Meet Our Team
Erin Kopecki, Gerontologist, CMC, LNHA, MS
Co-Founder & Director
Erin, a Nantucket "wash ashore," is extremely passionate when it comes to caring for the elderly. Living on the island since fall of 2015, she yearned to do what she loves most, serving seniors and their families within a community she has come to call home. Embracing this desire, she has co-found TUCKed In, a geriatric care management business.
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, a certified geriatric care manager, a licensed nursing home administrator, and an Alzheimer's Association family support ambassador.
Erin is currently working with other Nantucket professionals to create a dementia friendly community on Nantucket. She will host Alz Meet Ups every third Thursday at Nantucket's atheneum and is working on developing a memory cafe- providing an opportunity for those living with the disease and their loved ones to stay connected and engage with others within the island community.
To learn more about the Aging Life Care Association, formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, please click on the image below.
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 his 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 ASAP partners. Smith is the President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aides. 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 below.
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.
Jessica Trimble, CMC, RN
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.
Charlene Neu, Gerontologist, CMC, MS
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.
Katie Krupka, Gerontologist, CSA, MS
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.