Remarkable People Providing Exceptional Care.
The team at Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood truly sets us apart. Their unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of those with memory loss is truly remarkable.
- Eric Kessler, Executive Director
Eric is an accomplished social worker, family counselor and director who brings nearly 30 years of senior service, care management and leadership experience to Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood. As our community’s Executive Director, Eric is dedicated ensuring all departments and programs exceed expectations and provide safe, comfortable and joyful lives for everyone entrusted in our care.
Eric previously served in community relations and business development roles at several senior living, hospice and dementia care communities. Most recently, he was a dementia-care educator, teaching families and residential care management teams how to effectively communicate with and care for those with dementia. He is highly regarded among his peers and colleagues as a hands-on leader who listens to the needs of his team, residents and their families.
“I love getting to know residents as individuals and greatly respect their desire to remain active in their care and decisions about their daily lives,” Eric says. “I’m very excited to be part of this Bridges® team that empowers them to do so.”
Eric graduated with a BS degree from Bridgewater State College and earned his MA and MSW degrees at Boston University.
- Sylvia Kurinsky, Director of Community Relations
Sylvia brings nearly a decade of experience in senior care sales and marketing to her role at Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood, where she is responsible for introducing families and local healthcare professionals to the benefits of our highly specialized memory care, programming and family support services.
“I’m excited to show families what the magic of Bridges can do!” says Sylvia. “I often meet families at a difficult and emotional time. Helping them consider their options, make informed decisions and, ultimately, secure the very best care and quality of life for their loved ones is incredibly rewarding,” she says.
Sylvia enjoyed serving seniors and their families in Washington, Missouri and Boston prior to settling in Westwood. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.
- Emily Chiarelli, Director of Community Relations
We’re excited to share Emily’s energy, passion and 20+ years’ experience with Westwood-area families. As Director of Community Relations, Emily loves helping families and caregivers discover the life-changing benefits of our exceptional memory care, family programs and education resources.
With a background in business, including senior living sales and marketing roles, Emily is a resourceful, solutions-oriented professional who enjoys getting to the root of her clients’ needs.
“At Bridges by EPOCH, my number one priority is getting to know the families who turn to us for help,” says Emily. “Every family’s journey with dementia is different, so their solution processes will be different. Listening to – and finding the right answers to – a family’s particular needs, concerns and goals is how I help make the transition to our community physically and emotionally easier for the resident and their loved ones.”
Emily volunteers for several organizations and projects close to our hearts, including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, Relay for Life, American Heart Association, Franklin Food Pantry and more. She is also a member of Shrewsbury’s Rotary Club and Dementia Friendly America Community Task Team.
Emily graduated from the University of Rhode Island, earning her degree in Communication Studies with high distinction.
- 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. Formerly the Director of Memory Care for Bridges® by EPOCH, 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. 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.