Our Senior Living Team
Will Purvis is President of Liberty Senior Living, a developer and operator of assisted living, independent living, active adult, as well as rental continuing care retirement communities. Since joining Liberty in 2010, the company has grown from two senior living communities to twelve with several more currently under construction. Liberty’s goal is to deliver the best product and operations in the markets served. Liberty has won national awards for continuing care retirement community design as well has fitness and wellness operations. In addition, Mr. Purvis is Chief Development Officer for Liberty Healthcare Management which has a portfolio of thirty skilled nursing facilities and twenty-six homecare and hospice offices. Liberty is a family owned and operated group of companies founded in 1875.
Prior to Liberty, Mr. Purvis worked with Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, a subsidiary of BB&T. Mr. Purvis received a B.S. in Business Management from North Carolina State University and a MBA from Wake Forest University. Mr. Purvis serves on the Boards of the American Senior Housing Association and New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Purvis serves on the Senior Housing Product Council of Urban Land Institute and the Finance Committee of the Coastal Land Trust. Mr. Purvis lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife Jenny, and three children.
Cindy Stancil is the President of Senior Living Operations and joined the company in 1989. Cindy Stancil started her career as the Administrator of an Assisted Living in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1985. Over the past 34 years, Mrs. Stancil’s responsibilities have included, the Administrator of an assisted living community, budgeting and training, policy and procedures development and implementation, research, design and development of Nursing Home, Independent, and Assisted Living projects. As President of Senior Living Operations, Cindy works closely with Liberty Living Management Inc., Liberty Healthcare Management, and Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services. Cindy served 16 years as a Board Member of the North Carolina Assisted Living Association as former President and Secretary. She has worked in Task Force groups such as The Star Rating program, the MUST pre-screening form, with the Medical Care Commission, Division of Medical Assistance and Division of Health Services Regulation. Mrs. Stancil is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator.
Matt Bork is a Certified Public Accountant leading the financial operations of Liberty Senior Living as the Vice President of Finance. Matt has been with Liberty for over thirteen years where he is involved with raising debt and equity, financial forecasting, capital allocation, asset management, acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and new business development. He joined Liberty in 2007 after graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting as well as a Masters of Business Administration. He currently serves on the Payment for Services Committee for the North Carolina Healthcare Facilities Association as well as the Finance Committee for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Matt lives in Wilmington with his wife Katie and five daughters.
Nicole Cook, RN LNHA, provides operational support to Liberty Senior Living in the role of Regional Operations Manager. Nicole is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, educated in North Carolina and has enjoyed a career in Healthcare for over 25 years. Nicole is an RN and is also licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator. Spending her career in both clinical and operational management, Nicole brings years of patient care and operational leadership to the team. With a passion for customer service and a dedication to quality patient care, she is active in ensuring that our Liberty Senior Living communities provide the best possible experience for those we serve. Nicole resides in Wilmington, NC with her husband and teenage daughter.
Mr. Scot Masters began his culinary career in San Diego, California and held Executive Chef positions, Director of F&B, and Regional Director roles at hotels, restaurants from La Jolla to Santa Barbara. His culinary forte is incorporating classical French cuisine techniques amongst a wider variety of cuisines, including, Louisiana, Pacific Rim, South American, Southern, Italian, and classical American. With 20+ years of cross industry experience Mr. Masters enjoys developing values-based solutions to complex operations. He is nationally certified as a Chef de Cuisine, CCC through the American Culinary Federation, ACF and has studied at the Culinary Institute of America, CIA and Southeast Culinary Institute, SCI. He also holds a national certification as a Food Safety Instructor and Management exam proctor through the National Restaurant Association, NRA. At Liberty Senior Living, he provides the leadership for the company’s Food & Beverage department, focusing on the quality of the food, hospitality service delivery, procurement, employee development and strategic planning. Scot Masters resides in Wilmington, NC with his wife and daughter. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the great outdoors.
With over twenty-two years of experience in the multifamily industry, Mrs. Chestnut has established herself as a leader in the industry through a solid track record of success and the positive contributions she has made to peers, team members, managers, and owners alike. Over the course of her first ten years with The Beach Company and Cornerstone, she stabilized four brand new Class A+ communities well ahead of budget. She was quickly promoted to Senior Regional Property Manager in 2010 overseeing assets in the Carolinas and initially specialized in student and military. During her thirteen-year tenure with Greystar, Mrs. Chestnut oversaw a portfolio of many assets located in Charleston, Bluffton, Hilton Head, SC, Augusta, Ga and Wilmington, NC. Prior to joining Liberty Senior Living, as the Regional Director of Active Adult, Mrs. Chestnut worked with the leadership team with Greystar establishing the Overture brand in the Charleston, SC market. In addition to these contributions, Mrs. Chestnut has served on various board positions for local and state apartment associations. Christy’s accomplishments include 2015 Regional Manager of the Year with Greystar and 2016 Regional Manager of the Year Charleston Apartment Association.
