Charming, historic Medford, NJ, was founded in 1847 and was selected by National Geographic as one of the nation’s “small town treasures.” Lumberton, founded in 1683 and incorporated in 1860, was originally named for its timber industry and sawmills. Medford Leas is an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), spread across over 250 acres and two campuses, providing a uniquely fulfilling living experience to adults age 55 and older.
Medford Leas is sponsored by The Estaugh, a Quaker-related not-for-profit corporation founded in 1914 to serve the needs of older adults. Their purpose was to create a special community in which the principle of loving concern would guide their common effort. Medford Leas was born of that early vision and has grown in scope and in stature on The Estaugh’s stable foundation. The Estaugh is guided by the teachings and beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), particularly the basic tenet that there is ‘That of God’ in everyone and the respect for the sanctity of every individual inherent in that belief. The Estaugh is further guided by the following values: community, stewardship, life balance, human resources and excellence.
The vision of Medford Leas is achieved by a highly respected and engaged board of trustees. The all-volunteer board is comprised of a maximum of 15 members and requires that a majority shall be Quakers and that at least one member shall be a resident of Medford Leas. No individual has any equity or beneficial interest in the community. The leadership team is comprised of senior living professionals providing residents and staff a welcoming atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
Naoji Moriuchi brings to the Medford Leas board strong ties to South Jersey and Burlington county. He is a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting and is co-owner and Broker Associate with Keller-Williams – Moorestown. Naoji grew up in Moorestown, graduated from Moorestown Friends School, and played on Moorestown’s soccer and lacrosse club teams. Prior to joining Keller Williams Realty, Naoji spent 10 years at BT Edgar & Son Realtors. Over the course of his career he has obtained his Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation, Graduate Relator Institute and is a licensed NJ real estate Broker. He is also a member of the Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors, NJ Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Some of his accomplishments include: Features in MONEY Magazine, CNN.com and HGTV as a local real estate expert. In addition to receiving numerous sales awards and accolades for his real estate accomplishments, he served a four-year term, appointed by the Supreme Court of NJ, on the District IIIB Ethics Committee. Naoji is active in the community. He is currently a member of the Moorestown Breakfast Rotary and previously served as president and secretary.
Marianne Johnston, Esquire
Marianne Johnston is an elder law attorney; personal experience inspired her to practice in this area of the law after enjoying a long career as a corporate litigator with a large Philadelphia-based law firm. She has been recognized as a versatile, analytical problem solver with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. A graduate of Lafayette College for her undergraduate studies, Marianne worked in banking for a number of years before deciding to go to law school. She graduated from George Washington University Law School with honors before joining the litigation team of a Philadelphia law firm. Marianne is currently with the firm Price and Price, LLC in Haddonfield, NJ. Marianne is a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and an active member of a local church where she teaches Sunday school. Marianne currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees as Recording Secretary and Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee.
Scott R. Jones
Scott Jones is a retired president of Forest Capital Partners, a forest investment firm he cofounded in 2000. Prior to joining Forest Capital Partners, he was president and CEO at Timberland Growth Corporation; director of business development and acquisitions at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company; and currently is a director with the publicly traded timberland REIT, Rayonier.
Upon completion of his graduate studies in forestry from Duke University, Jones first pursued a career as a field forester in Florida with a pulp and paper company. He later attended Northwestern University and earned a master’s degree in business administration. Scott is one of our country’s foremost experts in the field of forest investment and has acquired millions of acres over his career on behalf of institutional investors. His company, Forest Capital Partners, was fifth largest private landowner in the country.
Scott holds an undergraduate from the Elizabethtown College, a master’s degree in forestry from Duke University and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Scott and his wife, Barbara, have four children and reside near Boston, Massachusetts. He is a lifelong member of Medford Monthly Meeting as well as attending Wellesley Meeting near his Boston home. His mother, Irene Jones, and uncle, Earl Evens, are residents of Medford Leas.
Robert Q. Kreider
At the end of 2017 Robert Kreider stepped down after 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Devereux is one of the largest nonprofit providers of services for individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism. Prior to serving as President, Bob was first, Devereux’s Chief Financial Officer, and then Chief Operating Officer.
Bob began his career as a bond lawyer with Saul, Ewing, Remick and Saul in Philadelphia, focusing on financings for nonprofit hospitals and universities, then as an investment banker for a major New York firm and finally as the a principal in a financial advisory firm for nonprofits. In each of these roles before joining Devereux Bob worked with a range of continuing care communities, mostly in Pennsylvania. He also served for many years on the Board and Executive Committees of several organizations within Cadbury Senior Services, including as the founding Chair of Cadbury at Home Services.
