Brian ChaputDirector of Homecare
Brian joined NEKHC in November 2019. After more than 30 years at Community National Bank, he sought a move to a more social welfare-focused career. Brian is perfect for this role – he has management experience, and he is a kind, genuine person who really cares about people, and who keeps the office laughing and convivial. Brian and his five siblings were raised on a dairy farm in Newport Center, and he is a graduate of NCUHS in Newport, all of which gives him the great advantage of knowing many people in the community. In his free time Brian can be found in what he refers to his “happy place” - his car - off to see friends and family throughout Vermont and Canada, as well as kayaking, snowshoeing, building campfires, cooking and building his music collection.
Brian is committed to make sure we provide the best care possible. Contact him to inquire about new client services or if you are considering a career as a caregiver at NEKHC.
Kristen Simpson Client Service and Scheduling Manager
Kristen, a mother of 3 born in Newport and a graduate of Lake Region High School, knows our service area well. She worked in childcare for 6 years, then as a caregiver for the company for 5 years before being tapped to work on and then manage scheduling in 2016. Kristen isn’t afraid to take on anything – from helping the rest of us with computer problems to coaching clients through hard times - and works constantly to improve her own skills and company practices. She has great personal qualities that make her the kind of person we can count on to grow with the business and take good care of our clients and caregivers. In addition to all she does at NEKHC, she is very involved in her children’s schools and athletics, enjoys home renovation, and still manages to be an avid hunter.
Ivy joined NEKHC in June of 2020. She was born and raised in Newport Center graduating from NCUHS in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA. Ivy obtained thirty-one college credits enrolling in ten college classes during her senior year while continuing to work thirty hours a week, which she credits to equipping her with organizational skills, focus, and time management. She has known she wanted to make a difference in other’s lives ever since she was young, so she decided to become a caregiver. Her kind voice, bright outlook, and hard work ethic made her a sought-after caregiver with clients. In September of 2020 she took on her new role as the scheduler, a more complex job than most people realize, and where her organizational and focus skills are much appreciated. Ivy resides in Irasburg where you will often find her riding her horse through town, ice-fishing and going for walks with her Chocolate Lab.
Elaine Lockwood, AB, AM, MBA, mother of two, has been President of Northeast Kingdom Homecare, Inc. & The Meeting Place since 2016. After a career in high tech and corporate development in California, Norway, and Canada, she moved to the Kingdom when she married her high school sweetheart, local Gerry Hunt, in 2011. Gerry was a founder of the company but passed away suddenly in 2015. Elaine’s experience spans charitable projects, economic development in Nepal, land use planning in Colorado, teaching dressage, horse packing, and other seemingly unrelated but interesting endeavors. She attempts to quilt, knit, and garden, with mixed results, and hopes to get back to horseback riding and scuba diving. Today she focuses on guiding the company to provide the highest possible standards of care, making NEKHC a great place to work, and insuring the long term health of the company. Her particular goal is to raise public awareness of the critical yet unsung role caregivers play in our communities by supporting us and our families as we age.
Jen BarnesDirector of The Meeting Place
Director of the Meeting Place, shareholder and Secretary to the Board of Directors, Jen has been a driving force behind building the Meeting Place in 2004 and making it the huge success it is today. She has a passion for helping Meeting Place participants maintain independence, quality of life, self-worth, and overall health and happiness: “When they have a good day, I have a good day, knowing we did our job and did it well." She resides with her husband and son in Island Pond, where she's lived most of her life. Jen is a highly engaged community member, active regularly in several fundraisers for the Brighton Recreation Department, many community events for adults and children, and in the many sports her child participates in, including basketball, baseball, soccer, hunting, fishing and golf. When she's not working or transporting her son to all his activities, she enjoys walks with her golden retriever “Goldie”, who also needs her attention, compassion and love.
Bailey Forrest Activity Director
Activity Director Bailey Forrest coordinates and runs all activities throughout the day at The Meeting Place. Bailey has worked for the company for 5 years now, making sure The Meeting Place is a lively and happy place with her vibrancy and creativity. Ever in pursuit of novel activities and fun field trips, she also spearheads our Adult Day Without Walls virtual initiative. Born in Lyndonville and a graduate of the Lyndon Institute, she constantly upgrades her skills and education, including courses at the CCV in Newport and many professional seminars. When Bailey's not at work she's got her head stuck in a book or getting her hands dirty in her garden.
Jeanne DesrochersR.N., B.S.N.
Jeanne Desrochers, R.N., B.S.N., brings years of experience as a registered nurse, counselor, researcher, and health educator to her multifaceted work for NEKHC. She provides nursing care and oversight at The Meeting Place, develops and implements protocols, and provides guidance on all issues related to health for both sides of the business. We are grateful for her steady hand during the COVID epidemic. A St. Johnsbury native, Jeanne has worked with individuals and families in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, schools, and workplaces. While living in Colorado Jeanne worked with Kaiser Permanente, a health maintenance organization, and the Colorado Collective for Medical Decisions, developing educational materials and partnerships with physicians and clergy and collaborating to resolve conflict in end-of-life decision-making. Before working with NEKHC, she worked with Casey and Associates, the leading employee assistance program in the northern Vermont and New Hampshire. Jeanne enjoys working at The Meeting Place and helping people improve their health, have fun, and learn new things. She lives with her partner John and her Corgi, Walker, spending time outside gardening, snowshoeing and cycling, and cooking.