Exciting News from Goodwin House: Board Selects New President and CEO

By Lindsay Hutter, GHI Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Senior Living Executive Robert Liebreich Joins as CEO Kathy Anderson Retires

It is a season of transition at Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) as Robert “Rob” Liebreich prepares to become our new President and Chief Executive Officer on July 1. Liebreich was appointed following a nationwide search to succeed Kathy Anderson, who is retiring after 17 years of extraordinary service on June 30. Kathy has led GHI to a place of significant financial and organizational strength and a reputation for excellence and innovation in senior living and care.

In late 2018, the GHI Board of Trustees launched a search for an executive dedicated to the Goodwin House mission of supporting, honoring and uplifting the lives of older adults and the people who care for them, while furthering the entrepreneurial drive and empathetic spirit of the organization. The Board, Kathy and Rob are now focused on a thoughtful and deliberate transition of leadership.

“It was my honor to work with an outstanding committee of Trustees on the search effort,” said David Canfield, GHI Board Trustee, CEO Search Committee Chair and Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman. “I couldn’t be more pleased with Rob having emerged from the process as exactly the energetic, compassionate and imaginative candidate we were seeking.” 

The enthusiasm is mutual, with Rob sharing these words with The Good Life as we were preparing to publish:  “I am very excited and energized for the chance to serve Goodwin House Incorporated. The organization has a wonderful reputation of living its mission and being an innovator, and I see a bright future ahead.”

Rob brings nearly two decades of senior living experience to GHI and is currently executive director for Asbury Methodist Village, located in Gaithersburg, MD, and the 13th largest Continuing Care Retirement Community in the United States.. He has held senior positions in marketing and operations, in both the local Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Asbury Methodist Village, Rob served as regional general manager for Aegis Living and start-up manager for Aegis on Madison in Seattle, WA.

Before joining Aegis Living, Rob served as the executive director of Skyline at First Hill, a high-rise continuing lifestyle community in Seattle that included independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. He also has served as the associate executive director for Oak Crest Village, a not-for-profit community in Parkville, MD, where he helped manage a team of 1,170 employees serving more than 2,150 residents. Before entering the senior care industry, Rob worked as a project manager for various telecommunication companies.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and International Business and Marketing from Georgetown University and an MBA in Senior Care and Housing from Johns Hopkins University.

As Goodwin House celebrates Kathy Anderson’s remarkable service to our residents, members and employees, Board Chair Mary Lewis Hix captured the sentiments of everyone in the organization in expressing her appreciation to Kathy and welcome to Rob. “What a privilege it has been to serve with Kathy. She has demonstrated unfailing dedication to the mission of Goodwin House and visionary leadership in expanding our horizons.” said Mary, retired Vice President for Finance and Administration, Virginia Theological Seminary. “Goodwin House now welcomes what promises to be a bold, exciting future with Rob as our incoming president and CEO.”

As Goodwin House’s Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Lindsay Hutter leads the strategic efforts to fulfill the mission and expand the ways and places in which Goodwin House Incorporated serves older adults. A resident of Fairfax County, her career spans leadership positions in change management, market innovation, and marketing and communications.  Lindsay holds a B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.