Rachel Day, Director of Human Services & Administrator
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. She also continues to fill the role as Nursing Home Administrator for the Town owned nursing home, Our Island Home, which she has held since early 2009.
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.
Erin Kopecki, Assistant Administrator
Erin Kopecki, originally from Upstate New York, joined the Our Island Home team in October 2015 as the Assistant Administrator. With her educational background in Gerontology, she holds a passion for serving the senior population. Erin received her BA in Gerontology at St. Bonaventure University and her MS at UMass Boston in Gerontology and Management of Aging Services. She recently completed her Administrator-In-Training at Liberty Commons located in Chatham, MA, leading her to attain her Nursing Home Administrators License in December 2016. Prior to moving to Nantucket, Erin resided in Boston, MA, working at two low income senior properties along with joining a homecare agency that served elders in Boston, South Shore, and Martha’s Vineyard.
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 is a Nantucket native, grew up in Nantucket and Florida. She received an Associate in Science degree from Bay Path Junior College and worked for many years in Boston and NYC as a Paralegal and then as a Real Estate Broker on Nantucket. In 1995, Laurie graduated with honors from Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She interned at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, MA in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. In 1999 Laurie received her Master of Science degree, cum laude, from The University of Denver School of Social Work, where her focus was Gerontology and Addictions. She volunteered at the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center in Littleton, CO, assisting with program development, research and grant writing. Before returning to Nantucket in late 2002, Laurie worked for Addiction, Research & Treatment Services, a clinical program of the Division of Substance Dependence, Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of CO. She also worked at Eaton Terrace in Lakewood, CO, an 162 unit Assisted Living Center, providing social services to the residents and their families. Laurie joined the OIH team in October, 2002 and loves her position as Social Worker (LCSW), serving our senior population in many different capacities.
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.