Lorene knew years ago that working at a senior community was where she belongs and took her on a journey of no regrets. “I feel accomplished every day here at Geer. My work brings out compassion, understanding, and confidence in what I do. I love going to work every day, there are not too many people who can say that. I am proud to be a part of the Geer team”
Staff Special – Geer Rocks!
During this challenging time, it’s so important to remember how vitally important and dedicated our staff is at Geer Senior Living Community.
Meet some of our excellent staff:
Director of Finance
Debbie is a self-described “people person” who has always had a great rapport with Seniors. She is gratified with her work at Geer because it allows her to share her caring and compassionate nature. “Knowing there are people who need my assistance motivates me to do my very best for the residence and family members of the Geer Community.”
Wellness Rehab Project Manager
“I feel I was born an Occupational Therapist!” Says Chrissy Befanis Wellness Rehab Project Manager and Occupational Therapist at Geer. Chrissy aims to support Geer clients in achieving their highest level of function and credits Andrea Gamble and Kevin O’Connell for assisting in enhancing her career within the Wellness program at Geer. “My goals as an OT align with the mission and values of Geer and the Wellness program represents exactly who I am.”
Therapeutic Recreation Director
“My work makes me feel important and happy.” For almost 30 years Jill Simmons has enjoyed working with her colleagues at Geer and doing tasks that are meaningful and fun. Helping students with disabilities, in her past role as a physical education teacher, was Jill’s inspiration to develop her career into leadership roles like her current position as Therapeutic Recreation Director for the Geer Village Campus. “I am motivated by the appreciation from families, residents, and staff as we facilitate virtual visitation and coordinating day to day activities for all”
For 10 years Jane Lindsay has brought her clinical talents, creativity, and humor to the residents of Geer Senior Community. As a Nurse’s Aide, she finds her work both challenging and very rewarding! Now during Covid, Jane is even more aware of how important it is to keep spirits up. “I enjoy any opportunity to inject some fun. It’s satisfying to bring a smile to others in my work through humor, singing, and guitar playing.”
What motivates Janice Murphy? “Kindness. And the ability to help one another navigate the world together.” What a great characteristic for a concierge at Geer!
Janice will take any opportunity to introduce positivity into the day for others. Her enjoyable relationship with her grandparents gave Janice a strong appreciation of the magic and wisdom that is gained from the senior community. We are happy that experience lead her to our door.
Helping people, answering questions and solving problems is what lead Marilyn into a career in Human Resources. “It’s definitely me!” she says. Since starting her role this summer, Marilyn has been navigating the restrictions that Covid requires and has thrived on the opportunity to find new solutions to problems. She enjoys being in an environment where people are treated well.
Pamela came to us from Sharon hospital and was able to enjoy the flexibility here at Geer so she could finish her education. As a Certified Nurse’s Assistant “I am motivated by the residents, especially when they thank you and appreciates what you do. It’s a good feeling”
“I treat my residents as if they are my family.” Hillary Marshall, CNA at Geer, says being able to make a difference in the quality of someone’s life makes her feel good and really represents who she is as a person. Hillary reports she has become a better partner and colleagues practice kindness with each other while working within Covid protocols which has made them a better team.
Inspired by her experience with the Falls Village Ambulance service, Julia moved into a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and has been making residents smile as a here at Geer for the last 14 years. “I am someone who needs to help people. I feel useful when I can do that. I am a caregiver!”
We can all thank young romance for inspiring Tammy MacDonald to apply to the CNA course in Canaan. Through the years, that commitment developed a marriage and a career for the current Geer Recreation Coordinator who has been making a difference in the lives of the people at Geer for 33 years. “I am a team player and am proud of the work we do!
Talent Development Manager
“I love the opportunity to assist in the personal and professional growth of individuals” says Karin Whitley, Recruitment Specialist at Geer Senior Village. “It’s very uplifting to see staff thrive within the company.” Karin has been adding valuable connections to the Geer organization and truly enjoys contributing to the betterment of the future initiatives of the Geer Campus.
