Emily Perkins Joins Orchard Valley at Wilbraham as Executive Director

WILBRAHAM — Orchard Valley at Wilbraham, a Benchmark Senior Living assisted-living and mind and memory-care community, announced that Emily Perkins has joined the community as its executive director.

Perkins is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations, calling on more than a decade of experience working with seniors and a master’s degree in health administration and gerontology. Her experience includes directing adult services for the town of Longmeadow and serving as vice president of Health and Wellness for the Glenmeadow retirement community.

Last year, Perkins and her team at Glenmeadow received an award from LeadingAge Massachusetts for their exceptional contribution in the face of the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure that residents remained active and connected, they reinvented what it means to engage, play, learn, and have fun using creative and technology-driven programs.

“Orchard Valley has an outstanding team, and I’m looking forward to expanding upon the excellent programs they already offer,” Perkins said. “Retirement is a wonderful time of life. Benchmark makes it possible to connect with others and explore passions in meaningful ways. I’m excited for what this next chapter holds for our community.”

Erin Domian, regional director of Operations for Benchmark Senior Living, added that “Emily exudes tremendous enthusiasm for thoroughly addressing the physical and social needs of our residents. She has fit into our community seamlessly, and we could not be more delighted to have her expertise.”