Although a 2019 Price Waterhouse report shared that only 12% of family-owned businesses will make it into the third generation, Country Meadows is proud that several third generation members are now involved and leading the direction for future growth. As the granddaughter of Country Meadows Retirement Communities founders (the late Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader and his wife, Mary Jane), Meredith Mills has Country Meadows in her blood and is delighted to carry on her family’s mission to serve seniors.
In her company role, she oversees all personal care and assisted living operations and works closely with the Vice Presidents of Operations and the Resource Staff. Meredith joined the organization in 2011 and has held positions with increasing responsibility in marketing and operations including Director and Regional Director of Marketing, Executive Director and Vice President of Strategic Planning. Meredith also develops strategic partnerships with hospitals and healthcare organizations in the markets in which Country Meadows and sister non-profit organization, Ecumenical Retirement Community, provide senior living services. She identifies opportunities for better communication between these communities and hospitals and physicians to share internal data and clinical outcomes to coordinate the best care for residents.
She is delighted to carry on her family's more than 50-year mission to serve seniors. "I cannot express in words what an incredible honor it is to follow not only in the footsteps of my grandparents, parents and uncles, but also in the footsteps of so many of the Country Meadows and Ecumenical 'family members' who have committed many years to our mission to serve seniors."
Meredith gained operational experience during her five years working with Urban Outfitters at the company's Philadelphia headquarters. She has a master's degree in Health Administration from Penn State University and an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College. She is a board member of Penn State University’s Harrisburg Campus, LifeSong Hospice, and the George M. Leader Family Corporation (GMLFC) board of directors, which oversees operations for Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Ecumenical Retirement Community and sister company Providence Place Retirement Communities.
Meredith resides in Hummelstown, Pa. with her husband and co-worker, Dan Mills, MHA, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and their son, Beckett.
About Country Meadows Retirement Communities:
For over 30 years, Country Meadows has been offering advice to families and quality retirement living, including Independent Living, Assisted Living/Personal Care, Memory Care for residents with early- to late-stage memory loss and Restorative Care to support those recovering from an injury or living with a chronic condition in 11 locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland and a 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Bethlehem, Pa. Country Meadows has a sister, non-profit community, Ecumenical Retirement Community, which provides Independent Living, Personal Care, Memory Care and Restorative Care in Harrisburg, Pa.