I have been blessed to find Summerhill, or rather they found me! I have never known a place quite like Summerhill. The wonderful residents who have become part of my family. The attentive and caring staff who are also like part of my family. I love you all.
Summerhill has been my second home for six years. When I am not here, I enjoy time spent on our farm with my husband, children and grandchildren.
Pat O’Connell, RN, M.Ed. is the Director of Resident Care. Her job is to oversee nurses and aides who provide all resident care. Pat loves the personal interaction with individual residents and loves hearing their rich histories. She has been married for many years and been a nurse longer than she’s been married. Three children and one precious grandson bring daily happiness to her life. Things that Pat enjoys doing in her free time are kayaking, gardening, collecting eggs from her broody hens and walking her dogs.
Aylmer grew up right here in the heart of the Monadnock Region, he received his Associate of Science Culinary Degree from The Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park NY. He spent the majority of his career in the Hotel Industry throughout the United State working alongside many European Chefs.
Aylmer is devoted to working with the local farming community in the Monadnock Region and beyond. Aylmer has been with Summerhill since September 2010.
Although I am the Business Office & Human Resource Manager for Summerhill, more importantly I am the mother to 5 grown children, the “MiMi” to 10 precious littles and friends/companion to over 65 lovely residents. I am proud to say that I have been with Summerhill for over 16 years. I have seen a lot of changes take place over the years, but I can honestly say that this is by far the best Summerhill yet. I am extremely fortunate to have been able to create many great memories with lots of wonderful folks over the years!
Jean Kundert has worked at Summerhill for over 8 years wearing many hats. More recently she has taken on the role of our Community Relations Coordinator which involves working with our Marketing Assistant and our Activities staff. Another important hat, is arranging for residents to be accompanied and transported to medical appointments when family can’t drive.
She is responsible for the many remarkable and personal photos of our residents. Jean captures memorable moments of them participating in the incredible and varied activities; be it in-house or on far away excursions and of course times with family and friends. Jean also shares treasured photos with those not geographically close to residents, via their personalize annual Holiday Calendar.
Jean oversees special events that include our resident baking team that make delicious pies and other tasty treats to support the Alzheimer’s Association. She creatively fills the many “wish lists” of our residents. Jean and Alymer, our Executive Chef spend many hours dreaming up different dining experiences and fun events. Creating moments of joy for them is what our work day is all about!
It means a great deal to be a member of the “Summerhill” team that enhances the lives of our residents. When not working, Jean and her husband Mike spend as much time possible with their 4 adult children and 5 grandkids.
Perry grew up in Dublin, has lived several years in Cambridge, MA and Bermuda but returned to the Monadnock Region where her family has lived for four generations. Recently her immediate family grew from just Anita to include multi-talented and exceptional chef husband, Aylmer along with his delightful sons, Brandon and Joshua and the many other wonderful “Given’s.
As a true New England gal, Perry enjoys being outside spending time on the water; kayaking or paddle boarding, skiing, walking or hiking and exploring new places and happy to even weed her garden! Time with friends and family and or having them over for an impromptu meal makes life even more special.
Having known Summerhill when her grandmother was here in the 80’s Perry was very pleased to join the Summerhill family over nine years ago in the role of Concierge and Marketing Assistant. It’s an honor to support our extraordinary residents, their families and our staff in any way that helps them.
Growing up as an “Air Force Kid,” I moved frequently and enjoyed traveling around the US and Europe. Although I had never lived in New England, I loved visiting my grandparents in New Hampshire and chose UNH for college, where I met my husband, Mark. After graduating, I taught autistic children for several years but later discovered my true passion is working with Seniors. I’ve been an Activities Coordinator in the Monadnock area for 10 years, and at Summerhill for 2 ½. I truly love being part of the Summerhill family and helping to enrich the lives of our residents with interesting and varied activities. Every day is a new adventure!
Mark and I live in Hancock where we continue the family farm with my parents, making maple syrup and growing Christmas trees. We have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren, all of whom live nearby (and who help carry on the syrup making tradition!)
Coleen E. O'Connell CEO,M.S.,OTR/L is the founder of Birchwood Therapy Services. She was born and raised in southern New Hampshire. She attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham where she received both her bachelor's degree of occupational science and her master's degree in occupational therapy. Colleen has worked at Summerhill Assisted Living for the past 3 years. She lives in Hancock with her rambunctious dogs and enjoys good friends, kayaking, and her family.