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Over 30 years ago, The Kunst brothers had purchased nearly 10 acres of land in Hopkinton with a desire to build something that could give back to the local community.  They looked at resources, both readily available and lacking and how to develop empty land into a valued entity and so the story of Golden Pond began. 

The Lodge at Golden Pond is our premier assisted living community for designed for retirees who are very active and enjoy the finer things in life. This quaint community offers 33 residences and features three floor plans including studios with patios, one-bed/one-bath and two-bed/two-bath spacious apartments.


This community is perfect for seniors looking to fulfill their active and independent life styles. Enjoy the concierge approach and personally tailored care services to provide just the right amount of lifestyle management to foster independence and convenience for you or your loved one. 


Enjoy these signature services and amenities: three meal options including your own dining room with distinctive, upscale menus, complimentary transportation to local shopping and medical appointments, dog walking, 24-hour access for fitness center and custom designed meal and care programs and concierge physicians. 


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Contact our team today to experience the Golden Pond difference and see first-hand why it's one of New England's most sought-after assisted living communities. 

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Meet The Team


Michael Volpe, MBA
Executive Director

Michael is a seasoned leader with a proven record of building cohesive organizational cultures, strong teams and highly scalable operations in mission driven organizations.  

With a background in Finance & Marketing with an MBA Mike's gregarious personality and compasionate demeanor make him the perfect fit for this role. 

When he is not on campus, he can be found on the golf course, hiking a trail or puzzling with his two young sons.


Brendan Tedstone, LPN, CDP
Director of Nursing, Wellness Director

Brendan comes to us with almost 10 years experience in aging services. A devoted resident of his hometown of Hopkinton, Brendan has worked in the Fire Department and on the Board of Selectmen where he focused his work on seniors and veterans. He says,"it’s an honor to work with the people that raised and molded my generation. The stories and life experiences are some of the most interesting ones that you’ll ever come across."

In his spare time, Brendan loves to watch and coach his kids' sports teams and spend time in Maine. 


Anna Conniff,
Asst. Resident Care Director

Anna has always had a passion for helping people. Coming from a family of nurses, she'd say it's in her DNA! In 2019, she graduated from Tri-County in Franklin as a LPN. In her free time, she loves to cook and spend time with family or her two cats, Izzy and Thumper. She is beyond grateful to be part of the

Golden Pond team. 


Jazmin Valianti,
Director of Special Care Residence

Jazmin has devoted her career to taking care of people. She started with her BA in psychology from Simmons College then went on to receive her RN degree over 20 years ago. She has gained vast experience in all areas of nursing. Jazmin is multilingual – fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese – which has been an asset in the health care industry. Her focus has always been to assist those in need so they can live healthier lives. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning more languages and spending time with her family.


Sara Shumsky,
Asst. Resident Care Director

Sara initially pursued her passion for writing after graduating from Oswego State University with a BA in English Writings Arts. She became an Editor of a newspaper and then a Technical Writer. After getting married and being a full-time mom, her Nana was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and the desire and need to work with other “Nana’s” became her purpose. Sara serves as a Reiki Practitioner, and is“In it to win it!” in honor of her Nana and all those she’s served. Sara loves living in the country with her growing family, selling fudge, and following Jesus.


Alexandra Scialdone,
Wellness Nurse

 Alexandra (Alex) overseas and coordinates Resident Care Wellness. Alex has worked in healthcare for over ten years.  She brings compasion and enery to the community with everything she does.  While not at work, she is home with her two boys and loving fiance.  

Helina Morrison,
Wellness Nurse

Helina pursued a BSc in Nursing at Middlesex University London. She became a registered member of the Nursing and Midwifery council/ Royal College of Nursing in 2011 and has worked with various departments and specialities (inpatient, outpatient, emergency, trauma, emergency , OR, hospice, maternity, public health and community).  She is in it for the comfort of the sick/distressed, the smiles, companionship and care of residents . In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, and traveling.


Dorine Viera,
Office Manager

​​Dorine Viera joined Golden Pond in 2016 as a part time receptionist after taking six years off from the School Dept. to care for her grandchildren and decided it was time to get back into the work force.  Since then, she has worked her way up to the Business Office Manager at Golden Pond. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her family and especially entertaining her grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time at the beach and dining out with her husband.


Patricia Kreshpane,
Book Keeper

Patricia joined  Golden Pond in August and has a background in Finance & Accounting and an MBA from Babson College.  Before work each day, she walks 4 miles on the Holliston Rail Trail with friends. Patricia enjoys meeting residents and learning about their experiences and is happy to be in such a warm and caring environment.


Crystal Marinel,
Starting Line Office Manager

Crystal Marinel is the Office Coordinator for Starting Line Wellness. She has been working in the healthcare field for almost twenty years and helping patients is a passion of hers. She looks forward to working with you and your families to get you the best care possible. When she is not at work she loves spending time at the beach, being with family and friends and of course with her dog Maya.


Grace Pierre-Louis,
Sr. Resident Care Coordinator

 Grace overseas and coordinates Resident Care ensuring all  residents receive the Best of the Best care. In addition, she hires CNAs and handles the schedule duties. She aids her fellow coworkers in ensuring their duties are fulfilled.


Christel Gianci,
Design & Marketing Consultant

Lisa Jacobs,
Chief Operating Officer

Please say hello to our Design and Marketing Consultant, Christel Gianci. Christel joined Golden Pond with a background in healthcare administration, Graphic Design and UX/UI Design. She has worked for several distinguished  companies such as BCBSMA, MEEI and United Way. In her free time, Christel enjoys the arts - drawing, painting, crafting and embroidery.


Doug Noble,
Director of Operations

Say hi to Doug Noble, our Director of Operations. Doug has 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry as an attorney, developing many health care facilities throughout New England, overseeing plant operations, supporting all corporate matters including HR, financing, and regulatory. When Doug is not working he enjoys time with his family including his 6 grandchildren, playing golf and dining out.


Lisa has over 35 years' experience as a nurse and 25 years in operations across many healthcare venues including acute care, long term care, home care and assisted living.  She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding both behavioral health and neurological disorders to her role and is a fierce advocate for seniors as they navigate the complex health care services and offerings that are available to them.  She has a long history with Golden Pond and is so glad to have returned!  When she is not on campus, you can find her enjoying time with her family, on the beach or running to her 70's playlist!

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