Stephen Nichols and Samantha Lawrence Earn Special Designation
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Congratulations to Stephen Nichols, Executive Director, and Samantha Lawrence, Associate Executive Director, of Brightview Paramus in Paramus, New Jersey, for passing the Senior Living Certification exam and earning his Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) designation.
The pair joins eight other associates from Brightview Senior Living who have also passed the exam and earned their CDAL designations.
A high standard credential for professionals in the senior living profession, the CDAL certification attests that Executive Directors have the relevant, measureable, and industry recognized knowledge to excel in their field. The credential is offered throughout the senior living industry by the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC), a non-profit organization dedicated to professional development initiatives for senior living executives and staff members and was created to assure residents and family members that their respective Executive Director has achieved advanced certification in the industry.
Before joining the team at Brightview Paramus, Stephen worked as the Regional Vice President (RVP) for Atria Senior Living, where he oversaw the operation of 18 senior living communities in New York and Connecticut. Prior to Stephen’s RVP role, he was an Executive Director for 11 years for Atria, and worked in six different communities in New Jersey and New York, where he specialized in troubleshooting struggling communities. Before his career in senior living, Stephen was very successful in the Food Service industry, where he worked for seven years as both a Regional Trainer for TGI Fridays and a Director of Operations for Boston Market.
Samantha has been working in senior living for nearly 17 years. She began her career as a Concierge, and worked her way up through a number of roles including Activities Assistant, Activities Director, Reminiscence Coordinator, Executive Director in Training, Executive Director, and Director of Program Services, first with Erickson Living and then with Sunrise Senior Living.
Stephen and Samantha joined Brightview Paramus in 2015, more than a year before the Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Dementia Care community opened in November, 2016. The community is located at 396 Forest Avenue in Paramus.