Meet Our Staff

Anthony Venti,
 Executive Director

Anthony Venti has served the residents of Sunapee Cove with great distinction since we opened our doors. Better know as Tony, he came to Sunapee Cove with over 35 years of communications, marketing and media experience at the very highest levels of the industry.

To that end, Tony’s use of his wealth of finely honed communications experience and marketing skills have helped make Sunapee Cove the premier Assisted Living community in the Lake Sunapee region.

His familiarity with the families and the lifestyles of the people from our region have given him a valuable perspective on coordinating and delivering the quality services we are so well known for and our residents have come to expect.

Highlights of Tony’s sterling career include his position as a former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in Washington, DC; News and Operations Director for various ABC and CBS television affiliates: and terms as Director of Communications and Marketing with Norwich University, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Alice Peck Day Hospital.

Tony is a longtime resident of Sunapee where he lives with his wife, Carla, and his 150 lb Newfoundland dog, Atticus.

When you meet Tony, ask him what it was like working for a President of the United States. You’ll delight in some of the inside secrets of life within the beltway

Carol Meyers,
 Assistant Director/Enrichment

Carol comes to Sunapee Cove with a varied background and a wealth of life experience. As a child, life brought Carol north to Massachusetts from Florida and Virginia. As an adult, Carol returned to the south, where she raised her three daughters in Georgia.

As a student, Carol was involved in the agricultural studies of Floriculture and Horticulture and those interests have always been a significant part of her life. Drawn to the wisdom, maturity and composure of the senior population, Carol made a career of senior care, enabling her to fulfill her passion while supporting her family and sending her girls to college.

Nowadays, Carol finds herself in life’s sweet spot. She enjoys her career and especially the people at Sunapee Cove. She enjoys her free time with her fiancé, Michael, and her eldest daughter and two grandchildren, who live nearby.

When the opportunity arises or when it turns especially cold, she’ll make her way back to Georgia to visit her younger girls and to thaw a little. Together, Carol and Michael are building a home and farm in Weare, NH. They hope to name it “Full Circle Farm”, which describes their life together.

Kristopher Piquette,Director of Dining Services

Raised in a heavily Italian-influenced family and neighborhood in Cranston, RI, Kris grew up with great food at the center of all family gatherings. He recalls starting to cook at a very early age, learning his mother’s recipes while by her side preparing Sunday meals. At age 14, “I got an after-school job washing dishes and cleaning tables at a local restaurant. One year later, I was making breakfast for nearly 200 people every Saturday and Sunday morning. I loved it.”

And so a career in the culinary arts had begun. It blossomed under the tutelage of Chef Gregory Slade, one of the finest chefs on Providence’s historic Federal Hill, nationally renowned for its exceptional Italian food and restaurants. Together, they opened Temple Restaurant in the capital city’s magnificent new Renaissance Hotel.

Soon, thereafter, he met his lovely wife, Devon Marshall. They made the decision to move to her hometown of nearby Wilmot, NH, and start a family. There, Kris continued his culinary journey as sous chef alongside Chef Jeffrey Lewis at the New London Inn and Coach House Restaurant.

“When I was offered this position at Sunapee Cove, the opportunity to head up my own kitchen and prepare great meals for the greatest generation was a dream come true.”

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Phil Smith,
 Facilities Director

Despite his youthful appearance, Phil Smith knows the Sunapee Cove property like the back of his hand, having served as the job superintendent for the renovations our community undertook before or grand re-opening.

His knowledge of the building and its mechanical systems is as extensive as his skill set to fixing any issues that may arise.

Phil is a native of New Hampshire, born and raised in the Upper Valley. His experience includes a wide range and variety of projects in the Upper Valley, a great number of them for the prestigious Dartmouth College, their Tuck School of Business, and the Baker Library.

He is an avid hunter and fisherman, and, when he is not working, you will probably find him in the woods or by a stream.