SearStone Hires Wellness Director and Director of Resident Life

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Mark Johnson and Shannon Hoffman Join Growing Staff

CARY, N.C. – As a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that aims to raise the bar, SearStone prides itself on promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for its residents. The community is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Johnson as wellness director and Shannon Hoffman as director of resident life.

Johnson was most recently wellness coordinator for the Glenaire retirement community, where he had also served as wellness assistant and wellness instructor. Prior to that, he was a wellness instructor at Rex Wellness Center.

Johnson is certified as a personal trainer by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA) and as a group exercise instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is also an aqua arthritis and land arthritis instructor. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness specialist from East Carolina University.

Now residing in Fuquay-Varina with his wife and newborn daughter, Johnson loves to participate in Triathlons. He has also volunteered with the Arthritis Foundation and Alzheimer’s NC.

Hoffman comes to SearStone from Peak Resources - Treyburn, where she was director of activities. Prior to that, she served as director of activities and volunteer coordinator at Rose Manor Healthcare in Durham.

Hoffman received her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and park management from East Carolina University. After a stint as a park ranger with the city of Columbia, S.C., she embarked on her career in activities management.

Newly married, Hoffman and her husband look forward to settling into their new home in North Raleigh with their two dogs.

“We love the energy and enthusiasm that Mark and Shannon bring to their new positions, and I’m sure our residents will, too,” said Chris Romick, SearStone’s executive director.

SearStone is nearing 90 percent in pre-sales, with fewer than 19 homes remaining. A variety of home sites and styles are still available but are moving fast.

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