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.
- Trish McKay, Executive Director
Trish brings nearly 30 years of directorial experience in both memory care and skilled nursing care to the residents and team members of Bridges® by EPOCH at Trumbull.
As Executive Director, Trish oversees all daily operations of our community and ensures that our memory care, life-enrichment and service teams create a safe, welcoming environment that inspires joyful living for each resident.
As a teen, Trish experienced firsthand the effects of a loved one’s dementia, and she’s eager to help other families benefit from resources and guidance that were unavailable to her own family at the time.
“My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when I was in high school,” says Trish. “It was very difficult back then, as my parents had to do their best without a lot of information or support. We know much more about the disease, its behaviors and effective care approaches today, but we still have a long way to go, and I am dedicated to the cause.”
Trish graduated from Springfield College (Springfield, MA) with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Social Work. She lives in Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.
- Justin Brown, Senior Advisor
As Senior Advisor, Justin will help area families looking for support in their caregiving journey. From providing educational resources to connecting them with Bridges® by EPOCH at Trumbull’s specialized care and programs, his goal is to enhance the lives of those with memory loss and provide solutions to help families through the disease process.
Originally from Smithtown, Long Island, Justin moved to Stamford to advance his career in assisted living. He has served as a Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, as well as an Associate Director of Sales for two other senior living communities. Justin is excited to continue his passion for senior care and dementia advocacy with Bridges® by EPOCH at Trumbull.
Justin has a diverse background. He graduated from Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, New York, with a degree in Hospitality and Culinary Arts and holds a New York State Real Estate License and Financial Industry Regulator Authority Series 7 and 63 licenses.
- Debbie Cantele, Senior Advisor
Debbie’s expert understanding of the needs and concerns of people with dementia are invaluable assets to Trumbull-area families, caregivers and professionals looking for dementia care, assistance and resources.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. In her 20-year service career, Debbie gained valuable experience as a social worker, care transition manager, family liaison, senior living educator, dementia care trainer, and move-in coordinator for Connecticut senior living communities.
As a Bridges® Senior Advisor, Debbie works closely with families searching for residential memory care for their loved ones. From initial call to move-in, she enjoys providing education and resources to help make their loved ones’ journeys to memory care assisted living as smooth and stress-free as possible.
- 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.