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 eight years. When I am not here, I enjoy time spent on our farm with my husband, children and grandchildren.
I was born and raised in Medford Massachusetts. After I was married I moved to Tucson, Arizona for 2 years but I missed my family who I am very close with and missed the changing seasons so we moved back to Massachusetts. After having my first child we moved to New Hampshire when he was 4 months old. He is now 18 and I am still in New Hampshire!
Both my children are my pride and joy! My son just graduated high school and will be attending Keene State College to be a music educator. He plays the trumpet extremely well and because of him I now love Jazz (of course that is when he is playing it) and my daughter is a sophomore in high school and is a talented artist, crafter and photographer.
I am very much enjoying Summerhill. The atmosphere here is like no other and that speaks volumes. I hope to be here for a long time to come.
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 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.
I grew up in Jaffrey, one of six children to parents and grandparents who were staples in the community. My grandfather owned Perry's diner and rooming house in Jaffrey where I started my first job. My parents owned Anthony's Restaurant in Jaffrey where as a teenager, along with my siblings, learned the value of customer service. As an adult I owned and operated my own business in Peterborough for many years while raising two children.
In 2009, I decided to explore a career that allowed me to provide deeper meaning and service to others which led me to St. Joseph's School of Nursing, graduating in 2012 with my LPN. I worked during nursing school as an LNA at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. After graduating, I transitioned to charge nurse on the Rehab/Skilled unit where I remained until 2015. Before arriving at Summerhill, I worked in other Nursing homes and Assisted Living settings and was an LNA Instructor for the American Red Cross. My heart has always been serving the elderly population and when I found Summerhill I knew this was the "home" setting I was seeking.
I have worked at Summerhill since 2017 as Charge Nurse on Meadows One where I have witnessed the love, compassion, and care that all of the staff brings to each resident. It has been a privilege to work with the staff, residents and their families. I am fortunate to be allowed to share in their stories. I look forward to my new role as Resident Care Director to bring quality care to every resident while working to create an atmosphere of home.
When not working I make it a practice to take some time to walk. There are many beautiful places locally to enjoy nature. I also enjoy a good book especially during the long winter months which is the best time to sit by the fireplace and read. My two grown children are my biggest achievements and any time I can spend with them is a gift. I have a creative side that includes, painting, drawing, and recently working with my daughter in growing her new floral business. I'm a believer in "your never too old" to start something new and with each new experience we grow.
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.
I grew up the in Newport New Hampshire the youngest of four. My mother Evelyn a nurse her entire professional career and my father a Lumber mill worker his. I have been in “The Kitchen” since the age of 14 starting as a dishwasher in a small seasonal restaurant in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. After graduating from La Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, Mass I went on to work as chef for the common man family of restaurant for many years.
Eventually, in my 30s transitioning into dietary director for a facility in Vermont and absolutely fell in love! I have two very strong beliefs in this profession, “ Food is medicine and Food is love” I enjoy working one on one with our residents to meet their culinary needs and will do anything I can to make the day better.
When not at work I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Kate, family and
friends. I look forward to making many happy memories with Summerhill.