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, CCM, CDP, BSW, MS, Executive Director
Executive Director Amanda Jillson, 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 Memory Care Assisted Living 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, an MS in Management and Leadership, and is a Certified Case Manager (CCM). She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire.
- Bill Gaw, Community Relations Coordinator
Bill Gaw is Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua’s Community Relations Director, bringing over ten years of senior living experience to our team. Prior to joining Bridges® by EPOCH, Bill served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for a start-up memory care community, and as a Regional Sales Specialist with Benchmark Senior Living.
In this role, Bill is directly responsible for identifying and evaluating occupancy strategies, increasing census and continuing to maintain existing marketing opportunities in order to achieve maximum occupancy potential within the community. With his wealth of experience in senior living services, sales and marketing, he is no stranger to finding creative ways to increase census and establish new relationships with stakeholders and prospective residents, making him the perfect fit for this role.
Bill has attended both Northeastern University and Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Cathy DeRosa, Life Enrichment Director
Cathy DeRosa has worked in the senior healthcare industry since 1986, beginning her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. A collaborative leader who focuses on coaching and engagement of others to capture and utilize best practices and ideas, she has since served as Director of Recreation, Special Care Program Director, Alzheimer’s Program Coordinator and Reminiscence Coordinator in several nursing centers and assisted living communities.
As the Life Enrichment Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua, Cathy manages the community that is home to the unique programming she is helping to develop for our residents. She plans and coordinates various resident clubs and committees in the community, manages relationships with healthcare affiliations for wellness/fitness programs, and coordinates community outings to special events and lectures for an active resident lifestyle. Our programming offers a secure, structured environment with stimulating individualized activities that meet each resident’s abilities and are tailored to personal interests, designed to engage, delight and fulfill our residents every day.
- Kyhla Fragala, RN, Wellness Director
As Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua’s Wellness Director, Kyhla Fragala, RN, is responsible for the hiring, supervising and managing of the Bridges team of licensed nurses and certified nursing assistants. In this role, she is also in charge of the implementation and coordination of care for the residents.
Prior to joining our team, Kyhla accumulated over 5 years of experience in roles at various senior living communities in New Hampshire. After serving as a licensed practical nurse at Ledgewood Bay in Milford, she became the Director of Nursing at Aynsley Place Assisted Living and then at The Residence at Salem Woods. In assuming these roles, she gained the skills necessary to confidently lead our team as they care for our residents while creating an environment in which teamwork, positive attitudes and satisfaction thrive.
Kyhla is in the process of obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing RN-BSN from Walden University, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Registered Nurse in the state of New Hampshire.
- Clara Giraldo, Business Office Manager
Bridges® by EPOCH at Nashua’s Business Office Manager, Clara Giraldo, is no stranger to working in a fast-paced work environment. As a motivated leader with strong organizational skills and prior experience in the management and administration fields, she won’t miss a beat ensuring our office is running efficiently and smoothly.
In this role, Clara will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, including the supervision of reception staff, tending to human resources, maintenance of personnel files and overseeing residents’ personal needs accounts. As a prior Business Office and Human Resources Liaison for Woodbriar Health and Rehab Center, Clara gained the experience and tools to ensure a smooth transition to our Bridges® by EPOCH team.
Clara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management from Mount Washington College and is also bilingual. Fluent in both English and Spanish, we look forward to seeing the ways in which Clara can connect with our staff, residents and their families.
- Dale Matthew Aubin, Culinary Director
Culinary Director Matt Aubin has a head for numbers and a passion for healthy, delicious dining, making him the perfect choice to lead our culinary team.
Matt’s primary responsibility is to raise the overall dining experience for each resident by creating moments of joy while satisfying their palatal cravings and meeting the dietary requirements outlined in their care plans. By interacting with the residents and their families, Matt is able to learn residents’ favorite foods and meaningful mealtime traditions, which can be recreated to remind them of their family dinners or spark happy memories of holidays and other special moments.
Matt also champions for the Bridges® by EPOCH Balanced Bites program, which makes eating enjoyable again for residents who can no longer use utensils. Our culinary team presents delicious meals in a safe, dignified, easy-to-hold manner that empowers residents to enjoy their meals with independence and without feeling self-conscious.
As an Executive Chef, Manager and Supervisor, Matt’s practical experience was honed in the kitchens of area senior living communities and rehabilitation centers. He earned his BS in Management at Keene State College and is currently pursuing his MSM in Health Care Management at Southern New Hampshire University. Matt is ServSafe® Certified.
- 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.
In addition to Alicia’s nearly 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, she is certified by the National Institute on Aging as a Memory Impairment Specialist and is certified in both Massachusetts and Florida as a State Certified 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.