Kera Wooten named dining director at Ashby Ponds

Fourteen-year veteran had been restaurant manager at this continuing care retirement community.

Kera Wooten has been promoted to director of dining services at Ashby Ponds, a retirement community in Ashburn, Va., managed by Erickson Living. Wooten had been restaurant manager at the complex.

She will oversee a staff of 130 foodservice employees. Ashby Ponds operates a waitservice restaurant called Blue Sky and a casual café called The Robin’s Nest and offers catering services to residents.

Wooten has worked for Erickson for 14 years, beginning as a service manager at Greenspring in Springfield, Va. Prior to that she worked for Marriott International in its Senior Living services division.

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