Begins Here

Meet our leadership

Lawrence R. Bradshaw

President & CEO, National Lutheran Communities & Services

Larry Bradshaw joined National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) in October 2009 as president and CEO, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit senior living industry. From 1987-2006, he was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Strategic Growth with Asbury Communities, a not-for-profit, multi-site, senior living organization. In 2006, Larry took on the role of President for Asbury’s for-profit company, The Asbury Group, offering consulting services to other Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Larry was also the principal of Bradshaw Insights Group, providing consulting services to CCRCs in everything from strategic planning and board development to financial analysis and capital structure development.

As the president and CEO at NLCS, Larry focuses on strategic growth and furthering the organization’s 130-year mission and ministry of providing lifestyle, residential and health care options for seniors. He leads a team of dedicated professionals whose collective goal is to meet the ever-changing needs of seniors, while providing excellent care and innovative services that preserve seniors’ independence and dignity. Under his leadership, NLCS has become a multi-site organization through both new development and acquisitions, and it has developed a wide range of services including home care, home health care and community care centers.

Larry is an active member of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Maryland, has served as a CCAC (now CARF) Commissioner, and as Chair of CCAC’s Financial Advisory Panel. He is a frequent presenter at numerous national meetings, including LeadingAge, the National Investment Conference, and Ziegler’s Senior Living CFO Workshop.

Larry has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Emporia State University and a Master of Business Administration in technology management from The University of Phoenix.

Cherie Powers

Executive Director
Cherie has served as the Executive Director of The Legacy at North Augusta (formerly known as Bentley Commons) in Staunton, Virginia since the opening in 2009. Cherie has worked in the senior industry for the past 20 years and has opened multiple senior living communities. Prior to opening The Legacy at North Augusta, Cherie served as the Executive Director and administrator at RoseWood Village at Hollymead in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cherie is dedicated to the high quality of care in the senior industry. She utilizes her interpersonal skills to quickly build relationships and form trust with people from various backgrounds to develop a compassionate and caring community. Born and raised in Virginia, Cherie is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her bachelor’s degree is in health care administration from Mary Baldwin University, and she also holds an MBA from American Public University with a concentration in health care administration.

Emily Anderson

Resident Services Manager

Emily Anderson joined The Legacy at North Augusta team in 2012. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in communication studies with a concentration in health communication. She obtained her Assisted Living Facility Administrator license under the supervision of our Executive Director Cherie Powers. Emily is one of the founders of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Aging in Place Round Table. She is also on the planning committee for the Greater Augusta Walk to End Alzheimer’s and facilitates the Fishersville Parkinson's Support Group.

Chris Faris

Support Services Director
Chris Faris joined The Legacy at North Augusta as director of dining services in 2009 and served in this capacity for seven years. He was then promoted to the home office and served at National Lutheran Communities & Services as the Culinary Quality and Performance Leader to oversee best practices, purchasing, and education for dining services over all of the communities including The Legacy at North Augusta, The Village at Orchard Ridge and The Village at Rockville. Having returned to The Legacy at North Augusta as the support services director, he oversees Dining Services and Environmental Services, which includes maintenance and housekeeping departments. He lives in Waynesboro with his family and loves camping, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

Deb Harrison

Executive Assistant

Deb joined The Legacy at North Augusta team in 2012, bringing more than 30 years of administrative and office managerial experience. She began serving as the day shift concierge and was promoted to executive assistant in 2013. Her primary responsibilities include assisting the executive director, resident billing and handling departmental accounting matters. She also supervises the concierge team and presides as secretary during board meetings, team meetings and resident council meetings.

Deb attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and currently lives in Singers Glen, Virginia, with her husband, a pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Hannah Bunn

Talent and Culture Director
Hannah Bunn has served as the talent and culture director at The Legacy at North Augusta since 2018. Hannah is originally from North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in non-profit management. She has worked in human resources for almost 10 years and is passionate about being a culture champion for The Legacy at North Augusta and providing a welcoming and safe work environment for all team members. Hannah is currently working on obtaining her master of arts in management degree and enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and son during her free time.

Melisa Shuler

ConnectedLiving Manager

Melisa has been with The Legacy at North Augusta since the opening of the community in 2009. As the ConnectedLiving Manager, Melisa oversees a wide array of programming to meet the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of residents at The Legacy. Melisa builds close relationships with residents and quickly learns their personalities, which helps her facilitate programs tailored to each resident. Her goal is to ensure residents continue to live vibrant and active lives. Melisa received an Activity Directors Certification through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Melisa is a graduate of Buffalo Gap High School and grew up in the Shenandoah Valley. She resides in Greenville, Virginia with her husband and two children. When Melisa is not at work, she loves spending time with her family, cooking, traveling to the beach and quilting.

Fonda Sundeen

Sales Director
Fonda joined The Legacy at North Augusta team in January 2015. She is a native of Augusta County and has worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles over the past 20 years, including her own photography business and the printing industry, where she discovered her desire to become part of the senior housing industry. Fonda has served on many committees and boards over the years including Valley Alliance for Education, an organization that awards grants to local public school teachers. She is an active member of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, as well as other professional groups. Fonda resides in Fishersville, Virginia, and enjoys traveling, gardening, art, and considers herself a “foodie.” She loves spending time together with her son and daughter, loves her family and friends and believes that laughter every day is a must.

Sherri Heishman

Philanthropy Director

Sherri joined The Legacy in November 2019. Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, she graduated from Virginia Tech and has worked in non-profit for over 14 years. Prior to her career in fundraising, she worked for Ntelos for 18 years in sales and customer service. Sherri serves on the Cinderella Project Board, the Wayne Theatre Gala Committee and also handles the marketing and communication for Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley. Sherri resides in Fishersville, Virginia. She loves decorating, photography and enjoys camping with her children.