Meet the Bridges® Hingham Team

Kevin Defayette
Executive Director

As the Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Hingham, Kevin is responsible for the daily operations of the community. He leads our dedicated team members in carrying out the unique Bridges® approach to memory care.

His goal is to ensure that every resident enjoys a comfortable, inspiring and wellness-focused lifestyle.

Kevin listens to and understands the needs of the seniors and families we serve and is committed to ensuring an exceptional experience for our residents. His dynamic leadership inspires the entire Bridges® team to go above and beyond for our residents – every day.

Kevin has devoted his entire 30-year career to improving the lives of seniors, children, and families in need. Prior to joining the Bridges® by EPOCH team, he served as the Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle, an EPOCH Senior Living sister community, for almost three years.

Kevin is an experienced case manager, clinical coordinator and program manager who previously served as State Director of Residential Resources of the Empire State, Inc. and Executive Director and CEO of an independent living community in upstate New York. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Associate of Science in Individual Studies from SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Canton, respectively.

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Amanda Saltonstall, BSW
Senior Advisor
As a Senior Advisor, Amanda guides, educates and assists area families looking for support in their caregiving journeys. She also builds relationships with local senior services professionals seeking specialized memory care solutions for their clients’ long-term needs.

With over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Amanda has significantly contributed to several senior living communities throughout California. Beginning her career in Massachusetts, she relocated to California a year into her journey as a Social Worker.

Amanda has a proven track record of quickly understanding the unique culture and needs of each community she has been involved with. Amanda has been a critical contributor to the successful opening of two new communities, has a wealth of experience in the senior living industry, and has consistently demonstrated her dedication to quality care.

Her expertise and commitment to helping those in need of senior living services and their loved ones navigate their journeys make Amanda a valuable asset to Bridges® by EPOCH at Hingham.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

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Grace Doherty, CPD®, BRDP
South Shore Community Liaison
As Community Liaison, Grace helps connect local families, senior services professionals and healthcare providers with Bridges® by EPOCH’s education programs, support and other resources needed to best care for those with dementia.

She provides support to our Hingham, Mashpee, Pembroke and Westwood communities. Grace is a Certified Dementia Practitioner®, Brass Ring Dementia Practitioner certified by the National Institute for Dementia Education, and a well-known advocate for area seniors living with dementia, having worked closely with South Shore healthcare providers, senior centers and other senior services organizations for over 15 years. She is also an active volunteer in local dementia research, education and care organizations, including the South Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership; Walk to End Alzheimer’s®; Honoring Choices Massachusetts; Dementia Friends Massachusetts; and Second Wind Dreams® Virtual Dementia Tour®.

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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 highquality, 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.

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