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Meet Our Staff
Nicholas Fazekas, Executive Director
The Prospect House family is privileged to have an individual of Nick Fazekas’ talent and experience at its helm. Nick has dedicated his career in healthcare and human services to his personal mission of bettering the lives of others, making him ideally suited to guiding a staff committed to exceeding your every expectation.
Nick has worked in the Assisted Living field for more than a decade, gathering experience at all service levels and giving him a unique depth of understanding into the operations management of a multi-tiered community such as ours. Adding to that resume is his prior five years of experience managing facilities charged with the care of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
Nick is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Healthcare Economics. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree, also earned with highest honors, in Healthcare Administration and Human Resource Management from SUNY IT.
Tammy Smith, Director of Social Programming
Tammy was born in nearby Cambridge, MA, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University, located in her hometown.
Over the past ten years, she has shared her passion and love of the arts with our residents in the many and diverse and stimulating programs and activities she has developed for us at Prospect House.
Like all Prospect House department heads, Tammy strives to make a difference in every life she touches. To that end, in addition to her role as our Director of Social Programming, Tammy teaches at Lesley University and maintains a private counseling practice.
Desiree Delano, Director of Food Services
Desiree, known to most as Des, was born in Chelsea, MA. She arrived at Prospect House with a culinary pedigree – her father, a chef at Harvard, her mother, a dietary aid in both Assisted Living and Hospital settings.
“Every dinner made at home was taught to me, so I could help next time,” she recalls. Pretty soon she was taking part in every meal, sometimes teaching her younger cousins and sometimes adding her own twist to a family favorite.
Desiree’s road to Prospect House began with a Certified Nursing Assistant course in high school. Armed with her passion for the culinary arts, a Certificate for Nursing and Dietary in hand, and training at local nursing homes and hospitals, she was warmly welcomed into food services at Prospect House in 2003. Hard work and supervisory positions followed, leading to her eventual appointment as Chef and Director of Food Services. It’s a position she cherishes for the opportunity to add the ingredients of love and affection to every meal she creates.
Desiree is married to her high school sweetheart and is happy to say, “It’s so good when I leave something I love each day to go home to someone I love.”
Daniela Barresi, Memory Care Director
Daniela graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She was first employed with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate and worked with victims and witnesses of all age ranges. Daniela then worked as an Elder Protective Service Worker for several years and developed a passion for working with elders dealing with various forms of dementia. Daniela spent some of her career employed as a Case Manager with Visiting Angels in Newton, where she managed her client’s home care, and became a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has experience as a Program Assistant at an assisted living facility, working in memory care. Daniela enjoys engaging and enriching the lives of the residents, as well as providing peace of mind to family members that their loved ones are being well cared for. In her spare time, Daniela enjoys art, reading, dancing and spending time with her family.