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Hambley, Sheldon-Krieger Join Friendship Village

Increasing their move towards local management, the Friendship Villages’ board of directors today announced the hiring of a new executive director at Friendship Village Chesterfield (FVC) and a compliance officer for both communities.

Lydia Seibert in her third year as chair of the local governing board for the Villages confirmed the employment of Michael Hambley as FVC executive director and Suzanne Sheldon-Krieger as chief compliance and risk officer for both FVC and Friendship Village Sunset Hills (FVSH).

Terry Walsh, currently FVSH executive director, recruited the two new hires.

Hambley, with solid Midwestern credentials, most recently worked as president and chief executive officer of an Ascension continuing care retirement community, not unlike FVC, in Chattanooga, TN.

Before that, he held a series of health care positions in Kansas centering on the executive director of an assisted living and skilled nursing community and business development, chaplain and business development director for hospice and home care agencies.


Former Free Methodist minister, Hambley brings a string of educational credentials to match his professional experience: bachelor of arts, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI; masters of divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY; doctor of ministry, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI; masters of business administration, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS.

Hambley said that he came to FVC because he sought a resident driven and resident led culture with an emphasis on care and quality of life, one where he felt the reality of a strong resident and staff partnership.

“Friendship Village Chesterfield exhibits the right size to adapt to the changing senior landscape. Today, the rule of the game is change, and we want to stay ahead of that curve.”

Hambley actually sounds like an ad for the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. “Chesterfield is delightful. Many summers growing up, I came from Kalamazoo, MI, to see my St. Louis cousins. Later, living in Champaign, IL, a favorite summer pastime centered on making regular treks to see the Cardinals play. It seems like home.”

He and his wife, Teri, a nurse practitioner whom he also describes as a “dog whisperer”, for years trained and showed Golden Retrievers culminating in a best of show win at the American championship level. They boast four grown children, two of whom serve in the health services.

“At FVC we want to expand our vision and mission into the community with new at home services, beyond a bricks and mortar focus and offer the same FVC quality of care in the home. That means at home services that help to create a safe environment in the home free of hazards— actually making house repairs if appropriate. Shorter stays in the hospital, shorter stays in rehabilitation warrant a push not only to get people home but to get them home safely and happily with all that they need to thrive.”

Born in St. Louis, Suzanne Sheldon-Krieger grew up in Lebanon, MO, from age two to 14 when her family returned to St. Louis where she was graduated from Kirkwood High School.

Health care ran in her family genes with a mother who was a nurse and a father who trained as a dentist, she said.

In high school she pursued a lot of theatre and dance, but “I was not that talented.” Starting college, she thought she would go into psychology but didn’t want to commit to six years. Then, she took up social work recognizing, she said, a real need in that area when social services were trimmed nationally.


Sheldon-Krieger ended up with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Missouri—Columbia in 1984 and concentrated, after graduation, on underserved populations by working at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis and the Family Care Health Center.

She became passionate about schooling other nurses in risk management and entered an evening law school program at St. Louis University.

Her law career started with the Missouri Attorney General’s office in 2001. She then moved through three St. Louis law firms with increasing responsibility and spent five years as director of risk management and corporate compliance and in-house counsel at Lutheran Senior Services. After that, Sheldon-Krieger went to Ascension Senior living for two years as the vice president of risk management and corporate responsibility.

Sheldon-Krieger will focus on making sure the FV communities and offerings comply with all regulations, especially for their long term care. As FV moves to a more independent structure, she believes her divided medical and legal background will help guide FV to continue proper procedures, regulation compliance, risk management and quality metrics under self-management.

Along with her husband, Michael, she shares pride in their 1965 Wimbledon white Thunderbird convertible.

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