Having worked with Cancer patients in her past, Lori Ustico found she is at her happiest when she is helping someone who needs her. She found that happiness again this year at Geer Lodge…in fact she feels it so much that every time she drives up the Geer entrance, she says to herself “This is the right place for me.”
Recreation team at Geer Nursing
Facilitating positive interactions is in the blood for Stephanie Tierney. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Stephanie and her family have been assisting or volunteering in the Recreation department since the 80’s. She just loved the relaxed and welcoming feeling she gets from working at Geer. “It’s a people job, and it’s wonderful to be able to help others!”
Even under the pressures of Covid, Stephanie and her team have been successful keeping families engaged with their loved ones by mobilizing video calls.
When her children were very young it was Jennifer’s cousin who saw a passion in her and recommended, she go into the nursing field. “That suggestion pointed me to a career filled with doing what I love to do! Helping people.” Thankfully, Geer Lodge residents have benefited from that passion for almost 10 years and Jennifer continues to be grateful to be able to help and serve people who need help.
Private Aide (Caregiver)
If you asked Doris how her work makes her feel, you’d get four very certain words. “I love my job!” Inspired by her mother and motivated by her sense of compassion for others, Doris is a great caregiver who takes pride and pleasure in helping those who can’t help themselves.
District Manager EMS
“I enjoy people and helping those in need!” says Gregory Turner about his work at Geer Village. He employs that strength even more now, during Covid, to make sure residents feel safe, by being there for them and comforting them during this challenging time.
Hugo J. Cannales
Motivated by a strong sense of family, Hugo Cannales was inspired to follow in his father’s footsteps. He watched his father take care of his residents as if they were his own family and, now, Hugo does the same. “My work makes me feel good because I get to help people and it really represents my caring side.”
“Knowing my job makes a difference for residents even if it’s a small one” says Olivia who has her goals set on a career becoming a CNA. “I wanted to get my foot in the door, and this was a great atmosphere.” Olivias impact is no small thing. She maintains clean and sanitized spaces for both residents and co-workers, so they stay safe though these challenging times.
Clinical Transition Coordinator
Starting her career as a candy striper in high school, Kathy found her love of working with the elderly and decided on a career as a nurse. A self-described “self-starter”, Kathy sets and meets her own goals and has shared her achievements with the residents at Geer for 32 years. “I like leadership and working with others who share the same mission of excellence. I truly enjoy the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives each day.”
Director of Pharmacy
Inspired by his brother Ed, also a pharmacist, Charlie Page chose his profession because he has an important impact on the health of patients. As the current Director of Pharmacy, Charlie has part of the Geer team for 18 years. “My work makes me feel like an important contributor to the general health of the patients we serve,” says Page. The department provides the actual medications, the proper use of those medications, and collaborates with other health care professionals to provide the best overall care for their mutual patients. “I am driven to provide the most excellent experience for my patients and to optimize their health because I believe in the sanctity of human life at all ages.”
Being an advocate for the staff as well as the residents and making sure they all have what they need is the gift that she has been giving Geer Senior Living for 41 years. “I love helping people,” says Brenda, who is naturally inspired by the elderly and is motivated every day to keep Geer a good loving facility, “It’s is my second home.”
“I wake up daily and feel blessed for good health and a great life,” says Gina Gates. As a Geer CNA for 17 years, she has found her work very rewarding, especially when she can bring smiles to a resident’s face. “I care about elderly people who need a lot of help in many ways. They become like family to me.”
Mike Mangini, PT, DPT, OCS, CMP
Director of Outpatient Physical Therapy
Mike has been the Director of the Outpatient Physical Therapy office since 1997. While working at Geer, Mike received his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and has never stopped learning. Mike also holds specialty certifications in Trigger Point Dry Needling.