The Green House Project is regarded as a team of experts in the field of aging and long-term care. As a result of years of culture change experience, the team has developed relationships with thought leaders, policymakers and other key stakeholders to expand the Green House movement. The Green House Project leverages these relationships and the lessons learned from past experiences to support the success of each organization.

Susan Ryan, Senior Director
"I build positive partnerships in the healthcare community that will promote the well-being of elders, and transform the field of aging."
Susan has spent over 25 years working with elders as a nurse and change agent. She has worked in a variety of eldercare settings and helped to lead her previous organization’s transformation to culture change by assessing industry innovation and developing strategic and educational protocols.
Scott Brown, Director of Outreach
"Consumers are clamoring for a new and better model for elder care. The Green House model can be the solution for skilled nursing providers, to help them deliver high quality care in an environment that provides autonomy and a meaningful life for elders."
Prior to serving as a director of The Green House Project, Scott was an executive at Lincoln Healthcare Group, an organization that has a mission to improve healthcare in the United States by advancing excellence in leadership, strategy and innovation. He combines a fervent dedication to clients with a commitment to healthcare transformation.
Marla DeVries, Director Of Resource Development
"Advocacy and education have been the pillars of my career. I am fulfilled when I can equip others with tools for success that empower them to truly make a difference in people's lives."
Marla has over twenty years experience advocating for change and working to create person directed organizations where elders and those working with them can thrive. Beginning as a long term care ombudsman and later as a culture change advocate, Marla utilizes her skill set to educate, support, and impact eldercare.
Claire Lucas, Project Guide
"I believe The Green House Project provides a model of care that has the power to transform what long term care looks like in America. I want to be part of the revolution."
Claire has worked in long term care for 29 years, holding various positions of leadership from Nursing Home Administrator to Vice President of Operations. She is an Eden Educator and has worked with both nursing homes and hospice on becoming Eden registered organizations.
Lisa Maxwell, Project Guide
"I enjoy being part of a transformational journey where people I serve continue to develop and grow in the field of aging."
Lisa has spent 17 years working in the field of aging, beginning as a certified nursing assistant and progressing to an Administrator where she served 320-586 elders! She has been successful in implementing innovative culture change initiatives and is known for the positive relationships she has established throughout the years.
Debbie Wiegand, Project Guide
"Every elder deserves to live a life of purpose and meaning; therefore, I dedicate my work to creating Green House homes in every community across America."
Debbie has spent her entire career as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, engaging in and leading transformative change in the field of long term care. Her experience in operations, culture change, design, and education, provides the necessary insight to partner with visionary leaders desiring the best future possible for elders.
Rachel Scher McLean, Marketing Specialist
"I amplify the voice of the elder and those working closest to them, creating a community of social change, and expanding the reach of The Green House model."
Rachel has a Master’s of Gerontological Social Work, and has spent her career working with elders in various settings. At The Green House Project, Rachel supports replication of the model by sharing the stories of transformation and the value of model on a national scale.
Mary Hopfner-Thomas, Project Manager
"I believe that Elder's have unique wisdom to offer the world, and this model enables them to live full and meaningful lives, regardless of their health needs. I am honored to be a part of this project that is creating meaningful lives for elders and those working closest to them."
Mary worked for 19 years in corporation communications, before she decided to get her Master's at UMBC Aging and pursue a career with elders. In her role as Project Manager, Mary supports organizations to implement The Green House model successfully, by providing the tools, resources and education necessary for a deep and slip resistant transformation.
Margaret Stansbury, Project Manager
"I am driven to make real home, meaningful life, and empowered staff accessible to all people, in every community. All elders, regardless of their acuity level or ability to pay, deserve a Green House home."
Margaret began her career as an Elder Abuse Caseworker where she worked as an advocate for elders experiencing abuse, neglect or exploitation and also has experience in Social Services for Long-Term Care. Margaret continues to serve as an advocate for elder rights and aging with dignity through her role as a Project Manager with The Green House Project.