Business Briefcase

Kristine DiFiore, SHRM-CP, PHR


Kelley brings 40 years' industry experience to Bank of New England

Bank of New England is pleased to welcome John S. Kelley as senior loan officer and senior vice president of commercial real estate lending. Kelley is a commercial real estate professional with experience in lending and credit risk assessment.

In his current role, Kelley will be responsible for managing the commercial business portfolio in all New England markets. Prior to joining Bank of New England, he was managing director of commercial real estate with Commerce Bank & Trust Company.

Kelley holds a bachelor's degree from American International College, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda. He is passionate about his community and continues to be active in many local charities, including Toys for Tots, Easter Seals, and JDF.

Bank of New England, which specializes in real estate project finance, has nine retail branches in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire.


Bruce appointed director of community relations

EPOCH Senior Living recently named Peter Bruce director of community relations of Bridges by EPOCH at Andover, a memory care assisted living community slated to open in the summer at 254 Lowell St. Bruce will focus on building relationships and offering guidance to families considering memory care assisted living.

He has worked with a variety of hospitals and rehabilitation organizations in the Greater Boston area to assist families and healthcare providers in finding the best solutions for seniors’ health needs. Prior to EPOCH, Bruce served as director of sales for a senior living operator of communities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Bruce has also served as director of community relations for a Northeast-based senior living provider and as the community health voordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Salem State University, as well as a certificate of advanced graduate studies in leadership.

EPOCH is opening Bridges by EPOCH at Andover to address the growing demand for residential care of individuals with memory-related illnesses. EPOCH currently operates eight memory care assisted living communities across New England; five in Massachusetts, two in Connecticut and one in New Hampshire, with several others currently under construction.

A welcome center for Bridges by EPOCH at Andover is currently open at 10 Main St., Unit L-2.


DiFiore named VP, chief human resources officer

Care Dimensions has named Andover resident, Kristine DiFiore, SHRM-CP, PHR, as the new vice president and chief human resources officer for the nonprofit hospice organization.

In her new role, DiFiore will be responsible for the operational and strategic initiatives of Care Dimensions' human resources and volunteer functions. Her responsibilities include recruitment and orientation; compensation and benefits; talent management and development; human resources information systems; retention and rewards; human resources policies, practices and compliance; employee relations and communications; employee events; diversity; workplace safety and security; and oversight of the volunteer program.

With more than 15 years of HR leadership experience, DiFiore most recently served as vice president of human resources for Home Health Foundation in Lawrence. She is certified as a professional in human resources (PHR) and is a certified professional of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). She serves as program director for the HR State Council of New Hampshire and is a member of the Greater Merrimack Valley HR Association.


Merrimack Valley networking meetings

Merrimack Valley Networking Group, a free business networking group, meets on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Atria Marland Place, 15 Steven St., Andover. Bring business cards to hand out. For more information, call Paul Lambert at 978-609-6420 or email


BNI Merrimack Valley networking meetings

BNI Merrimack Valley chapter meets on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club in Andover at 260 North Main St. The group's mission is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. The philosophy of this organization is built upon the idea of "Givers Gain": If I give you business, then you'll give me business and we'll both benefit as a result. BNI allows only one person per professional classification or specialty to join a chapter. For more information, call Edna Peters at 1-800-783-6127 or email


Monthly professional networking

The Networking Group meets one Tuesday each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover. Past speakers have included professional recruiters, career counselors, human resource professionals, marketing leaders, business owners and more. New sponsorships are always welcome to help defray costs. For more information, contact Brotherhood President Mitchell Schneir at 978-470-1356. Visit for a complete schedule.



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