Carmel Roques has been appointed chief executive officer of Keswick, a not-for-profit organization with corporate offices housed at Keswick Multi Care Center in North Baltimore.
She succeeds Libby Bowerman, who retired at the end of 2011.
Roques had been chief operating officer of Virginia United Methodist Homes since 2007. In the early 1990s, she was director of adult day care and director of home care services for Catholic Charities in Baltimore, and then an executive with Episcopal Ministries to the Aging.
The Keswick Multi-Care Center campus encompasses a skilled-nursing care facility, a sub-acute rehabilitation center, an assisted living memory care facility, and an adult day care program. Also, Keswick provides support and resources to the greater community.
Education: B.A., Mills College; M.A., University of Chicago.
Daily commute: I travel from Columbia without getting on I-695. It takes about 45 minutes and I enjoy seeing many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods on my way in.
Recent vacation: A long weekend in New York City with my husband. Lots of walking and visiting our favorite restaurants, museums and theater.
Hobbies: Yoga, theater of all types, hiking and backpacking. These days instead of camping as part of backpacking I need to end a day of hiking at a resort with a hot tub!
Favorite books: I am rereading Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” and Peter M. Singe’s “The Fifth Discipline.”
Most recently read: I usually have a couple of books going. Most recently: “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn” by Cathy N. Davidson; and “Doc: A Novel” by Mary Doria Russell about the friendship between Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.
Favorite food: Food someone else has prepared. In particular my husband’s homemade pizza.
Favorite quotation: “Compassion is a verb.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m sorry to say that under the new CEO things just got worse to the point we had to withdraw our senior from here. Employee’s cussing at you on the phone to changing the rules as they see fit and screw what was done or promised in the past to you. Our senior has been injured several times at Keswick due to the lack of responsible care provided by Keswick Adult Day Care. Ever since KADC was bought out by Johns Hopkins it went down hill very quickly. I am sorry to see such a fine establishment decline as quickly and terribly as it did. I would strongly urge others to steer clear of KADC until their issues are resolved.