Rachel Day, Director of Human Services
Rachel Day is the Director of Human Services for the Town of Nantucket. She provides oversight to the nursing home, senior center, commission on disability, veteran’s agent and human service function of the Town such as the Contract Review Committee that provides town funding to local non-profits.
Rachel originally began working for the Town of Nantucket in 2004 at the Saltmarsh Senior Center and moved over to the nursing home after a year. She is a board member of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Nantucket Behavioral Health Task Force and the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & the Islands. She graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in the school of Human Development and Family Studies.
Brett Lennerton, Our Island Home Administrator
Brett Lennerton joined Our Island Home in March of 2018. He received his Bachelors degree from Southern NH University and worked as a maintenance supervisor overseeing Maintenance, Laundry and Housekeeping prior to becoming an administrator. He has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1997. Brett has worked in many different size facilities that had many different specialties within. He has worked in both privately owned homes and larger multi-facility chains.
Heather Francis, Director of Nursing
Heather Francis BSN RN, graduated on Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island in May 2000.
Having worked at Nantucket Cottage Hospital since her arrival to Nantucket from Cape Cod in 1993, Heather was eager to return as a new nurse. She moved from Med/Surg staff nurse to Med/Surg Charge nurse, and eventually onto Med/Surg Clinical Director. IN 2005, Heather saw an opportunity to strengthen her nursing skill and career with a job at Rhode Island Hospital, in Providence, Rhode Island. After becoming ONS certified, she accepted a position on the Inpatient Oncology Unit at RIH, providing chemotherapy to patients requiring round the clock regimens. Heather was often floated to other units and she fell in love with emergency medicine. Prior to leaving Nantucket she was certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nurse, and was a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, accepting an Emergency Room position was an easy decision. In 2007, Heather returned to Nantucket, taking a position in the ER at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. She worked her way into night Clinical Director of NCH. In September of 2006, Heather took on the task of teaching the LPN program offered on Nantucket through Upper Cape Cod Regional School. Heather joined Our Island Home in April 2013, as Staff Development Coordinator, it was great fit as she was very passionate about nursing education. In October of 2016, she began training for the Director of Nursing position. Heather assumed full responsibility of that role in January 2017.
Susan Balester, Business Office Coordinator
Susan Balester, originally from Randolph Mass, joined our team in January 2008 as the Business Operations Coordinator. Susan has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. When she moved to the Island she was hired by the Town as the Nantucket Public Schools Business Coordinator from 1991-1996. She then moved over to The Nantucket Boys & Girls Club as Executive Director from 1996-2004, then Office Manager for Toscana Corporation from 2004-2008.
Laurie Mac Vicar-Fiske, Social Worker
Laurie Mac Vicar-Fiske was born on Nantucket and joined the Our Island Home team in October 2002 as our Social Worker. Laurie has an Associate's degree in Paralegal Studies, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned her Master's degree in clinical social work at the University of Denver, graduating with honors with a concentration in Gerontology and Addictions. Laurie has experience working as a Paralegal in Boston & NYC and a real estate broker on Nantucket. Prior to joining Our Island Home, she worked for Eaton Terrace, an assisted & independent living facility in Lakewood, CO and for the Division of Substance Dependence in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of CO and was an active volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center in Littleton, CO. Laurie loves working with our older population and is passionate about advocating for the highest quality of life for our seniors.
Karen Correia, Food Service Supervisor
Karen Correia is currently the Food Service Supervisor at Our Island Home for the Town of Nantucket. Born and raised on the island, she started at OIH in 1993 in the housekeeping department. She transferred into the kitchen as a cook shortly after. In 2006 she completed her dietary management training through the University of Florida and became a certified Dietary manager. After over 20 years of cooking at OIH, in 2014 she was offered the position of Food Service Supervisor and happily accepted.
Taylor Hilst, Activities Director
A Nantucket native, Taylor Hist joined the Our Island Home team in April 2015 as the Activities Director. She loves working with older adults and providing for their social, recreational, intellectual and spiritual needs. Taylor completed her undergraduate studies at New York University where she studied psychology, and earned her Master’s in clinical social work from Fordham University. Prior to her current position at Our Island Home, Taylor worked in the mental health field for Fellowship Health Resources, Arbour Counseling Services and Fairwinds Counseling Center. Taylor has completed the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals and she is passionate about combining her therapeutic and recreational skill sets to best serve the seniors residing at Our Island Home.
Edward King, Plant Supervisor
Edward King arrived on Nantucket in February 2005, as a “wash–a-shore”, originally from Northern Maine. Ed had been project supervisor for many multi-million dollar building projects in Maine. A carpenter by trade, he excelled as project supervisor which led him to Nantucket to build high end homes for a local contractor. Ed joined the Our Island Home team in December 2011 taking the position as Plant Supervisor. He has extensive knowledge, experience, and education of all the building trades and aspects. He graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a degree in Real Estate Law and Practices and Graduated from Kennebec Valley Technical college in 1981, where he studied Metallurgy and Welding 1,2,3. Ed also graduated from The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Millwrights apprenticeship program in 1980, Attended Central Maine Technical College, graduating in 1979 with an associate’s degree in building construction. Ed has strong family values, loves to hunt and fish, and enjoys spending time in Northern Maine at his camp on Mattaseunk Lake, currently living with his wife on Nantucket.
Debbie Bechtold, Dietitian
Debbie Bechtold was born and raised on Nantucket. She attended Framingham State College, where she completed the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics, becoming a Registered Dietitian in 1989. After moving back to Nantucket, Debbie began working at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in 1991 as an R.D. In 1995, Debbie began filling in for the OIH dietitian and two years later was hired. In 1998, Debbie left her job at NCH to work only at OIH and start her family, of three children.