Mertens House Staff

One big family of attentive, friendly professionals.

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Mertens House Staff

With a staff of attentive, friendly, professionals we are proud to offer each resident the highest quality of compassionate care, honoring individual needs for assistance in personal care and feeding and bathing.  All while inspiring each resident to be as independent as possible.  We strive to engage our residents in the social and physical activities they enjoy.

Each staff member has a personal relationship with each resident and we have found that our residents connect closely with our staff.  Your family can trust in the nurturing, respectful care from people who know your loved one.

Our staff is not only attentive to the needs of the individual, but family as well.

Family members are encouraged to join in the decision making for nursing care.  When the time comes, we understand the challenges at the end of life.  We talk openly and honestly with family members while providing palliative care with respect and support for all involved.

In addition to a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse on each shift, two additional licensed nursing assistants provide care during the day and evening shifts.  The overnight shift has one additional licensed nursing assistant.

Meet The Mertens House Staff

Please click each name below for more info about each staff member.

Carol Cunningham
Administrator
Allison Jones, RN, BSN
Director of Nursing
Glynes Howe
Housekeeping Supervisor
Jennifer Dean
Dietary Supervisor
Beth Martin
Reception
Sheila Birmingham
Activity Director
Mike Richards
Maintenance Supervisor
Carol Cunningham
Administrator

 

Carol began working at Mertens House in 1986 as the bookkeeper/office manager. In 1995 she became the Administrator. She likes to be active in the community and is a past member of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce where she continues to volunteer. She joined the Woodstock Rotary Club in 1995 and has been the Treasurer for approximately 20 years. Carol was born and raised in Oklahoma and currently lives in Woodstock. She has two adult sons.

 

 

Allison Jones, RN, BSN
Director of Nursing

A true New Yorker, Allison was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island along with her two younger brothers. As a young adult she was always inclined to work in the “people serving business” as a camp counselor, psych. aide, nurse’s aide, Sunday School teacher, House Mother at an Alternative Boys School, and youth group leader, to mention a few. Allison graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, Long Island. She started her career at Stony Brook University Hospital in the Burn/Trauma ICU and then Surgical/Neuro ICU. In 2000, Allison became an ICU Travel Nurse, spending the next five years exploring the United States. Come 2005, she moved to the Upper Valley. It was then she traded in her ICU shoes for Long Term Care ones and eventually matched up with Mertens House in August of 2014. She loves making a difference in people’s lives as well as being a part of the Mertens House Team.

 

Glynes Howe
Housekeeping Supervisor

Glynes began working in the housekeeping department at Mertens House in 2000 and currently is the Supervisor of Housekeeping. Glynes has two grown children and one in elementary school. She and her husband, Todd, live in Plymouth, VT.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Dean
Dietary Supervisor

Jen began working at Mertens House in 1994 and is currently the Supervisor of the Dietary Department. She and her husband, Tim, live in Bridgewater Corners, VT.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth Martin
Reception

Beth has been the receptionist at Mertens House since 2012. She has lived in Woodstock since 1983. Her background includes working in the insurance industry and many years at the Ottauquechee Health Center. She and her husband, George, have two grown children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheila Birmingham
Activity Director

Sheila began working at Mertens House in 2014 as a per diem nursing assistant. In 2017 she became the full time Activity Director. From 1992 – 2007 she owned her own catering business. She uses that experience to create special event luncheons and parties for our residents, their families and friends. Sheila lives in Woodstock with her husband, Bill, and she has two adult children.

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Richards
Maintenance Supervisor

Mike is new to Mertens House as our Maintenance Supervisor.  He lives in Quechee with his wife, Ainslynn and two stepsons.  He has been an active member of the National Guard for the last ten years.