The president & CEO of Sunnyside Communities, Josh Lyons, has announced the appointment of Nancy Wayland as executive director of Sunnyside Retirement Community – Harrisonburg. Wayland has been serving as interim executive director since January 2023. 

An experienced senior living professional, Wayland has worked at Sunnyside since 2011. During her tenure, she has served as interim executive director, marketing director and director of corporate marketing and communications. Prior to joining Sunnyside, she was at VaLiance Health, LLC, and Shenandoah Shared Hospital Services, Inc., where she managed workforce development, human resources and communication functions for both entities. 

“Nancy’s intimate knowledge of our organization, positive leadership style, respect and compassion for others, as well as her authenticity, were just a few of the qualities that made her an outstanding choice for Sunnyside,” said Lyons. 

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Wayland holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is also a certified Alzheimer’s facilitator.