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Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work with Summerhill as part of a local public health initiative.  At that time, I was quite taken by the staff, the residents and the charm of Summerhill.  I vowed then and there that if the occasion presented itself, I would jump at the chance to be part of this amazing place.  Well…here I am, Executive Director of Summerhill! I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Along my career I have worked in healthcare, public health and most recently social services, serving older adults and those with disabilities.  I have a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Science from Keene State College and hold a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Norwich University.

When I am not at Summerhill, my husband, Ian and I enjoy cooking and entertaining our growing family and friends.  We also enjoy long walks, hiking, skiing and laughing till our faces hurt!


Donna joined Summerhill in Dec 2021 as the new Business Manager. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1997 and brought 20+ years of accounting experience to the Summerhill organization.

She has been a resident in the community for over 20 years with her husband, Tom. Their two daughters were both educated through the Conval School System, and their oldest daughter is now a teacher in the district. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her three young granddaughters whom she truly treasures.

Shayna Cote

I am married to my high school sweetheart and am mom to two beautiful little girls. I began my career in geriatrics at the young age of sixteen working as a dietary aide and then became an LNA. While working as a LNA for years, I enrolled in nursing school and graduated from St Joseph’s School of Nursing in April of 2015. In 2016, I completed my BSN through Southern New Hampshire University and am currently enrolled at Rivier University in the Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Throughout my nursing career, my passion has been in geriatrics, as it fills my soul with so much joy caring for this generation. In 2018, I worked at Monadnock Community Hospital in Case Management to further grow my skills in care coordination and within an acute care setting. While this position was rewarding, I began to miss the closer connection with patients and their families as well as the close collaboration with the care team for day-to-day care.

Over the years, I have worked closely with nursing staff to assist with developing consistency within organizations, completing care plans and resident assessment tools, conducting care plan meetings, providing staff education on dementia and end of life care, and assisting in day-to-day nursing care.

I believe strongly in the importance of teamwork and collaboration to make our work successful as well as benefiting residents with providing the most efficient care possible. This is vital, especially during these trying times, to come together as a team with ideas and thoughts on how to streamline processes to improve workflow, decrease stress loads, and overall improve resident care.

I look forward to learning and growing with a team of individuals who have the same goals of providing the best care possible while sharing our passion for our residents.

In nursing, we have the opportunity to touch a life each day or of having a life touch ours, and I am honored to experience this with the Summerhill Assisted Living family.

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Catherine Cook, “Cathy,” a New Hampshire native, began her food service career in 1987 working in the fast food and healthcare industry where she was promoted quickly to supervisor and managerial positions. Cathy has extensive experience leading teams toward great service and customer satisfaction. She brought her leadership, food service skills to Summerhill Assisted Living in October of 2016.

During her time at Summerhill, Cathy worked and trained under two professional chefs learning the advanced methods of culinary procedures, which she utilizes today. She exemplifies professionalism, thoughtfulness, and natural kindness towards both the staff and residents. Cathy holds a special place in her heart for the Summerhill residents and demonstrates it through service and personal attention.

Cathy lives in Nashua with her husband, one of her three sons, her daughter, two cats and a Basset Hound. She enjoys studying history and good movies.

Jean Kundert 2017

Jean Kundert has worked at Summerhill for over 12 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 Anable Given - Concierge and Marketing Assistant

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 twelve 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.


Rachael Austin has been with Summerhill as Activities Director since September 2019. She has a background in Eldercare activities and brings to the table a great enthusiasm for fitness, crafting, music, writing, cooking, gaming and engaging conversation. Rachael originally hails from Helena, Montana where she was raised running a small diner with her family. In Montana she learned classical piano and developed a love for her horse when not in school or helping with the diner. She continued commercial cooking after moving to Oregon where she opted instead to drive class A trucks across the country. Eventually Rachael crossed the US one final time to pursue a career in photography in Boston. Raising a family of two boys with her husband, Mike, it made photography less workable so she returned to cooking and teaching music at the Well School in Peterborough. Leaving the Well School behind, she has finally landed here at Summerhill to share her stories and talents with the residents. 

Rachael loves to play music, be involved in theater, play soccer, cook and write plays in her spare time. She spends most of her spare time raising her sons Kyle and Eli with her husband Mike. She’s thrilled to be at Summerhill and greatly looks forward to inspiring activities made great with laughter, song and friendship.

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