After a lengthy search process, Edward Spencer, Chairman of the Warm Hearth, Inc. Board of Directors, has announced that Brad Dalton will take over as President & CEO for the Blacksburg-based senior living community this fall. Dalton is currently the Regional Vice President of Operations for American Health Care (AHC) in Roanoke. He brings with him a breadth of experience that spans nearly 20 years, 12 of those with AHC. Dalton will take over for retiring CEO, Ferne Moschella.
In a unique twist, thanks to COVID-19, interviews were conducted via Zoom and employees and residents of the village were invited to weigh in on the top three candidates. After viewing each session, surveys were provided and the board’s search committee read the feedback with interest. One respondent said, “Brad Dalton presents himself as very sincere, honest, enthusiastic, and energetic. His emphasis on being a good listener and the importance of communication infused nearly every topic covered in the interview, and rightly so, since communication with staff, residents and their families, community partners and donors is key to the job of CEO. His description of himself as logical, analytical and organized, while simultaneously being people-oriented is precisely what I’d look for in a candidate for the position of CEO of Warm Hearth (and that combination is what we all admire about Ferne).”
Dalton is a native of Dublin and a graduate of Radford University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree; he later earned his M.B.A. from Spring Arbor University. He and his wife and two children currently reside in Roanoke. When asked about his thoughts as he looks ahead to his new role, Dalton said, “I am honored to serve and lead Warm Hearth Village as the next President and CEO. The more I learn about the history of Warm Hearth Village, especially the amazing vision of founders Wybe and Marietje Kroontje, the more excited I become. When I read and learn about the 100-year plan the Kroontjes created, I can't help but feel lucky to have a part in their plan. I have been serving seniors across the Commonwealth for the last 12 years, so coming back closer to home to serve the senior community in the New River Valley is really special. I will work hard to bring fresh ideas and continued vision to the Kroontje's plan, building upon the great success that retiring President & CEO, Ferne Moschella achieved during her 20 years of leadership."