There's a new person in charge at Brooksby Village, a sprawling 90-acre retirement complex off Route 114 in Peabody.
Erickson Living announced Monday that Helen Lanagan of Burlington was named Executive Director at Brooksby, replacing James Wingardner, who is leaving to run Erickson's facility at Linden Ponds in Hingham. Windgarder was the executive director for six years.
A press release says Lanagan was responsible for establishing a visiting nurses organization at Brooksby, winning an award for being the fastest start-up of a certified home health agency and passing a Department of Public Health survey with flying colors.
“Helen is a results-orientated leader with more than 20 years of experience in health, elder care and management, marketing, budget development, public relations, human resource management, program development and strategic planning, making her a perfect fit for this key role,” said Christopher J. Emmett, regional vice president of operations in a statement.
“Her expertise and dedication to service will help us further serve the senior marketplace in the Boston area with a strong, stable and efficient operational platform,” he said.
Lanagan previously worked as Executive Director of United Home Care Services, Inc. in Reading and has also served as a director for a mental health services center in Medford, CEO of a beautician school in Lowell, and CEO and president of a home health care agency in Winthrop.
She's also chaired a credit union, served as the president of one chamber of commerce and served on the board of another, as well as in key board positions for a adult Alzheimer's program, a statewide home health care association and a visiting nurses association.
Brooksby Village, which houses about 1,900 senior citizens, first opened in 2001. In addition to having its own voting precinct in Peabody, the retirement complex also employs hundreds of local students each year (most of them hailing from Peabody) and awards many of them with college scholarships as well.