Legacy Team


Like any great team, its strength is in its diversity. With deep backgrounds in hospitality, real estate, healthcare and senior living, the Legacy leadership has that strength. Combined, they bring nearly a century of experience in creating a healthy, vibrant, and thriving destination. Dig deeper. Get to know them. And discover the bedrock of what Legacy is and will become.

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Elizabeth Ford


Elizabeth’s marketing career spans 25 years and multiple industries including telecommunications, internet technology, nonprofit and travel and tourism. For half of her career, she worked at Biltmore Estate where she made significant contributions to the company’s growth in both business development and marketing roles. After a personal journey assisting her in-laws move into a CCRC, Elizabeth shifted her career focus into Senior Living. As the Director of Marketing at Legacy, she combines her marketing expertise and personal experience with her love for Western North Carolina to help families navigate this important life decision. Elizabeth graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and received her MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO. She and her husband Dan are raising their 3 sons in her childhood hometown of Asheville, NC and enjoy all the outdoor adventures this mountain community offers.

Lisa Laub


Lisa, originally from New York City, has worked in the Senior Living Industry in Florida over 25 years, where she held managerial marketing, sales and business development roles at HCR/Manor Care, Marriott Senior Living Services, The Sage Company and St. Mark Village Continuing Care Retirement Community. In addition, Lisa expanded her horizons when she took on the role of Regional and Divisional Marketing Manager at The Little Clinic, a national operator of Nurse Practitioner-based medical practices located inside Publix and Kroger supermarkets. In this role, she was responsible for grass roots marketing, business development, customer service initiatives and training for Nurse Practitioners.

Lisa takes great pride in being able to walk families through the process of change by helping them discover a second retirement. She can’t really call this a job because it is her passion, and she believes she is exactly where she is supposed to be. After all these years its exciting for her to be a part of a community that shares the philosophy she has dreamed of for senior living communities. She is thankful to be given the opportunity to be a part of the next generation of retirement living.

In addition to starting this exciting next chapter of her career at Legacy at Mills River, Lisa and her husband Rick are thrilled to be enjoying the mountains of Western North Carolina while living close to family.

Laura Ursitti


Laura brings to her role as Community Coordinator for Legacy a wide breadth of experience.  Having relocated to Asheville a year ago from Southern California, her former careers include professional interior designer, both hotel and corporate concierge, art director and, most recently, downsizing/ staging coach to those preparing to make the transition from their home to a senior community.  Keenly aware of the multifaceted demands of that decision, Laura has reveled in the opportunity to journey alongside the future Legacy residents and foster this very interesting and diverse group of people as they get to know their new neighbors and enjoy the Mills River valley and adjacent communities.  With the many fantastic features that Legacy offers inclusive of the stunningly gorgeous site, the handsome Craftsman architecture and the plethora of amenities, she feels blessed to be a part of the development and growth of this unique Western North Carolina senior establishment.

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