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December 10, 2018Geary Milliken, President/CEO of Carroll Lutheran Village, The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT, and the newly formed Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, will retire in June of 2019.  He began his tenure as President/CEO in 1994.

Through his nearly 25 years at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, Milliken oversaw the construction of the Diven House for assisted living, Krug Chapel, and the consolidation of administration offices; the construction of the Wakefield Overlook neighborhood, which doubled the size of the Carroll Lutheran Village campus; the planning and construction of The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT in Ellicott City; and the founding of Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, a parent organization to manage the two senior living communities.

Geary Milliken

He initiated an in-house philanthropy department, an in-house therapy program, fundraising golf tournaments for both communities, developed an employee scholarship program, and the annual Creative Expressions magazine featuring resident art and creative writing.

In the aging services industry, he is the founding Board member of LeadingAge Maryland, the state chapter of the national advocacy group; has served on the financial advisory panel of CARF International for a decade; has served on the Board of Directors of Kairos Health System for two decades.

“It has been my heartfelt passion and my privilege to be part of this mission drive organization,” said Milliken.  “I am truly grateful to all those who have contributed in so many ways.”

The Board of Trustees for Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland will launch a search for a new President/CEO after January 1, 2019.

“We are grateful for the 25 years of dedicated service that Geary has provided and for shepherding the organization through numerous challenges and significant growth over those years,” said Wanda Lynn, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland.  “His departure presents both a challenge and an opportunity to find a leader with the expertise and skills to move this complex organization forward while respecting its faith-based heritage, culture of caring and reputation for quality.”

Carroll Lutheran Village is a faith based, accredited, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Westminster with approximately 700 residents in 398 homes and apartments, 50 suites in the Diven House for assisted living and 103 skilled nursing beds in the Health Care Center.  Carroll Lutheran Village opened in December 1980 and is currently Carroll County’s tenth largest private employer with 425 employee and the county’s largest non-utility property taxpayer. For more information visit

The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT is a faith based not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Ellicott City with 205 apartments, 36 homes, 20 assisted living suites and 12 nursing beds off Frederick Road next to the Charles E. Miller Library.  MILLER’S GRANT opened in February 2016 and is currently home to nearly 375 residents.  For more information visit