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.
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.
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.
I started my nursing career in 2005 as a certified medical assistant at Cheshire Medical Center in family medicine. There I gained skills in patient care, working with patients in all stages of development. While I enjoyed working with people of all ages I especially enjoyed working with our older patients. It was always a pleasure to welcome them during their visits and chat about what was going on with them and some of them had the best stories and great senses of humor. I continued to become an LPN in 2009 at that time, I decided to expand my horizons and work per diem in an assisted living community. In 2014 I decided I truly enjoyed working in this community and decided to leave CMC and start full-time in geriatrics. I became wound care certified as well as obtaining my RN license. I have learned and grown over the years, wearing many hats. I worked as a floor nurse, MDS coordinator, admissions coordinator, and most recently staff development coordinator. Of all my roles I feel most strongly about staff development. I feel that a staff member succeeds with the proper attention to training and guidance.
I am married to my wonderful husband of 28 years. We have two amazing daughters and two beautiful granddaughters who are the loves of our lives. I enjoy spending time with my family, and friends, reading, and being outside ( as long as the bugs don't bother me too much) I was born in the Bronx so there is still a little bit of city in me, although there were bugs in the city they were not as huge as they are here in NH. I look forward to this next adventure and a learning more about the Summer Hill community and most of all developing new friendships as we grow together.
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 Catherine, our Culinary Director 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 7 grandkids.
As a native of California, I lived and traveled throughout the state for 45 years. I was born in San Francisco, lived most of my childhood in Yuba City, went to college in San Diego, and then moved back to my hometown where I met my husband, John. He was just starting his career for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation when we married and relocated to Crescent City in the northernmost section of the state. We spent 21 years in the majestic, coastal town surrounded by redwood trees, state parks, and the rocky coastal shoreline. I spent most of my time as a housewife and worked part-time throughout the years in the local school system’s music department as a piano accompanist for the high school, the community theatre, and the elementary school-aged community choir. Unable to have children born to us, we spent several years tending to and caring for foster children while they were in transition to reunification with their birth families or on a path to adoption. Then we turned to working with the local shelter and rescue animals for the remaining years we lived in California. As my husband’s retirement grew closer, we decided we would like to relocate and spend the rest of our lives in a quieter, less complicated part of the country and we found it in New Hampshire!
We have a home in Marlborough, NH, on 1.75 acres of wooded land in a small neighborhood of helpful, considerate, and friendly folks. We share our home with a pack of cats and two dogs, all of whom get along nicely, enjoying the acreage and kind neighbors.
Upon moving here in September of 2019, John and I made the agreement that he would be a retired househusband (his words, not mine!) and I would find work to suit my skill set, personality, and needs. As timing would have it, a part-time activities position at Summerhill Assisted Living and Memory Care became available while I was putting together my resume and seeking out places of employment. Upon walking in the door, I was greeted by Perry Given, given an application, contacted by Rachael Austin within a week, and ever since then, I have been “home!”
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.