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Marta Spangler Appointed as The Village at Rockville’s Director of Philanthropy

August 1, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community is pleased to welcome Marta Spangler as the Director of Philanthropy, effective August 1, 2016. Spangler brings a unique perspective with years of global funding experience, most recently as the Resource Development and Board Liaison Officer for Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem.

            Spangler will dedicate her time and efforts working with individuals to enhance giving programs at the community and raise the awareness of the parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services. She has spent the past two years abroad in Jerusalem and Geneva, researching and identifying funding and development opportunities for hospital programs, as well acting as a junior advocacy officer. With her global insight, Spangler is able identify the unique walks of life each individual comes from and help them understand the impact their donations can have, even with limited resources.

            “I am thrilled to be joining such a vibrant and caring community,” Spangler said. “I understand first-hand how important these kinds of communities are for families, through my experience with my grandparents. It is a true privilege to come onboard to serve in this capacity and support the important work happening at The Village at Rockville.”

            Spangler also served as an Advancement Associate for Gettysburg Seminary for four years, splitting her time between southwest Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald noted that Spangler’s background will be an exceptional addition to the team.

            “We are so pleased that Marta is joining the Philanthropy Team,” said Baerwald. “She brings with her a donor-centered approach to fundraising, as well as a great deal of knowledge about faith-based organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.”

           Spangler is the daughter of Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, Professor at Gettysburg Seminary and Rev. John Spangler Executive Assistant to the President at Gettysburg. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, then proceeded to receive her master’s degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, from American University School of International Service.

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, myPotential short-term and outpatient rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit