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The Faces of PurposeFULL Living

The Faces of PurposeFULL Living

In the fall of 2011, North Hill created the “Portrait Project” featuring residents, team members and stakeholders who represent the spirit of North Hill. The Portrait Project celebrates our PurposeFULL Living philosophy. As our collection continues to grow, please stop by our Welcome Center and WellSpring Landing to see the faces of those who embody PurposeFULL Living.

Scroll to see all the faces that make North Hill the center for PurposeFULL Living.


Susan Marsh - Resident

Growing up in Shanghai during the Japanese occupation, Dr. Susan Marsh learned that the most important thing in life is friendship; friendship and helping others. Susan studied at Saint John’s University in Shanghai and then moved to the United States in 1948 for her graduate studies. During her career, she taught Political Science at Brown University and Providence College, while also raising three children. Susan feels that the longer she stays at North Hill, the more she likes it. This appreciation is evident when you look at her beautiful paintings; a talent she first realized by participating in North Hill’s watercolor class. And, going back to what Susan values most, it is quite evident that whether it is in her Bible Study Group, or elsewhere, her friendships at North Hill are flourishing.


Sid Mayer - Resident

Sid Mayer is well known around North Hill for his quick wit and amusing t-shirts. Spend a little time with him and you will not be surprised that his career and passion in life has always been entertainment. Growing up on Long Island and then in Chicago, Sid dreamed of working in show business. His dream was realized as he spent his life in the theater, doing every job possible from sweeping the stage, to directing, casting, acting, stage managing and even teaching. He met his wife, Ella, while he was directing the play “He Ain’t Done Right by Nell.” Using his acting skills and wicked sense of humor, Sid also found success as a professional magician. And as all theatre aficionados know, the show must go on, and on it does here at North Hill, where Sid is leading a fun and engaging Play Reading Group for residents.


Charlotte Corey - Resident

Born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii, after her family migrated there as Congregationalist Missionaries four generations ago, Charlotte was deeply impacted by Pearl Harbor. She shared a haunting story of a fun night out with her sister and her sister’s fiancé which included a movie and dinner on the Battleship Arizona. The date of this excursion was December 6th. December 7th was of course "a date which will live in infamy." Charlotte and her family, living on the island at the time, suffered a great loss, including her sister’s fiancé. Charlotte’s passions are traveling, walking, and taking photographs during her walks of “everything around her.” She is gifted at her craft, and has generously shared wonderful travel slides and stories with fellow residents. When she is not busy with friends, or attending concerts at symphony hall, you may find her out walking the beautiful grounds, camera in hand, and if you catch her on the right day, you might see her being chased by North Hill’s famous turkeys.


Imogene Fish - Resident

Imogene Fish, the President of North Hill’s Resident Council, is ardently involved in helping out her community. She spends much of her free time doing small claims court mediation, and along with fellow church members, mentors a prisoner from MCI – Framingham. Social Issues have always been important to Imogene, and she is rightfully proud of anintegrated camp and pre-school in Weston that she, her husband, and a few of their friends started during the Civil Rights Movement that is still open to this day! And just when you thought she couldn’t possibly be any more interesting, you find out that she was a member of the United States Olympic Ski Team. Yet, even with all her many accomplishments, Imogene is a warm, humble, kind person who is a wonderful asset to North Hill.


Terri Ivanoski - Team Member

Terri Ivanoksi is the Enhanced Living Program Manager at North Hill. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Aquatic Specialist. For eleven years, Terri has enjoyed training residents with a focus on physical wellness. “I love working at North Hill. The residents value PurposeFULL Living and live life to the fullest. The philosophy of whole person wellness encourages them to stay healthy and fit. My colleagues and I challenge them through exercise in a variety of ways so they can continue their independent and active lifestyles!” In addition to her work here on the Hill, Terri enjoys golf and spending time on Cape Cod with her family.

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Felidieu Faustin - Team Member

Since 2006, Felidieu Faustin has been a part of the Housekeeping team here at North Hill. Residing near Randolph with his wife, Felidieu is originally from Haiti. When not at North Hill, he offers his time at his church and the Haitian community in the Boston area, participating in a number of events and programs. Felidieu is an incredibly diligent team member and offers a friendly greeting to everyone he comes across.

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Jean Haffenreffer - Resident

North Hill resident Jean Haffenreffer may have married into a brewing family (Haffenreffer & Co., established in 1870 and a long New England favorite), but her own true passion is music. A graduate of Wellesley College, Jean holds a BA in Music and for many years turned that love and knowledge of music into support for Boston-area arts organizations. This mother of five was a guiding force behind The Loving Hands – a group of ardent opera lovers who in the 1970s and 1980s supported the Opera Company of Boston and its legendary director Sarah Caldwell. Their tireless work and support began the restoration of Boston’s Opera House which went on to host some of the most acclaimed stagings of opera performances in the modern era.

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Alice & Oren Sherman - Resident & Family

Alice's son (Oren) writes: “Alice Sherman is an artist, award winning flower arranger, landscape designer and quilt maker. Well read, funny and alarmingly well informed, we still can't keep up with her. She always demanded more of herself and by example, of her three sons. A lifetime devoted to art and beauty, visits to museums, critical analysis of artists, and yes, even the occasional disagreement was always challenging and inspiring. She brings a lifetime of knowledge, a love of meeting new people and the gift of being a great and loyal friend. What she brought to North Hill was her endless curiosity, enthusiasm and zest for living, and what she found was a community.”

Maria Hereth Portrait

Maria Hereth - Team Member

Maria Hereth, a native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has been giving her time and energy to North Hill since 1987. She has spent time in the Housekeeping Department, Dining Services and currently works in Home Health. Maria has assisted with the Club and Convivium day programs since they began in 2007. Maria says she loves working at North Hill because the people here are genuine and nice. When she is not with residents of North Hill, Maria, a mother of two, enjoys knitting, crocheting and spending time with her dog, a Schnoodle named Caesar.

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Caitrin Lynch - Community Partner

Caitrin Lynch, Needham resident, cultural anthropologist and long time friend of North Hill. Caitrin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Olin College of Engineering and Visiting Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. She is the author of Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka’s Global Garment Industry. For the past several years, Professor Lynch and her students have worked with North Hill residents and residents of local communities on projects which focus on awareness of aging.

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Kim Timberlake - Resident

Kim Timberlake has an inspiring way of connecting deeply to both the people and the natural beauty around her. Team members and residents know her for the gentle way she offers frequent, caring inquiries and thoughtful gestures of concern. No matter the season, Kim can be found on her daily walks through the North Hill campus, giving herself the time to admire and connect with the surrounding natural beauty. Her care of the gardens and generosity in sharing the ‘fruits’ of her labor with everyone at North Hill are symbolic of the Spiritual Wellness Kim enjoys – and shares with others – at North Hill.

AJ Avakian Portrait

AJ Avakian - Team Member

AJ is far more than Director of IT at North Hill. AJ is indispensible. AJ is incredibly patient, affable, helpful and insightful. He has grown up with North Hill as North Hill has grown and improved because of him. His advancement and understanding of North Hill’s information systems has allowed the organization to build on a pillar of innovation. His personalized attention to resident communications and computing needs means that we are truly a plugged –in campus. AJ joined North Hill’s dining services while still in high school. His wife Lisa- also a Needham High graduate - works in North Hill’s finance department. They have three girls - aged 15, 7 and 4. AJ says when not keeping systems humming here, he’s doing “family stuff.” Good thing, because AJ Avakian is truly North Hill family.

Beth Wynstra Portrait

Beth Wynstra - Community Partner

Beth Wynstra is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Babson College. Her research focuses on the intersections of rhetoric and performance in modern American political theater. Beth serves on the board of the Eugene O’Neill Society and has also written extensively on O’Neill’s life and works. While Beth was a graduate student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she developed several performance, playwriting and theater education programs which partnered local senior citizens with undergraduate students. Thrilled to be involved with lifelong learning at North Hill, she kicked-off the Communication Series in the fall with a seminar titled: “American Theater of the 1930s – Politics, Hope, Institutional Change.”

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Ries & Netty Vanderpol - Residents

Both Dr. and Mrs. Vanderpol are natives of the Netherlands. Both are Holocaust survivors. The story of their meeting is remarkable, an inspiration. Even more inspiring is their legacy of caring and creativity. Dr. Vanderpol is a psychiatrist who worked extensively with children in the Brookline public schools. Netty Vanderpol is a needlepoint artist who has told her story of love and survival through her art. Both were early advocates and supporters of Facing History Facing Ourselves, a world-wide social justice and educational organization based in Brookline – a city they and their family have enriched immeasurably.

Dr. Vanderpol passed away in the fall of 2014. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Rob Fox Portrait

Rob Fox - Team Member

Chef Rob Fox has been a part of the North Hill family since 1998. Since 2000, he has been a leader of the evolution of the North Hill dining scene. Rob has introduced devotees of the Skyway Bistro – the casual dining spot which he helped to build and develop – to an ever increasing and varied array of contemporary and healthful options. When not delighting diners at the Bistro, Rob is delighting his family (including two young sons) and friends with the food he prepares at home.

Question: His favorite dishes? Answer: Eclectic – any form of tuna, rustic Italian sauces & pastas and anything on the grill.

Betsy Powell Portrait

Betsy Powell - Board Member

Betsy Powell has been an assistant professor of management and has served as a trustee and overseer at Babson College for 25 years. Currently, she is a member of the Babson Global Advisory Board. She is a trustee of North Hill, Needham, MA, Governor of the Gore Place, Waltham, MA and a member of the President’s Council, Franklin Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA. Betsy has been elected member of the Wellesley Town Meeting since 1973, from 1973-1976 she served as Secretary of the Town Committee to Study the Needs and Requirements of the Wellesley Free Library. She also worked on the first campaign to save the branch libraries and was a member of the Executive Committee of the WFL Centennial Fund from 1983-1986. Betsy earned a BA from Smith College, a MA from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and a MBA with Distinction from Babson College. Betsey was born in Denver, CO, and is married to David, lives in Wellesley and has three adult children and six grandchildren.

Herb Wells Portrait

Herb Wells - Resident

Herb, a lifelong and avid exerciser says of Life at North Hill, “Walking has long been one of my favorite outdoor activities. North Hill’s setting, on an attractively wooded, top of the hill location, offers an excellent opportunity for comfortably challenging, outdoor exercise. The 400 yard-long, gracefully sweeping, uphill driveway provides me with stamina-building hill walking opportunities equivalent to those I enjoyed in the Blue Hills of Milton before moving to North Hill. As for indoor physical activity, I spend so much time in the Fitness Center; I have come to think of it as an extension of our apartment!”