South Setauket, N.Y. – Jefferson’s Ferry Life Plan Community is pleased to announce that Susan Loucks has joined the organization as Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations. As head of the Jefferson’s Ferry Foundation, she will provide leadership on the Foundation’s planned giving programs, the annual fundraising gala and community outreach initiatives in collaboration with area nonprofits and other stakeholders.
From 2016-2022, she held several roles on the development team at St. Joseph’s University, most recently serving as manager of planned giving. She was responsible for all aspects of the university’s planned giving efforts, including marketing, stewardship and portfolio management. During her time at St. Joseph’s, she created a stewardship plan for the Aquinas Society, coordinated successful planned giving events and kicked off the university’s fiscal year in July 2022 by documenting a $1.5 million-dollar planned estate gift.
Earlier in her career, she was an associate attorney at a real estate and estate planning law firm in Carle Place, N.Y., and she also taught Media Studies at Sacred Heart Academy in Hampstead, N.Y. She holds a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University.
“Susan brings a unique depth of experience in law and planned giving to help forge strong connections with our residents and their families as well as with potential donors in the wider community,” said Bob Caulfield, President and CEO of Jefferson’s Ferry. “She will engage with people who want to support our mission and our Foundation through their philanthropy.”
Caulfield noted that, for 21 years, Jefferson’s Ferry has provided high quality services to seniors so they can live longer and maintain their independence in a nurturing lifestyle setting that can accommodate their needs as they age. “The Foundation is essential to our continued success and it is destined to thrive under Susan’s inspired guidance,” he concluded.
Jefferson's Ferry is a not-for-profit Life Plan community for active adults aged 62 and above, with Independent Living cottages and apartments, assisted living apartments, and a quality health care center all on one site. A multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation project, "The Journey Toward Renewal," is currently under construction. It’s part of a larger strategic initiative launched in 2018 to create a life-enriching environment for all new and current residents at every stage of their life. Journey Toward Renewal has already opened 53 new independent living apartments, and will expand the Healthy Living Center, Fitness Center, and its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Therapy Center. Expanded dining options have already opened for business. A new Memory Care building will provide a high quality of life and care for people diagnosed and living with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases. Common areas in Assisted Living and the Health Care Center will be renovated.
Jefferson's Ferry offers exceptional living and amenities, including an indoor pool, computer center, library, recreational areas, gardens, and gazebos. A mix of cultural excursions, civic activities, and a community of residents who help shape Jefferson's Ferry's future ensures a spirited and engaged lifestyle.
The Vincent Bove Health Center at Jefferson's Ferry enjoys a 5-star rating from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and was named a "Best Of" nursing home by U.S. News & World Report. Jefferson's Ferry earned the industrywide Community Choice Award for resident satisfaction and engagement and Pinnacle Quality Insight's Customer Experience Award for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Fitch Ratings has assigned Jefferson's Ferry a BBB bond rating. Jefferson's Ferry has consistently been voted Best Retirement Community and Best Assisted Living on Long Island by The Long Island Press and has been recognized for Excellence by the Hauppauge Industrial Association's Business Achievement Awards program. Learn more at jeffersonsferry.org.
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