Meet Our Team

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Erin Lynch, Gerontologist, CMC, LNHA, MS
Co-Founder & Director

Erin Lynch is passionate about helping people live their best lives as they age. Embracing a career calling that began with her close relationship with her grandmother, she co-founded TUCKed In Eldercare, an aging life care management business, in 2018.

 

Erin is a gerontologist with an MS in gerontology and management of aging service from UMass Boston and a BA in gerontology from St. Bonaventure University. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association. She is a certified geriatric care manager by the National Acadademy of Certified Care Managers, a licensed nursing home administrator and an Alzheimer's Association family support ambassador. 

 

Erin has built a team of aging life care management professionals throughout New England who work together to develop, implement and manage plans of care for TUCKed In Eldercare clients and their families. In partnership with a trusted network of home care, financial, legal and home modification experts, Erin’s holistic approach helps clients and their families experience their highest possible degree of independence, health and safety.

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Kevin Smith- President & CEO
Best of Care 

Kevin Smith is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Best of Care, Inc. – a non-medical home care agency which serves Greater Boston, the South Shore, South Coast and Cape and Islands communities with offices in Quincy, Milton, Taunton, New Bedford and South Dennis, Massachusetts. Best of Care’s concierge-level services include personal care services, homemakers and companions, hospice care, care management and specialty services as they relate to Alzheimer’s, dementia and acquired brain injury care. Under Kevin's direction, Best of Care has acquired two private pay agencies, expanded to Cape Cod and the Islands and obtained contacts with 8 of the state’s 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) partners. A respected member of the home care industry, Smith is a past President and member of the Board of Directors for the Home Care Aide Council of Massachusetts. He graduated from Providence College with a BA in History in 2007.  

 

TUCKed In Eldercare is affiliated with Best of Care.  Erin and Kevin avidly share the vision and understand the importance of providing the highest quality of care to their clients. Together they hope to make a difference in the lives of those residing and summering to and from Nantucket. 

To learn more about Best of Care, please click on the image to the left.  

Sharron M. Chalke, RN, MS
Nurse Care Manager

Sharron was born in Western Massachusetts, but grew up and attended school in Maine where she lived until moving to Nantucket full time in June 2017.  Sharron graduated from Mt. Ararat high school and University of Southern Maine for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing.  She has been a Registered Nurse for 34 years with both a BSN and MSN majoring in Adult Health.  Career background includes medical/surgical bedside nursing for 15 years, transferring to administrative roles for almost 20 years, serving as Chief Nursing Officer of Central Maine Healthcare for her last 13 years.   
 

Sharron has been coming to Nantucket over ten years with her husband Peter, who is retired. They married four years ago on island and both love living here year-round.  She has one grown son, Greg, who lives in Connecticut as well as two grown step sons, Brett in Texas and Chris in Maryland with his wife and two children.  Sharron is a member of the First Congregational Church. She has been employed with TUCKed In Eldercare since August 2018.

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Jessica Trimble, CMC, RN
Care Manager 

Jessica grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has lived in Los Angeles, Chicago and most recently New York city where she worked as an Emergency Room Nurse for 6 years.  Jessica moved to Nantucket in 2016.  She has welcomed the change from the big city and feels honored to call this little island her home.  Jessica worked for 3 years in the Emergency Department at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and is also a freelance medical and forensics writer. 

 

Jessica feels passionate about providing skilled and compassionate care.  She earned her nursing degree at Columbia University School of Nursing in 2009.  Since that time she has worked at the bedside and in nursing leadership.  She was the co-director of a nursing education exchange program at Durgapur Hospital in India and has presented research at national and international conferences related to patient safety and improving patient outcomes.  She is particularly proud of her work on a palliative and hospice care team which improved patient, family, and provider education and reduced obstacles to meeting the directives of the patient at end of life.  Jessica is thrilled to be working with the aging island community to provide nursing and care management services.  She fully intends to grow old here herself and is deeply invested in fostering supportive programs and services for the aging on Nantucket.

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Charlene Neu, Gerontologist, CMC, MS 
Care Manager 

Charlene is a Gerontologist, Public Health Communicator and Dementia Education Trainer, focused on helping people age well with joy, possibilities, wellness and care. As a Geriatric Care Manager, she has significant experience creating Emergency Preparedness, Case Management, Scam Prevention and Long-Term Care Plans for Seniors to ensure their safety, security and well-being.  Charlene is a passionate healthcare communicator, educating seniors about evidence-based, result oriented fall prevention and chronic disease self-management programs and is adept at forging relationships with consumers, caregivers and health care providers. Charlene brings to the field of Gerontology the advocacy, communication and strategic skills developed during a twenty-year career as a congressional staffer, campaign manager and national legislative grassroots director.

In addition to her work as a Geriatric Care Manager, Charlene works with the Covid-19 Task Force, Partners in Health, as a Community Resource Connection Manager.

 

Active in the community, she is a member of the Boston Medical Reserve Corps, Disability Commissioner for the Town of Milton, Co-Chair of the PFAC Committee at Beth Israel Lahey Health, serving as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman and a Support Group Leader for the Alzheimer’s Association, Archdiocese of Boston & the US Pain Foundation.

 

Charlene holds a Master of Science Gerontology and Aging Services, from The University of Massachusetts; a Master of Arts and Communication from American University; a Bachelor of Arts and Communication from Trinity College and Graduate Certificates in Pain Policy, Management, Education and Research from Tufts Medical School and an Alzheimer’s Disease Public Policy Overview, from the McCormick School of Public Policy.

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Katie Krupka, Gerontologist, CSA, MS 
Care Coordinator

Katie Krupka grew up in the Berkshires and has always been passionate about helping older adults in her local community. She started her career over a decade ago working at an assisted living community in Boston and now lives in Western MA with her husband, Eric and two young sons, Nolan and Liam.

 

Katie has a MS in Gerontology from the UMass Boston and a BS in Hospitality Management from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. In 2020, she founded her own business, Home Sweet Home Senior Living Advisor, in which she helps older adults and their families find the right fit in independent living, assisted living and memory care communities. She is also a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. 

 

Through an empathetic and consultative approach, she advocates for older adults to ensure they have the support and guidance needed to be able to access the right resources and highest quality of care available.

Audrey Snell, RN

Audrey was born and raised on Nantucket, where she graduated from Nantucket High School in 2016. Audrey attended nursing school at the University of New Hampshire, and graduated in 2020 with her BSN. After graduating Audrey returned to Nantucket and wanted to give back to the community. Audrey has always had an interest in providing care to others, but knew she wanted something other than nursing in a hospital setting. She completed her senior year practicum at a VNA, and decided a career in home care nursing and care management. She is passionate about providing care and companionship to the aging community of Nantucket.

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Laurel McLaughlin
Gerontologist, MS, CDP

Laurel is a South Shore, MA native. She started her career age at a Plymouth nursing home, and from there  on she wanted to be working with older adults. She has worked in various sectors of the elder care field including assisted living, home care and roles from providing hands on care and enrichment to administrative and consulting. She also was involved on her hometown’s Dementia Friendly team.

 

Laurel is a graduate of UMASS Boston where she earned a BA in psychology and an MS in gerontology. She is a certified dementia practitioner, and uses her knowledge to write for dementia non-profits to educate families and people living with dementia diagnoses. Part of her effort is to promote mindful caregiving and dementia using the arts.  Her experience and diverse background and knowledge has helped many families identify their goals to implement creative solutions to challenging obstacles. 

 

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