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The Falcons Landing Family

The best thing about our community isn’t the beautiful architecture or abundant amenities. It’s the people who call Falcons Landing home. You will quickly discover a lively community where you can reconnect with old acquaintances and forge new friendships for the best years of your life.

As one of our residents recently said, "Falcons Landing forever eliminated the possibility of loneliness."

Our Management Team

Our talented Management team works closely with Residents, Residents Council and the Board of Directors to ensure Falcons Landing continues to delight residents with premier facilities, fun activities and luxurious amenities.

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Gary Handley

CEO/President
Gary Handley

Gary Handley

CEO/President

Gary Handley most recently served as the Executive Director for the Palms of Fort Myers. As Director, Gary was responsible for all facets of operating this leading retirement community. He has over 20 years of experience leading healthcare organizations. He is driven by a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others through his commitment to successful aging. Prior to coming to Falcons Landing, Gary served in various roles, ranging from serving as the Managing Director for a private nursing home in southern Sweden to serving as the Executive Director for one of southwest Florida’s premier Life Plan (CCRC) Communities. Gary retired from military service as a Major in 2000, after 21 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and United States Army National Guard. During his career, he served in multiple leadership, and operational positions. He served as a full-time military technician, as the Budget Officer and Financial Manager for the United States Property and Fiscal Office of New Hampshire. He also served on active duty as a Training Officer for the 197th Field Artillery Brigade and as Executive Officer for the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Wildcat Battalion at the University of New Hampshire. He was awarded his Fellowship of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) in 2019. He also holds the designation as a Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) by the Senior Living Certification Commission, and as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. A native of Manchester, NH, Gary completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Norwich University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. He has been married to Yvonne for 33 years and recently relocated from Bonita Springs, FL to join the Falcons Landing family.  They have been “blessed with three amazing children: Kevin, Bryan and Korynne. He is an avid reader and loves anything todo with the outdoors.  

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Hardy Lister

Chief Financial Officer
Hardy Lister

Hardy Lister

Chief Financial Officer

Hardy is the answer to the trivia question of who was Falcons Landing's first AND third CFO. He has been at Falcons since September 1995 with the exception of the year 2000 when he moved to Palm Beach County Florida and voted for both George Bush and Al Gore in the presidential election. As CFO, Hardy is responsible for all financial management, planning and reporting. His accurate and thorough budgets and excellent long range financial planning ensure that the community is financially sound today and for the next 100 years. Prior to coming to Falcons Landing, Hardy was a career Air Force Officer. His assignments were primarily in accounting or budgeting except for 1981 to 1985 when, as a Minuteman Crew Commander, he defended democracy from a hole in the ground in Montana. Hardy received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Strayer College, his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Montana, and his Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas. If he ever actually took any time off, he would enjoy music and scrabble.

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Leah Daily

Sales & Marketing Director
Leah Daily

Leah Daily

Sales & Marketing Director

Leah joined Falcons Landing and the Senior Management Team, December 2012, and is delighted to be here. She moved from Tennessee after marrying her husband Jay, whom she met on stage at a professional dinner theatre. She lives in Loudoun County and has an extensive background in senior living and healthcare marketing. She worked for NHC Health Care while in TN and then built her career, when moving to VA, with HCR ManorCare working in independent living, assisted living, hospice and skilled nursing and rehab, where she helped develop their orthopedic program and developed strong relationships with local physicians and hospitals. Leah earned her degree in Communications/Theatre with studies in Criminal Justice and Graduate Studies in Human Development & Learning. She loves working in senior living and feels that it is a privilege and honor to serve the residents at Falcons Landing. She and her husband spend their free time running to baseball, baseball and oh yes, more baseball games/practices and in the winter basketball. Jay works as a plumbing designer/engineer for Caliber Design Inc., a local MEP in Loudoun County. They have the best son, Henry, who is quite the character and athlete...he sets high goals and is planning on being a major league short stop! Go Hank! They also have three cats, Jenny, Sami and Charlie! Don't worry, they won't turn into a crazy cat family! She looks forward to meeting you and sharing with you the lifestyle and benefits of Falcons Landing.

