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For us, you are everything. How you feel, how you spend your day, what makes you laugh, what you need, what you love to eat—we embrace all of it, because we are a community. We support one another and make the most of every single day, together.
Long term resident of Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, Kelly has been calling Queen Anne’s County home for 30 years. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Salisbury University then a graduate degree from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work Kelly became a Licensed Social Worker in the public sector assisting children and families. In 2013 the journey into working with the elderly began and Kelly truly found her calling. She became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator working in nursing homes in both Annapolis and Baltimore before returning to the Eastern Shore where she has truly found her forever home at HeartFields. Kelly believes in an open door policy for residents, families and staff and welcomes a visit and conversation. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is always willing and eager to gain more knowledge and insight into senior living. Hospitality, family and resident centered care and compassion are her top priorities. In her spare time Kelly can be found enjoying her days with her husband and daughter.
Melissa has called Easton home since grade school when her family decided to trade snowy Chicago winters for the Eastern Shore. She joined HeartFields in 2016 after a marketing career across “the bridge”. She feels that serendipity -and sitting next to the right dinner companion one evening, led her to find the most fulfilling job she has ever had working with families at HeartFields. She is committed to helping people navigate the process of finding a loving, supportive place to call home. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Denver and a Master’s degree from St John’s College. Melissa also loves to represent HeartFields through her outside associations and can often be seen in downtown Easton enjoying all that our community offers. In her free time Melissa loves to be on the water, read and spend time traveling and exploring new places. She also spends as much time as possible with her family here in Easton. She has a son at Easton High School, one at the University of Maryland and a daughter teaching pre-school.
Jan is originally from Annapolis; she has been on the Eastern Shore for 24 years and has worked her whole life with the elderly. She began her career, as a dental assistant in periodontics and then as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Geriatrics Nursing Assistant. In 2005 she began to work as an Activity Director for a 55 plus community and was hooked. She loves to find exciting trips and crafts to do but focuses on cognitive stimulation, exercise and inter-generational encounters. She has just updated her credentials as an Activity Professional Board Certified and also a Notary Public of the State of Maryland. She is available for any of your official documents. Jan has found her “forever home” with the HeartFields team and the residents.
Chef Steve Gordon started his career and work in the Water front restaurants of Ocean City, MD. He then completed culinary training in Chicago before spending many years in food sales; including all levels of U.S. Food Service Culinary and Stars Sales Training. His clients included Salisbury University and the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2004, he opened his first restaurant, Crazy Jane’s Cafe in Easton, MD. Two years later he became owner of the Ocean Grill, also in Easton. He sold both highly successful restaurants to spend more time with his daughters before lending his talents to HeartFields at Easton in 2010. Steve takes great pride in providing top notch cuisine to the residents and families of HeartFields and is known for the flair and talent he brings to his spectacular catered events. He loves imparting his culinary knowledge to his two daughters as well as gardening and sharing his love for food with friends and family.
Regena started working for HeartFields in 2016 as a care manager for the Bridge to Rediscovery Memory Care Neighborhood. Regena is also a Certified Medication Technician. In 2017, Regena was promoted to the position of Resident Services Director, Assistant where she provides support to the Delegating Nurse. Most recently, Regena was promoted once again to the position of Bridge to Rediscovery Director. Her passion is working with those individuals living with cognitive decline and finds such joy working in BTR. Regena is instrumental in scheduling, managing and supporting the care management team and assists with trainings as needed. Meeting, greeting and making sure that our residents feel at home is Regena’s main focus. In her spare time Regena likes crabbing, listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family.
Michelle has been with Five Star Senor Living as the Business Office Manager for HeartFields for the past 6 years. Michelle brings extensive background in accounting, human resources and payroll in skilled nursing, where she started her healthcare career over 8 years ago. Michelle is the go to person for families, residents and staff alike when it comes to billing, HR related questions or just a friendly hello. She handles any issues that come her way and takes pride in being an essential part of the management team here at HeartFields. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys gardening, live music and spending time with her two sons and daughter.
Vivian is originally from Florida. Because of her father’s 20 year military service Vivian grew up all across us the U.S. She relocated to Maryland in 1983 from Houston, Texas to help take care of her ailing grandmother. For the past 12 years she has worked in the healthcare field. She started out as a caregiver at HeartFields and was promoted to Housekeeping Supervisor where she believes she has truly found her niche. “I really love what I do. I take my work very seriously and have a lot of pride in my work and staff.” Vivian believes that we not only take care of the residents but the families as well. She attended Wayne State Community College as well as Chesapeake Community College. Vivian has a great sense of humor and can be seen around the building sharing a dance, joke, story and hug. Vivian has been nominated and won Employee of the Month as well as nominated for the Argentum Hero Award. Her favorite pass time is fishing and making the residents laugh.
Steven began his career with HeartFields in 2016 coming from over 5 years of facility and property management experience. He is well certified in many areas including HVAC, electrical, plumbing and renovations. Steven enjoys working closely with staff and residents, always finding ways to better the overall experience. He spends his free time hunting, fishing and coaching his daughter’s softball team. He has a wife and three children.
Gracie, a silky terrier, is 10 years old and came to HeartFields in Easton in January 2019. She spends much of her day outside in our garden courtyard but loves to greet everyone in the Bistro on her way out the door. She loves people and has many friends here at HeartFields who keep special treats on hand for her. Gracie was adopted by Esther when a friend of hers could no longer care for her due to dementia and now she is Esther’s constant companion. Esther says she not only sleeps with her but also seems to know when Esther is not feeling well using that time to cuddle up closer. Truly a dog’s best friend!
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