Our Management Team

Annmarie Plant, RN, BA, CCM, CDP


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As President of Armistead Senior Care it is my privilege and pleasure to introduce you to the Armistead team. I am fortunate to work with such an experienced, dedicated, talented and passionate staff.

I am also fortunate to be a colleague of Armistead’s founder Rachel Cummings. I believe strongly in Armistead mission and values and will work diligently to help Armistead become the best employer of caregivers and the best provider of care and services in the areas we serve in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Although I hail originally from Brooklyn, New York, and you may detect a bit of a New York accent, having lived in Vermont for over 35 years and raising a son here, I consider Vermont my home.

I am an executive registered nurse trained in Brooklyn with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Trinity College and one of 4 Aging Life Care Experts™ in the state. I have had a diverse and challenging career, including: staff nurse, nurse manager, Hospital Administrator, a CEO, an Executive Director, and a Care Manager.

I became interested in working with elders and their families when I worked at the VNA. I helped to develop their Family caregiver and Geriatric Care Management Programs and at the same time renewed my nursing license which I had not had for many years. Those experiences as well as the personal journey of helping aging parents have led me to Armistead. I think it is a perfect fit for me. I am passionate about helping seniors, their families and people with disabilities to live in the setting they choose and helping them to achieve the quality of life they desire. I am honored to work with our compassionate and dedicated caregivers and know the work they do is not work to most of them but a true calling to help make the life of others better.

In my spare time I play tennis, bike, run, and ski when it is warm and sunny in Vermont (so I do not do that very often).

If you are a caregiver, a client or a potential client please do not hesitate to contact with any comments or suggestions. You can reach me at annmarie@armisteadinc.com.

And now meet the Armistead Senior Care team:

 Dana Smith, VT Care Manager

Dana Smith

Dana was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and first moved to Burlington in 1996. As much as she loved Hawaii, she has always held a flame for Vermont and recently relocated back. She has always had a compassionate nature and decided to pursue a career that would be of service to those in need. She was trained in British Columbia as a Health Care Assistant in 2011 and has loved her career path every step of the way.

Dana worked for 2 years in a dementia facility which only cemented her passion for in home care for seniors. Our seniors are a wealth of knowledge and experience often overlooked in our busy society, and helping them has become her life mission. She loves meeting new people and feeling at the end of the day that she brightened someone’s day and made life a little easier for them.

Dana has a handsome 17 year old son, and enjoys spending time with him, painting and hiking in nature. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you! You can reach Dana at dana@armisteadinc.com.

Daniel Jacobs, Human Resources Manager

Dan Jacobs

Prior to becoming an HR practitioner, Daniel worked for Campaign for Vermont, a non profit, non partisan advocacy organization dedicated to the vision of a more prosperous Vermont. Working for Vermont Health Connect, he helped Vermont residents find affordable health coverage. Daniel also has experience helping companies design consumer driven benefit plans as part of Choice Strategies, a Division of Wage Works.

He is an active member in the local HR community, volunteering for the Vermont Human Resources Association (VHRA) as well as belonging to the Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM). In 2015, Daniel was the proud recipient of the SHRM VT State Conference Scholarship award.

Daniel graduated from the University of Vermont and is an MBA candidate at the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College. He is particularly interested in organizational development.

Outside of the office, Daniel is an active squash player, skier, and boater. He also really enjoys Seinfeld, memorizing more lines than necessary.

You can reach Dan at daniel@armisteadinc.com.

Deena Waters, Client Services Manager

Deena Waters

Deena has been promoted to the position of Client Services Manager, having initially joined the Armistead team in August 2015 as the Vermont Client Services Coordinator. She previously worked as a Scheduling Specialist in a busy cardiology office and brings her positive attitude, ability to multi-task and warm personality.

Deena resides in the beautiful Champlain Islands with her husband and three beautiful children. She enjoys baking with her daughter, boating in the summer and attending her children’s sporting events.

You can reach Deena at deena@armisteadinc.com.

Diane Way, Director of Marketing

Diane Way

Diane Way’s life passion has been working with and for seniors. Diane joined the team of Armistead Senior Care in January, 2013 in the role of Community Relations Manager, temporarily took the role of Human Resources/Marketing Director and now serves as Director of Marketing. She came to Armistead with eighteen years of prior experience in senior housing in the positions of Director of Sales and Marketing for The Lodges Retirement Communities and as Residence Counselor at Wake Robin Life Care Retirement Community.

After several previous years of experience in office management, Diane decided to pursue her dream of working with seniors by returning to school at The University of Vermont, completing a BA degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Gerontology. It was at that time that she joined the marketing team at Wake Robin. Since then Diane has also been involved in the community at large on behalf of seniors. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of CVAA from 2005 to 2011, as a volunteer ambassador for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts from 2002 to 2010 and was a founding partner and board member of Celebrating Seniors, Inc. from 2009 to present. Other past volunteer involvement has included The Alzheimer’s Association and the Long Term Care Coalition. She previously served on the Board of the Heineberg Senior Center.

The Vermont Health Care Association recognized Diane’s efforts on behalf of seniors in 2006 with the Outstanding Marketing Director Award. She was also named United Way Hometown Hero Volunteer of the Week in 2009.

Diane lives in Colchester with her beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter, Elysia. Together they enjoy music, travel, and time together with extended family.

You can reach Diane at diane@armisteadinc.com.

