The Woods at Merrimack Retirement Community in Methuen Appoints Three Industry Veterans As Grand Opening Nears in Early 2020

The Woods at Merrimack Retirement Community in Methuen Appoints Three Industry Veterans As Grand Opening Nears in Early 2020


METHUEN, MA (JANUARY 17th, 2020) – The Woods at Merrimack Retirement Community, which will offer best-in-class, resort-style, independent retirement living in the Merrimack Valley when it opens its doors in early spring 2020, has recently appointed three industry veterans to key positions. Richard Govoni has joined as Executive Director along with Jocelyn Fitzgibbons as Community Development Director and Todd McGovern as the community’s Executive Chef.

When construction is complete, The Woods at Merrimack will feature 140 thoughtfully designed apartments on beautifully landscaped grounds with an array of world-class amenities to appeal to today’s more modern and active senior. The community is located at 197-199 Howe Street directly across from the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, and close to entertainment, restaurants and shopping, medical centers, and parks and recreation areas. Sunshine Retirement Living, a family-owned senior living company based in Bend, OR with nearly 30 communities across the country, manages The Woods at Merrimack.

“As we prepare for the grand opening of The Woods at Merrimack in Methuen, we are thrilled to have found three professionals of this caliber with a true passion for creating outstanding living experiences for our future residents,” said Luis Serrano, CEO, Sunshine Retirement Living. “Our newest flagship community will offer a superior combination of design, amenities, all-day gourmet dining, and personal care and attention. We are so looking forward to opening the doors and introducing local seniors to the Sunshine Way.”

As Executive Director, Govoni, a 15-year industry veteran from nearby Londonderry, New Hampshire, brings an outstanding track record serving in senior administration roles at other local senior communities plus an unwavering dedication to serving and enriching the lives of seniors. Govoni will lead all day-to-day management ensuring alignment with the company’s Person-Centered Care approach and values, while overseeing all quality assurance, marketing, and community relations initiatives. Govoni holds at Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Connecticut, and is a Certified Director of Assisted Living and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Fitzgibbons, who hails from North Andover, has nearly 15 years of community sales, marketing and community relations experience. As Community Development Director, she is responsible for building strong and supportive relationships with the local community and growing awareness of the exceptional offerings and amenities at The Woods at Merrimack that have been meticulously developed to enriching the lives of its residents.

Executive Chef McGovern, from New Boston, New Hampshire, comes to The Woods at Merrimack with approximately 15 years of culinary expertise including management roles with Hilton and Marriott. He will be responsible for the community’s innovative, all-day dining program at the in-house Farmhouse Grille restaurant featuring gourmet food prepared with the freshest ingredients. The restaurant will offer a variety of high-quality dining options to accommodate various health restrictions and lifestyle preferences, such as gluten-free, low-fat or sugar-free diets.

About The Woods at Merrimack Retirement Community

Built on 8.7 acres, the community’s two meticulously designed buildings will encompass approximately 140,000 square feet of living and communal space, and offer both one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from approximately 480 to 850 square feet, many with private balconies to enjoy the scenic vistas. Each apartment will feature modern kitchens with full-size stainless steel appliances, self-closing drawers and cabinets, and granite countertops. Residents will also enjoy en-suite washer/dryers, carpeting in the bedrooms, and plank flooring in the living areas. Bathrooms will include walk-in showers with built-in benches and handrails, and emergency pull cords will be located in the baths and bedrooms. Residents will also appreciate the attention paid to soundproofing in the walls and floors/ceilings with double-pane windows that also help moderate interior temperature.

Exceptional, resort-style amenities will include all-day gourmet dining, including upscale dining at the on-site Farmhouse Grille featuring classic American and regional dishes, round-the-clock friendly and helpful concierge service, weekly housekeeping, on-call apartment maintenance with all utilities included in an affordable monthly rent. Residents will also enjoy a wellness/fitness center, library/game room, computer room, chapel, formal and casual dining rooms, large lounge and bar, arts studio, reserved parking, theater, and beauty salon/barber shop – all conveniently located on-site.

Active residents will also enjoy the spectacular grounds with its Pickleball and Bocce Ball courts, putting green, walking paths, outdoor grill area with state-of-the-art appliances, relaxing fire pit, gazebo, dog park, beautiful courtyards and gardens, and much more.

For more information about The Woods at Merrimack, please visit www.WoodsatMerrimack.com.

About Sunshine Retirement Living

Based in Bend, OR Sunshine Retirement Living manages nearly 30 retirement communities across the United States, offering senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care. A family-owned business with more than 20 years in the senior housing industry, Sunshine Retirement Living’s mission is to be the preferred senior living provider offering value, choice and independence while promoting health and social interaction that exceeds residents’ expectations and enriches the lives of both residents and staff. By providing meals, housekeeping, activities, transportation, utilities and in-house management staff, Sunshine Retirement Living continues to build an unparalleled community feeling in each property. For more information, visit www.SunshineRet.com or connect socially.