President and CEO
In the eight years Carmel Roques has served as president and CEO at Keswick, she has transformed the 135-year-old not-for-profit senior living organization by expanding its services to seniors living beyond its Baltimore campus.
Under Roques’ leadership, Keswick opened the Keswick Community Health’s Wise & Well Center for Healthy Living in September 2018, where Keswick offers resources to seniors living outside its senior living community at a time when Maryland health care laws governing health care delivery and reimbursement are changing.
“I took this ‘health care ship’ and changed its course by starting the service line (with the help of many) and getting the board to invest in a dedicated building on campus to provide the resources,” Roques wrote.
Outside Keswick, Roques is chair of the American Diabetes Association-Maryland and LifeSpan Network boards and is vice chair of Maryland Philanthropy Network. She holds appointments to the Maryland Commission on Aging and the Maryland Healthcare Transformation Steering Committee.
Roques, a licensed nursing home administrator and licensed clinical social worker, received a bachelor’s degree in sociology, philosophy and religion from Mills College in Oakland, California and a master’s degree in social service administration from The University of Chicago.
Before joining Keswick in 2011, she worked at other senior living communities, including as chief operating officer for Virginia United Methodist Homes, and for Episcopal Ministries on Aging, Inc. — now called Integrace — in Sykesville.
In 2018, The Daily Record named Roques an Influential Marylander in the field of health care. In 2016, she was named to the Maryland’s Top 100 Women list and was lauded as one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs.