Jeanne has recently stepped into the Executive Director role having served as our community's Activities Director for the past 6 years with both our Assisted Living and Memory Care residents. Jeanne holds a Masters of Science in Education that is paired with her Therapeutic Recreation undergraduate program. Jeanne was named a 2017 Connecticut Chapter Alzheimer's Champion as a result of her creative work with her residents and their families. A former college administrator, community health educator and educational consultant, Jeanne has been involved in the greater Stratford area for over 35 years working at Fairfield University and with local health partners. A native Pittsburgher, Jeanne is an avid sports fan and she can be found cheering on her Pirates, Penguins and Steelers from afar here in New England. A voracious reader and writer, Jeanne loves to write short stories for children, especially if they feature four-legged friends. Her inspiration is her beloved rescue dog, an adorable dachshund named Dax.
Dave is a do-it-yourself problem solver with decades of experience in maintenance. He discovered his love of repairing the broken when he started his own business as a locksmith. Dave soon expanded his expertise beyond locksmithing into repairing all the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing issue he could find, working at top establishments in the maintenance industry for 25 years. He has worked at highly regarded firms such as the Louis Dreyfus Corporation, and the prestigious Greenwich Country Club. More recently Dave gained experience in the assisted living sector with his work at Waveny Life Care. Dave has also been a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and an Emergency Medical Technician for the Town of Westport. During the few moments he's not at work, Dave spends time with his wonderful wife and their three boys. He enjoys hunting, gunsmithing, watchmaking, riding his motorcycles, and taking care of his beloved 100+ year old house.
Lance got his start in Assisted Living at the age of 21 as a chef and has been working in the culinary field for the past 31 years. He made the move to our community Food Services Director in 2017. His passion for serving the elderly, helpfulness and kindness with his residents made him a celebrated choice for Director. Lance seeks to utilize all he has learned across every aspect of culinary services over the years to help him run a department that specializes in great food, and awesome service. His greatest reward is the relationship he forges with every unique resident his department caters to. Meals are a big part of our resident's lives, and it is Lance's job to make sure that everyone has a pleasant experience every time they visit our dining room. In his free time, Lance sings for a couple of bands, loves to spend time with his family, and enjoys a little treasure hunting.
As Community Business Director for Spring Village at Stratford, Gabrielle brings over 10 years of experience working in healthcare settings with a diverse background in property/operations management along with higher education. Gabrielle is a native of Fairfield County, and utilizes her extensive local knowledge and regional business connections to the wonderful benefit of her team and community.
Gabrielle's depth of experience has provided her a with a wide variety of skills and opportunities. She lives every day with a positive, indomitable attitude that makes her a Jackie of all Trades and team player, to the great benefit of our community. Gabrielle also has significant skills in organization and operations, as well as connections with local services and vendors, which are invaluable when it comes to overcoming any obstacle to success. Whether you are traveling to Spring Village at Stratford as a resident, a family member, or an employee, she will be sure to make your transition to our community smooth and joyful. When Gabrielle is not with her Spring Village family, she is enjoying the outdoors with her 7 year old son and two dogs.
Fontella comes to Spring Village at Stratford with over 20 years of experience of gerontology. As a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Connecticut, she began her career in 1998 as a med-surgical and float oncology nurse. After becoming a mother of two toddlers, she was inspired to care for the vulnerable and fragile in their developmental stage in life. Her journey has been one of compassion and love, and the connections she has established with her patients has had a profound impact on all involved. From intensive rehabilitation nursing to supervising her LPNs and CNAs, Fontella exercises altruism and compassion to support both patients and colleagues. Fontella has made it her mission to care for others with kindness, respect and empathy - and for this reason she embraces Woodbine's mission and values as her own. She is fully dedicated to advocating for seniors from an administrative level, one resident at a time.
In addition to her nursing career, Fontella is an avid volunteer within her community. She is the acting Wellness Coordinator at the Apostolic Worship Center in Bridgeport, a parent volunteer for Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education, and a parent speaker for REACHprep, a non-profit organization seeking educational access for the underprivileged. She enjoys cooking for her grassroots students in Norwalk on Friday nights, playing tennis and motivating any young people she encounters, always seeking to make a positive impact in their lives. Ultimately it is Fontella's zeal for achieving the greater good that makes her such a wonderfully positive part of our Spring Village family.