Meet the director of Waltonwood at Ashburn
Director of Waltonwood at Ashburn

Meet the Executive Director of Waltonwood at Ashburn

Having spent 10 years in the industry, Justin is no stranger to senior living. He began his journey as a front-line team member and grew into the ranks as an Executive Director. His leadership experience within various senior living departments has provided him strategic insight into each entity inside of a senior housing community. His goal is not only providing quality care to each of his residents, but also enriching their quality of life. Justin’s seasoned background also incorporates leading a local hospice program, thereby giving him great perception with delivering comfort and supportive care to any residents during end of life. The combination of his prior experiences in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (Assisted Living and Memory Care), coupled with his insight in the dimension of hospice programs, provided the perfect foundation for the opening of Waltonwood Ashburn, Loudoun’s new premier senior living community.

Justin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware. He followed that up with his Masters of Health Systems Management from George Mason University. Wanting to facilitate the success of other graduate students whose ambition is to champion and provide compassionate care in senior living, Justin partnered with his alma matter, George Mason University, to provide guidance and mentorship to these students. Despite having lived in Northern Virginia most of his life, with his hometown in Herndon, Justin is a New York Mets and New York Giants enthusiast. Justin and his two children (Kaia and Quentin) live in Leesburg and enjoy playing board games, reading, and listening to music while cooking. The knowledge, experience, and compassion he brings to Waltonwood Ashburn ensures that our residents receive the highest quality of care and personal well-being they deserve. Justin is dedicated to fostering a supportive and nurturing Waltonwood Ashburn environment. He is honored with the opportunity to lead this community.

Meet Our Executive Chef

Chef John Harder was born outside Chicago, in Hinsdale, IL, and raised in San Diego, CA.  John developed a love food and cooking at a young age cooking with his mother and grandmothers.  When John realized that traditional schooling wasn’t working for him, he decided to try his hand at cooking professionally and got his first restaurant job at Restaurant 808 in La Jolla, CA.  Restaurant 808 was a pacific rim seafood restaurant, where he learned from acclaimed chef Jean-Marie Josselin.  From Restaurant 808 he moved on to Mr Tiki’s Mai Tai Lounge in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.  After a year there learning the art of sushi making, John took a position at Barona Resort and Casino in Lakeside, CA.  At Barona, John enrolled in a 2 year long ACF apprenticeship program where he rotated through all of the kitchens at the casino and graduated at the top of his class.  John from there took a chef position at the steakhouse at Barona.  From there John moved to Frederick, MD, to work at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.  John spent 4 years at the casino there working his way from Sous Chef to Chef de Cusine to Chef Tournant.  After his time at the casino, John was looking to make a change in his life, and wanted to spend more time with his growing family, so he accepted the position as Executive Chef at Ashby Ponds, in Ashburn, VA.  After learning the senior living industry, John has come over to Waltonwood Ashburn as the Executive Chef and is looking forward to getting to know each and every one of the residents.