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Management & Staff

Nichols Village Staff proudly commits to a high quality independent living environment that enhances each resident's personal growth, quality of life, choice and comfort.

Linda Durkin

Executive Director - ldurkin@nichols-village.com

Linda has enjoyed ten years as Executive Director of Nichols Village. Previously, Linda was Director of General Services at Brooksby Village for 10+ years. She has over 38 years of senior housing experience. Linda holds a B.S. in Gerontology. She lives in Peabody with her husband and when time allows, summers on Cape Cod. Her adult children are close by, her daughter in Peabody and her son in Boston. In her spare time she adores reading and going to the beach.

Brenda Burkholder

Marketing Director - bburkholder@nichols-village.com

Brenda greets all Nichols Village guests with a warm welcome. She makes those around her feel comfortable with her friendliness, and is patient and thoughtful in guiding prospective residents through their process of "moving", which is often a daunting task. Brenda enjoys the company of her two adult children, Tyler and Julia, gardening, swimming in the ocean, lounging at the beach, alone time and gatherings with family, friends and neighbors.

Jim Dinges

Dining Services Director - jdinges@nichols-village.com

Jim is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Whittier Vocational School in Haverhill Ma. He has over 30 years of restaurant experience working in Mediterranean, Italian and Mexican themed establishments. He is the longest serving staff member at Nichols Village. Jim is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and hunting on his free time. Jim has lived in the Merrimack Valley for all of his life and enjoys spending time with his daughter.

David Standen

Director of Maintenance - dstanden@nichols-village.com

David has over 27 years experience in property maintenance. David spends much of his free time with his family at the beach. He also enjoys hiking, biking, inline skating and reading. David lives in Salem NH with his wife and daughter.

Gina Velonis, R.N., B.S.N

Wellness Coordinator - gvelonis@nichols-village.com

Gina is a graduate of Saint Anselm College with more than 35 years experience. Gina enjoys family gatherings at the beach, bike riding and beach yoga. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and has 3 adult children.

Eleanor Baker

Activities Director - ebaker@nichols-village.com

Eleanor has enjoyed a long career bringing outreach and activity programming to Senior Centers, Councils on Aging, Assisted Living and hospital facilities all over eastern Massachusetts. Working with our residents, she keeps the community engaged, placing high priority on residents' enjoyment with a focused eye on providing a variety of lifelong learning experiences. Eleanor enjoys spending time with her two adult daughters and doting on her first grandson. A self-described "Bird Nerd", when not at work you will likely find her on Plum Island looking for her favorite bird, the Cedar Waxwing.