Bridgewater’s Life Plan Community.

Laurel Circle is a Life Plan Community, also known as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), situated on a beautiful 28-acre campus in Bridgewater, NJ. Named one of the 10 best places to retire by Money magazine, Bridgewater offers a wealth of shopping, dining and cultural attractions, beautiful parks and is within commuting distance by car, train or bus to New York City.

We opened our doors in 1990 and have continued to enhance the quality of life for residents ever since. Most recently, an $8 million revitalization plan added upgrades and improvements, including a redesigned wellness center, lobby, grab-and-go cafe, salon/spa and on-site outpatient clinic.

Experience you can count on.

Laurel Circle is managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company. The second-largest manager of senior living communities in the nation, they bring passion, expertise and decades of experience to the table.

Meet our team.

Brian Alexopoulos, LNHA, MSPT

Executive Director
Brian Alexopoulos

As Executive Director, Brian oversees the daily operations of Laurel Circle to ensure the community operates efficiently and stays financially sound. He focuses on ensuring residents are satisfied and fulfilled while team members are engaged in the community’s pursuit of excellence. Surrounding himself with outstanding experts in their specific fields, Brian has helped create a cohesive, caring, yet results-driven management team.

Brian joined Laurel Circle with over 20 years of experience in the continuing care retirement community/life plan industry. Brian obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University, and is licensed in the State of New Jersey as a physical therapist and a nursing home administrator. He began his clinical career in Baltimore with a John Hopkin’s rehabilitation hospital. He then joined the life plan industry and worked through clinical and administrative positions, becoming Senior Director of Continuing Care for one of the nation’s largest senior living companies. Brian now follows his passion of working with seniors in a setting that allows them to thrive in an environment of health and wellness, while also supporting those with medical needs.

Brian’s philosophy is to support a community where residents are engaged and have an active voice in all dimensions of community life. Brian champions the LCS principles, “We deal honestly and fairly with integrity and openness;” and “We serve the residents first and foremost.”

Alok Anand

Healthcare Administrator

As the Healthcare Administrator, Alok oversees the daily operations of the Arbor Health Center, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. Their role is to ensure the highest quality of care for residents who reside in the Arbor, whether temporarily or permanently. It is a multi-faceted role that promotes effective intradepartmental and community-wide systems of healthcare delivery while leading a productive and efficient workforce.

 

Tigi Kanu

Director of Nursing

As the Director of Nursing, she ensures that the services provided comply with the highest standards of quality care and that Laurel Circle residents benefit from the training and guidance she provides her staff.

 

Patricia Strupp, MSW, CDP

Director Residential Health Services/Health & Wellness Navigator
Patricia Strupp

As Director of Residential Health Services, Patricia oversees independent living health services, initiatives, and policies and also serves as the Health and Wellness Navigator. As the Navigator, she is a liaison between residents, staff and internal and external parties. Patricia also meets with independent living residents, evaluates needs, and works on strategies and solutions to help residents maximize their independence and quality of life.

Patricia holds a masters degree and bachelor’s degree in social work with a geriatric certification. Patricia is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Patricia previously worked with Area Agency on Aging and Health Networks. Patricia’s areas of specialization and interest include comprehensive geriatric assessments with individualized care plans and family conferences, dementia education, caregiver education, along with individual and caregiver counseling and facilitation of Alzheimer’s support groups.

Leah Jennings

Director of Community Life Services
Leah Jennings

As Director of Community Life Services, Leah Jennings plans programs and events for the independent living residents and manages the Concierge, Transportation, Community Life in the Health Center, and fitness program. From the helpfulness at the Front Desk and Concierge amenities to fitness and communication services, Leah’s Community Life Services team is responsible for residents’ and guests’ experiences here at Laurel Circle.

Leah has been at the community since April of 2019 and has worked in senior living since 2002. Leah holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gerontology and is passionate about active aging. She believes that optimal well-being looks different for every individual, which fuels her passion of working with older adults.

When she’s not at Laurel Circle, Leah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, tending to her houseplants and hiking.

Renz Villaescusa

Accounting Director
Renz Villaescusa

As Accounting Director, Renz oversees the accounting team in the day-to-day operations of payroll, billing, and accounts payable. He also prepares the monthly financials, works with the management on developing annual budgets, projects future operating performance and coordinates financial audits.

Renz’s journey in accounting at Laurel Circle began as a staff accountant in 2013. Through the years of gaining an immense amount of knowledge and experience, he worked his way up to Assistant Controller and now Accounting Director. Renz’s connection in the senior living environment began at 18 years old when he worked in dining services while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. The wonderful memories and experiences he gained gave him the ambition to continue to pursue a career in the senior living industry.

Outside of work, Renz has a passion for photography, travelling, and experiencing all of the different cultures the world has to offer.

Javon Edwards

Facilities Director

As Facilities Director, Javon Edwards is responsible for the implementation of all facility plant operations management, residents and guest’s security, as well as project management.

Javon is a tenacious leader with 18 years of plant management and leadership experience. Javon began his career as an apprentice in residential maintenance and learned quickly his passion was in the service industry.  Before joining Laurel Circle, Javon also served as an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator where he pioneered the outline for NJ Pandemic Response testing protocols for the North Jersey Healthcare Coalition. He later joined the senior living industry and found great reward in the service he provides. Javon takes great pride in building and mentoring his team so they may all succeed throughout their careers.

In his free time, Javon enjoys playing billiards, traveling, and spending time outdoors with his family.

 

Doreen Anthony, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources
Doreen Anthony portrait

As the Director of Human Resources, Doreen is responsible for developing and executing strategies for attracting and retaining a high-performing and engaged workforce. She is responsible for recruitment and retention, performance management, benefits administration, leadership development and training.

Doreen holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. Before joining Laurel Circle, Doreen has held HR leadership roles in many industries including health care, information technology and manufacturing. She is passionate about driving a culture of engagement and creating an environment which allows team members to do their best work supporting the Laurel Circle residents.

Doreen also actively serves on the Board of Directors of the Employers Association of New Jersey.

Eric L. Eichhorst

Director of Sales & Marketing

As Director of Sales & Marketing, Eric is responsible for planning, developing, directing and coordination of all aspects of selling and marketing the independent living residences. In addition to direct sales working with prospective Laurel Circle residents, Eric manages team performance as well as the lead generation program, including advertising, referral development and event programs.

Eric graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree focusing on advertising and public relations. He began his career in senior living in 2004 and has worked in sales & marketing for independent living in communities in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eric has been published in multiple senior living publications and websites and has also been a speaker at the annual Leading Age national conference.

Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

Patrick Duffy

F&B Director

As the Food & Beverage Director, Patrick is charged with creating an exceptional dining experience for all residents of Laurel Circle. With over ten years of Food & Beverage Management experience, Patrick brings his proven track record of success, leadership and passion to provide next level service and comfort to all guests in his care at the community. Patrick partners closely with the Executive Chef & culinary team to develop menus with fresh and enticing options. Patrick believes in an open line of communication with staff and residents to ensure a true sense of community is felt by all.

Patrick studied business management at Rutgers University but has always had a passion for customer service. He started working in senior living in 2016 and found what he describes as his true calling.

Outside of work, Patrick enjoys the beach, hiking and spending time with his fiancé.

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