In this issue, meet your new Executive Director, Kristen Jordan, and get to know VIPs Aggie and Allen Stryker. In preparation for your move in 2024, embark or continue on your rightsizing journey. See the latest construction progress on The Outlook and save the date for all the great events coming up this fall!

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Introducing Kristen Jordan

The Outlook at Windhaven Executive Director

As Executive Director, Kristen brings her impressive track record of leadership and hospitality experience in sales and marketing spanning more than 25 years to The Outlook at Windhaven. Her accomplishments include successfully opening five hotels and earning such accolades as the Hospitality Impact Award in 2013, Sales Director of the Year in 2011, and the President’s Award in 2008.

In 2020, Kristen transitioned into the senior living industry and served as Executive Director at The Village of River Oaks, a luxury senior living community in Houston. Kristen holds certifications from the Texas Assisted Living Association in Assisted Living Standards and Assisted Living Management. 

“I am incredibly proud to be joining The Outlook team as Executive Director. I look forward to helping lead the community while building strong and meaningful relationships with our residents, their families, and my teammates,” says Kristen. 

Having lived in locations including Florida, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Venezuela, Virginia, and currently Texas, Kristen and her husband, Bill, recently made the move from Houston to Dallas. She is the proud mom of two adult daughters, Angelica and Melissa. Additional family members include Brownie, a Chocolate Labrador; Dallas, a Plott Hound mix; and Sammie, a silver lab.

During her free time, Kristen enjoys watching movies, cycling, playing pickleball and volunteering with the Mile High Labrador Retriever Mission, a Colorado-based organization that rescues Labrador Retrievers and relocates them to new loving homes. 

Meet Kristen’s newest puppy: “Sammie” a silver lab

Meet Your Future Neighbors

Aggie and Allen Stryker

Aggie Stryker was born in New York and moved back and forth between there and San Antonio as she was growing up. She considers San Antonio home since many of her formative years, including all of high school, were spent there. Southwest State Teachers College, now Texas State University, is where Aggie received her undergraduate degree. She remains a teacher through and through, having taught every grade at some point in her career. Aggie mainly focused on kids with learning disabilities or those who did not want to be at school. She still uses her teaching skills regularly when she helps her grandkids learn from things in everyday life and volunteers at their schools.

Allen Stryker was born and raised in San Antonio. While attending Texas A&M University, U.S. Navy recruiters came through and Allen was inspired to join. He went into the Navy after college and became a pilot; he served during the Vietnam War. After the war was over, it was difficult to find work as a pilot because the market was flooded. With no immediate prospects of flying, Allen found work as a telephone company engineer in San Antonio.

The couple got married at the beginning of Allen’s naval career and moved several places for training before settling into his base in Quonset, Rhode Island. Allen was a carrier pilot, flying around the Arctic Circle in search of Russian submarines. “Navy wives were led to believe that all of their husbands were the best pilots in the world,” says Aggie. Because of this, she never worried about Allen when he was flying. It was not until many years later, when Allen showed her from the deck of a cruise ship how challenging it is to land on an aircraft carrier, that she realized how dangerous his work was (and was glad she did not know it at the time!).

After the Navy, they had stints in San Antonio, Saint Louis, and then finally landed in the Dallas area about 43 years ago. Allen continued his work for the telephone company, where he taught engineering accounting. After he retired from this work, he took up flying again. Up until about four years ago, he worked flying single- and twin-engine freight planes.

Throughout these years, Aggie was teaching. She taught whenever she could, and when there were more teachers than there were jobs, she became a Certified Childbirth Instructor and opened her own practice. Aggie continued her professional training, earning both master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Texas A&M-Commerce. Eventually, she worked at this institution as a trainer to new teachers. For a time, she was in charge of all of the elementary student teachers from the Texas A&M system who were in Plano and Wiley ISDs. As Allen puts it, “She’s a teacher’s teacher.” Aggie retired three years ago and though she says she will not go back (despite the efforts of many!), she does hint at there being some school-based volunteer work in her future.

Allen and Aggie have three children: a daughter in Florida, a daughter who lives in the Dallas area, and a son who lives in Louisiana. They are very proud grandparents, aka “Poppy” and “Moppy” (nicknames given by the first grandchild), of seven gorgeous grandkids. Five of these are still school age. Two are in college, and one of these is in Rome, where Aggie and Allen were lucky enough to pay her a recent visit. Aggie laughs that like all the other future residents of The Outlook, they “have the best grandchildren in the world.”

Allen and Aggie began thinking about senior living communities about ten years ago. Aggie had been through the difficulties and heartache of handling her own parents’ deaths and came to Allen one day and told him, “We’re moving to senior living when we’re 80.” Aggie wanted their lives to be simpler as they got older so that their children would have it easier than she did—she sees this move as a big “I love you” to them. As she puts it, “It’s the most logical next step because we are loving parents.”

As they began their search, they looked at many places, but The Outlook stood out in the best way. “Everything just fell into place … everything we thought we needed will be there,” says Allen. They already feel a camaraderie with their fellow VIPs and appreciate the way the staff at The Outlook has worked hard to create community before they have even moved in. One fun example of how the staff has gone above and beyond? After learning of Aggie’s marked preference for Diet Dr. Pepper, the beverage has been available at every event she’s attended. “How can you beat that?” asks Aggie.

