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Jim Thompson and Mayda Tsaknis

Asbury Residents, Working Professionals | Asbury Methodist Village

201 Russell Ave.

Gaithersburg, MD

20877

301-591-0748

www.AsburyMethodistVillage.org

What drew you to Asbury?

Jim: I have lived in Montgomery County since childhood and been involved with Asbury since the 1980’s. I was their legal counsel and our law firm represented Asbury on land use and zoning, among other things, which helped transform Asbury from a 128-acre farm with just an administration building to the thriving senior living community it is today. I remained their legal counsel and served on the board for a number of years. I was always impressed with the way leadership conducted themselves, making decisions in the best interests of their residents and planning for the long run. Mayda and I decided that Asbury would be a great place to live and give us the flexibility to age the way we want. In 2013 we moved into Asbury’s Courtyard Homes even though we still practice law part-time.

Why do you think Asbury is a good choice for today’s senior?

Jim: Asbury is a community that attracts smart, active people who are leaders in a variety of professions. I think many of us chose Asbury because it’s a place we can enjoy our “senior status” but keep involved in what we think is important.

Mayda: I’ve given a lot to the community through my work, but I’d like to do more things for myself and my family. The Asbury lifestyle helps me do that.  You have so many things to choose from, plus it’s a beautiful campus and a nice place to be.

Jim:  Asbury offers so many opportunities to “get into life” and participate in the resident-run Keese School for Continuing Education, countless activities, events and more.  We’re always asking, “What am I going to get into next?”  We also know we’re in a place that really cares about us.

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