The Board of Directors for The Legacy at North Augusta share a devotion to the ministry, guiding our growth to ensure that our community is a retirement destination for new generations. As NLCS President and CEO Cyndi Walters said, “The Trustees don’t just meet in a Board Room. They are out in the community, speaking with neighbors and seeing for themselves opportunities for improvement.” To learn about the Board of Directors for our parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), click here.
Dr. Shirley Travis
Dr. Shirley Travis received an associate degree in nursing from Dekalb College, a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Georgia State University, and a doctorate in family studies/adult development and aging from Virginia Tech. During her career, she held clinical, educational, and administrative positions including endowed professorships at the University of Oklahoma and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her clinical years, she maintained a faculty practice as a licensed Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist.
She is a recipient of the Janssen Eldercare Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the health care of older Americans, Academic Gerontologist of the Year Award from the Southern Gerontological Society for her record of applied research in long-term care, and the Springer Geriatric/ Gerontological Nursing Research Award for her end of life research. Dr. Travis is a past president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and a former chair of the Clinical Medicine Section (now Health Sciences Section) of the Gerontological Society of America.
Notable past community service activities for Dr. Travis include appointments to the INOVA Health System, Health Care Services Board of Trustees in Fairfax, Virginia and multiple terms on the National Omnicare Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Travis was an Eminent Scholar of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and served on the Institute Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008.
Dr. Travis’ last professional position was founding dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. She retired in 2014 and now happily resides on a hilltop in Churchville, Virginia with her husband, Dr. William J. (Jim) McAuley and two standard poodles.
Dr. Steven Mosher
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Mosher is director of the Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia, as well as professor of health care administration and political science. He teaches courses in a variety of health care administration and political science areas that include health care strategic management, economics and finance of health care, long -term care administration, global health care and managed care.
His research interests have been in role and use of organizational audits, future of health care systems; long-term care and the quality of life, ethics in health care; and global health care issues. Dr. Mosher has also contributed his time as a lecturer and presenter at various colleges and conferences.
Dr. Mosher attended the University of South Carolina where he earned his Ph.D. in government and international studies; Master of Arts in international studies; and Bachelor of Arts in political science (cum laude).
Deborah Bright Harris, RN, MSN
Mrs. Harris joined the board of The Legacy at North Augusta in 2019. She is a Registered Professional Nurse with over 45 years of experience in health care with a focus on mental health and treatment. After retiring with 30 years of service in the Virginia health care system, she worked as a nurse educator in the public school and college system for 15 years. Currently, she is working to provide treatment to those affected by opioid addiction.
Mrs. Harris has served on the board of the Augusta Heart Association and has volunteered at the Augusta Free Clinic and with the local American Red Cross. She was born and raised in Staunton, Virginia, and continues to live in the area with her husband, the Rev. Jim Harris. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and her Master of Science in nursing from The University of Virginia with a focus on psychiatric/mental health nursing.
Rev. Rod Ronneberg
President and CEO, National Lutheran Communities & Services
Cyndi Walters was named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS) in May 2021, assuming the position full time in August 2021. Prior to this role, she served as chief operating officer (COO) since 2016.
Cyndi has served at NLCS in varying capacities for nine years; first as a consultant before joining as chief operating officer in 2016. Cumulatively, Walters has over 30 years of experience in the senior living industry including a strong background in strategically growing and diversifying the organization and an enhanced focus on operating as a senior-living system and leveraging its benefits and efficiencies. Prior to joining NLCS, she provided project management and advisory services to senior living organizations through Walters Advisors, LLC. She has also served in a leadership role at Presbyterian Senior Living in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and during her 19 years at KPMG (a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services), spent significant time as a partner and leader of their National Senior Living Advisory Practice.
As president and CEO, Cyndi’s focus is strategically growing and furthering NLCS’ mission to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Cyndi is an advocate for “aging with choice,” which means supporting older adults in making their own choices in aging, whether it means moving to a senior living community or bringing in supportive services to their home. She is also an advocate for team members across the organization and leads a team dedicated to ensuring NLCS remains a Great Place to Work® and an employer of choice for those who have a heart to serve older adults.
Cyndi is a native of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from York College of Pennsylvania.