Suzanne Rapoza joined Spring Village at Dover in 2020 as the Executive Director. Suzanne graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2002 with her bachelor's degree in nursing. She knew when she graduated that she loved caring for the elderly, especially those with dementia and began her career as a charge nurse at Wentworth Senior Living. Suzanne spent the next eighteen years there growing her career and after earning her master's in healthcare administration at Southern New Hampshire University in 2015, became the Vice President of Health Resources and Administrator.
Sue brings with her to Spring Village at Dover many years of experience in caring for residents with dementia, strong skills in leadership, advocating for residents and families and the skills to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
When Suzanne is not at work, she is either spending hours with her daughter at the dance studio or watching her son play baseball. Suzanne, her husband, two children and corgi Mazie live in Dover.
As Spring Village at Dover's Business Office Manager, Donna brings 30 years of experience working in healthcare settings and a diverse background in customer service. Donna, a native of Dover, had used her extensive knowledge of the area and love of Dover as the Dover Chamber of Commerce Events Planner, including the planning of Dover's famous Apple Harvest Day and the Cochecho Arts Festival.
Donna has a true serving heart which she has shared through her work for Community Partners as their Community Education and Special Events Manager. Throughout her work experience, Donna has developed significant skills organizing and making contacts with the greater Dover area. Whether you come to Spring Village at Dover as a resident, a family member, or an employee, Donna is sure to provide you with a smooth transition into our community family. Donna is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is committed to providing the best possible experience to every person she encounters at Spring Village at Dover.
When Donna is out and about, she is enjoying all the seacoast area has to offer with her husband of 32 years, their three children, and her adorable grandson.
As much as Jacki has enjoyed helping families find Spring Village at Dover, she is leaving her role as Director of Community Relations to pursue her passion; helping residents live their best life, keeping families connected to their loved one, and ensuring that all staff are comfortable and confident in their dementia care abilities. Being who she is, Jacki has created a new role that combines all of these important pieces: Memory Care Program Director.
Jacki has worked in a variety of settings including adult day, rehab, long-term care, skilled nursing, and assisted living. and in each of these settings, Jacki has been particularly drawn to people with a dementia diagnosis and their families. She truly believes in their ability to continue to live with dignity, respect, and a satisfying quality of life, even if it is not the life they expected.
Jacki was born in California; however, she has been a New England resident for the past 32 years, most of those years spent in Vermont. She has a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Green Mountain College and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is a lifelong student and an avid reader. Jacki serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Pathways Thru Aging, and is a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association as a Family Support Volunteer.
Jacki shares her home in Berwick, Maine, with five dogs, a cat, a bird, and a nine-year-old grandson she adores.
Rob's gift is feeding people. As Dining Services Director at Spring Village at Dover, Rob keeps our residents happy by providing them with special treats and meals that remind them of the comforts of home.
Rob grew up in Somersworth, NH, in a family with nine children, and he has always enjoyed cooking. He began working in restaurants and kitchens while still in his teens. Over the years he has worked in a variety of kitchens as well as spending many years catering for weddings, birthdays, and other functions. He spent a few years in construction and remodeling, however, after a major accident, returned to his first passion, cooking and helping people. Rob spent eight happy years at the Gafney Home in Rochester before arriving at Spring Village at Dover. He is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
When not in the kitchen, Rob enjoys riding his Harley with his wife, and sharing in family gatherings with their two daughters and their first granddaughter.
Spring Village at Dover is delighted to have Nicholas Griffin as our Maintenance Director. Nick was pleased to be back with Woodbine Senior Living, LLC, having worked with them in the past as the Maintenance Director for their community in Rye, NH. He has worked in various areas of property maintenance since 1998.
Nick is not only well-versed in property management; he also welcomes the opportunity to create a "culture of enthusiasm." He loves working with people and has honed his customer service skills as a member of the Strafford County Board of Realtors. Nick is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
A native of Exeter, NH, he is a graduate of Exeter High School. He and his wife are renovating the home they share with their two daughters and two rescue dogs. When not busy working, he enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and surfing.
Cecile has been with Spring Village at Dover since August 2019 as a Wellness Nurse. As of May 2020, Cecile was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON). She received her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) degree from InterCoast Career Institute, and before joining Spring Village at Dover worked as a nurse at Kennebunk Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Maine.
With 20 years of experience in healthcare, Cecile demonstrates a confidant and compassionate skill set. She is organized, observant, and attentive in providing resident care. Cecile sets a good example to our nursing team and is able to provide them with assistance and direction.
Cecile was born, raised, and has spent most of her life in southern Maine. She has two children and a grandson, and when she is not working enjoys going to the beach and watching movies. Spring Village at Dover is excited to welcome Cecile as ADON.
Dave Abbett joined Spring Village at Dover in 2020 as the Director of Community Relations. Dave brings years of compassion to the aging population in his new role. Dave graduated from Northeastern University in 1990 with his bachelor's degree in physical therapy and earned his Master's in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in 2000.
Since then, Dave has had a wide and varied career. As a physical therapist he has worked in most healthcare settings including assisted living, long-term care, home health, and outpatient orthopedics and geriatrics. As a marketer, he has held lead roles in healthcare and event marketing, as well as the chief marketer for his physical therapy practice until he sold it in 2019. He is an avid learner in a wide array of interests.
When Dave is not at work, he is either attending a cross-country meet, soccer game, or hiking in the White Mountains. Dave and his wife live in Rochester with his 3 awesome young men (well, the oldest is away at college.)