Remarkable People. Exceptional Care.
Our compassionate caregivers share a singular goal: to enhance and endorse the continued dignity, trust and peace of mind of all residents. Meet our remarkable team.
- Amanda Jillson, BSW, MS, CCM®, CDP®, Executive Director
Executive Director Amanda Jillson, CDP, CCM, BSW, MS, has been a member of the EPOCH family for several years and brings nearly four decades of combined senior services experience to Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua. Prior to joining Bridges® by EPOCH, Amanda served first as the Director of Admissions and then as joint Community Relations Director and Program Director at EPOCH of Weston.
Amanda has a wealth of experience assisting families with various needs navigate the complex healthcare system. Along with her Executive Director duties that include overseeing all operational aspects of the community, she enjoys conducting educational presentations and facilitating monthly support sessions for Nashua-area families, caregivers and spouses of those living with memory loss.
“I have always felt passionate about working with seniors and their families,” says Amanda. “As an ‘adult child’ myself, I truly understand and empathize with the difficult decisions families have to make about choosing the best care for their loved ones.”
Amanda holds a BA in Social Work and an MS in Management and Leadership, and is a Certified Case Manager ®(CCM®) & Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®). She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire.
- Debra Plourde, LPN, CDP®, Wellness Director
Wellness Director Debra Plourde heads our team of around-the-clock licensed nurses and caregivers, putting to use 40 years’ worth of hands-on experience in senior care.
Because Debra is responsible for the health and various aspects of residents’ wellness and overall happiness, she devotes plenty of time getting to know each of them very, very well – and not just from a medical perspective. From their initial assessments to care plan modifications, Debra considers an individual’s health, abilities, personal preferences and interests when planning daily activities with the life-enrichment and caregiving teams, collaborating with therapists or informing the culinary team of changes to a resident’s diet.
Debra works closely with residents’ families, physicians and specialists in order to keep her team and all concerned parties up to date with any and all changes in a resident’s behavior, capabilities, medications or overall health.
Debra earned her nursing degree from New Hampshire Vocational-Technical College (now Manchester Community College) holds all state-required licenses plus national dementia care and education certifications.
- Wendy Sage-Matsis, Director of Community Relations
Wendy Sage-Matsis is a people-person who brings energy and passion for helping seniors discover – and live – better lives to her role as Director of Community Relations. Here, Wendy is responsible for introducing families and caregivers to the benefits of our specialized memory care, unique programming and family support offered at Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua.
“I meet families at a difficult time in their lives. Giving them the tools they need to make informed decisions and helping them secure a higher quality of life for their loved ones – and peace of mind for the whole family – is incredibly rewarding,” says Wendy.
Wendy has more than ten years’ experience working with families and senior services professionals in New Hampshire’s senior living and senior care spaces, and specializes in marketing, sales, admissions and community outreach.
Wendy earned her BA in Speech Communications from Eastern Illinois University and holds leadership positions in many local organizations, including the Granite State Games, Rotary Club of Nashua West, Nashua Senior Activity Center, and New Hampshire Health Care Association, for which she is the designated emcee and spokesperson for annual events.
- Alicia Seaver, Bridges® by EPOCH Director of Memory Care
As the Bridges® by EPOCH Director of Memory Care, Alicia serves as an educator and trainer for both our families and our staff, as well as an expert resource for all Bridges® by EPOCH communities. In her position, she is focused on maintaining the unique culture and personalized approach to care in all Bridges® by EPOCH communities across the EPOCH portfolio.
With more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, Alicia is certified by the National Institute on Aging as a Memory Impairment Specialist and is state certified in Massachusetts and Florida as an Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Trainer. Her extensive skill set, combined with her depth of knowledge of memory care and forms of dementias, allows Alicia to effectively provide invaluable information not only to Bridges® by EPOCH families, but also to the greater community.
Alicia is truly committed to making a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Prior to joining the Bridges® by EPOCH team in her most recent role as the Executive Director of our flagship community in Hingham, where she earned the honor of being named Executive Director of the Year by Mass-ALFA, Alicia also held various positions at senior living communities in Florida and Massachusetts. Alicia is proud to be part of an organization that is as dedicated to providing high-quality, individualized care to seniors as she is, and she feels lucky to be in a position where she can educate families on how to make a difference in the quality of life of their loved ones with memory challenges on a daily basis.