Glenmeadow Announces New Board Member, Officer, Corporate Ambassadors
Appointments made at the nonprofit’s Annual Meeting in November
LONGMEADOW—At its Annual Meeting in November, Glenmeadow appointed a new member to its Board of Directors and welcomed five new corporate ambassadors to a team of several dozen.
Michael Tremble of Longmeadow is the newest member of the nonprofit’s board.
Dennis Fitzpatrick of Leverett, formerly the board’s vice-chair, is the new chair, replacing Dusty Hoyt of Longmeadow, who will remain as an ex officio member.
Tremble joins Fitzpatrick and the other officers, Amy Santarelli, treasurer, and Norm Smith, clerk, of Longmeadow; as well as members Naren Dhadmodharan, Crystal Diamond, John Gallup, Rabbi Jerome Gurland, Kelly Koch, Annette Lerner, Paul Marchese, and Aaron Mendelson, all of Longmeadow, and Paul Barden, of Boston.
New corporate ambassadors for the life plan community are Suzanna Haskins of Hampden, Jacqueline Johnson of Springfield, Erin Koebler and the Rev. Pam McGrath of Longmeadow, and Grace Roy of Enfield, Connecticut.
“We are pleased to welcome our new board members and corporators, and we are confident they will be as dedicated and hard-working as our current board,” Hoyt said.
Tremble is executive vice president of Valley Communications Systems, Inc. in Chicopee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied exercise science from Springfield College and is enrolled in a master’s in education program at Boston University.
Glenmeadow is a nonprofit life plan community—formerly known as a retirement community—and it has a mission to serve seniors in the Greater Springfield region, whether they live on the Longmeadow campus or in their own homes.
Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is an accredited life plan community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.
To learn more about Glenmeadow and its history and offerings, visit www.glenmeadow.org.
In the 1800s, elderly individuals without family or means were sent to live at what was called “the poor farm.” In 1884, a group of civic leaders raised funds among themselves and other area families and purchased a house on Main Street in Springfield’s south end, establishing The Springfield Home for Aged Women. Quickly outgrowing that house, land was purchased on the corner of Chestnut and Carew streets, where a new home was constructed and opened in 1900. In 1960, the name was changed to Chestnut Knoll, and, in 1992, it began to admit men.
In 1993, the organization purchased a 23-acre parcel in Longmeadow to build a new community that would provide both independent living and assisted living in one building with various common areas. This was a new concept known as a continuing care retirement community. Existing residents from the old Chestnut Knoll property were moved to the new campus in 1997. Shortly after the move, the board voted to change its legal name to Glenmeadow to coincide with the name being used by the developer of the property.
Continuing care retirement communities are now referred to as life plan communities, responding to the needs of the aging population with new opportunities for care, plus creative, educational and personal exploration. Glenmeadow offerings, which include everything from senior living options and handyman services to personal care and travel programs, are provided at its Longmeadow campus and across the region through Glenmeadow at Home. Glenmeadow strives to fulfill its mission of nurturing the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.