyers who provide estate planning documents.

Jeff says, “Garden Spot Communities’ mission to cultivate vibrant community for purposeful living is central to my commitment to my faith and is something I am passionate about in my elder-law practice. Living with purpose and being active is something I personally desire and want to help others find. I am inspired by the amazing spirit, passion, intelligence and faith of Garden Spot residents.”


EJ, a Garden Spot Village resident since August 2008, says, “I am inspired by the vision and mission to which we so strongly adhere. It is wonderful to see it passed from the leadership team to the team members and residents.”

EJ retired as the Vice President of Circulation for Farm Journal Publishing in 2001. She continues to work part time, remotely, for Farm Journal. She volunteers extensively with Garden Spot Village, including co-managing Share & Care Thrift Shop and serving on the board’s finance committee, as well as many other roles.


Al says, “Visiting friends and seeing them thrive was my first introduction to community life at Garden Spot Village. The opportunity to help steward that treasure inspires me. Also, the mission, combined with a leadership team dedicated to spark a pro-aging revolution excites me as I think about the future of Garden Spot Communities.”

As the Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community, Al is also appointed in consultation with the church. Al also serves on the board of Immerse International and is the president of the ELANCO Ministerium.


Dr. David Vega, MD, brings medical and healthcare management expertise to the board of directors. He serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for WellSpan Health, based in York, Pennsylvania. 

“It is an honor to serve with an organization that is so dedicated to truly living out its mission, guided by the simple principle of being kind, doing good, and showing love,” he says. “Though there is wonderful simplicity in this principle, Garden Spot Communities is continually innovating and finding new ways to cultivate vibrant community and drive a pro-aging mindset in our region and beyond.”