Collington provides extensive expertise in unique and active retirement living from every aspect including management, programming and health care services. With a combined experience of more than 100 years, residents are assured the highest level of service in every facet of their lives, such as physical, spiritual, social, emotional and environmental.


Marvell Adams

Marvell Adams

Executive Director

Contact: Collington Life Care Community 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721
E-mail: madams@collington.kendal.org

Marvell Adams became Collington’s Executive Director on August 1, 2011, following an intensive, seven-month search process that included interviews with approximately 100 candidates in the senior living field. Marvell came to Collington from Rochester, N.Y., where he was Chief Operating Officer at The Highlands at Pittsford, a leading continuing care retirement community. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Representatives of both Collington and Kendal served on the Search Committee appointed by the Board. The qualities being sought in an Executive Director were defined in a consultative process involving focus groups that included 14 Board members, eight Collington supervisory staff, 29 Collington frontline staff, 63 Collington residents and eight Collington leadership team members, for a total of 132 participants. “Marvell is an exceptionally personable, energetic leader, and will bring to Collington a passionate commitment to promoting the well-being of older adults,” Collington Board Chairman Paul Cooney said in announcing the appointment. “Marvell brings a strong balance of experience in both operational and strategic aspects relating to continuing care retirement communities.”

Marvell has been elected to the 2017 LeadingAge Board of Directors. A national charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research, LeadingAge is dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Marvell was included on a slate of board nominees approved by LeadingAge members during the organization’s annual conference in October 2016. The LeadingAge Nominations and Awards Committee is charged with identifying the best candidates to lead the association, “balancing skills, ethnicity, experience, geography, gender, organizational profile, age and other factors that will result in a strong and diverse board.”

Karen Boyce

Karen Boyce

Chief Operating Officer

Contact: Collington Life Care Community 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721 E-mail: KBoyce@collington.kendal.org

Karen Boyce became Collington’s COO in 2016. Ms. Boyce, LNHA, was most recently the Director of Continuing Care at Greenspring Village, an Erickson Living-managed CCRC in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Boyce was responsible for managing a 283-bed facility consisting of 136 skilled nursing accommodations (long-term care and short-term rehab), 147 assisted living residences (including 44 memory care residences). She was also responsible for in- and out-patient therapy services for the community.

Ms. Boyce was in her previous role for nearly six years and with her employer for a total of 15 years. During her tenure with the company, she spent four years in managerial roles in dining services before completing her Administrator in Training (AIT). Following completion of her AIT, Ms. Boyce served as Assistant Administrator for the assisted living and long-term care program, before being tapped to move into the role of Director of Continuing Care. Still earlier in her career, Ms. Boyce spent seven years with a health care system in dining and dietary services roles, and held progressively more senior roles in dining management at both acute care hospitals and traditional nursing homes in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas. Ms. Boyce has a bachelor’s degree in Health Management and Business and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management.

Justin G. Reaves

Justin G. Reaves

Chief Financial Officer

Contact: Collington Life Care Community 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721
E-mail: jreaves@collington.kendal.org

Justin has more than 10 years’ experience partnering with clients, internal departments and senior management to develop strategies and implement solutions to drive growth and meet performance goals. He has demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary teams to analyze financial performance and business operations, while implementing financial controls and processes with an emphasis on productivity improvement and results. Justin has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and he has a wealth of progressive experience in corporate finance, investment banking, consulting, process analysis, strategy development and accounting. He focuses on delivering strengthening relationships and building loyalty.

Justin was most recently the Director of Finance at Greenspring Village, a 2,000 resident Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) providing independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, inpatient, outpatient, home support, certified home health and hospice services. He was responsible for leading a team tasked with the development, implementation, monitoring and execution of the community’s operating and capital expenditure budgets. During his tenure, Justin successfully implemented financial and operational strategies to reach financial goals and key performance metrics.

Ashley Walters

Ashley Walters

Health Services Administrator

Contact: Collington Life Care Community 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721 E-mail: AWalters@collington.kendal.org

Ashley Walters became Collington’s Health Services Administrator in January 2017. Ms. Walters began her career as a Social Worker and is licensed in the state of Maryland. She began her career working in foster care and special education. She then transitioned to health care, specializing in geriatrics. She started as a Social Worker on the long-term care unit at NMS Healthcare and within two years, became the Director of Social Services as well as the Consultant for the company, servicing its sister facilities in Maryland. Ms. Walters entered into the Administrator-in-Training program and was then licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator. She worked in multiple skilled nursing facilities that specialized in ventilator care, on-site dialysis, wound care, feeding tubes and multiple other acute care conditions. Ms. Walters received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Virginia Union University.

Lindsey Hamilton

Lindsey Hamilton

Marketing Director

Contact: Collington Life Care Community 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721 E-mail: LHamilton@collington.kendal.org

Lindsey Hamilton came to Collington in 2017 with more than 15 years of senior living experience. She has held positions as director of sales and marketing for both independent living and assisted living for Maryland retirement communities. Lindsey graduated from Hood College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to earn a master’s degree there in bereavement and thanatology studies. She began her senior living career as Home Health Aid Coordinator for Heartland Hospice of Baltimore and as Admissions Director, Case Manager and Marketing Advisor for Ruxton Health & Rehabilitation in Pikesville, Maryland.

Christian Taylor Ramsey

Christian Taylor Ramsey

Director of Dining Services

Contact: Collington Life Care Community, 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721
Email: cramsey@collington.kendal.org

Christian is skilled culinary professional known for his comprehensive knowledge of multiple cuisines and an innovative approach to setting the stage for a customized dining experience. He has more than 10 years’ experience with kitchen operations and staff supervision and has previously served as an executive chef and manager for restaurants and as a cook and purchasing agent for Westminster-Canterbury retirement community in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Christian has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in food service management from the Culinary Institute of Virginia.

Brenda Ables

Brenda Ables

Human Resources Director

Contact: Collington Life Care Community, 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721
Email: BAbles@collington.kendal.org

Brenda Ables brings extensive experience in developing training programs, benefits management, organization and communication and employee-management relations to her role as HR Director at Collington. She describes herself as “a results-driven professional with proven ability to orchestrate, implement and monitor all phases of human resources administration, while coordinating the team’s efforts to ensure daily operations are conducted with the highest quality service.” Brenda graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned an MBA, with a concentration in human resources and personnel management, at Adelphi University. Before coming to Collington, she worked as HR director for a federal government contractor with 400 employees and for a property management company in Rockville, Maryland, with 70 employees.

Suku Powers

Suku Powers

Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

Contact: Collington Life Care Community 10450 Lottsford Road Mitchellville, MD 20721
E-mail: spowers@collington.kendal.org

A seasoned senior development professional, Suku Powers joined Collington in 2017 with more than 16 years of experience in nonprofit development and community engagement. Specializing in public health, Suku has worked for both national and local organizations pursuing optimal health and wellness for all populations. Over the course of her career, Suku has raised over $30 million in donations via individual giving, major gifts, grants, special events and planned giving for small and medium size nonprofits. She also has more than a decade of experience in operations, strategic planning, volunteer management and public relations.

Suku previously worked with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) supporting the creation and implementation of critical programs aimed at reducing the prevalence of diabetes for under-served communities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia. Before her work with the ADA, she was the Development Director at the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, the Child Life Council and the American Public Health Association.

Suku has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Dickinson College and a master’s degree (MPIA) in Public Policy and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public Policy and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.