Benchmark at Alexandria Senior Living Community Appoints Leadership in Preparation for Spring, 2024 Opening

Doug Buttner and Bonnie Barrella Bring Over 40 Years of Local Senior Living Experience to ‘West Alex’ Community

Benchmark at Alexandria, an assisted living and Mind & Memory Care community coming soon to ‘West Alex’, today announced that two tenured senior living professionals have been appointed to its leadership team. Doug Buttner will serve as senior executive director, while Bonnie Barrella has been hired as director of community relations.

Buttner, who lives in Upper Marlboro, MD, brings over 24 years of experience leading individual and groups of premier senior living communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including several large and highly regarded continuing care retirement communities. Barrella hails from Kensington, MD, and has more than 16 years of experience working in all facets of senior living, including sales, programming and move-in support, for some of the country’s largest providers.

“I’m thrilled to return to Benchmark and have the opportunity to spearhead their expansion into the Washington, D.C. market,” said Buttner. “We’re excited to bring Alexandria families a new standard of senior living with many unique features and amenities. Whether you are completely independent and are simply looking for maintenance-free living, need assistance with daily living activities or even a more secure setting for a loved one, we offer many different options. We have exciting things in store and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Benchmark at Alexandria will feature 115 apartments in various floor plans, including 26 for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Personalized, 24/7 care is offered for those who need it. Residents and their families will enjoy the ease of chef-prepared, seasonal meals featuring ingredients from on-site micro-farms and served in multiple dining venues, including a formal dining room with open kitchen, a bistro and grilling on the rooftop deck.

Spacious common areas with hospitality-rich amenities, including club and recreation rooms, a fitness center and the rooftop deck will feature social gatherings, educational events and other programs designed around residents’ interests. A massage room and wellness center will be home to on-site wellness services, such as physician visits. Residents will also enjoy the convenience of included housekeeping, linen service, underground parking and scheduled transportation to appointments and area attractions.

In addition to the many amenities offered at Benchmark at Alexandria, the lively West Alex mixed-use development features 100,000 square feet of retail space. A Harris Teeter grocery store and Silver Diner are steps away, so residents will have ample opportunities to walk, shop, dine and relax just outside their door.

“Doug and Bonnie are incredibly passionate about fulfilling our Benchmark mission to transform lives through human connection, so they are wonderful additions to our Alexandria team,” said Erin Domian, regional operations director for Benchmark Senior Living. “From our local to our regional teams, we’re excited to support families in Alexandria by keeping them connected to who and what matters most during this wonderful time of life.”

To learn more about Benchmark at Alexandria, click here or call 571.386.2200.

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