East Mountain House
About Our Co-Founders

About Our Co-Founders

Craig Davis

East Mountain House is the culmination of a 12-year-old vision which has been carefully refined and nurtured over the years with the help of our Co-Founder, Keavy Bedell. Craig has lived in Lakeville for the past 25 years and though known to be somewhat reclusive he is an ardent and vocal supporter of our community. He loves it here.

Craig’s true passion is tuning in to quietude and stillness. He frequently is walking on our trails and paths with his dog, Lucy. Craig has been practicing meditation for 35 years and is a graduate of New York Zen Center’s Foundations in Contemplative Care program; a 9-month hands on journey into pastoral care. Craig spent his time primarily in the Emergency Department of a major NYC hospital. Craig was on the Board of Directors of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care for six years and most recently was Chair of the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation, Kybagon Phakchok Rinpoche’s teaching and education organization in the United States.. Craig enjoys his time with 6 grandchildren, 4 of whom live in Lakeville. His favorite time is retreat in Nepal and he is passionate about simply being with friends and neighbors at the end of their lives who need compassionate support.

Lastly, and most importantly: Sandy Dennis.  Sandy, Craig’s wife who died 4.5 years ago, was a beacon of support and light for Craig and countless others in our community.  East Mountain House exists as an extension of how Sandy lived in our turbulent world. It was a life dedicated to family and community, to love and happiness and sadness; to living fully in every moment, even at the end of her life.

Keavy Bedell

Keavy has lived and worked in the Northwest Corner of CT for 20 years.  Originally from New York City, with a background in finance and insurance, she settled in Lakeville upon meeting Craig and his wife Sandy and joining their employee benefits firm.  Her true calling revealed itself when she began working with the elderly and infirm in their homes on a part time based.  Keavy began working exclusively and  independently in the caregiving field after the arrival of her twins in 2010; working on and then building teams, and focusing on case management.

The Covid-19 pandemic bought Keavy to the New York Zen Center while working full-time and caring for her sons at home.  The suffering endured in isolation by those home bound brought her to The Art of Dying Thanatology Program at the OneSpirit Alliance in NYC and to Henry Fersko-Weiss, a pioneer of the Death Doula movement.  Keavy is a certified End-of-Life Doula, serves as the Chair of the Board of the Salisbury Central Public School after School Enrichment Program (S.O.A.R.), and actively participates in the community at large.  It is her goal to meet all people where they are and be of service by providing and added layer of support to a person and their family, as a patient advocate and care coordinator and provider.