Allen is looking forward to getting to lie back and enjoy himself and not having to worry about house upkeep, which will free up time for his hobbies. Aggie plans on continuing to keep busy with walks, lunch with friends, and exercise classes. She also lovingly notes that, “home is wherever Allen is.”

Decluttering Your Way to a Fresh Start
Clearing the Path: Decluttering Your Current Living Space

by Brenda Thompson
CEO / Managing Broker / Owner of HomeSmart Stars

Brenda Thompson

Welcome back to our monthly journey toward your exciting move to The Outlook at Windhaven. This month, we’re diving into a crucial step: decluttering and organizing your current living space. This process is about more than just tidying up; it’s about making room for the new experiences and memories that await you upon your move to your luxurious active adult community.

Here are some practical tips to get you started:

  1. Start with a Vision: Envision your new life at The Outlook at Windhaven. Imagine the elegant, clutter-free spaces you’ll enjoy. This vision will be your guide as you declutter.
  2. Take It One Room at a Time: Tackling an entire house can be overwhelming. Start with one room. This focused approach allows you to see progress quickly and keeps you motivated.
  3. The Five-Box Method: As you go through your belongings, use five boxes: “Keep,” “Sell,” “Donate,” “Discard,” and “Gift.” This system streamlines decision-making and keeps you organized.  As mentioned last month, the “Gift” box is to gift to friends or relatives.  Donation options may include Salvation Army, Frisco Resale, 1-800-Got-Junk, or
  4. Sentimental Items: When it comes to sentimental items, take a moment to consider if they align with your vision for your new chapter. Select a few cherished pieces that truly resonate with you.
  5. Declutter By Saving Digitally: As you declutter, consider what items may be saved or stored digitally, thereby reducing physical clutter. Save documents, old tax receipts and tax returns, and photos and videos to digital storage solutions such as DropBox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. CVS even has options for digitizing photos. And check out to create framed prints of your favorite pics.
    • Documents to keep handy
      • If you have a current home to sell:  Set aside current home survey and/or floor plan, if you have them. You may also set aside appliance or owners’ manuals for systems that will transfer with the home. Buyers greatly appreciate these items, and you can simply leave in a box for them. 
      • Social Security Card, Insurance Cards, Car ID cards, Driver’s License, Bank/Utility Bills for mail forwarding
  6. Find a shred event to take old paper documents to, once saved digitally. Most cities have a city location for recycling of items such as old electronics or paper shredding.  Call or see your city website for details.  Typically, you only need a city utility bill to show residency. (Also, keep in mind that we will be hosting a shredding event for Outlook VIPs in the future.)
  7. Consider hiring a professional organizer or estate sale organization. They can make the entire process quicker and more relaxed for you!

Strategies for a Stress-Free Process

Decluttering can be emotionally challenging, but with the right strategies, it can also be a deeply rewarding experience:

  1. Set Realistic Goals: Break the decluttering process into manageable tasks. For example, commit to decluttering one room per week.
  2. Create a Sorting System: Designate specific areas for “Keep,” “Sell,” “Donate,” “Discard,” and “Gift.” This prevents items from being shuffled around and keeps the process organized.
  3. Celebrate Your Progress: Acknowledge your achievements along the way. Treat yourself to something special after completing a room, like ice cream, coffee or tea. Celebrate the lighter, more organized space you’ve created.
  4. Seek Support: If you find it challenging to part with certain items, consider asking a friend or family member for their perspective. They can provide valuable insight and emotional support.
  5. Donate Responsibly: Ensure that items you donate are in good condition. Local charities and organizations would greatly appreciate your contributions.

Remember, this process is about curating a living space that reflects the vibrant, luxurious lifestyle you’re moving toward. Embrace the opportunity to let go of what no longer serves you.

As you embark on this transformative journey, remember that you have a dedicated guide in me, Brenda Thompson. Whether you need advice on decluttering or have questions about the real estate process, I’m here for you. Reach out today to schedule a personalized consultation. Let’s discuss your specific goals, address any concerns, and create a customized plan that aligns perfectly with your vision for this exciting transition. Together, we’ll make this journey a seamless and enjoyable experience.

A Note from Rachel

Rachel McGowan

Hello, Outlook VIPs!

I am thrilled to be jumping into my role as The Outlook’s Move-In Coordinator, and I wanted to provide you all with an update on what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

I have already started scheduling home visits for November with VIPs reserved in the cottages. During your visit, I will be bringing helpful information and tools and sitting down with you to discuss your upcoming move. This will include The Outlook at Windhaven Moving Guide, which includes resources and tips. It has been crafted to help ensure a smooth transition to your new home. I am here for you to address questions and offer guidance as needed. If you have a cottage secured and we haven’t scheduled a visit, please call or email me, even if you don’t plan to move right away. 

I hope you can join us at the upcoming Moving Expo, featuring a variety of vendors, including realtors, closet organizers, estate sales representatives, movers, and more. This event will take place on November 16th at 10:30 am at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco. I’ll also have Moving Guides available for pick-up!

