Greenfield director surprised with national award

Vickie Conner

WOODSTOCK – Greenfield Senior Living Executive Director Vickie Conner received a national award Wednesday during a surprise reception.

Conner was presented with the 2016 Senior Living Community Leadership Award plaque at the Greenfield of Woodstock facility, located on Ox Road, during a reception attended by residents, staff and executives of other senior living facilities.

“Out of the blue; (they) told us we were having a big tour with important people. I was completely surprised,” Conner said.

Conner, who has been Greenfield of Woodstock’s executive director since May 2006, was selected to receive the award out of 30,000 eligible executive directors across the nation. In addition to her reception Wednesday, Argentum, a company that specializes in the management of senior living facilities nationwide, will honor her at the 2016 Argentum Senior Living Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Greenfield, which operates 18 assisted living communities in the Mid-Atlantic and South, oversees 1,449 units in the area and employs 750 employees.

Conner said the team spirit is something that she is especially proud of at Greenfield and said that the sense of family at Greenfield is the most rewarding part of her work.

“It’s what we do. We take care of these people. We’re a family,” said an emotional Conner. “Every time someone new comes in, it’s a new grandmother, it’s a new grandfather. They’re part of the family.”

Jessica Shoemaker, health care coordinator at Greenfield of Woodstock said Conner is a great mentor.

“She will always break stuff down to help teach us and help us understand. I don’t feel like she thinks of her work as work. We’re her second family,” Shoemaker said.  “She’s our rock. I always believe that it starts at the top and trickles down, so if you don’t have a good leader, your people won’t be as good.”

Shoemaker noted that Conner can frequently be found checking on residents and participating in events alongside them.

“The other week, we had a dance-off type thing and Vickie was right there with the residents doing the chicken dance,” said Shoemaker. “I look up to her.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com