July 14, 2022

Get to Know Megin Hemmerling, North Shore Regional President of CJL

Dear Residents and Families,

I am honored to be writing this letter as the new North Shore Regional President of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. Having been part of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare organization for almost 20 years, I am excited about this opportunity and, most especially, the chance to further get to know all of you. In my new role, my goal will be to lead thoughtfully and strategically, but above all, with heart.

In July of 2003 I started at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center/Aviv Centers for Living in Swampscott as an Occupational Therapist. I joined the rehab team there as the Assistant Director of Rehab Services and soon after was promoted to the Director of Rehab Services. In 2012 the campus relocated to Peabody, and a short time later, I was promoted to Executive Director of what is now Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates Assisted Living. In 2019, I took on the role of Senior Director of Assisted Living Services.

I hold a BS from the University of New Hampshire in Occupational Therapy and a MS from the University of Massachusetts in Gerontology and Management of Aging Services. I recently completed a two-year management program with the Higher Ambition Leadership Institute as well as an executive education program through the Women’s Leadership Program at Yale School of Management.

My plan is to do routine walk rounds to check in with residents and introduce myself to visitors and families. I will be very accessible to all of you—by whatever means is most convenient and meaningful. Although the Executive Directors will continue to be your primary contacts, I will be available as well. Some of the most meaningful conversations happen spontaneously! I enjoy hearing stories from all of you. Feedback is critical to making the Peabody Campus a wonderful place to live and receive services.

Thank you for your support. I am very much looking forward to the future and to establishing even stronger bonds with you. In many ways, I feel like I am “coming back home.” It is truly a wonderful feeling.

All the best,