Meet DeAnna E. Willis, Executive Director
DeAnna is Executive Director of Doolittle Home, a position she has held for the last six and a half years. She is a member of the Board and serves on the Administration and Finance committee as well as the Applications/Admissions Committee and Building and Grounds Committee. Prior to joining the staff of Doolittle Home, DeAnna consulted professionally with the home for several years. She has more than twenty years experience in various administrative capacities in the care of the elderly. Currently supervises a staff of 40 and coordinates management of the facility. DeAnna’s passion for Doolittle Home is very evident and the residents and staff admires her leadership. Click Here To Watch DeAnna’s Video
Meet Christine Kent, Director Of Nursing Services
Christine came to Doolittle Home in 1997. A graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Christine began her Doolittle Home career as a night shift nurse. Christine has been Director since 2005, and oversees a staff of 25 nurses, CNAs, as well as the Physical Therapist, Medical Director, Dietician, Social Worker, and Pharmacy Consultant. Christine says, “Working at Doolittle Home is like working with family. We all work together as a team to get the job done. What each of us brings to the residents, makes the difference.”
Meet Roz Champagne, Activities Director
Roz is adored by the residents. Starting as a volunteer in 2001 before being employed as a Dietary Aide for Doolittle Home, a natural fit was realized when the Director of Activities position became open in January 2004. Roz spends the morning in the nursing unit, followed by various activities, such as a morning stretch program, music appreciation, puzzles, games, poetry, and current events. In the afternoon, Roz can be found in the main house, entertaining the residents with bingo, spelling bees, trivia, amongst other enjoyable activities. Roz books all the entertainment for Doolittle Home with visitors ranging from Crossroads Children Center singing their little hearts out for residents to various community groups and musicians. Doolittle Home’s van provides transportation for trips within the region for out of the home services, such as doctor and dentist appointments, local shopping, and trips to Norton Public Library. Roz is coordinator of Doolittle Home’s volunteer program. Volunteer activities include therapy dog visits, a woman’s discussion group, poetry hour, card making and crafts, as well as a one-on-one program, where volunteers are paired with residents. On Wednesdays each week, bowling is a featured activity, with the mornings focusing on competition and afternoons featuring an assisted bowling program designed for those needing extra care from Doolittle Home’s physical therapist, Marge Howard. Roz is a native North Attleboro resident with 8 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one very tired husband. Roz always brings her sense of humor and passion for helping others.
Meet Lori DiTomaso, Food Service Supervisor
Lori has been cooking at the Doolittle Home for 18 years, but first heard about it from her father who serviced the piano at the home. She was quick to explain that it “feels more like a family than a job.” Lori enjoys getting to know each of the residents and she enjoys watching the young dining room staff interact with the residents. it is good for both the high school students and the residents. Compared to other facilities she has worked in, it is unique to have personal relationships with each student. Lori feels that “all staff truly care about the residents and the home.They are not just doing their job.” This leads to staff longevity which enables the residents to know the staff they interact with each day. Contrary to what some might believe, Lori explains that her cooking at the Home is quite varied. She reviews menus with the residents on a bi-monthly basis and incorporates their suggestions for new dishes. She also explained how individual needs are addressed to ensure the dining experience is positive for each resident. For those who may have difficulty cutting their meat, it is cut for them in the kitchen and served cut up so they can enjoy their meal without feeling embarrassed to ask for assistance or to struggle on their own.
Meet Philip Cobb, Facilities Manager
Philip has handled the maintenance responsibilities for the last 11 years at Doolittle Home. Doolittle Home keeps him busy and challenged along with giving his work day great variety. He is proud of the beautiful home he maintains for the residents. Philip is not new to working with the elderly, having spent the prior 19 years in a nursing home environment. He enjoys getting to know the residents as he helps them by hanging a picture or programming their VCR-DVR. He describes the residents as alert, engaged, full of interesting stories and, of course, always happy to see him. While the residents are always polite, they do love to joke and tease him. Philip remembers the first time he visited Doolittle Home. He was impressed by the dining room and seeing the residents all having dinner together. Unlike days at the prior nursing home when it could be hard to get up to go to work, he looks forward to coming to Doolittle Home to see the residents and other staff members.
Meet Virginia Lehr, Director Of Marketing And Communications
Virginia brings over 20 years of marketing experience in corporate communications. She spent the last several years raising her two children and volunteering in her community on school boards, the Lions Club, and in her church. Virginia is a “people person” and enjoys learning the story behind the person. Philanthropy and events are Virginia’s passion. “I’m excited to apply my marketing skills to elevate the Doolittle Home’s community reach. I will work diligently on the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration to commemorate Doolittle Home’s impressive milestone. ”
We thank all our staff for their dedication and care.