Meet the Management
Kathy Foley, Executive Director
Kathy Foley grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and is the oldest of 10 children. Kathy attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston receiving a bachelor of science in Gerontology with a minor in Staff Development. She has extensive HR, facility management, real estate management, supervisory, budget development and marketing experience. Before her time at Springhouse (2008), Kathy had many roles in the real estate, senior care, banking and the advertising world. She was previously the Assistant Executive Director at Goddard House, in Brookline, MA and more recently the Executive Director at Youville House in Cambridge, MA. As the mother of four grown children, she is always the happiest when her grandchildren want to spend time with her. When she manages to find other free time, Kathy enjoys reading, writing, playing cribbage, family board games, IPhone Scrabble, crocheting and cooking.
Karen Pollack, Director of Community Relations
Karen Pollack brings years of experience to Springhouse. Prior to joining the marketing team in 2003, she worked in the home care industry as well as a geriatric care manager. Her career originated with jobs in marketing, advertising, and radio until she found her passion of making a difference in the lives of elders. She attended the University of Hartford, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications, with a minor in marketing, and a minor in psychology. With her skills and experience, she does a wonderful job as the Director of Community Relations for Springhouse. Karen develops relationships with healthcare professionals and the outside community and also assists families in choosing Springhouse as their residence. She enjoys cooking, is a serious Red Sox fan and is devoted to her son and her Shih tzu, Max.
Susan Kates, LICSW, MHA
Susan grew up on the South Shore in Massachusetts. She has many years of experience of working with geriatric populations and has also worked as a preschool Teacher and Special Needs counselor. Susan is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work as well as a Masters in Health Administration. She will assist residents and families to adjust to community living, providing on-going liaison, support, education and problem solving where needed. Susan enjoys spending time with her family skiing and sailing. Susan’s hobbies include photography, travelling and singing.
Meredith Griffiths, LMHC, ATR,
Therapeutic Program Coordinator
Meredith Griffiths grew up in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. She moved to Boston in 1999 to attend Simmons College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Psychology with a minor in French. Hoping to combine her love of the arts with her desire to help others, Meredith studied art therapy at Lesley University. She holds a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies and is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Meredith began serving elders when she pursued a graduate level internship in an assisted living community. Upon graduation, she was hired there as an activity assistant. This experience allowed her to discover her passion for working with persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Meredith came to Springhouse in 2006 as the Activity Coordinator for Allen House, our specialized memory care unit. As Springhouse’s Therapeutic Program Coordinator she ensures that a comprehensive schedule of creative and meaningful activities is provided for each of our three communities; independent living at Woodside, assisted living at Ledgemont and specialized memory care at Allen House.
Along with her dedicated staff of activities program coordinators, drivers, interns and volunteers of all ages, Meredith enjoys developing programs to celebrate our residents’ strengths and life experiences. Outside of Springhouse, her interests include solo travel, painting, and spending time with her two cats.