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John Loop

Director of Health Services
John Loop

John Loop

Director of Health Services

John is an accomplished senior living executive, having served in the field for over 15 years. His most recent assignment was as Interim-Chief Executive Officer for the Timbercrest Senior Living Community, a nonprofit community in North Manchester, IN. Prior to that, John was the Administrator/Operations Manager for the Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD. John has also worked for Erickson Communities in several capacities over the years: Short-term Rehab Administrator, Corporate Investor Relations Manager and Operations Associate. He was also a project associate with the NCB Capital Impact’s Green House Project in Arlington, VA. Over the years, John has been engaged in several senior living expansion projects that included independent living, health care, wellness programs and memory care. John earned a Bachelor of Science at Ohio State University and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Valparaiso University, where he was a Graduate with Highest Distinction.

John is active in volunteer work for several local nonprofits and currently serves on the Samaritan Alliance Board of Directors. His wife Megan is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University System of Maryland, teaching graduate courses in research methods in professional and technical writing. John and Meg have 2 daughters; Lorelei is six years old and Greer is one. The family enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Robert Besserer

Dining Services Director
Robert Besserer

Robert Besserer

Dining Services Director

Despite what CFO Hardy Lister says, Bob Besserer claims he has been at Falcons Landing longer than any employee. In the fall of 1995, during the community's construction, its Founders met for dinner one night at River Bend Country Club in Great Falls, VA. They were so impressed with their meal they asked to speak to the Chef. They soon made Chef Bob an offer he couldn't refuse: to be the first Executive Chef in a brand new, busy kitchen. The Founders envisioned a 4-star dining program and Bob did not disappoint. His passion for quality ingredients and innovative menus keep dining at the top of the resident's list of favorite things about Falcons Landing. Bob became Dining Services Director after just two years. Falcons Landing has six dining rooms and our kitchen averages 550 meals a day for residents and, during the week, lunch for an additional 100 staff members. Bob is a native Canadian who moved to the U.S. in 1979 and brought his love of hockey with him. An avid Capitals fan (or as his wife says, a "hockey freak"), Bob also loves camping, golf and cooking at home for his friends and family.

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Donna Cassani

Resident Services Director
Donna Cassani

Donna Cassani

Resident Services Director

Donna Cassani and her Community Life team take enormous pride in providing impeccable service to the residents of Falcons Landing, from planning events and activities to ensuring their safety and security. "It's Our Pleasure" is their motto, and that theme resonates in all areas of the department: Recreation, Fitness & Wellness, Security & Front Desk, Transportation, Beauty & Barber Salon and Resident Counselor Services. Donna's dedication to excellence is evident in her commitment to continually improve the delivery of services and amenities at Falcons Landing. Originally from Erie, PA, Donna received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Mercyhurst University. Before joining Falcons Landing in 2005, Donna enjoyed careers at a large trade association and an educational foundation in Washington, DC.  In 2009 Donna went back to school and earned her Master’s degree in Health Systems Management/Senior Living Administration from George Mason University and later became a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) through the University of North Texas.  Donna and her husband live in Great Falls, Virginia and have three children – two grown sons living in Florida and a daughter studying Pre-Med at Virginia Tech.  In her free time, Donna enjoys taking long walks, cooking, gardening, watching documentaries and exploring the Virginia countryside (especially Blacksburg…Go Hokies!).   

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Fred Simpson

Director of Human Resources
Fred Simpson

Fred Simpson

Director of Human Resources

Fred F. Simpson joined Falcons Landing as the Director of Human Resources in August 2006.  A career professional in the field of Human Resources for over twenty years.  Fred has held senior level positions in the healthcare, hospitality and retail industries.  He is a dedicated and passionate Human Resources professional and has been an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management since 2001. As the Director of Human Resources at Falcons Landing, Fred is responsible for recruitment, employee training and professional development, health & wellness benefits, workers compensation, labor compliance, policy development & review and general legal matters pertaining to employment and labor. Fred is a native New Yorker with a passion for sports, entertainment, and food.  Fred is a devoted husband and father.

