Welcome Susan Cwieka, New President/CEO of Youville Assisted Living Residences
Susan Cwieka brings over two decades of executive experience to Youville, as well as a lifelong passion for connecting with older adults.
Susan Cwieka, the new President/CEO of Youville Assisted Living Residences, is a rare example of someone who identified her career path while still in middle school. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, she began volunteering with older adults in her hometown of Longmeadow at the age of twelve.
“My mother was an interior designer and did pro bono work one year at our local nursing home,” Susan remembers. “She took me along to volunteer with the residents. I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do with my life.”
Susan has quite literally remained focused on elder care ever since. She continued as a dedicated volunteer throughout her high school years, before moving on to earn her B.A. in Nursing Home Administration from Simmons College and her M.P.A. from Suffolk University. During the summer between her junior and senior year of college, she got her first job as a nursing home administrator
After earning her Master’s degree, Susan would go on to serve as Executive Director for numerous assisted living communities in eastern Massachusetts. Along the way, she designed an award-winning start-up memory support community, became a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner; and eventually rose to Regional Director of a cluster of five assisted living communities in Newton.
Susan comes to Youville with over twenty years of executive leadership experience in the senior housing sector. Just as impressive as her career trajectory is her enduring commitment to developing personal relationships with the residents in her communities. Today, she still remembers the names and stories of the nursing home residents she met in her hometown of Longmeadow. As an assisted living CEO, she believes that strong relationships between residents and management are essential. “I plan to be there in the dining room, talking with people, asking how their day was and what they’re eating,” she says. “It is important to me that residents get to know the leadership team at Youville.”
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