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Meet Our Executive Director
Catherine Cournoyer, Executive Director
Catherine is a Maine native who grew up in a very small mill town where her parents taught her the importance of family, respect and caring for others.
Catherine graduated from The University of Maine. She has an extensive background of over 25 years’ experience working in both public and private sectors, social services and, senior living industry where she discovered an innate truth about herself… she utterly adores the elderly-not a little but A LOT!
Catherine is someone who inspires change, who willfully pursues it; encapsulates the value of the positive outlook and devours the opportunities presented with enthusiasm and passion for the seniors living in a community. Catherine understands the importance of building long lasting and trusting relationships with residents, families and partners. Her true desire is to enhance a positive “home” experience with the senior population. She believes in the importance to experience life through a sense of a community.
Catherine shares her home with her husband Jim, who is a retired firefighter of 31 years,in Concord New Hampshire where they raised 5 wonderful children.
Meet Our Team
Tammy Hayward, Memory Care Director
Bio Coming Soon!
Allen Chouinard, Director of Maintenance
As you can see, God has endowed me with great hair; unfortunately, he forgot to add the height to reach it. My philosophy in life is to spread love as thick as I can spread Nutella and make the world smile.
I love humans, coffee, passionate MacGyver, tech freak, psyche explorer looking for life’s answers, wanting to make a difference, snow hater, sun lover,
My hometown is Manchester N.H., although I lived in Quebec Canada for a few years, where I learned to read, write and speak fluently in French.
I would consider myself an entrepreneur. I owned and operated an ink & toner retail business until the economic bubble bursts in the early 2000’s which left me looking for new meaning.
My passion for maintenance and repair can be traced back to my early childhood years when my mom walked in on what was her new anniversary stereo system, which I had all laid out in pieces on the living room floor. Although I had neither the experience or know how back then, (mom was not happy) I was determined to understand how things worked, (that poor stereo never worked the same).
I have always known that the shovel was a ground breaking invention. ☺
My path has led to working and managing million dollar projects, simple home repairs, maintaining 300 unit apartment complexes and eventually moving into assisted living and nursing facilities ranging from 76 to 292 beds.
I have found a true inner calling in working with seniors and providing them the best possible care as well as spending time with each of them and getting to know their stories.
You might find me doing anything from low key maintenance tasks (toilets, YUCK) to very technical projects. I thrive on the bigger projects and challenges.
My favorite thing is making others smile and making the days go by with ease, so you may see me walking through the halls wearing a red nose or funny hat, telling jokes and just making people laugh. Even if only for a second, making others smile is a worthy effort.
On my days off in summer months, you’ll likely find me riding my motorcycle through the back roads of NH and Maine. Winters, I am hiding under the covers waiting for spring. I love cooking, cookouts with friends and family and my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because the only thing that matters is the connection and food.
Now if only I could discover the secret to being a caterpillar. Eat a lot, sleep a lot and wake up beautiful!
Kim Hankins, Business Office Manager
Kim recently joined the Sunapee Cove team as the Business Office Manager. She has over 40 years of experience in business including all aspects of office management as well as payroll, human resources, and sales. Prior to joining Sunapee Cove, Kim was with Mt. Sunapee Resort (now owned by Vail Resorts) as the Human Resources/Payroll Manager. She began her career with the Oliver Wight Companies in an administrative role and moved to sales. After leaving Oliver Wight, Kim was a Sales Account Manager selling computer hard drives and memory upgrades through the reseller channels at Sigma Data. Kim lives in Newbury, NH and enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking advantage of all that is offered in the beautiful Lake Sunapee area.
Peg Van Norden, Activities Coordinator
I was born in Morningside, MD when my father was stationed there at the Naval Base. Upon my Dad‘s retirement after 20 years in the U.S. Navy, my folks moved us back to Vermont, which had been their “Home Base,” originally. I attended first grade through twelfth grade in Weathersfield and Springfield, Vermont, respectively. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor‘s of Science degree in Animal Science.
My first job out of college was as a stable manager at a horse farm in Oldwick, NJ. After a year, I was horribly homesick, so when my eldest brothers offered me a job as the retail manager of the newest garden center branch that they were opening-1 happily accepted. Most of my adult life, however, I was self-employed as a Realtor and then as a mortgage lender. After 25 years, I felt a need for a career change. I chose to become a care-giver at an assisted living community. I made the transition from care-giver to activities associate and I have never enjoyed a job more! It is truly a labor of love for me, as I have found my niche in life.
I have always adored and been drawn to senior citizens. It doesn‘t matter if they are two-legged or four legged- I love them all. I am also passionate about my involvement in animal rescue. I have been a volunteer with New England English Springer Spaniel Rescue for over two decades and more recently, as a volunteer with the Humane Society in Enfield, NH.
I enjoy following all of the N.E. sports teams; but, I am self–professed FANatic when it comes to my beloved Patriots!
I am number five of six children and my folks still live in Weathersfield, Vermont where I grew up. Our family is very tight–knit and I enjoy our family gatherings. Otherwise, I live a quiet and peaceful life with my two fur-babies that I rescued and adopted nine years ago. It is my dream to become a published author, when I grow up someday. In the meantime, I practice my craft by reading and writing, whenever possible.
Teresa Curry, Dining Room Director
Teresa Curry has been a Chef for over 29 years. Her first love of Culinary Arts came from her Dad and Uncle, both were Chefs, and they inspired Teresa to follow in their footsteps in creating beautiful and tasty food. Teresa then went to Culinary School in Palm Beach Florida and graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was hired as an instructor where she worked for several years.
She decided to go out on her own and open a catering company called Feast Masters Catering where her clients were average people with weddings, holiday parties, etc… to Performing Artists and Actors doing backstage catering at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and as their Private Chef at special venues they were hosting. Her company was named one of the top 100 Caterers on three different occasions by Biz Bash Magazine. Teresa also does Tea Parties, Victorian, English High and Low Tea Events. She teaches proper Tea Etiquette, different types of teas and their health benefits and the history.
After 11 years Teresa sold her business and decided to take a different career path in Healthcare. She has spent approximately 12 years as a Food Service Director in Assisting Living Communities, Rehab Institution, and Memory Care Communities. The one thing that Teresa loves about her job as a Director is the resident’s, they hold her heart every day. In 2019 Teresa won an Executive Chef competition coming in second place out of 10 and was the only female competing.
She was born and raised in Washington, DC, moved to Italy for a year working at a NATO base, then to Florida for 29 years. Four years ago she move to New Hampshire to be near her daughter. She hopes that she will enjoy a long and happy career here at Sunapee Cove.