(Dec. 2, 2021) Assistant town manager Rachel Day has been hired as the new executive director and CEO of the Sherburne Commons elder-living community. She replaces executive director Kevin Comick, who held the position for five years. Day will start Jan. 5.
In her role as assistant town manager, Day, who holds a nursing-home administrator’s license, most recently served as interim director of the town-owned Our Island Home nursing home.
She has also served as the town’s human-services director, and has worked at the Saltmarsh Senior Center.
“Through my various roles with the town, I’ve continued to work with and advocate for the serniors of the island. This is continuing to do that, but as my main focus. I haven’t done that for a while,” Day said.
“Rachel grew up on Nantucket and is a well-known and respected member of the island community,” wrote David Worth, chairman of the Sherburne Commons board of directors, in a letter to residents.
“I first got to know Rachel when I and my siblings were trying to figure out care for my dad and have since had the pleasure of working with her on several committees focused on senior needs and services in our community. She is smart, savvy, and organized. She comes with a comprehensive understanding of the particular needs of island seniors.”
It was not easy to leave her town position, Day said.
“While it’s hard for me to say I’m leaving the town, 17-1/2 yerars later, it’s time for a change, and time to see what I can do to help our seniors a little bit more,” she said.
“Sherburne Commons seems to be on such positive, stable ground. It will be kind of new and fun and exciting to see where we can go. I’m looking forward to keeping Sherburne Commons an option for people on the island.”