Walter Evans served as vice president in business development for 29 years with First Fidelity Bank (now Wachovia). Prior to retirement, he was a real estate sales representative for Edgar Realty in Moorestown, NJ where he received recognition for his sales accomplishments. He served as an active volunteer firefighter in Moorestown for 37 years and during his tenure he served as the chairman of the board of fire commissioners for 21 years. As a member of Relief Engine Company, he also served as the treasurer for over 20 years. For over 30 years, Walt has served on the Moorestown Township Board of Assessors – and as chairman for 20 years. In 1996, he was named citizen of the year for Moorestown. He is a member of the Moorestown Monthly Meeting and serves on various committees. Walt has been a member of the Estaugh Board of Trustees since 1989, and currently serves on the Finance Committee.
Diane Symcak is a Registered Professional Nurse with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University (formerly known as the College of Notre Dame of Maryland). She also holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Mercer County Community College and she is a graduate of the Helene Fuld School of Nursing. Diane is licensed in the State of New Jersey.
Her nursing career started in the Emergency Rooms of two different hospitals in Trenton, New Jersey. After leaving hospital work, from 1994 until my retirement in 2019, she was employed at NJM Insurance Group in West Trenton, NJ in the Workers’ Compensation and Underwriting
Divisions. While at NJM, she became the Supervisor of Medical Case Management which involved the coordination and management of care of serious and catastrophically injured patients.
During the final phase of her career at NJM (over 15 years), Diane was in the field of Healthcare Safety & Risk Management. This required her to travel throughout New Jersey, as well as parts of Pennsylvania and New York where she worked with large hospital systems, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, CCRC’s & home care agencies who were our policyholders.
Working in the field of Healthcare Safety required her to have an understanding of the complete continuum of care, as well as a working knowledge of the various regulations (State and Federal, including OSHA) which govern the operation of the various organizations. Diane’s job involved conducting surveys of the various facilities to identify areas of potential risk, as well as provide suggestions for prevention of injuries. She also was an active member of various policyholders’ safety and quality committees, and often conducted presentations to Executive Leadership on safety and loss prevention topics. There were also several occasions where she was asked to speak at conferences on this topic, as well.
While working at NJM, Diane also achieved and maintained professional certifications in Rehabilitation Nursing, Case Management, Disability Management, and Occupational Health and Safety.
Since moving to the Lumberton Campus and following her retirement, Diane’s time is occupied with working in the Thrift Store, being a volunteer transporter of residents (pre-pandemic), a Lumberton Cluster Leader and new resident “Greeter”, a member of the Lumberton Council, as well as being a member of the Estaugh Board Safety and Quality subcommittee.
Although she has only lived at Lumberton since 2017, Diane has had an association with Medford Leas ever since they became a policyholder of NJM, which was approximately 20 years ago, and she says; “I can think of no greater endorsement of this community!”
Marlene Hall possesses more than 25 years of comprehensive human resources experience in the public and private sectors, specifically manufacturing and social service industries. She is currently the Corporate Human Resources Manager for The Stonhard Group, responsible for shaping the culture, recruiting, training and retaining a high performance engaged workforce, through effective leadership, development and HR practices and strategies. She grew up in Moorestown, attending the public schools. Marlene holds a Master of Science in HR Management, Minneapolis, MN. She is the current president of Moorestown’s Farmdale Civic Association, a nonprofit neighboring civic league. Marlene currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees Leadership Development Committee.
Richard (Rick) W. Bell, Jr.
Rick is President and Founder of Planning Capital Management Corporation, a wealth management, investment advisory services firm that for over 25 years has developed and managed strategies for its clients. He has over 30 years experience working in both national brokerage firms and independent firms providing investment strategies and asset management solutions. His background also includes working in insurance and estate planning.
Rick majored in Finance and Economics and has completed the Certified Financial Planning program at the College of Financial Planning. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Cherry Hill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rowan College of Burlington County, and Previous Chairman of the Ambassadors Club, Cherry Hill Education Foundation, and the Cherry Hill Planning Board. Rick has also been a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Board, Economic Development Advisory Committee and a Trustee of the Camden County Work Force Investment Board. Rick has also been active with charitable organizations such as the South Jersey Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees Finance Committee.
Francis (Fred) Melroy
Francis Melroy is a member of Medford Monthly Meeting, Medford resident and active volunteer. Fred spent the majority of his career in Hospital Financial Administration, most recently NYU Medical Center from which he retired in April 2015. Fred is an active volunteer for Quaker organizations and brings a deep understanding of Quaker business practices. He serves as Treasurer for Medford Monthly Meeting, as Treasurer for the Friends Journal board, on the Finance Committee for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and is also on the YMCA Camp Ockanickon board. Fred also served on the board and as Chair of the Board at Cadbury Senior Services Cherry Hill, until their sale. Fred holds a degree in finance from Rider University. He was recruited out of college by Dow Jones and is a Vietnam veteran. Fred is also an avid golfer and strong supporter of the Medford Leas Golf Outing. Fred Currently serves as Treasurer of the Estaugh Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance Committee, and on the Executive and Development Committee.
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Guided by Quaker principles and a leader in quality care, Medford Leas’ membership in professional organizations, such as: LeadingAge, Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Peace Church Risk Retention Program, FSA Compliance and Risk Management and Friends Services Alliance is testimony to the commitment to support residents in living an engaged life.