A seamless transition is taking place at The Sharon at SouthPark, one that keeps as our focus the well-being of those who call our community home.
After 25 years at The Sharon at SouthPark, 18 of them as Chief Executive Officer, Anne Moffat is retiring on October 29th. Succeeding her as CEO will be our current Chief Operating Officer Angela Rigsbee, whose 26 years at The Sharon at SouthPark have prepared her for this opportunity. In the 6½ years Angela has been responsible for daily operations, she and Anne have worked in tandem to grow and foster the entire The Sharon at SouthPark team.
Anne and her husband, Chris, plan to move to Oriental, NC where their itinerary will include boating, kayaking and cycling in their newfound spare time. However, she will retain a limited role overseeing Phase I construction until the completion of The Deerwood.
Deep The Sharon at SouthPark Roots
Both Anne and Angela grew up professionally at The Sharon at SouthPark.
Anne arrived in 1996 as Director of Nursing, became Nursing Home Administrator and then was named Assistant Executive Director by then-CEO Linda Bennett. This was a way to mentor Anne to become CEO, which she did in 2003. “Angela and I have worked to create a culture centered on positive growth and creating a home-like atmosphere,” Anne says. “That’s been the focus of upgrading our health care center and dining program and expanding our connection to the surrounding community. Our goal is for everyone, especially those with medical needs, to find comfort and meaning in their aging years. I have nodoubt that Angela will do a fabulous job building on that vision. The continuity couldn’t be better.”
Angela arrived in 1995 as Activities Director and has worked in virtually every part of the organization until being named SharonTowers’ first Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Angela was a teen-ager growing up in the small town of Boxford, Massachusetts when she started working with seniors in an affordable income senior living community. Those summers and vacations led to a calling. “I knew at an early age that I would work with older adults. I’ve always found great purpose in my work and truly feel it’s a privilege to serve.”
New CEO Rigsbee Values Family, Tradition
“Anne paid her experience forward to me,” Angela adds. “And I am certainly the beneficiary of her wealth of knowledge. It also was important to both of us that the culture of The Sharon at SouthPark endured after Anne’s retirement. Though our styles are different, we see the big picture in a very similar way. I look forward to continuing Anne’s legacy while building The Sharon at SouthPark for the future.”
Angela and her husband, John, a national manager in the construction equipment industry, have two daughters – Payson, and Kate. Angela’s parents, John and Cheryle Larrabee, moved to Charlotte when their two granddaughters were small. Angela likes to say she has felt overloved by her mom and dad her entire life.
In a sense, that has been Anne’s job and soon will be Angela’s job: To oversee the continuing growth of The Sharon at SouthPark. To help our community become a more integral part of the SouthPark area. To provide for the well-being of everyone who lives here and honor those who work here. To do it all with a warmth that makes everyone feel overloved.
This article first appeared in The Connection newsletter Fall 2021 edition. Download a PDF of the full newsletter here.