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.
- Barbara Harrison, Executive Director
As Executive Director of Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood, Barbara is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the community as well as our programs. She ensures that each activity and program is individualized to meet each resident’s interests and abilities.
As our community’s Executive Director, she is dedicated to fostering relationships with residents, their loved ones and our staff, alike. She believes that building relationships and truly getting to know our residents is the key to providing the personalized services and experiences that Bridges® by EPOCH is known for. Her approach inspires our team to go above and beyond in order to exceed residents’ and families’ expectations.
Barbara began working in the senior healthcare industry in 2004 as a memory care director. She was soon promoted as a regional memory care specialist, training and assisting with new memory care neighborhoods throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Through her dedication and passion, she was able to expand her experience by serving as executive director for the past six years at several well-respected communities offering independent and assisted living, as well as memory care. A Certified Dementia Practitioner®, Barbara began her professional education at Providence College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts.
About her role as Executive Director for the Westwood community, Barbara says, "I'm excited to lead our team in delivering the Bridges® philosophy of care and making a positive impact on the lives of those with memory loss."
- 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.
- Cindy Reagan, Director of Community Relations
Cindy brings over 20 years of experience in communications and healthcare to the seniors, families and senior services professionals she assists at Bridges® by EPOCH at Westwood. “My passion is working with seniors and their families, to be a resource and to help seniors find solutions to their needs,” says Cindy. “Director of Community Relations is the perfect role for me!”
She previously served as Admissions Director at nursing homes, as a public relations specialist at Morton Hospital and, for several years, worked in employee communications at Eastern Utilities. “A big part of that job was interviewing people, and I learned to truly appreciate how fascinating each person’s story is,” says Cindy. “At Bridges, I enjoy getting to know seniors’ experiences, preferences and circumstances. Listening to their personal stories is how we pair them with the programs and services they’ll want and need to live their best lives.”
A certified Reiki practitioner and accredited yoga teacher, Cindy is excited to share the uplifting benefits of alternative therapies with Bridges® residents. She was a volunteer Reiki and yoga instructor at local assisted living and skilled nursing communities and currently leads a class at an independent living community.
Cindy graduated cum laude from Stonehill College with a degree in Communications and International Relations.
- 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.