Jamie Lee, RN works as a Clinical Quality Assurance Specialist for Liberty Senior Living to ensure consistent, quality care for the residents living within Liberty Communities. She was raised on a farm in Apex, NC which bolstered a love of nurturing and community. Jamie has experience with hands-on patient centered care as well as administrative nursing. She attended the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing before beginning a career in Long-Term Care. Jamie joined the Liberty Team in April 2019 and is involved in the monitoring, guidance, and support of Liberty’s Assisted Living facilities.
Kendra Epps, RN works as the Director of Clinical Services for Liberty Senior Living to ensure consistent, quality care for the residents living within Liberty Communities. She was raised in a small rural town in Jackson NC where her love of helping inspired her to become a Registered Nurse. Kendra has served as a Director of Nursing as well as Nurse Consultant for more than 15 years. She has always had a passion for senior living and thus been in long term care for many years. Kendra was an LPN prior to returning to school where she received her AAS in Nursing before beginning a career in Long-Term Care. Kendra recently joined the Liberty Team in March 2020 to ensure the skilled nursing and assistive living communities of the CCRC continue to have quality outcomes and great resident care.
Holly Hines has been with Liberty for 11 years but has grown up in the Senior Assisted Living environment since childhood. This has instilled in her a deep appreciation and connection to improving the lives of residents in Assisted Living communities. She started her career in The Commons at Brightmore Assisted Living and Memory Care’s Activities Department, moved into a Marketing and Admissions Director role there, and is now the Dementia Care Coordinator for Liberty Senior Living. Holly is dedicated to ensuring staff members have the best in education and training to empower the caregivers to be the best they can be. In turn, this will result in our residents’ lives in Liberty’s Memory Support settings are filled with engaging opportunities and the quality of care and support for which Liberty is known. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to Lake Waccamaw.
Dean Dellaria joined the Liberty Senior Living Team in September 2020 as the Corporate Director of Marketing and Sales. He has spent the majority of his career working in marketing and sales operations, most recently spending over 20 years with Friendship Senior Options an owner / operator of 2 continuing care retirement communities located in the Chicago marketplace. His experience includes marketing and sales of existing communities, campus expansions as well as new community start-up and development. He has presented sales and marketing sessions at both state and national senior living conferences. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa with a minor in Business Administration. He enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and sports. He moved to the Wilmington area with his wife Carol and they look forward to exploring all North Carolina has to offer.
Stephanie Shelton joined the Liberty Senior Living team in January 2020. She brings with her 10 years of experience from the financial sector and most recently 14 years’ experience in the Senior Living industry. Her focus has been customer sales, sales coaching as well as the development and management of sales and marketing programs, with a concentration on quality. In previous roles, Stephanie has helped with design and implementation of various programs such as Call Quality, Live Chat, CRM development and Mystery Shop. Stephanie moved into the Senior Living industry because of her passion to help others – both in their personal and professional lives. She received her under-graduate degree from the University of Tennessee. Stephanie recently moved to Wilmington, NC and enjoys traveling locally and around the world.
A more recent addition to the Liberty family, Maxime Suchoski assumes the role of Marketing and Media Analyst. Maxime brings several years of senior living marketing and advertising experience to the company, for both corporate and family-owned communities. Her experience includes the initial brand development and marketing implementation for a ground-up, newly constructed facility. Maxime holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics from The University of Florida. She is also a licensed Assisted Living Administrator in the State of Florida. Maxime moved to Wilmington with her husband and son from Florida to help facilitate the strategic marketing and advertising efforts for the existing and developing communities under Liberty Senior Living.
Jamie Shearer – Marketing and Communications Associate
Jamie joins the Marketing Team as our Marketing and Communications Associate. After 35 years of living and working in the advertising field in Raleigh, Jamie decided it was time to get back to her roots in Wilmington. Having worked with some big named clients such as Embassy Suites, BB&T, College Foundation of NC and Hardees, Jamie knows that no matter the client, it is all about getting the right messaging out to the right people at the right time.
Jamie has a BS in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is married to her best friend and has 1 son finishing up at ECU, 1 son still living at home and a spoiled beagle that thinks she is a human.
Construction and Development
Thad Moore serves as a Development Manager for Liberty Senior Living. Prior to joining Liberty, Thad served as Vice President of Finance for Preston Development Company in Cary, NC where he managed the finance and development activities of the firm’s master planned communities. Originally from Chapel Hill, NC Thad received a BS from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He currently serves on the Residential Neighborhood Development product council for the Urban Land Institute, and has recently served on the Cary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Taylor Family YMCA Advisory Board and ULI Triangle Advisory Board. Thad lives in Cary with his wife Kara and two sons Thad and Owen.
Patrick Allen serves as a Development Manager for Liberty Senior Living. Immediately before joining Liberty, Patrick served as Director of Land Acquisition for the Raleigh, NC Division of Toll Brothers, a Fortune 500 Homebuilder. There he was responsible for sourcing and negotiating homebuilding opportunities as well as managing the entitlement process for those opportunities. He gained additional development and management experience as a member of the teams at Mckim & Creed, Beazer Homes and Landeavor, LLC. Originally from Cary, NC Patrick received a BS in Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Wake Forest University. Patrick lives in Wilmington with his wife Lauren and son Grady.
