Community Leadership

Meet the Waterstone of Westchester
Community Team

Waterstone communities are known for our premium locations, beautiful designs and thoughtful amenities – as well as our people. Our dedicated staff of care professionals draws on their compassion and experience to manage every detail and ensure all residents are active, healthy and engaged. Waterstone of Westchester recruits only the best personnel, and once you meet them, you’ll understand why they are part of our exceptional team.

Lauren S. Freifeld, LCSW

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Lauren is responsible for overseeing daily operations and leading the Waterstone of Westchester team. She works closely with new residents and families. She treats everyone she meets with the highest levels of service by sharing details about the exceptional lifestyle that Waterstone is known for. Lauren strives to ensure all residents will have exactly what they need to feel healthy, engaged and secure.

Lauren earned her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, where she also served as a Field Instructor to graduate students. She has over 25 years’ leadership experience serving New York City and Westchester County senior living communities, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Lauren is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner®.

Abby Stenzler

Senior Advisor

Abby Stenzler brings over 26 years of experience to the Waterstone of Westchester team, having served in a variety of sales, marketing and operational roles in diverse businesses, including senior living. This experience makes Abby the perfect resource for seniors in their search for the ideal community.  

As Senior Advisor, Abby will be responsible for introducing future residents to the premier apartments, high-touch services and exciting opportunities that await at Waterstone of Westchester. She will provide area seniors with the resources to support their lifestyle and wellness goals.

Outside of work, Abby enjoys skiing, yoga, music and travel. 

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Helayne Scheier

Senior Advisor

Helayne Scheier is an accomplished sales and marketing professional with over 15 years in the senior living industry. As Senior Advisor, she provides helpful resources to seniors and their families as they search for the ideal community.

Helayne is responsible for sharing the benefits of life at Waterstone of Westchester, including the luxury apartments, premier amenities, concierge-style services and engaging life enrichment opportunities that are available to residents. She also establishes and maintains relationships with local professionals to connect area seniors with information and services to support their retirement goals.

Previously serving as an Assistant Vice President of Sales for a senior living community in Riverdale, Helayne has also served in a variety of other sales and marketing roles where she was effective in building connections with a wide range of clients and collaborated with the marketing team to achieve success.

Dean Brown

Area Community Liaison

As an Area Community Liaison, Dean supports the Senior Advisors at Bridges® by EPOCH and Waterstone communities in Connecticut and New York. Dean is responsible for building relationships with area professionals and organizations to coordinate support for seniors and families who are looking for living options or care for a loved one.

Dean joined the EPOCH Senior Living team in 2022. He has worked in the senior living and healthcare industries for more than 10 years. During this time, he made countless connections with doctors, hospitals, and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association® in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He has a passion for helping seniors and their families connect with resources that benefit them and their loved ones.  

Dean has always had a special place in his heart for service. Prior to working in senior living, he graduated from the U.S. Army Military Police program at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from East Carolina University.


Schedule a tour today and explore Waterstone of Westchester – our luxury community designed for seniors 62 and over, ideally located in White Plains, NY. We’d love to answer your questions and share how our premier apartments, impressive amenities, and engaging programs can enhance your retirement lifestyle.