Joan Stanzione, CDP
Courtyard Activities Director
Joan brings to the Village at Waterman Lake Courtyard and Atrium over a decade of experience working in Assisted Livings, Memory Care and Nursing Homes. Joan is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is a member of the NCCDP-National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She brings with her an abundance of energy, ideas, enthusiasm, creativity, love for baking and singing and utilizes her talents to create quality programs for the residents each day here at the Courtyard and the Atrium. “My residents are my motivation. They always come first and providing them with the best quality of life is my top priority. Their smiles will always warm my heart.”
Joan began her career in Long term Care in 2010 as the Transportation Supervisor at EPOCH SENIOR LIVING in Providence and within a few months began volunteering in Activities. She was soon promoted to an Activities leadership role, Life Enrichment Club Epoch Coordinator, a new Semi-Secured Dementia Unit. When that program changed, she went onto another position as a Waitstaff Supervisor and was shortly thereafter promoted to Chef Supervisor at Cortland Place Assisted Living & Memory Care. Joan’s passion and love for enriching the quality of life for others, brought her back to Activities in 2014, while living in Florida, she was an Activity Assistant in the Memory Care Unit for Life Care Center of Palm Bay Florida. Shortly after returning to Rhode Island Joan joined the Activity Department at Cherry Hill Manor where she spent 4 years as an Activity Assistant. Nominated by residents and peers, Joan received the Whatever It Takes Award and successfully completed the Modular Education Program for Activities Professionals Edition I and II. In 2019 Joan accepted the Activity Director position at the Highlands on the East Side Assisted Living where she brought a high level of energy and drive to her residents that they experienced through the variety of programs, events, and outings she created each month.
Joan understands the importance of family connections and is very family oriented. She was born and raised in Fall River Massachusetts, graduated from Durfee HS and is one of 12 children, in which she has 7 sisters, 4 brothers and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Joan and her husband, Horace, live in Providence, combined they have 7 children, 2 grandsons, a granddaughter and another grandson expected in July. Joan and Horace are
committed to sharing their Italian and Portuguese heritages and family traditions with their children and grandchildren. Spending quality time with family every Sunday for pasta dinners is especially important to them along with sharing family stories, recipes, which include homemade wine making, Italian sausage, cookies, pastries and more. Joan and Horace spend the Spring and Summer months planting a vegetable garden, fishing, Quahogging, kayaking, swimming, and going for a drive to Narragansett or Newport.