Our Team Makes the Difference
Our remarkable team provides exceptional care. We hire only those with extensive memory care experience and we provide additional and ongoing training for them, as well. You won’t find a better qualified or more compassionate team anywhere.
- Nicole Passaro, RN, Executive Director
Executive Director Nicole Passaro, RN, started at Bridges® by EPOCH as our Wellness Director, where she oversaw the daily operations of the wellness staff and ensured they were meeting residents’ needs. Now, as our Executive Director, she oversees all of the operational aspects of our community as well as its programs. She began her career here with the goal of fulfilling the Bridges® philosophy of care and support, and it’s clear that her passion for providing exceptional care for our residents has only served to fuel her desire to assist the residents, their caregivers and their families through every step of the journey.
Nicole has more than a decade of professional nursing and managerial experience that includes skilled nursing, resident evaluations, admissions, care coordination and supervision. Prior to joining our team, she served as the Supervisor of Assisted Living services at a retirement community in Bridgeport.
Nicole also has an extensive amount of educational experience. She has most recently earned her RN-Bachelor of Science degree and also holds an Associate of Science, Radiology degree, both from St. Vincent’s College. At Gateway Community College, she earned an Associate of Science, Nursing (RN) degree, where she received a Nursing Academic Achievement Award and graduated with honors. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa®.
- Diane Sullivan, Director of Community Relations
Bio coming soon!
- Jennifer Caro, Life Enrichment Director
Jen joined the Trumbull team as Life Enrichment Director in 2016. A certified dementia practitioner, she earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England and previously served as Director of Memory Care at another assisted living community. “I love our residents and I’m passionate about working with people with memory loss,” she said. “It’s so rewarding to make them feel good every day. My job is to help them each live their best possible life, and I really enjoy coming into work and doing that.”
When not at work, Jen enjoys quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She’s a wonderful team member, our residents adore her and we’re lucky to have her as part of our community!
Christy Perone, Community Relations Director
Christy has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the senior living industry. In her work experience, she has held roles such as marketing director, marketing manager and marketing associate. With each of her previous positions, she has not only demonstrated her skills of increasing and maintaining occupancy, developing marketing plans and fostering relationships, but also proves that she has the talent, personality and experience that makes her a vital member of our Bridges® by EPOCH team.
Christy has earned her Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University and further expanded her educational experience by obtaining her Master of Professional Studies in Media Administration from Syracuse University. Christy serves as a Committee Member for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® and was nominated as a Women’s Champion in 2016 with the Alzheimer’s Association® Connecticut Chapter.
- 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.