Frank M. Petras has been in the Assisted Living and Senior Housing business for more than 20 years. His passion for seniors began when he saw his then 90-year-old grandfather climb the ladder of his two-story house to finish painting it. That moment solidified his desire to help people stay active as a way to fully enjoy life.
Frank received his B. A. in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston Maine. While working as the Director of two public housing authorities on the north shore, he attended night school and received his M.B.A from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. He has served as Executive Director in both large and small senior living organizations in the last couple of decades, worked as a member of the Mass ALA education committee, and won local awards at his communities for promoting a green workplace.
Frank has a special affinity for the Cambridge area as he worked as a bar back in Harvard square with a then grad student Charlie Baker at the Oxford Ale House. He is looking forward to sharing all of his experience and interests with the families and residents of Cadbury Commons.
Julie Lund has been a nurse for 21 years. She graduated from Curry College with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 1996 and worked briefly in Long-Term Care. Soon after, she focused her career in psychiatric nursing. She worked in an in-patient psychiatric setting for 16+ years. During that time, she earned a Master of Arts in Counselling degree from Gordon-Connell Theological Seminary. She shifted gears to work in Home Care, into working for a VNA for a little over 4 years.
By happenstance, Julie found her way into Assisted Living. Julie Joined Cadbury Commons in July of 2017. With 9+ years of management experience, she has brought her management, organizational and people skills to help Cadbury to continue to evolve in meeting the ever changing and individualized needs of our residents and families. As Associate Executive Director, Julie’s focus will be on training, hiring and implementation of core policies and procedures.
Jeff Arnold began his career as a dishwasher for Northeastern University in the early 80’s. Since then, Jeff worked his way through the ranks at Northeastern from waiter to chef to Faculty Dining Room and Event Planning Manager, hosting events at Northeastern for notables including President Bill Clinton, Senator Ted Kennedy and President of the then Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, to name a few.
Jeff took a break from Northeastern to help care for his father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After learning about the disease through his own experience, Jeff found himself drawn to working with older adults.
Jeff has been Director of Dining Services at Cadbury Commons since 2010 and brings his culinary and planning skills to provide Cadbury a well-run dining room and delicious meals.
Brian Bunnell has served as our Director of Community Programs since 2013, having been promoted from his prior role as an Activities Specialist. Brian is a musician, holding degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, in Baltimore.
Brian takes great pride in the quality of engaging programs at Cadbury Commons. The Programs Department aims to approach all groups and interactions from an adult-centered perspective. He, with resident guidance, loves to present programs and activities that are genuinely stimulating, fun, and educational.
In his spare time, Brian performs with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and leads its operations as President of the Board of Directors.
Aimee Desjardin got her first chance to work with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia memory loss when she was only 13 years old, volunteering on Sunday afternoons at the Stamford Hospital Tandet Center nursing home in CT. Even at a very young age, the joy that came from making meaningful connections with seniors living with these neurodegenerative disorders had a lasting impact on her future.
During her college years, it became clear that psychology and the study of human behavior would be the path towards a career that would fulfill her needs of helping others through difficulties. Aimee began her career in Activities Programming in an Assisted Living neighborhood working with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Since then, her passion & philosophy for creative memory care innovations has evolved and matured. Aimee utilizes many techniques and schools of thought in her care practices and believes in a person-centered approach. How she handles each challenge depends on the face of dementia and the individual behind the illness, and involves a carefully thought out and thoroughly discussed plan of action.
Marcia Francis graduated from Massachusetts Bay Community College as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2012 and has been working primarily in long term care since. After steadily earning promotions over the past 7 years at Bertram House, Goddard House, BrightView and Landmark, we are thrilled to have her on board as our Wellness Director. Marcia brings a strong skill set of clinical expertise along with an effective communication style with residents, families and staff.
Marcia’s experience makes it easy for her to continue to organize the department with the ever-present goal of providing the best possible care for our residents. She has a nice sense of humor and isn’t afraid to “dig right in”.
India Haye is a published author and teacher turned Human Resources enthusiast. India graduated from Urban College and continued to pursue her career in Business Management and Human Resources at Mass Bay College. During her time working for a hospice company, she found her passion working with elders. Soon, she realized that elder care and Human Resources were two careers she felt very strongly about.
India comes to Cadbury after a career as Director of Human Resources/Staffing for a rehab/nursing home in the heart of Boston. For two years, she worked to provide the best service to her employees and the residents. India is completely passionate about people and working for Cadbury Commons to make sure everyone comes out on top! She strongly believes that providing great care and support to our residents is a job worth doing well, and we welcome her Cadbury.
Elizabeth Shahinian graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Upon graduation, she entered into a career in sales. Her career spans over 30 years in Corporate Sales and Consulting.
In 2007, she collaborated with a colleague and researched how we care for seniors. For her, it seemed a natural career and life progression to work with seniors in an Assisted Living environment, guiding families through all options available to care for their loved ones. Elizabeth joined Cadbury Commons in the fall of 2015.
Lisa Walts holds a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and worked in the computer field for many years. Caring for her mother and learning how to navigate the challenges of care and access to services proved to be a life-changing event for Lisa. She returned to school in 2013 and achieved her Master of Social Work (MSW) in Clinical Social Work from Boston University with a specialization in gerontology, cognitive disorders, and older adult mental health in 2015.
Before joining Cadbury Commons in June 2016, Lisa worked at a nursing home and as a geriatric case manager at McLean Hospital. Lisa’s role as a social worker is unique in Assisted Living and brings another dimension of service to our residents and families.
Husain Yassin, a world traveler, graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1996. He has worked in Property Management, managing services in an apartment complex, since 2003. In that position, he honed his maintenance and management skills.
Husain was hired as Facilities Director at Cadbury in September 2014. He has elevated the art of building services and has been keeping our Community clean, functioning and beautiful, inside and out.
A Personal Story
By Alzheimer’s Association
Open to any member of the community, our Family/Caregiver Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month.