Since 1986, Clarell Litchford has been devoted to the mission of Scotia Village, a continuing care retirement community located in Laurinburg, N.C. This week, Litchford and The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. management made the announcement to the Scotia Village Board of Trustees, residents, and staff of her plans to retire in May of this year.

Litchford, a Laurinburg resident, has been an integral part of Scotia Village from the very beginning. She coordinated the capital campaign for the original development of the community in the mid-1980’s before it opened its doors to the first residents in 1988. Litchford served as the first Office Manager for Scotia Village and was later named Business Manager. In 1999, Litchford was promoted to the position of Associate Director and held that position until she was named Executive Director in 2009. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and has served the residents of Scotia Village in the role of Executive Director for the past six years.

“Clarell worked tirelessly alongside interested church, business and professional leaders to ensure that Scotia Village became a reality for the community and has provided remarkable leadership which has enabled the community to thrive,” says Elizabeth Cooley, President of the Scotia Village Board of Trustees. “She knows all of the residents personally and has remained focused on providing a high level of care.”

Litchford’s accomplishments are numerous. Not only was Litchford key in getting Scotia Village up and running, she has overseen improvements and expansions along the way. Initially, Scotia Village consisted of a main building with studio, one and two bedroom apartments, and a few cluster homes. Over the years additional villas and single-family homes have been added across the 66-acre campus. Currently there are 30 villa residences and 16 single-family homes. In 1992, a 30-bed addition was added to the Health Center and in 2002 eight assisted living apartments and eight special care apartments were made available in the new W.R. Dulin Health Center. In 1994, Scotia Village was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has received reaccreditation in 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2014. A Fitness Center was opened in 2008 making an indoor pool, weight room and aerobics room available to residents. Current construction projects include two new three-bedroom cottages. With Litchford’s thoughtful leadership, Scotia Village has continued to welcome new residents and expanded its services and programs.

Timothy J. Webster, President of The Presbyterian Homes, Inc., notes “Clarell’s dedication to the mission of Scotia Village has been tremendous. Genuine concern for residents and staff is her hallmark and we are deeply appreciative for the capable leadership she has provided for nearly 30 years.”

In retirement, Litchford plans to enjoy time with family, volunteer her time to non-profits, and relax in the western North Carolina mountains. A retirement celebration will be planned in the coming months.