The construction aspect of Liberty Senior Living is led by Craig Spivey, Project Manager. Craig joined the Liberty team in 2016 bringing an extensive background of construction types and roles. Craig’s construction knowledge is deep rooted beginning as a laborer on a 27 million dollar bridge project and working his way to managing multimillion dollar Construction Manager at Risk projects for NC State Construction as well as private clients. For the last 9 years, Craig has been solely focused on the complete continuum of care within the senior living market. Having direct communication with operations has allowed for an enhanced knowledge of code and building function. Having this knowledge is invaluable when working with the design team through development of the construction documents and all the way through project completion. Originally from North Eastern North Carolina, Craig graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Construction Management. Currently residing in Wilmington, NC with his wife Tammy and two children, he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and coaching youth sports.
Jay Vaughn joined the Liberty Senior Living team as a Project Manager in 2018. Jay’s project management background stems from his years with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Sanford Contractors dating back to 2011. Prior to joining the LLM team, Jay was overseeing the site development at RiverLights which is a 1,400 acre planned mixed use community on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC. Jay received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina. He resides in Wilmington, NC with his wife, Susan, and daughters Scarlett and Lane.
Gayle Hills has joined the Liberty Team as the Facilities Operations Manager in January 2020. Gayle’s facility background comes from the senior living industry for the last 18 years at Erickson Retirement communities focusing on renovation, construction and maintenance. From 2004 to 2014 she was located at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass and then in 2014 moved to their sister community Devonshire in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to oversee all renovations and construction projects. She holds a B.S. in business Administration and a Masters of Organizational Management from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. She has one son who proudly serves in the U.S. Navy and two grandchildren.
Finance and Accounting
Laura Whitley is the Development Accounting Manager for Liberty Senior Living, focusing on both development accounting and financial reporting. She is responsible for project cost tracking and reporting, processing of project A/P, and construction draw processing for both new construction and renovation projects. She also prepares monthly financial statements for internal and external use. Laura joined Liberty in 2009 soon after earning her Masters of Accounting from UNC-Wilmington. She has served the company in various accounting roles throughout her career, joining the development team in 2016. Mrs. Whitley is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina. She resides in Leland, NC with her husband, Hank, and their three daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and serves as treasurer for the PTU Board of Directors at their preschool.
Deborah Hawkins is a CPA managing the financial and compliance reporting for Liberty Senior Living’s Continuing Care Retirement Communities as the CCRC Financial Manager. Deborah has been with Liberty since 2018 and is involved in financial accounting, financial forecasting, and regulatory compliance. She was previously the Chief Financial Officer for a continuing care retirement community for since 2007 and was in public accounting with national and regional accounting firms for 19 years focusing on senior living, including accounting systems for long-term care, financial audits, and financial feasibility studies. She was the Chief Financial Officer for a financial institution for 4 years. Deborah graduated from Lenior-Rhyne College with a B.A. in Accounting in 1985. She has served on the North Carolina Department of Insurance CCRC Advisory Board as well as the Board of LeadingAge-North Carolina.
Timothy J. Walsh
Timothy J. Walsh is a Senior Financial Analyst for Liberty Senior Living. Tim is involved in Certificate of Need (CON) preparation and analysis, health service regulation, and CCRC regulatory affairs. He also conducts research and analysis to support business development strategies, as well as distributes relevant data and offers direction to development, operations, and finance in order to analyze the impact for a new or existing project. Tim joined Liberty in 2015 after graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He resides in Leland, NC with his wife, Kelsey, and son, Liam.
As an Investment Analyst for Liberty Senior Living, Matt focuses on financial engineering, model development, joint ventures, acquisitions, and project analyses. Before joining Liberty, Matt worked as a Securities Trader at Capital Investment Companies in Raleigh, N.C. where he held Series 7 and Series 65 licenses. As a trader, he performed equity research, and developed and implemented investment strategies. As the Carolinas Index Director of Analytics, Matt has been published in Business North Carolina Magazine and was featured on the cover of the Triangle Business Journal. Matt graduated from Wake Forest University in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Global Trade & Commerce and Entrepreneurship. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and currently a 2019 Level III Candidate in the CFA Program. Matt is an Eagle Scout from Raleigh, North Carolina and serves on the executive committee of Little River Ducks Unlimited.
Caleb Hofer is the Development Assistant for Liberty Senior Living. Caleb started out with Liberty as an intern, and then joined full time in 2019 after graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship. At Liberty, Caleb is actively involved in researching the senior living market to determine potential opportunities for expansion. In addition to market research, Caleb provides assistance in the Certificate of Need (CON) process as well as provide daily support to the leadership, operations, marketing, construction, finance, and accounting departments. An accomplished Eagle Scout, Caleb enjoys the outdoors, especially fly-fishing and hunting. He currently resides in Wilmington, NC close to the water.