A Steadfast Mission to Serve Our Residents and Community

Take a minute to meet the friendly and experienced leadership team at our vibrant retirement community in central, Va.

While each of our LifeSpire of Virginia communities has a unique setting, distinctive features and its own leadership, they all share the steadfast mission of empowering individuals with choices in purposeful living built on our values of faith, servant leadership, stewardship, integrity, peace of mind, innovation and joy.

At The Culpeper, a common ethic prevails. Our team offers a remarkable longevity of service to The Culpeper. Some have been with us as long as 40 years. This dedication helps ensure the highest level of quality care and strong, personal relationships with the men and women who live here, our team and the community itself.

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James F. (Jim) Jacobsen

James F. (Jim) Jacobsen

Executive Director

James F. (Jim) Jacobsen was named Executive Director of The Culpeper in September 2015. His employment with LifeSpire of Virginia began in August 1991 when he served as Director of Dining Services at The Culpeper campus. In 1995, he began 20 years of service at Lakewood, the LifeSpire of Virginia retirement community located in Richmond, Virginia. Jim was instrumental in coordinating and facilitating a number of initiatives and large expansion projects at Lakewood. He played key roles during various organizational transitions while serving at Lakewood. Jim was often described as the face of “Customer Service” while serving as Administrator of Resident Life at Lakewood for many years.

Jim is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Preceptor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and holds a degree in Applied Sciences with a major in Business Management and has completed the Certified Dietary Managers Program from the University of Florida. Jim holds a certification through the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals. He is an active member of the International Facility Managers Association and long-term member and past Chairman within LeadingAge Virginia.

Rose Meeks Wallace

Rose Meeks Wallace

Director of Marketing

Rose Meeks Wallace came to The Culpeper in 2014, after a lifetime career in Healthcare Administration. A Virginia native, born in Fredericksburg; she is the proud mother of 3 grown daughters, Loren, Leigh Ann and Madison. Before joining The Culpeper team, Rose oversaw and managed startups of both Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates and SeniorCare Geriatric Medical Center. She has also managed and oversaw day to day operations & Community Relations of medical practices, including Internal Medicine, Family Practice & Urgent Care; in partnership with both Mary Washington Healthcare & HCA Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. With an AS in Business Administration from NOVA, Rose enjoys being a Culpeper Rotarian, as well as giving back through volunteering with the TriCounty and Fredericksburg Alzheimer’s Association. She is also active in the Culpeper County, Madison County, Orange County and Fredericksburg Chambers of Commerce, as well as numerous professional leadership committees. People are her passion and Rose’s focus and joy comes from not only finding the right solutions to meet all of the needs of the Senior Adults she encounters, but then surpassing their expectations at this stage of their lives.

After sharing with others how wonderful The Culpeper is to call home, she too decided to make the move to her new beloved hometown of Culpeper, Virginia!

Martha Whorton

Martha Whorton

Executive Assistant

Martha Whorton is a Culpeper native that began her career with The Culpeper’s parent company, LifeSpire of Virginia, formally Virginia Baptist Homes, back in 1980. 39 years ago Martha began her tenure with the Hurt Gerontology Center, and then was appointed as the secretary to the VP of Finance. Martha then went on to become well-versed in Accounts Payable, Outpatient Therapy, Executive Assistant to the CFO & CEO, as well as Move-In Coordinator in the marketing department for The Culpeper.

Currently Martha serves as The Culpeper’s Executive Assistant/HR Assistant and enjoys not only the history that she has been eye witness to in her tenure, but also the excitement of what the future holds!

Linda Feagan, RN

Linda Feagan, RN

Director of Nursing

Linda joined the Nursing Department in 1988 as a staff nurse. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and was later appointed Director of Nursing in 1999. Linda is also very active in both her local church and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. She and her husband have one son.

Patricia W. Ballard, MSW, ACSW

Patricia W. Ballard, MSW, ACSW

Director of Resident Services

Education-
Bachelor of Social Work, James Madison University 1977
Masters of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1984
Academy of Certified Social Workers, 1991
Certified Dementia Care Practitioners, 2018

My work experience covers practice in the field of social services, director of a hospital social work department, social work to a Region wide dialysis company, qualified mental health professional with the local community services board, and with The Culpeper since 1991 in social work capacity and now Resident Services Director.

Member of the National Association of Social Workers

A Virginia native, she resides in Culpeper with her husband Bill. Patricia enjoys spending her free time with her 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Bernadette Hunter, CDM,CFPP

Bernadette Hunter, CDM,CFPP

Director of Dining Service

Bernadette is a native of Pennsylvania. She has been The Culpeper since November of 2008. She received her CDM, CFPP thru the University of Florida in 2001.

She has worked in CCRC’s and/or Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers since the age of 16. She has served in many roles thru her years of experience. Previously worked with Genesis Elder Care, Sodexo and Cura Hospitality. She has served a Dining Director for 18 years and as an assistant Director for 5 years. She has also served as interim Director of Housekeeping and Laundry along with her Dining Roll. She has won the financial award 3 years in a row, for top positive financial outcomes.

Bethany Starkie

Bethany Starkie

Assisted Living Administrator

Bethany Starkie joined The Culpeper’s Team in January 2015 as Programming Manager and then went on to be appointed to the administration team as Assisted Living Administrator. She received her Bachelor Degree from Radford University in Therapeutic Recreation. During her time at The Culpeper she obtained a Master Degree in Health Administration from Ohio University and in May 2019 received her Assisted Living Administrator’s license in the state of Virginia. Bethany has over 10 years of service in the Assisted Living profession.

Gina Faulk

Gina Faulk

Director of HR

Gina Faulk joined The Culpeper team in April 2017. Prior to joining The Culpeper, Gina has been employed in the hospitality industry and most recently in HR management for a web based retail/wholesale company. In her role at The Culpeper, she oversees recruiting and retention, training, compliance, and employee relations. With close to 20 years’ experience in Human Resources Management and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, she works with all levels of employees to make sure they reach their potential.

Lisa Scott

Lisa Scott

Lisa is a native of Culpeper, Virginia and the mother of one child, Macy. Lisa joined the staff at The Culpeper in 2016 as the Quality Improvement & Staff Development Coordinator. Lisa enjoys the challenge of taking opportunities to improve the quality of resident care and overall safety for the community, while keeping up with the ever changing regulatory requirements. She places a strong emphasis on enhancing staff’s skills and talents, while providing various interactive staff training sessions.

She has been a nurse for over 25 years, with 20 of those years spent in Geriatric Nursing. Proceeding her employment at The Culpeper, Lisa served in various other roles such as QA Nurse, Certified Would Care Nurse, Clinical Coordinator on Skilled Unity, MDS Coordinator, and Pre-Op Surgical Nurse. She is also currently a Certified Dementia Care Specialist.

Lisa’s free time is typically spent doing fun activities with her daughter, family and friends.