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SearStone Donates to Lutheran Services for the Aging

September 20, 2017

Samaritan Housing DBA SearStone is a 501(c)(3) corporation that owns the community. In lieu of property taxes, SearStone donates a percentage of the operating budget to Lutheran Services for the Aging.

Representatives from the organizations that received grants from SearStone through Lutheran Family Services second quarter 2017. Thanks to resident, Mr. David Wolf for all of his efforts in helping choose these worthy organizations!

First United Methodist Church (Music & Memory Mission), Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Support Center, White Oak Foundation, The Center for Volunteer CaregivingSAFEchildResources for SeniorsFamilies Together - a PLM organizationInter-Faith Food Shuttle FarmThe Carying PlaceAlliance Medical Ministry

SearStone Hires New Executive Director, CFO and Health Care Center Administrator

April 10, 2017

The Board of Directors of the SearStone continuing care retirement community has announced the hiring of Vinson Bankoski as executive director, Jason Chautin as chief financial officer, and James Souter as administrator of Brittany Place, the community’s health care center.

A transplanted New Englander, Bankoski is a lifelong leader in the hospitality and senior living industries. He previously worked at Erickson Living and Erickson Retirement Communities. Vinson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and his Master of Arts degree in aging, management and policy from the Erickson School of Aging Services at the University of Maryland. In addition to his professional career, Vinson has served on nonprofit boards supporting both aging services and the arts, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.

Chautin has more than 20 years of experience working for public and private companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies across many industries. His previous senior care work was with Sunrise Senior Living as director of financial operations for its home care business, Sunrise At Home. Chautin received both his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance as well as his MBA from The George Washington University. Originally from Acton, Massachusetts, he now resides in Cary with his wife, Stefanie, and his twins, Melanie and Kyle.

Souter has been a nursing home administrator for five years and has practiced in both North Carolina and Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in finance and minor in management from Georgia Southern University. He also spent a summer studying finance in Innsbruck, Austria. Originally from Montezuma, Georgia, Souter has called North Carolina home since 2013. He is recently engaged to be married and enjoys the outdoors as well as spending time with family and friends. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have such experienced and passionate professionals as Vinson, Jason and James join us at SearStone and lead us in our next stage of growth,” said Stan Brading, board president. “With our recent achievement of being 100 percent occupied and reserved, the community is readying itself for our next major growth opportunity.”

About SearStone

SearStone is a continuing care retirement community located at the southeast corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The community is not-for-profit and offers several different home styles for independent residents 62 years and older. SearStone gives residents exclusive access to long-term-care services such as home health care, assisted living and nursing care. SearStone has been mentioned in numerous national publications such as The New York Times, and is currently accepting wait-list deposits. For more information, visit or call 919-234-0339.

SearStone Hosting International Best-Selling Author Diane Chamberlain Public Invited to Oct. 24 Book Reading at Winston Clubhouse

September 21, 2016

Cary, N.C., Sept. 21, 2016 – Diane Chamberlain, international best-selling author of 24 novels, will hold a book reading and signing on Monday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Winston Clubhouse in the SearStone retirement community. The Clubhouse is located at 17001 SearStone Drive in Cary. Chamberlain’s books will be available on-site for purchase from Barnes & Noble.

Chamberlain will be reading from her most recent novel, “Pretending to Dance,” which is set in San Diego and Swannanoa, North Carolina. The story concerns a woman who tries to hide her North Carolina childhood as she tries to adopt a baby. RT Reviews wrote, “A book rich in relatable characters and moving scenes, this stunning tale will linger with readers long after the last page.”

Originally from New Jersey, Chamberlain visited North Carolina for the first time in 1983 and purchased a vacation cottage in Duck a few years later. She relocated to Raleigh in 2005 and now splits her time between the capital city and Topsail Island, the setting for two of her books.

Chamberlain received her master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University and worked as a hospital social worker and psychotherapist prior to becoming an author. Her background in psychology and her work in hospitals have given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

“We are delighted to host Diane Chamberlain as part of our continuing efforts to serve as a cultural resource for area seniors and the entire Cary community,” said SearStone Executive Director Chris Romick. “We’ve held concerts, art shows, craft fairs and book signings in the past, and will continue to promote an active and engaging lifestyle.”

The public is invited to this free event, and is encouraged to RSVP at or by calling 919-234-5139. Refreshments will be provided.

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