Kingsbury has been in his current position for three years.
What he finds most rewarding about the job is the ability to touch and improve the lives of Masonic Villages’ residents and employees.
He is inspired by the retirement community’s employees and residents who “go above and beyond every day in so many ways to care for each other”.
Kingsbury said no part of society has been more directly affected by COVID than senior living and nursing care.
“We must anticipate and respond to how it will change resident expectations of their lifestyle, from technology to dining services and beyond. In nursing care, we must find ways to continue providing the highest quality of care and quality of life despite insufficient Medicaid reimbursement rates, a punitive regulatory environment, unfunded mandates, inflation, recession and workforce shortages,” he said.
He said Masonic Villages is committed to not only care for its residents but also its employees. As a result of COVID, he said the organization is stretched to meet its mission of delivering the highest quality of care and quality of life to residents, providing access to care and services without regard to the ability to pay, and paying living wages and providing meaningful benefits to employees.
“The most rewarding aspect is working collaboratively with mission-centered leaders to deliver on the promise of our mission,” Kingsbury said.
His most significant mentor has been John K. Young, a past president of the Grand Lodge of PA and the esteemed lawyer who hired him out of law school.
“Mr. Young taught me that the Masonic Villages signified a commitment to affording residents, no matter the hardship or misfortune they may have endured, the opportunity to live with the same dignity, grace and love as the most fortunate among us. Also my predecessor, Joe Murphy, who served our Masonic Villages for 45 years, taught me by example the true meaning of servant leadership,” Kingsbury said.