Whether you are just starting the downsizing process or you need some guidance on next steps, join us online on November 7th for another rightsizing webinar. This time, Jeanice Kitts of Get Organized will share tips, tricks and inspiration for rightsizing your life and the value of eliminating clutter. 

I’m excited about our community opening next year and I am honored to be a part of this experience with all of you. Your well-being and comfort during the moving process are of utmost importance to me, and I’m dedicated to making this transition as seamless as possible for you.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the journey to your new home, and I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead!


Construction Corner

See the great construction progress we are making. Take a look at our most recent time-lapse video as of October 2023:

In the next six weeks, The Outlook at Windhaven (OAW) construction progress will include:

  • Finish framing Independent Living (IL) and Assisted Living/Memory Care (AL/MC) buildings
  • Set windows in Commons, IL and AL/MC buildings
  • Waterproof Commons, IL and AL/MC buildings
  • Run mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering (including heating, ventilation and air conditioning) through Commons, IL and AL/MC buildings
  • Continue exterior finish work for Cottages
  • Begin interior finish work for Cottages


The construction crew has asked us to kindly request that you stay out of their active work site. They are moving heavy equipment overhead, and there is debris on the roads that can damage your car. Unauthorized people onsite are a safety hazard to you, your vehicle, and the construction workers. Thank you for adhering to this request.

Welcome to Inside The Outlook, an educational and lifestyle series created especially for you—our VIPs. Below is a list of upcoming events as well as a recording of a recent event—either way, we don’t want you to miss a single thing going on at The Outlook!

for these upcoming Inside the Outlook exclusive events

Questions about any of these events? Give us a call at (972) 996-3887.

Reverend Jarod Cooper, M. Div. and Rabbi Howard Wolk

What are you grateful for?

Wednesday, November 1
10:00 am

Presbyterian Village North, Auditorium
8600 Skyline Drive
Dallas, TX 75243

As the calendar turns to November, we are often reminded of all we have to be grateful for. Join us for our 3rd annual discussion on gratitude with Reverend Jarod Cooper, M. Div., Chaplain at Forefront Living, and Rabbi Howard Wolk, Community Chaplain at Jewish Family Services. RSVP Required to or (972) 996-3887.

What do I do with all that stuff?

Tuesday, November 7
2:00 pm

Webinar (RSVP to receive Zoom link)

Over the course of 32 years of marriage, Jeanice Kett and her family moved thirteen times. With these moves, she developed an exceptional understanding of the value of eliminating clutter. 

Join us for this informative webinar where Jeanice will offer tips, tricks, and inspiration for rightsizing your life. With The Outlook opening in 2024, now is the perfect time for you to start—or continue—your rightsizing process.

After you RSVP for the webinar, you’ll receive a link and phone number. You can watch this live presentation on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Or just call in and listen.

Have issues connecting to these webinars? If so, let us know to learn about an alternative.

Moving Expo

Thursday, November 16, 2023
10:30 am

Stonebriar Country Club
5050 Country Club Dr
Frisco, TX 75034

Come meet vendors to help in your move process and pick up your moving guide!

RSVP to or 972-996-3887.

Real Estate Update

Tuesday, November 28
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plano Chamber of Commerce
5400 Independence Pkwy, #200
Plano, TX 75023

What does the real estate market look like today? What are my options? Bring your questions for the professionals. Brenda Thompson and Bruce & Jill Walpole will present and answer your questions and share their resources.

RSVP to or 972-996-3887.

Wine and Cheese

Wine & Cheese Mingle by Floor Plan

Wednesday, November 29
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Information Center
4017 Preston Road, Suite B520
Plano, Texas 75093

Watch for an invitation to this Happy Hour exclusively for those of you who selected the following apartment homes: Mockingbird, Oriole, Robin, Skylark & Combos.

RSVP to or 972-996-3887.

Holiday Celebration and Ugly Sweater Contest

Tuesday, December 12
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Haggard Party Barn
5948 McKamy Trail
Plano, TX 75024

It’s time to celebrate the holidays together, and what better way to do it than in ugly sweaters? Join us for appetizers and drinks. Prizes for the ugliest/funniest sweater.

We’ll have a gift for everyone who attends!

RSVP to or 972-996-3887.

Previous Inside The Outlook Events

What’s in the fine print?

Did you miss our “What’s in the fine print?” webinar? If so, you can watch it here.

2nd Annual Pet and Human Costume Pawty

Although the cold weather moved us from Windhaven Meadows Park to the Information Center, a good time was had by all!

Charlotte with Cisco and Cowboy
Best Dressed Dog – Della as Bo Peep
Best Dressed Dog – Yin in a cute bandana
Cowboy dressed as a skunk
Best Combo – Nikki Shanabrook & Scamper
Best Dressed Person – Aggie Stryker as Purple Witch

On the Forefront

Want to know more about Forefront Living and how we actively serve seniors across all our nonprofits? Click here to view the October 2023 On the Forefront newsletter.

Welcome Select New Outlook VIPs

Darrell and Susan Conway

Eva and Jim Sikes