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Simone Pena
Simone Pena

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Born and raised in Illinois; moving to Virginia this summer

Grew up around seniors as the daughter of a CNA

Joined the Bickford family in 2009

Has two children, 14-year-old Ileana and 9-year-old Mason

Loves to pack a cooler and go for Saturday morning adventures hiking or to the beach

Prefers to wear slippers whenever possible

What does it mean to you to lead with love?

It just means being there. You can’t be selective and say I’m not going to help this person or that person. I always keep in mind if someone is behaving a certain way that they’re going through something and it has nothing to do with you. Just try to be there for that person instead of being a part of the problem. It comes naturally to want to be there for someone else, to be there for someone else when they don’t feel like they have anywhere else to turn.