Heather Barss, CMC, VT Aging Life Care Professional™

Heather Barss

Heather has been working at Armistead Senior Care for the last 7 years. Coming to Armistead with 5 years of prior caregiving experience, she was hired in June of 2010 after she graduated from Saint Michael’s College with her BA in psychology. In June of 2012 she transitioned into her role as Armistead’s Care Manager for Chittenden, Addison, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. This fall she successfully completed the NACCM exam and became a Certified Care Manager.

Heather grew up spending time with three of her great grandmothers and attributes this to her love of spending time with the senior population. Heather visited each of them on a regular basis during her childhood. Two aged at home independently well into their 90’s the other she visited in a nursing home every Wednesday in early elementary school with her grandmother. Having these experiences led Heather to her passion for helping seniors to age in place.

Heather and Samantha volunteer to call Bingo for the residents at Pillsbury Manor North every Wednesday evening. Heather also enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, gardening, traveling and hiking/biking. She has been known to get roped into the occasional triathlon or fun run given enough notice and encouragement.

You can reach Heather at heather@armisteadinc.com.

Jana Granzella, Transitions Coordinator

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Jana is very excited and honored to join the Armistead Senior Care team. For the past 15 years she has enjoyed a successful real estate career. Out of the many years of working with sellers, Jana has realized the most important service she could offer was making sure her clients have an easy, smooth and relaxed transition from a long lived in home to the next move whether moving locally or out of state. Her compassionate understanding of downsizing/right sizing offers reassurance transitions can be accomplished with tender respect to cherished belongings by working with all family members. Offering her expertise in pre-move preparations, managing possessions, coordination of total move services, and putting the finishing touches eases the burden of downsizing from family home to new senior residence. Working closely with all family members helped each and every one make their move or loved one’s move as seamless as possible. Having created a specialized team of professionals helps Jana bring a move and all it encompasses full circle.

Jana is originally from California but Vermont has been her home for 35 years. In her spare time enjoys anything outdoors including biking, gardening, tennis and skiing.

You can reach Jana at jana@armisteadinc.com.

Laurie Harding, RN, NH Nurse Consultant

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Laurie Harding, MS RN has practiced nursing in numerous health care settings including academia. She holds a masters degree from Boston University in community health nursing. She has extensive care management experience which she obtained through her work with an area Visiting Nurse Association. Her teaching experience involves patients/clients, students and staff with whom she has worked. She has also served in the New Hampshire legislature where her policy interests include the challenges associated with aging in community.

She currently contracts with Armistead as a nurse consultant. She is also the Co-Director of the Upper Valley Community Nursing Project. Laurie’s favorite hobbies are a love of the outdoors, her grandchildren and sports!

You can reach Laurie at laurie@armisteadinc.com.

Lori Montgomery, Financial Manager

Lori Montgomery

Lori joined the Armistead Senior Care team in February, 2014 as our Finance Manager in our Vermont office. Lori was previously employed by the Merchants Bank for over fifteen years. She still provides financial services to some small local Vermont businesses. Lori holds an associates degree in Accounting and Business Management from Champlain College. Lori resides in Underhill and is the proud mother of two and enjoys attending all of their many extracurricular activities. She enjoys spending time gardening, hiking, and her yearly trip to Jamaica with her family.

You can reach Lori at lori@armisteadinc.com.

Molly Jackson, NH Care Manager

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Molly Jackson has worked for Armistead Senior Care since June 2013. She started with Armistead as a Caregiver and recently became a Care Manager in our Lebanon, NH office. She enjoys working with seniors and is very passionate about providing the best in-home care for our clients. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Franklin Pierce University; she received her LNA certification in January 2016. She is a mother to two young boys and loves spending time with her family, fishing and going to the beach. She is an avid gardener and enjoys sewing and crafts.

You can reach Molly at molly@armisteadinc.com.

Samantha Wendel, CMC, CSA, VT Aging Life Care Professional™ – Vice-President

Samantha Wendel

Samantha joined the Armistead Senior Care team in 2006 as a caregiver. She then transitioned into a Client Services Coordinator in 2010. Soon after, she began her role as Armistead’s Care Manager for Washington, Lamoille and parts of Chittenden County and led to a promotion to Director of Care Management. She has been recognized as an Aging Life Care Professional™ having previously attained her Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Care Manager Certified (CMC), Certified Dementia Practioner (CDP). She received her BA from UVM in 2003.

Samantha is an avid runner and biker and enjoys chasing her two young boys around Chittenden County. Samantha also enjoys baking, spending time with her family and gardening.

You can reach Samantha at samantha@armisteadinc.com.

Shannon Kennett, NH Client Services Coordinator

Shannon Kennett

Shannon joined Armistead Senior Care in March of 2013. She has grown into the challenging position, and is enjoying her relationships with both clients and caregivers. Shannon has worked in several fields, with customer service being her forté. Originally from Claremont/Newport NH, she currently resides in Canaan NH with her companion. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts, playing disc golf, canoeing, baking, gardening, snowmobiling and brewing beer.

You can reach Shannon at shannon@armisteadinc.com.

Shirley Barnes, NH Administrative Assistant

Shirley Barnes

Shirley joined Armistead Senior Care in February 2016. She retired from Dartmouth College after 27 years as an Administrative Assistant in Athletics. She enjoys sports and volunteers with a beagle rescue group and Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center in Lebanon. Shirley and her husband live in Lebanon and they have 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

You can reach Shirley at shirley@armisteadinc.com.

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