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The Kensington Proudly Celebrates 5 Years as Best-in-Class Assisted Living Care for Area Seniors & Families

On Thursday, October 13, over a hundred residents will join their families, friends, honored guests and The Kensington Team for an Anniversary Celebration!

Left to right on staircase are: Tiffany Tomasso, Partner; Celina Watson, Executive Director; Steve Lampa, Partner; Susie Sarkisian, Director of Family Services; Celso Cedeno (behind Susie), Director of Environmental Services; Diane Mandracchia, Director of Assisted Living; Joanne Hubbard, Director of Memory Care; Norm Fintz, Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef; Mary Ann Durso, Director of Nursing; Peggy Chacon, Business Manager and Eileen Clayton, Director of Community Relations. Not pictured are Jeanne Rosenberg, Director of Community Relations and Brenda Moynihan, Director of Marketing and OutreachFive years ago, a passionate group of career senior living professionals introduced their vision of an assisted living residence where they’d want their own parents to live if needed. This residence would deliver unparalleled support in an environment of comfortable elegance. It would be staffed by heart-centered professionals whose care and attention was kind, skillful and respectful. No corner would be cut, and no service would fall short of excellence.

They brought their dream to life in White Plains in fall of 2011 and built The Kensington. Today, The Kensington continues to deliver on the promise made when its doors first opened: to love and care for your family as we do our own.

Mary Ann Durso, Director of Nursing and Resident Bud TolomerThe 5-floor community is located in the heart of town, one block from White Plains Hospital. It features a blend of beautiful aesthetics with cutting-edge care and monitoring technology, and is staffed it with superbly trained professionals who include experts in their field. In fact, one of the key contributors to The Kensington’s success is its strategic partnerships with top physicians and support resources who focus on disease prevention and wellness preservation.

In addition to collaborating with a wide network of medical partners and service providers, The Kensington encourages families to be involved in every decision of their loved one’s care. They are also welcome to visit as often as they like, dine at no cost, attend outings and volunteer.

“There is much cause to celebrate,” says Executive Director Celina Watson, citing high levels of care that most other assisted living communities do not and cannot offer. “We accept not only residents who need light assistance throughout the day but also others who require complex and comprehensive medical care. We are also fully equipped to meet the needs of residents with any degree of memory loss.”

The Kensington’s specially-designed approach to memory support has earned them high marks. Two distinctive levels of care—Connections and Haven—enable caregivers to address the challenges unique to different stages of disease progression.

The Kensington Team members, seated left to right, are: Zen Palanca, Licensed Practical Nurse; Michelle Di Sanzo, Licensed Practical Nurse; Mary Anne Durso, Director of Nursing and Madeline Absolu, Licensed Practical Nurse. Standing, left to right, are: Diane Mandracchia, Director of Assisted Living; Herma Stewart, Licensed Practical Nurse; Lorice O’Connor, Licensed Practical Nurse; Susie Sarkisian, Director of Family Services; Destiny Watson, Care Manager, Memory Care and Nick Granderson, Licensed Practical NurseAnother notable aspect of The Kensington is its unmatched caregiver-to-resident ratios, made possible by a team of caring professionals whose hearts are big and smiles wide. By staying true to a “hire-for-heart” mantra, The Kensington’s staff retention is impressive. It has helped build and sustain trusted relationships with residents and their families, colleagues and service professionals and organizations in and around White Plains.

Looking ahead, The Kensington plans to continue and strengthen its focus on individuality and an expansive continuum of care that ensures residents get whatever assistance they need. “We intend to routinely evaluate our performance as we hold ourselves accountable to uncompromising standards of excellence,” adds Ms. Watson.

For more information about The Kensington, please visit or reach out to Celina Watson, Executive Director (914) 390-0080,

-Frank Pagani