Ellen Adams is Heritage’s Executive Director and has served as Director since 2004 and has been in the field since 1999. Ellen is more than a Director, though; she is a prominent and beloved figure in this building, where she knows every resident by name and remembers their hobbies and favorite activities. Once a month, she cooks and hosts “Dinner with Ellen” and invites eight residents to dine with her. New groups gather each month.
Ellen is well known for her willingness to share her knowledge in the Assisted Living industry. She is one of a select few in the state who are recruited to train new Managers and Executives in Assisted Livings across Massachusetts. Ellen also serves on three MASS-ALFA committees and is asked to speak at various conferences and educational programs.
Ellen has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Assumption College, a Bachelors in Sociology and Social Rehab & Certification in Gerontology, also from Assumption College, and is a registered nurse having trained at Quinsigamond Community College. In 2012, she was named Executive Director of the Year in Massachusetts by MassALFA.
Ellen is quick to say that her favorite part of the job is her friendships with the residents, and she demonstrates that every day. She takes the most pride in hearing a resident or family member say how lucky they are to live at Heritage.
When she’s not working, Ellen is one of the biggest Red Sox fans around. She regularly plays softball and volleyball, loves to cook and bake and enjoys doing fun things with family and friends.
Mary Ford is the Resident Care Director (RCD). She became a nurse in 1974 and came to Heritage in 2008. She is a Graduate of the David Fanning School of Nursing.
Mary has been in the Assisted Living industry and on the MASS-ALFA Nurses Task Force since 1999.
Mary most enjoys meeting new residents, families and networking with people in the field. Mary also takes pride in the non-profit status of Heritage and how the money is put back into the building making it a wonderful place to work and for the residents to live.
At home, Mary likes spending time with her seven grandchildren, gardening, reading and going to the movies.
Judith Sabol is the Homestead (Memory Care) Program Director. She first worked at Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center (MAM) from 1998 to 2004 when she came to Heritage. At MAM, she developed their memory care program working with Dr. Paul Raia and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has worked in memory care since 1993 and is highly regarded in the field. She also developed an in-home mental health and memory care program for a local Visiting Nurse Association prior to working here.
Judy earned a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters in Human Services Management from the Heller School at Brandeis, and is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association as Trainer for Habilitation Curriculum.
Judy enjoys getting to know each of the residents and takes great pride in the quality of life they are able to enjoy and the satisfaction and peace of mind their family members have.
When she’s not working, Judy enjoys being outdoors gardening, walking, or hiking. She also likes to read, cook and listen to music.
Lynne Canavan is our Marketing Director and has worked at Heritage since 2007. She was involved in the Activities Program until she was tapped to use her talents in Marketing. Lynne is a professional violinist with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Lowell. She also has a Master’s Degree in Business from Lesley University.
In her own words, “The best part of my job IS my job – working at Heritage where so many wonderful people have chosen to live. It is a privilege to work in their home. I also enjoy working with families and prospective residents to talk about the benefits of living in our community and to offer solutions to help make their move a smooth transition.”
Lynne takes pride in the building, which, as she says, “Is very carefully maintained, updated, and clean. We have a beautiful community with lovely grounds and a number of nice, cozy rooms for residents to enjoy.”
When she is not working at Heritage, Lynne loves watching her talented, teenage daughter play competitive soccer, and visiting with friends and family. She enjoys playing her violin, jogging and “doing anything that brings me outdoors to experience all of the beautiful seasons Massachusetts and New England have to offer.”
Deanna Ford is our Marketing and Public Relations Specialist. She quickly became part of the family when she joined us in 2013. Deanna graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She enjoys the people here and is wonderful at fostering friendships with the residents everyday. She is constantly alert to what they need and want. Dee takes pride in hearing laughter and happiness all over the building. When she is on her own time, Deanna enjoys watching the Bruins, spending time with family/friends and reading.
