Senior Management Team

We believe our employees are all integral parts of the care staff team regardless of role. Without them, we could not achieve our mission, ensure our values, and realize our strategic goals.



Joyce d'Entremont

Phone: 902-665-4489 Ext. 801 /

Joyce d’Entremont is the CEO/Administrator for Mountains and Meadows Care Group. Mountain Lea Lodge is a home for 107 long term care residents, and the Meadows Community is a 34-bed facility for persons with different abilities, and includes a Community Program. Recently Joyce assumed the additional responsibility as CEO of Harbourside Lodge in Yarmouth. 

Joyce has been a Registered Nurse for 36 years, and has worked in both acute care and the community. Her past work experience includes working as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, Yarmouth Regional Hospital; VON Supervisor, Digby County; Hospital Based Care Coordinator, Yarmouth Regional Hospital; and Director of Nursing for South West Nova District Health Authority (Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne Hospitals). In 2015 Joyce took the position of CEO/Administrator of Mountains and Meadows Care Group. 

Joyce sits at many provincial tables advocating for the senior population and persons with disabilities. She is the Vice-Chair of the Continuing Care Council, Chair of Diverse Abilities N.S. and Board Chair for Health Association Nova Scotia to name a few.

In 2018 Joyce was the recipient of the Leadership and Innovation Award from the College of Health Leaders, Atlantic Chapter. The nomination for this award came from her Leadership Team and Board of Governance.


Joyce prides herself on advocating for a person-centered Philosophy of Care that focuses on the individual’s history, honouring their personality and specific preferences in activities of daily living. The focus is on the person rather than illness, disability or facility routines. The person’s voice is heard and their opinion is included in every decision made with regards to his/her care. 


Joyce leads by building relationships with all those around her, and by empowering everyone to reach their full potential. 


Executive Director of Disability Supports, The Meadows Community and Harbourside Lodge

Chassity Chute

Phone: 902-665-4489 Ext. 844/

Chassity was born and raised in the beautiful town of Annapolis Royal.  She has been a nurse for 18 years, having many different experiences in such fields as Geriatrics, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Units, Mental Health, Palliative Care, Community Nursing, as well as a Home Support Supervisor with VON (Victorian Order of Nurses). Each of these positions has provided her with valuable experiences, challenges and learning opportunities over the years.  

Chassity previously held nursing positions at both The Meadows and Mountain Lea Lodge, and was always impressed with the organization’s mission, vision and values.   This experience meant she already had a lot of knowledge of the organization when, in October of 2017, she was hired as the Director of The Meadows and Community Programs. In the fall of 2019, Chassity was appointed Executive Director of Disability Support Programs covering Harbourside Lodge in Yarmouth.

Chassity feels very passionate about advocating for those with different abilities, ensuring they are given the same human rights, choices and autonomy everyone else has. She and her team strive daily to provide a homelike atmosphere where residents and clients feel safe, have their needs met, and are supported to achieve their individual life goals. Chassity is grateful to work with such a dynamic group of people who feel the same passion for supporting and caring for those who are entrusted under their care.  

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Director of Resident Care, Mountain Lea Lodge

Pataches Desrochers

Phone:  902-665-4489 Ext. 819 /

Pataches Desrochers, Director of Resident Care, completed her Bachelor of Nursing in the Northern Nursing Program through University of Manitoba. After completing her schooling, she worked as a public health nurse before returning to Nova Scotia to work at Mountain Lea Lodge.  She completed her novice Infection Prevention and Control course in 2018 while working full time, and uses her knowledge to empower others to keep residents/clients and staff safe. She believes in an individual’s right to choose, and treating others as they wish to be treated.


Clinical Dietitian / Director of Support Services

Kelley VanDerVoort

Phone: 902-665-4489

Kelley has always been fascinated by the body’s ability to break down food into nutrients that fuel us. Food fills our stomachs as much as it fills our souls by bringing us together to enjoy a meal. This is what led her to delve deeper into the subject and eventually build a career around it. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University, Kelley went on to complete her Masters of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Dietitians of Canada Graduate Dietetic Internship through The Moncton Hospital, to become a Registered Dietitian. She worked in acute care before starting at Mountains & Meadows Care Group in 2015 (service delivery to Mountain Lea Lodge and The Meadows Community).

As Clinical Dietitian, Kelley oversees all nutrition functions for the health and wellbeing of our residents and clients which includes: menu development, medical nutrition therapy, swallowing assessments, biomarker monitoring, and resident/client/employee education. As the Director of Support Services, Kelley, and her amazing team, ensure the safe and efficient provision of Dining and Environmental Services within our homes. This role involves policy development using best practice for infection prevention and control and food safety, fiscal and human resource management, and strategic planning.

“People who love to eat are always the best people”.


Director of Finance

Mark Muise

Phone: 902-665-4489

Mark has 25 years’ experience as a professional accountant and takes pride in being a good steward of the resources of not-for-profits. He has been with Mountains and Meadows Care Group since November 2016 and is very proud of accomplishments achieved to date. Mark enjoys serving the residents and clients of MMCG.


Executive Assistant / Family Liaison & Billing

Pat McClafferty

Phone: 902-665-4489

Pat’s career started in 1990 as an Administrative Assistant for the Municipality of Annapolis County and then for the Province of NS until moving to Alberta in 2007 where she worked for the City of Leduc. But home is where the heart is and she returned in 2017 and accepted the position of Executive Assistant / Family Liaison which has been the most rewarding position in her career. Pat takes pride in her role as Executive Assistant to the CEO. The joys of seeing the residents and working with their families feeds her heart and soul daily.

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