Beth Vettori, Executive Director, Rockridge Retirement Community
Beth Vettori is a 1999 graduate of Springfield College, earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Prior to working with Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, Beth worked at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA on a acute rehabilitation unit. Moving back to her roots in Massachusetts, Beth opened and directed the operations of The Harbor Program at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham, a memory support Benchmark Community for four years. After the birth of her first child, Beth joined Rockridge Retirement Community as the Assistant Executive Director to commence operations of the new Independent and Assisted Living Neighborhoods in the summer of 2004. In early 2007 Beth was promoted to the position of Executive Director, where she has built on the 27-year legacy that Pat Sokop created – one of a strong community, happy and healthy residents, involved families, and a cohesive staff that supports the residents as much as they do each other. Beth was honored in 2009-2010, as a Cambridge, "Who's Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs", was the recipient of MassAging's 2010, "Emerging Leader Award", http://www.leadingagema.org/files/public/2010-Annual-Report.pdf, and honored most recently as one of BusinessWest's 2011 class members of, "40 Under Forty", http://businesswest.com/2011/04/beth-vettori-34.
When people ask her when her career started, Beth often tells of her high school graduation present. Her grandmother took her on a tour of Europe – but with a senior citizen tour group. They toured Switzerland, France and Italy, and she met so many wonderful older adults, all with stories from which she could learn. She loved hearing their tales, and vowed to not only take their lessons, but also to make the world a little better for them.
Rev. Bruce Arbor
Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, Chaplain of the Northampton and Amherst Fire Departments, and Deputy Chief Chaplain for Western Massachusetts of the Massachusetts Corps of fire Chaplains.
A Resident of Rockridge for almost seven years, I am on the Board of Overseers and the Advisory Council. An avid gardener, I also volunteer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Interests include knitting baby caps for newborns, reading, bridge and mahjong, design and marketing note cards – all keeps me active and involved.
John C. Young
I am the retired Executive Director of Better Homes, Inc., a non-profit housing development and property management corporation serving the affordable housing market in the greater Springfield area. I serve on the boards of other affordable housing organizations and community groups including the World Affairs Council in the Springfield area. I am a graduate of Albion College in economics and have served in Peace Corps in Kenya in the 1960’s.
Dr. Richard Humphreys, M.D.
Has lived in the Northampton area since 1973. He practiced Radiology at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for 32 years, retiring in 2005. His parents moved to Rockridge in 1990 and he has been associated with and interested in the Rockridge community since that time.
Rev. John Dusenberry
Retired in 1991 from the United Methodist Clergy. Served churches in Brewster – Wilmot, Ohio; Waltham, Lynn, North Adams, Greenfield and Westfield – all in Massachusetts.