Owner and Staff

David Hilliard


David Hilliard is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.  He also earned an accreditation from The Erickson School of Aging for Management and Operations of Senior Housing and Care. He began his professional career on Wall Street on the investment side in Institutional Sales/Equities with Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette and was also a Managing Director at Wachovia Bank. In 2000, he began working in the healthcare industry as an Investor/Adviser for Shelburne Bay Senior Living in Shelburne, Vermont.  Mr. Hilliard, in conjunction with a local partner, founded The Lodge at Otter Creek in 2006.  The Lodge at Otter Creek is located in Middlebury, Vermont and is a similar community to The Lodge at Old Trail. In 2007, Mr. Hilliard founded Piedmont Senior Living for the purpose of developing The Lodge at Old Trail, which opened in May of 2012.

Susan Nail

Executive Director

Susan Nail is a licensed nursing home administrator with over 10 years of experience in the senior living industry. She began as an Activities Director and worked her way up to administrator. Susan earned her Masters of Healthcare Administration from George Mason University with a concentration in senior housing and lifestyle management.

Susan has explored a variety of different careers. She is a classically trained Executive Chef with a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University, a paralegal, an investigator with Department of Homeland Security and an office manager for an international sales firm. All this experience and education have culminated in making Susan a well-rounded Executive Director.

Susan’s avid participation in the local arts and music scene in Crozet and Charlottesville is much appreciated by the residents here at The Lodge. In addition, Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in history from Longwood University and is a historian of the Second World War which has led to extensive travel throughout Europe. Susan is using her love of travel to promote unique opportunities for our residents to explore Virginia and surrounding states in customized trips that suit their interests and tastes. Susan says, “Here at The Lodge at Old Trail, we’re going places!”



Shelli Schinkus                                                                        

Marketing Director                                                                              

Shelli has been working in sales and marketing for retirement communities in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia since 2003.  She spent her childhood in the Midwest, where she was exposed to the hospitality industry in her parents’ motel business.  She earned an AAS degree in Hospitality Management in Kansas and, in 2015, an ADN Nursing Degree in Virginia. Upon school completion in Kansas, it led her to Vero Beach, Florida where she worked in various sales and marketing roles for Walt Disney World Resorts and the Los Angeles Dodgers, during spring training.

Shelli’s senior living career began after she sustained severe injuries from a car accident in 2001, which put her in a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility where she underwent months of therapy.   Her experience recovering at that facility is what she attributes her passion for retirement communities to as well as her genuine understanding of the peace of mind that senior communities provide residents.  Shelli spent 8 years with Oak Harbor senior community in Vero Beach, FL, where she served as a Real Estate Broker/Sales and Marketing Manager. She later worked at Legacy at Mills River in Mills River, NC and National Lutheran Communities and Services in Virginia in sales and marketing roles.  She is also a Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Real Estate Broker and Registered Nurse.

Her passion for health and fitness and all the outdoor activities the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer, make the Crozet area a perfect fit.


Teena Hall

Director of Nursing


Teena’s leadership experience combined with her years of working with seniors as a Nurse makes her the ideal fit at The Lodge. Her excitement of working with our new technology in this exceptional senior living environment is wonderful.

A resident of Crimora, Virginia, Hall comes to The Lodge at Old Trail from Royal Care Management of Staunton where she was Administrator and Director of Nursing. Earlier in her career, Hall was with the Shenandoah Nursing Home in Fishersville. She is a Licensed Assisted Living Administrator and Registered Nurse.