Growing up in a very large, Irish Catholic family, I was the benefactor of a close relationship with my grandparents, Dana, and Lorraine. They were both significant influences in my life. In my formative years, many days were spent with Lorraine learning to knit, sew and cook. With Dana, I have fond memories of early mornings at their campsite at Partridge Hollow where Dana would make coffee for himself and his dog Sherry. The three of us would sit in silence, enjoying the early mornings of Summer. These experiences and Dana’s love of dogs were contributors to the influence they both had on my life.
Never one to complain about hard work, I remember Dana returning home exhausted from his manufacturing job at Monsanto. Double and sometimes triple shifts were necessary to provide for his family of eleven. I learned early in life that if I wanted something beyond the basic needs of life, I would to have to earn money to get it. Motivated by this basic principle, I started my first job with a paper route at the age of 8. With those early profits, I purchased a sewing machine to make Christmas stockings, which my family still uses today. Lorraine and I would also sew together, even taking a quilting class together. The quilt made in that class is still a cherished possession to this day. Traveling to Rhode Island to visit Lorraine’s mother Caroline (aka, Nana Manchester) was looked forward to by all who were lucky enough to go. After Dana’s passing, Lorraine and I spent as much time together as possible. Lorraine always stopped to take my call, no matter what was going on at the time.
Dana and Lorraine would both pass away at home under Hospice care. Motivated and inspired by my grandparent’s example, and a tremendous love of dogs, my goldendoodle Molly and I began our Hospice volunteer service in Southern California. The year was 2007. It was through this volunteer service that I began to find my purpose. I decided to move my energy towards a career improving the lives of Seniors. After a 20-year career in the dental industry, I transitioned into a career in Home Health and Hospice. I transitioned to working as a Community Liaison/Hospice Volunteer Coordinator with a local Home Health and Hospice agency. In my most recent role as a Director of Business Development and Community Engagement, fundraising for programs that supported Hospice and raised people’s awareness of the beauty of Hospice was a top priority and most fulfilling part of my job.
After 12 years in the Home Health and Hospice industry, I transitioned to The Wealth Transition Collective where I am now a Medicare Planning Specialist helping Seniors transition from private insurance to navigating the numerous choices involved in the Medicare planning process.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, completed in 2001 at New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University). I also have a master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Excellence, completed in 2021 from Bay Path University. I am Green Belt certified in Lean Six Sigma. I am also licensed as a Life and Health insurance producer as well as AHIP certified.
When I am not working, I enjoy reading, cooking, entertaining, traveling and being a doting dog mom to
my two dogs, Sasha and Harvey.