- Beth Vellante, Executive Director
Beth Vellante joins our team with over 31 years of experience as an Executive Director, working in both assisted living and memory care. As Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Andover, Beth will direct operations of the community and lead staff in the daily care of residents living with memory impairment.
Beth’s number one goal is to ensure that each resident enjoys the best possible quality of life based upon his or her own unique background, personality and interests. She takes pride in leading our team members in the provision of our Bridges® philosophy, expert care and life-enriching programs - and ensuring meaningful, engaging lifestyles for every resident.
Beth earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her Master's degree from Northeastern University. She has lived in North Andover for 24 years and is the proud mother of two sons and a daughter.
- Peter Bruce, Community Relations Director
With a professional background in family counseling and senior health solutions, Peter excels at helping families and caregivers find the right memory care, family support and educational resources that will improve quality of life for their loved ones.
As a previous Community Health Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Peter worked with a variety of hospitals and rehabilitation organizations in the Greater Boston area, guiding families and healthcare providers to find the best solutions for seniors’ health needs.
Prior to joining the Bridges® by EPOCH at Andover team, Peter served as a Director of Sales for a senior living provider with communities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Peter earned his Master’s in Counseling and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership from Salem State University.
- Kim O’Connell, MSW, LCSW, Community Relations Director
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who brings more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare and memory care industries to the families she serves at Bridges® by EPOCH at Andover.
Kim has helped countless families and their loved ones as a Social Worker with various Massachusetts-based medical organizations and, most recently, as a Dementia Program Director and Memory Care Unit Director at local assisted living communities.
Kim is excited to be part of our team as a Community Relations Director helping families find the right memory care community for their loved ones, as well as the education and resources they may need. She leads our complimentary caregiver support group twice a month.
Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Lesley College (now Lesley University) and her Master of Social Work from Boston College School of Social Work.
- Alicia Seaver, Vice President of Memory Care Operations
As Vice President of Memory Care Operations, Alicia is responsible for the operations of Bridges® by EPOCH memory care assisted living communities under the direction of EPOCH Senior Living's Chief Operating Officer, Joanna Cormac-Burt. Alicia also 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.
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. Her career with EPOCH Senior Living began as the Executive Director of our Bridges® by EPOCH flagship community in Hingham, where she earned the honor of being named Executive Director of the Year by Mass-ALFA. Prior to this, Alicia 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 fortunate 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.