Meet the Team at Compass on the Bay – South Boston’s Memory Support Community
We asked our associates…
What inspired you to work with seniors who have memory loss?
Assistant Executive Director
Resident Care Director
Director of Dining Experience
Director of Building & Grounds
I love to help people and once a family friend recommended I become a home health companion I was hooked! I took care of a gentleman who was “combative and behavioral” and with my natural approach, reminiscing, having a routine of programs and fulfilling his day with purpose he was great! I was 17 then and that is how I became passionate about working with those who have memory loss and their families.
– Jenna Petrenko, Executive Director
I began my journey back in 2000 when I took a receptionist position at an Assisted Living community. Didn’t take me very long to realize that working with seniors was what I was meant to do.
– Lindsay Nelson, Assistant Executive Director
My parents, aunts, and uncles always treated my Nanas with the utmost love, support, and respect. This did not go unnoticed by me. This is when I first began to realize that I truly had a passion for being around older adults. When my great Uncle Louie, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease all I knew about Alzheimer’s was that it involved memory loss. I thought nothing of it, not knowing there was much more to it. I was at the end of my freshman year of college when my father told me that Uncle Louie’s Alzheimer’s had progressed. For most of that summer, I researched Alzheimer’s disease and its effects on the brain and body. By the time I entered my sophomore year of college I changed my major from Business to Psychology.
– Shari Sweeney, Program Director
My inspiration to work in memory loss with seniors was my dad, who had Parkinson’s.
– Ken McCluskey, Director of Dining Experience