Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pikesville, MD

A Community That Celebrates Its Residents

Seated on a grand hilltop, the highest point in Pikesville, MD, North Oaks boasts spectacular views. From this unique perch, this continuing care retirement community (also known as a CCRC or Life Plan Community) houses a spirited lifestyle and deep-rooted camaraderie among its senior residents.

North Oaks welcomes residents into independent living so they can fully enjoy the available amenities and activities. And if a resident’s health needs change, our continuing care retirement community provides a full continuum of care — including assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation — within Autumn Ridge Health Center. We do not accept nonresidents into higher levels of care. This way, we can ensure our current residents have access to the support they need, when they need it. With the benefit of a Life Care contract, residents can easily move through the levels of care with little change to their monthly fee.

We are a nondenominational community with a strong connection to the area’s Jewish population. These ties, rich in tradition and kinship, help create the warmhearted spirit that flows through our halls.

Mission Statement

North Oaks enhances the lives of seniors in a resident-centered community through a committed spirit of embracing culture, family and tradition.


Cynthia Brown

Director of Administrative Services
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Cynthia supports the executive director and supervises the concierge services provided to North Oaks residences. She takes the lead for the business office and IT functions. She also provides administrative services to the North Oaks Resident Committee. The administrative functions of North Oaks are facilitated with her talent.

Zian “Adam” Baghdadi

Director of Accounting
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Adam is new to Life Care Services and has over 20 years of accounting and management experience in the real estate field. He understands the complexity and details of North Oaks Life Plan Community residency agreements and is available to meet with residents to answer their financially related questions about North Oaks. Adam is supported by a sophisticated financial team at Life Care Services to assure the financial stability and strength of the community.

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Elizabeth “Libby” Rodriguez

Director of Community Life Services
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Libby is new to North Oaks, most recently she served as the Community Resources Coordinator at an area continuing care community. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and holds a master’s degree in health care administration. Her passion is assisting residents in finding new and creative ways to spend their time.

Nathan Finney

Executive Chef
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Nate joined North Oaks in fall 2010. He trained at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and now has more than 17 years of culinary experience. He served as an executive sous chef at leading fine hotels in Baltimore for over 10 years. He brings a refreshing finesse of flavors to the dining experience for residents at North Oaks. Working with his culinary staff, the menus that he creates reflect a wide range of choice and tastes.

Chris Kiley

Director of Plant Operations
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Chris joined North Oaks in 2008. He is responsible for all the systems that provide a comfortable and safe environment for North Oaks residents. He is also responsible for the maintenance of all residences inside and out so they function flawlessly. He also oversees community areas and grounds and assures they are immaculately maintained.

Jackie Spencer

Director of Environmental Services
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Jackie has been with North Oaks since 2008. Her experience in the hotel and hospital industries includes director of housekeeping and environmental services with a host of well-known companies locally and internationally. North Oaks residents enjoy weekly housekeeping and flat laundry services which, under Jackie’s direction, are done expertly and responsively to residents’ wishes.

Diane Witles

Health Care Navigator/Independent Living Nurse
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Diane has been with North Oaks since it opened 30 years ago and serves as the knowledgeable “go-to” person for assisting North Oaks residents with access to the appropriate levels of medical service offered at North Oaks or through the residents’ other health care providers. She ensures that North Oaks residents who go elsewhere for specialty care or hospitalization return to Autumn Ridge (North Oaks’ Health Center) or their private residence at North Oaks with ease.

Barbara Snyder

Residency Counselor
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Barbara lives in Pikesville and recently joined the team in 2019. She has worked in the senior living industry for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of a variety of senior living options. Barbara believes in a holistic view of aging and strives to continually improve the client experience.

Donna Mueller

Director of Human Resources
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Donna has more than 30 years of human resource and management experience. Donna is responsible for assuring that qualified and responsive staff are recruited and trained for the services they provide residents of North Oaks. Creating a supportive and high expectation environment for staff assures that resident expectations will be met.

Erica Lock

Fitness Manager

Erica Lock has been with NIFS as a Health Fitness Specialist at another local community for the last year and has been instrumental in supporting the program growth and development through creative program offerings. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The University of North Carolina and is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Erica is originally from Baltimore, but grew up in the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham areas of North Carolina. She moved back to Baltimore in August of 2020 for a job and to be closer to her family, many of whom are still in the Baltimore area.

Community Partners:

Pikesville Chamber of Commerce

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Jewish Community Services

To find out more about our continuing care retirement community and the unique benefits of living at a CCRC, complete the contact form on this page.