If you stroll through the terrace level of Timson Hall in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon, just a few minutes after 2, you will find yourself in musical surroundings. Listeners will be brought back in time by the sound of the Mountain Dulcimer. Angela Lepro, a Deerfield resident and co-founder of the Deerfield Dulcimer Players shares, “We all play the Mountain Dulcimer much like the people of Appalachia played on their front porch long ago when radios and TV’s were not available. When we get together and play, no matter if it’s a fast fiddle tune or a slow Ballad, it gets rid of the stress of the day, brings a smile to our faces, and makes our heartstrings sing.”
The Dulcimer Players, a mix of Dulcimer and guitar players, gather in Timson Hall to practice their musical flair each week. Although co-founder Shirley Schultz no longer plays the Dulcimer, she remains an inspiration to this group which includes eight Residents and a non-resident base player. The group performed for the residents in the Health Care Center in May and they plan on additional performances in the future.

Clockwise from left: Ruthie Allen, Carol Martinez, Peter Martinez and Carolyn Dickson, Bass player and Deerfield friend Tom Allison, Keith Keener, Angela Lepro, Karen Hamsho, and Judy Domer.

Stuart Littleton came to Deerfield’s St. Giles Chapel in August of 2017. He directs the St. Giles choir and plays for the services in both chapels on Sunday mornings. He also plays for the Wednesday Music and Meditation time at St. Giles. You may also see him around campus more these days as he accepted the Deerfield Community Chorus Music Director position at the beginning of this year. The chorus will present their program What a Wonderful World on May 29th and 30th at 4 pm.

Deerfield residents understand that by becoming the first Meals on Wheels route sponsor in Buncombe County, they help alleviate hunger, increase nutrition, decrease loneliness, and keep the community’s homebound seniors living independently at home where they want to be! Our residents deliver meals 5 days a week without fail, and have been doing so for a number of years. They have donated over $6,000 to cover the cost of food to provide meals for their route. In the year 2000 following our first major expansion, our newly opened Community Center prepared its first meal—a Thanksgiving meal for Meals on Wheels! This year will be our 20th year serving Thanksgiving meals for all of Buncombe County’s Meals on Wheels seniors!

Brian King, Deerfield Director of Health & Wellness, is very pleased to announce our recent Medicare annual clinical survey again resulted in zero deficiencies! “We are incredibly grateful to our staff, in all areas, who have contributed to this accomplishment through their professionalism, discipline and strenuous effort on behalf of our residents and in support of each other. The visiting surveyors were very complimentary of our entire staff, making special note of our culture and willingness to serve eagerly the needs of others. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our staff and the results we see every day.”

Brian King NHA, OTL
Director of Health and Wellness


Since joining Deerfield in March 2004, Matt Sharpe has held diverse positions in administration, philanthropy and resident life. While working at Deerfield, he earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Western Carolina University. Matt was part of the Administrator in Training Program through the State of North Carolina and earned his Nursing Home Administrator License in October 2005. Matt’s interest in caring for older people began at an early age as he helped care for his grandparents on their farm in Catawba, North Carolina. Matching his qualifications to the requirements of his job, it seems as though his position was built around his skills, just waiting for him to step into it. “My work at Deerfield really makes a difference in residents’ lives,” said Matt. “I have learned so much about the day-to-day management of this wonderful community from Bob Wernet, and thank him for his ongoing support and knowledge.”

We wish Matt well in the newly created position of Executive Director, which includes overseeing Operations, Health & Wellness, Facility Services, Marketing, Human Resources, Pastoral Services in addition to serving as liaison to the Residents’ Council.

Debra received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1992. She has spent more than 20 years serving older adults and their families as a health care administrator in senior living communities, hospices, and through the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging. She moved to Asheville in 2005 to serve as the Executive Director of a NC licensed CCRC in Arden. In addition she has served on the board of Four Seasons Compassion for Life and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Debra enjoys yoga and time with her husband and two young sons.

First impressions are important and as much as we were impressed by Debra, we wanted to know how Deerfield has impressed her: “The operations at Deerfield run like a well-oiled machine. It has all the makings of a small town and all of the services and amenities one could hope for. At any given hour there are likely hundreds of details being tended to throughout the community to serve the residents of this small town. For decades there has been stellar leadership creating a culture that attracts residents from across the country and attracts staff who truly don’t want to leave. It is these staff who keep things humming day-in and day-out. Ask any employee how long they’ve been here and you will most likely hear, “8 years” or “10 years” or “16 years” or “20 years!” (or even longer). This is not your typical place to live, or your typical place to work.

In this New Year I am thrilled to join the leadership team of Deerfield as the Director of Operations. I will serve and support the areas of dining, housekeeping, resident life, and the spa. I like to think of myself as the bridge between those who live here and those who work here – always balancing the expectations, desires, and aspirations of each. As Deerfield has grown over the years and explores future growth, my position reflects that growth. Matt Sharpe, who has been at Deerfield since 2004 and most recently served as the Director of Operations, has been promoted to Executive Director. So the good news is that nobody has left the team – the team is just expanding.”

We are delighted to welcome Debra to the Deerfield family!

The art program at Deerfield is going strong, offering many opportunities for people to get involved, whether a seasoned artist or just exploring their creative side. Deerfield’s active art community centers around its three art studios consisting of:
• A Fiber Art Studio with two active art meet-up groups that bring projects to work on and bring show and tell. The studio offers equipment and supplies for completing projects. Some of the activities that take place are Fiber Art Mixed Media, Book Making, Basketry, Knitting, Crocheting, weaving, Rug Hooking, Collage, Dyeing, Paper Arts, Quilting.
• The Paper Canvas Art Studio features workspace for Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic artists to pursue their art. Asheville area art instructors teach monthly workshops. There is also an active paper canvas meet-up group that offers a social opportunity for resident artists to give and get feedback and affirmations from other resident artists.
• The Pottery Studio is fully equipped to create functional and sculptural ceramics. A full complement of tools, glazes and a variety of clays are available to create hand built or wheel thrown pottery. The studio also features a full size kiln for bisque and glaze ring. Asheville area pottery instructors teach beginner and intermediate workshops for a small fee.
For more information on the Art Program at Deerfield, contact Michelle Kievet, Resident Life Associate & Deerfield’s Art Program Coordinator at 210-4585 or MKievet@deerfieldwnc.org.

Falling leaves are such a good reminder that time passes, seasons end, and beautiful new things are on the horizon. That holds true for philanthropy at Deerfield! 2019 will bring with it the new Deerfield Charitable Foundation and Deerfield Cares: Directed Outreach.

This new endeavor will allow us to be more strategic, transparent, and community-minded. Some things won’t change: we will continue supporting the Deerfield funds and programs we love (Residents Assistance, Danny Boone Scholarship, Healthcare Fund, etc.). And we will continue supporting outside organizations. Giving is only getting better and every day Deerfield residents’ gifts make a difference in the world!

Deerfield's 19th Annual Holiday Egg Nog Party will be held in the Blue Ridge Room on Tuesday, December 4th from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

Happy Holidays from the Deerfield Marketing Team!

Kathy, Debbie, Deborah & Dianne

Cindy has been working in long-term care for 23 years and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Her awards also include Nursing Preceptorship and Development: Circle of Excellence. She serves as Mountain Regional Director for the North Carolina NADONA Chapter and is on the Nursing Advisory Board for South College in Asheville, NC.