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Peter Plante

Facilities Management Director
Peter Plante

Peter Plante

Facilities Management Director

Peter has been in the building, maintenance and construction industry since the 1970s and has worked with large construction firms such as Pulte, Miller and Long, and Law Engineering. He operated his own home improvement company for many years, serving clients throughout Northern Virginia. He earned a degree in Business Management at Southern Vermont College in Bennington. As Falcons Landing's Director of Facilities Management, he is responsible for the Maintenance and care of all buildings, grounds and mechanical systems, as well as overseeing Housekeeping and Laundry operations and construction projects. Peter's wealth of experience and "hands on" approach to operations and problem solving has greatly enhanced the quality of work done on site while also significantly decreasing costs. Peter relaxes by spending time boating and fishing on the Potomac River, and entertaining friends and family at home. Never one to sit idle (and that's an understatement!), Peter spends many evenings and weekends working on home renovation projects and keeping up with his three children and one grandson.

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Our Board of Directors

Our Board is responsible for Falcons Landing's strategic planning, financial affairs, property and program development and oversight of operations and management. Board members at Falcons Landing consist of future community residents, committed to making our community an exceptional place to live.

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Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds USAF - Ret.

Chairman
Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds USAF - Ret.

Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds USAF - Ret.

Chairman

Lieutenant General Bowlds received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and Master's Degrees from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and University of Dayton in Engineering Management. Ted is also a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School's Flight Test Engineer course. Throughout his 36 years on active duty, he held a variety of leadership positions in numerous acquisition programs. These include the F-117, B-2, Advance Medium Range Air to Air Missile, C-130J, T-6, C-5, and the C-17. General Bowlds also served as the Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. His last assignment was the Commander of the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom. Since retiring, Ted divides his time between teaching at the University of Tennessee and aerospace consulting.

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Maj. Gen. Scott Custer USAF - Ret.

Vice Chairman
Maj. Gen. Scott Custer USAF - Ret.

Maj. Gen. Scott Custer USAF - Ret.

Vice Chairman

Maj. Gen. Scott S. Custer is Vice Director of the Joint Staff and concurrently serves as the Joint Staff Director of Management. In this position, he assists the Director of the Joint Staff and provides oversight to Joint Staff support activities, including administration and action management, budget, information technology and services, support services, and security. A 1976 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, General Custer has enjoyed a diverse career. In addition to his stateside assignments, he has served in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has had various operational assignments to include serving as an operational squadron commander and as a vice wing commander. General Custer has served as a plans and programs director, and in staff and management positions at combatant command, Air Staff and Joint Staff levels. He is a fully qualified joint specialty officer.

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Lauren Lloyd

Treasurer
Lauren Lloyd

Lauren Lloyd

Treasurer

Lauren Lloyd recently retired from the Navy Federal Credit Union after over 30 years of service. Her last position at NFCU was Chief Financial Officer, a position she held for more than 10 years. As an Executive Council member and staff liaison to the Financial Strategy Committee to Navy Federal Board of Directors, Lauren was responsible for accounting, investments, asset and liability management, annual budget management, financial data control, and financial reporting. She was also responsible for Navy Federal's pension plan investments, accounting and reporting for all of Navy Federal's contributory and non-contributory pension plans and reported out on these activities as a member of the Board's Retirement Program Committee.

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John La Raia USAFR - RET

Secretary
John La Raia USAFR - RET

John La Raia USAFR - RET

Secretary
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LT GEN Flora Darpino

USA - Ret.
LT GEN Flora Darpino

LT GEN Flora Darpino

USA - Ret.

Flora D. Darpino is a retired Army general officer and military lawyer who served as the 39th The Judge Advocate General (TJAG), U.S. Army. General Darpino was appointed as TJAG on September 4, 2013 and served until July 14, 2017, where she was responsible for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, an organization with approximately 10,000 personnel. She was also the senior military legal advisor to both the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army. She is the first woman to be appointed TJAG since the establishment of the Army in 1775. Prior to being selected as the 39th TJAG, General Darpino served as the Commander, The United States Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA and Chief Judge, United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Darpino received a B.A. from Gettysburg College, a J.D. from Rutgers University and has an L.L.M in Military Law from The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army and served as an Army War College Fellow at the Department of Justice. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars.

