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Salemtowne Retirement Community offers an engaging environment for older adults seeking healthy, active and independent lives.

Our community lies in Northwest Winston Salem, North Carolina, close to Wake Forest University and near historic Bethabara - the original home of North Carolina's Moravian settlers.

After passing through our gate, you will drive up the hill winding through one of our three villages of cottages. The road opens to the community building capped with a simple cupola - the traditional Moravian designation for community.

Within this community, residents cultivate their lives creating the spirit of family. Residents live life on their own terms - free from worry and supported by the presence and care of professional and capable staff.

Read Our History


Salemtowne is a non-profit continuing care retirement community that promotes the well-being of its residents by providing a caring environment. Salemtowne is an ecumenical community that reflects the Moravian values of individual respect, hospitality, life-long learning, and love of the arts.


Salemtowne is a retirement community of excellence that fosters independence, security, wellness, and the growth of its residents to their full potential.  Salemtowne supports older people and caregivers in the broader community through educational and community activities.


Salemtowne's primary values are respect, integrity, and caring. These values guide us in our decision making, program development, use of resources and operations.

We seek to live our values every day by:

  • Treating each resident as a valued individual and with dignity, regardless of age or condition
  • Creating a homelike environment which is as non-institutional as possible and which promotes quality of life, security, and wellness
  • Engaging in continuing education and evaluation to develop team members, improve services, and live up to our mission
  • Striving to be a great place to work which gives team members a sense of achievement and recognition
  • Providing leadership in the field of care for the aging, thus contributing to improved services for seniors in our society


Mark Steele

President & CEO

James Koniszewski

Chief Financial Officer

Linda Browne


Nikki Burris

Marketing & Admissions Director

Elizabeth Chmelo

Life Enrichment Director

Joseph Gilmartin

General Manager of Facilities

Murphy Gregg

Dining Services Director

Elizabeth Hipsher

Navigation by Salemtowne Director

Jay Matthews

Health Services Administrator

Dale Melton

Development Director

Janet Sowers

Information Systems Director

Kathy Wilson

Human Resources Director

Board of Trustees

Peggy Carter


Retired, Novant Corporate Affairs Officer

Deron Mabe

Vice Chair

Director of Finance for Surgical Services

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Kimberly Stogner



Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

David Shaffner


Retired Business Owner

CarolAnn Adcock

Retired, Hayes Consulting Group

Salemtowne Resident

Evelyn Acree

Senior Vice President

M & F Bank

Betsy Annese


Annese Public Relations

Matthew Dolge

Executive Director

Piedmont Triad Regional Council

John Geis

Senior VP Strategic Sourcing


Richard Gottlieb


Senior Services, Inc.


Donald Frey Ph.D.

Retired Professor of Economics

Wake Forest University

Valene Franco

Managing Attorney

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Richard Harris

Salemtowne Resident

Francis James, M.D. III (Frank)

Retired Chief of Anesthesiology

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Kay Lord

Retired, Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity

Chris Perry


NewSouth Associates

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Graham Rights

Retired Moravian Minister/Bishop

Resident Council

A great way for Salemtowne Residents to be involved in community life is to join the Resident Council. The purpose of the Resident Council is to share residents' interests and concerns with administration. In addition it is to facilitate communications and to make recommendations to the administration, and to participate in providing for the general welfare and enjoyment of residents in the community. Assisted Living and Health Care residents also have active resident councils. Residents can also serve on subcommittee of the Resident Council, such as the fitness, gift shop, furnishings or garden.

Community Outreach

Salemtowne residents and staff are strongly committed to serving others in the larger community. Residents work to make life better for others through volunteerism, financial contributions, educational services and programs and community building activities. As an organization Salemtowne strives to be a good community partner.

Here are some examples of Salemtowne's involvement:

  • Hosts annual Bridge Tournament benefiting different organizations each year. Past recipients have been:
    • Sunnyside Ministries
    • SECU Family House
    • American Red Cross, Northwest North Carolina Chapter
  • Assisted in the development of and hosts meetings for the Congregational Nurse and Health Council of Forsyth County.
  • Awards an outstanding volunteer for the Salemtowne Senior Volunteer Service Award.
  • Supports local festivals such as BOOKMARKS, Alzheimer's NC, and Second Spring Arts.
  • Provides meals for weekly Meals-on-Wheels route.
  • Hosts regular¬†art shows for local artists and supports Shepherd's Center of Greater W-S Annual Book Sale and volunteer recognition.
  • Management staff are members of civic organizations, sit on non-profit boards, or are active volunteers in the community or their church.