Kudos and Thanks to These New Benchmark Vice Presidents
Benchmark is proud to announce the following well-deserved promotions for leaders who’ve been instrumental in Benchmark’s success during the past several years. Based on their performance and dedication, we are delighted to introduce our newest Benchmark Vice Presidents:
Karen Bain, Vice President of Resident Care
Karen joined our Benchmark family in 2008 as a per-diem nurse. She quickly advanced to Resident Care Director and then Senior Resident Care Director. In 2013, Karen moved into the role of Regional Director of Resident Care, and in 2014 was promoted again to Senior Regional Director of Resident Care. Most recently, while Senior Vice President of Quality Resident Services Allison Melahouris has been on maternity leave, Karen has done an exceptional job of overseeing all resident care services.
Born in Boston and raised in Norton, Mass., Karen has been a nurse for more than 25 years with expertise in long-term care, dementia and fall prevention. She has a bachelor’s degree in health education and an associate degree in nursing. She and Roy, to whom she’s been married for 28 years, live in Mansfield, Mass., and have a daughter, Rachel, 23, an ER nurse. As a family, they enjoy spending time at their summer home in Eastham on Cape Cod.
Christen Bergeron, Vice President of Operations
Christen started her Benchmark career 16 years ago as Executive Director of The Birches at Concord. She advanced to Senior Executive Director and then Area Executive Director. In 2014, she was promoted to Regional Director of Operations and has clearly shown her ability to handle even greater responsibility while overseeing 18 communities. Most recently, Christen has worked closely with Senior Vice President of Operations Bob Moran, assisting him with numerous key operational responsibilities.
Christen, who has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in health care management, lives in Bedford, N.H., with her husband, Matt, and their three children: Grace, Jack and Cole. Her love of running motivated her to complete the 2017 Chicago Marathon where she qualified to run the Boston Marathon in 2019.
Ken Littlefield, Vice President of Construction
Since 2011, Ken has served as Director or Development, playing a key role in expanding our business into the Long Island, N.Y., market. With an expertise in construction management, he also has been instrumental in overseeing new Benchmark developments in Woburn and Norwood, Mass., bringing both projects through construction on schedule and several million dollars under budget. Ken is currently overseeing the construction of our first community in the state of New York, Whisper Woods at Smithtown, slated to open later this spring.
A graduate of Villanova University, Ken spent 12 years at Sunrise Senior Living overseeing the construction of over 30 projects across the United States. Just before joining our Benchmark family, Ken worked for EW Howell, a Long Island-based firm specializing in senior housing projects.
Ken lives in Wading River on Long Island with his wife, Trish, and their son, Will, a high school senior. Their daughter, Elyse, is a student at Ithaca College (my alma mater!). In addition to spending time with his family, Ken loves playing golf and is an avid fisherman.
“We are grateful to Karen, Christen and Ken for their years of contributing to Benchmark’s success and connecting to what matters,” says Tom Grape, Benchmark Chairman and CEO.