Stories from our co-workers.
Working at Country Meadows Retirement Communities is more than a job; it’s an opportunity to learn about history from those who actually lived through it. It’s a chance to build friendships with surrogate “grandparents.” It’s getting to know co-workers and being part of a team that feels like family.
To learn more about some of these special “perks” to being a Country Meadows co-worker at any of our retirement communities, this section shares stories from our co-workers—in their own words—which highlight members of our team, new friendships and special programs, to name a few. Feel free to stop by any of our senior living communities to check out fresh stories from around our service area.
Amanda Vasquez Dotter remembers feeling terrified on her first day as a nurse at Country Meadows Retirement Communities. Now, seven years later, she is managing the nursing team as director of wellness at the Forks Township in Easton campus. She loves how she has grown with Country Meadows to impact the lives of residents and … Continue reading “A place to grow, lead and impact lives”Read More
Today Grace Vazquez can breathe easier. Vazquez, director of career outreach for Country Meadows, wanted to quit smoking for a long time. She was inspired to truly quit while taking a nicotine and tobacco cessation class offered through Country Meadows. “The class made me realize that I needed to quit ASAP,” she says, proudly adding … Continue reading “Co-worker breathes easier, saves money after kicking smoking habit”Read More
Kathy Kissinger never imagined 20 years ago the success and family that Country Meadows would bring to her. Kissinger has held six different positions during her time at Country Meadows, all of which have fallen under Human Resources. When graduating college, though, Kissinger had her eyes set on another career path. “I wanted to be … Continue reading “Tenured success brings fulfillment and gratitude”Read More
Ricardo (Ricky) Largacha, Executive Chef at Country Meadows of Allentown, knows a thing or two about working from the ground up. Largacha has worked with Country Meadows since March 2016. Since then, he has worked his way up to being the Executive Chef for Allentown’s campus. Largacha started as a cook and has manned many … Continue reading “Sharing a culinary heritage to connect with residents”Read More
In 2011, Angela (Angi) Miller was working at a local Country Club in York, PA. Looking for another job to supplement her income, her best friend Lauren referred her to Country Meadows. Not knowing if she’d like working with the elderly, or if she was qualified, she applied. “I am someone who very much likes … Continue reading “Patience and perseverance prevail, especially at a company like Country Meadows”Read More
Venessa Rivera has been impacting the lives of Country Meadows’ residents and fellow co-workers for 17 years. Starting as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Rivera has enjoyed many opportunities. “I started as a PCA, then I have worked as a Medication Associate (MA), Connections Club Coordinator, Wellness Secretary and now I am the Office Manager,” … Continue reading “The relationships make the difference”Read More
Susan Parker looks forward to coming to work every day. The residents and co-workers at Country Meadows Retirement Communities are like family to her. And she credits the family-owned organization with giving her an opportunity to grow in a rewarding career. Parker started as an employment specialist at the Bethlehem campus in 2006. A single … Continue reading “The company cares about me, too”Read More
As executive director of Fitness for Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Kim Eichinger spends her days helping seniors gain strength and fitness. When she isn’t working directly with residents, she is researching the latest tools and techniques to improve senior fitness, and sharing her expertise with senior living providers across the country. Eichinger loves working with … Continue reading “Financial assistance helps co-workers earn degree, enriching careers and lives”Read More
Remembering our co-worker, Mary Jane Leader Mary Jane Leader, wife of the late Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader, helped her husband found Country Meadows Retirement Communities. She also served many years as a Nursing Home Administrator with the couple’s first retirement venture, Leader Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. Country Meadows President & CEO Michael Leader … Continue reading “Co-founder, wife, mother, first lady and administrator”Read More
While preparing a meal for residents at Country Meadows of Hershey, Julie Steffen, director of Dining Services, was faced with a very serious life-threatening situation. “I was serving dinner to residents when a co-worker came to me and told me a resident was choking,” she says. Without hesitation, Steffen took action and successfully preformed the … Continue reading “Co-worker uses training to save choking residents”Read More