Anthony ThompsonDirector of Nursing
Sharon FuscoDirector of Social Services
Sharon Fusco is a native Rhode Islander. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work as well as her Masters of Social Work from Rhode Island College. After working for the Department of Elderly Affairs, 14 years ago, Sharon did an internship in long term care at Elmhurst and has remained ever since. In addition, she leads the Eden Alternative Committee and the Celebration of Life Program.
She is an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College; Vice President of the RI Healthcare Association for Social Work; member of the Charter Care Ethics Board; and in 2009 was Social Worker of the Year for RI.
Her calling to this work is to improve quality of life for seniors in Rhode Island. She wants to be a leader to facilitate culture change and acceptance.
Amybeth DunphyDirector of Admissions
Amybeth Dunphy was born and raised in Rhode Island. She earned a B.A. in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College. Her family owned a skilled nursing facility in Pawtucket which Amybeth grew up in and started working there at the age of 14. The family started her in the dietary and laundry departments. She continued working there all through college. Amybeth eventually transitioned to the admissions department and became a District Director of Sales & Marketing for a national nursing home chain in the Boston market. Most recently she was a specialist in central admissions for a national company and was based in Needham, MA.
Amybeth stated she has always liked working with the elderly and knew from a young age that this was the business she wanted to be in.
Lauren BowersDirector of Life Enrichment
Lauren Bowers was born and raised in Newport RI. She attended New England Institute of Technology for Occupational Therapy Assisting and graduated in 2012 as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and as the President of the SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Assistant) Club. When Lauren graduated in 2012 and passed her state licensing boards, she began working as a therapist in the Southcoast region of MA in multiple Adult Day Health Centers. Shortly after, Lauren transitioned into an Activity Director role in a Skilled Nursing Facility and never left! Lauren has almost 10 years’ experience as both Activity Director and Dementia Program Coordinator. Lauren became a Certified Dementia Practitioner in 2013 and has added another accredited certification in 2019 as a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional. Lauren has worked all over MA and RI and has previously held a Regional Coordinator of Dementia Program Management position for a nationally known company. Lauren has a passion for the geriatric field with a strong focus on Dementia Care and being able to provide fun and meaningful activities to her residents.