Brian Kelly, Director of Support Services, has worked for Heritage since 1996. Prior to coming to Heritage he worked at Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center for 3 years. Brian keeps the systems, the grounds and the building in top-notch condition. He received his Certification in Food Service from Stonehill College. In his own words, his favorite part of the job is laughing and having fun with residents, staff and families. He takes the most pride in hearing people say the building is so clean. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, darts, reading and spending time with his kids.
Luiz Silva, Business Manager
Luiz Silva is our Business Office Manager. He first worked at our sister community, Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center (MAM) from 2005-2014 when he transitioned to Heritage. At MAM, Luiz learned to hone his accounting and bookkeeping skills and now supervises all aspects of accounts payable, receivables and personal needs accounts at Heritage. His favorite part of the job is being able to interact with residents and family members and getting to know them on a personal level. When not at work, Luiz enjoys traveling, cooking and socializing with friends.
Rick Robidoux, Executive Chef
Rick has been with us since 2006 but has been in the culinary field for 30 years. He attended UMASS Amherst, and graduated with a BA from Johnson & Wales College.
Rick, like so many of our staff, most values the relationships he has with the residents and staff. In his own words, he takes the most pride in, “Keeping the residents happy by serving them quality food in an enjoyable, friendly atmosphere and incorporating their suggestions into menu items.” When not at work, Rick enjoys sports, yard work and spending time with his wife and teenage daughter.
Brenda OConnell is the Director of Homestead, the Memory Care component of Heritage. While she just came to Heritage in 2013, she has worked in the field since 2000. Her favorite part of the job here is seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces as they enjoy the varied Activities. She takes the most pride in being able to put the residents’ wishes first. In her spare time, Brenda likes to attend festivals, paint, and travel.
Kristin is the Activity Director of Classic, which is the traditional Independent and Assisted Living community. Although, Kristin is new to the Heritage family, she has been working in the senior living industry for several years. Kristin has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice.
In her own words, Kristin says “I love my job, and love coming into work every day being greeted by my residents with smiles on their faces and learning something new about them each and every day”.
Kristin enjoys coaching all-star and high school cheerleading teams, which she has been doing for a decade. She is also a certified cheerleading judge for the state of Massachusetts. Kristin’s favorite getaway is York Harbor Beach, where she gets to relax and visit her grandmother. Currently, Kristin has been busy getting ready for her first child, a baby boy- due in a few short months!
Tracy Hulme, Lead Receptionist
Tracy has been part of the Heritage family since 2015, she is the friendly face at the front desk that everyone adores. Tracy began her Heritage career as an Activities Assistant and proved herself in such a short time that she was offered a promotion to Lead Receptionist.
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Patsy Rose, Nurse
Patsy Rose is a Wellness Nurse with long experience in working with elder populations. She has been a nurse since 1986 and has worked at Heritage since 2007. Patsy has an Associates degree in Animal Technology from Holliston Junior College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Studies from UMass Amherst, and an Associates in Nursing degree (Registered Nurse) from Mass Bay Community College. In her own words, Patsy says that her favorite part of the job is, “Working with the elderly and utilizing my organizational skills. I take pride in the fact that we have very happy, well-cared for residents.” On her own time, Patsy enjoys working in her yard and spending time with her mother and children.
Michele Washek, Nurse
Michele Washek is a Wellness Nurse and came to Heritage in 2012 but has been in the field for more than 25 years. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Becker College. Michele enjoys spending quality time with the residents and takes pride in ensuring that each resident is happy and well cared for. When not at work, she loves gardening, spending time with her family and socializing with friends.
Ozra Majidi, Nurse
Ozra is a Wellness Nurse and has worked at Heritage since 2003 and part of our Nursing team since 2013. She became part of the Heritage family when she was in High School. She began as an employee of the Dining Department and worked for her certification as a Resident Care Assistant. Ozra realized that she found her calling in life- she loved helping and giving personal care to the residents so much that she went to school for her Nursing degree. She has her Associates in Nursing from MassBay where she won the Florence Nightingale Award. Ozra then continued her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Framingham State University. In her free time Ozra volunteers for her local pantry and teaches sundae school and loves to spend time with her friends and family.