New Horizons was thrilled to celebrate Director of Community Relations Barbra Graham when she was awarded a 2020 Hometown Hero distinction during Boston 25 News’ Woburn Zip Trip. Nominated for her boundless devotion to our residents, Barbra infuses warmth, creativity, and fun into everyday life at New Horizons. View the feel-good segment on Boston 25 News to learn just a few reasons residents are proud to call New Horizons at Choate home.
After first joining New Horizons at Choate in 1994, Executive Director Christine Coakley (781-932-8000) gained extensive experience in her role as director of community relations. She also served as property manager for the adjacent Choate Medical Center. Born and raised in Woburn, Christine continues to make her home there with her husband of more than 30 years, Michael Dudal, and lives within walking distance to New Horizons.
Barbra Graham assumed the role of associate executive director in 2023. She joined New Horizons in 2010 as activities director, and was promoted in 2013 to director of community relations. She has proved to be an integral member of the team. Barbra has resided within walking distance of New Horizons—along with her husband, Chuck, and their three daughters—since 1991.
Vanessa Johnson’s career path has included roles in adminstration, human resources, and memory care, as well as resident care, engagement, and advocacy. With a strong background in the senior living industry, Vanessa joined the team in 2023 as associate executive director. Originally from Waltham, she now makes her home in Wakefield with her two children.
New Horizons Board of Trustees
as of January 1, 2020
- Stephen Braese
- Mary Anne Magee, R.N.
- Heather Maguire
- Mary Beth Mawn, Esq.
- Dennis McElhiney
- Suzanne Norton, L.S.W.
- Joyce Cummings, treasurer
- Bill Cummings, chair
- Joel B. Swets, clerk
Then NHC trustees and Cummings organization representatives shown during their October 2015 meeting include (seated, l to r) Joseph Tarby, Scott Seaver, Christy Regan, Reverend Mary Bettencourt, Lawrence Guiseppe, Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets, (standing, l to r) Cummings Foundation founders Bill and Joyce Cummings, Lynne Rahmeier, Fred Erwin, Jane Murray, Terry Fuller, Cummings Foundation associate executive director Joyce Vyriotes, Cummings Properties president and CEO Dennis Clarke.
Both New Horizons are strictly not-for-profit communities owned by Cummings Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in New England. Cummings Foundation awards more than $30 million annually, and has awarded more than $500 million to date to support greater Boston nonprofits.