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CAPT George Eichert

USN-Ret.
CAPT George Eichert

CAPT George Eichert

USN-Ret.

CAPT Eichert graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in engineering and from Stanford University with a MS in mechanical engineering. He served 29 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and among his tours of duty he commanded a Seabee battalion and deployed to the Pacific and Caribbean, commanded the Navy's largest engineering field command, and was the commanding officer of the Gulfport Seabee base during Hurricane Katrina. Currently, and since his retirement from the Navy in 2007, he is the Senior Vice President of Administrative Services for the Navy Federal Credit Union where he is responsible for facility management, procurement, logistics and business continuity.

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VADM Kevin Green

USN-Ret
VADM Kevin Green

VADM Kevin Green

USN-Ret

Kevin Green retired from IBM Corporation in 2015, where he led IBM's Department of Defense and Intelligence Community business. He had business responsibility for providing coordinated technology, consulting and systems integration services to solve client enterprise management and mission capabilities challenges. He was a member of IBM's Industry Academy and chaired its Global Defense Board. Prior to joining IBM in 2004, Kevin served more than 30 years as a naval officer, completing his Navy career as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Policy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the National War College, and received an M.S. in Applied Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Kevin consults with the Defense Science Board, the National Academy of Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and on behalf of Defense Industry clients. He is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the Surface Navy Association, and serves on the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees.

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COL Mary Lowe Mayhugh

USA - Ret.
COL Mary Lowe Mayhugh

COL Mary Lowe Mayhugh

USA - Ret.

Colonel Mayhugh retired from Active Duty on 31 May 2016, with nearly 37 years of service to our nation. Her career spans multiple countries and operations culminating with strategic level assignments with Department of Defense. She enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 1979 with the 343rd Army Security Agency, as an Intelligence Analyst. In 1999, she was selected to join the DCNG Mobilization Augmentee Detachment and promoted to Major. The Mobilization Augmentee Detachment was mobilized and was the first National Guard unit to be mobilized after 9/11 in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In June 2002, MAJ Mayhugh joined the AGR T-10 program, as Executive Officer for NGB-ARP and in March 2003 became Chief of Records Management. She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in June of 2006 and served as Chief, Plans and Programs Branch for the Army National Guard Human Capital Management Division. Subsequently, she was promoted to the rank of Colonel while serving as Inspections Team Chief, Department of the Army Inspector General. COL Mayhugh earned her MBA from Touro University, graduating Cum Laude and her Masters in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In her final assignment, she served as a Special Assistant to the NGB, J-1 as Chief, Joining Community Forces, and NGB. Over the course of her career, she built collaborative, successful and trusted relationships with  senior leaders in Government agencies to support and promote execution of strategic initiatives impacting DoD civilians, Military Members, veterans and families.

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Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Doug Robb USAF

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Doug Robb USAF

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Doug Robb USAF

General Robb entered the Air Force in June 1979 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is board certified in aerospace medicine and has spent over 20 years in the practice of aerospace medicine in support of Air Force, joint, and coalition aviation forces. Clinically, he has held the positions of chief of flight medicine; aerospace medicine squadron commander; and hospital and medical center commander. Additionally, he has held staff positions as the chief flight surgeon for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Command Surgeon, U.S. Central Command, Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command, and Joint Staff Surgeon, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Previously, General Robb served as Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity. A chief flight surgeon with more than 1,600 flying hours, he has maintained additional crew member status in the A-7, OV-10, F-16, C-9, C-130, and KC-135 aircraft. Doug is currently the Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Educational Projects, Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD and is the Medical Chair for the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

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Our Resident Council

The Resident Council's charge is to promote the general well being and enhance the quality of life for our residents.  Three residents are elected annually to the nine-member council, bringing with them a wealth of talent to their positions. Their primary focus is facilitating communication between residents, management and the Board of Directors; providing advocacy in areas such as strategic planning, finance and audit.

Clair Wylie
Hazel Plummer
Tom Moore
Irma Moke
Rosemary Hsu-Brooks
Jim Compton
Phil Walsh
Bill Hilsman
Ben Romero

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