Hebrew Senior Care


Management Staff

Meet Our Staff

At Hebrew Senior Care, we believe that the quality and compassion of our staff is what sets us apart from other health care providers. We ensure quality and encourage compassion in a number of ways:

Best practices from around the country are identified and implemented at Hebrew Senior Care. The staff receives ongoing training well beyond what regulatory agencies require. Comprehensive orientation and performance improvement evaluations are standard for all employees. Background checks are conducted on all direct care workers, even though they are not required in the State of Connecticut. Staff members are encouraged to be involved in the community. Perhaps the best example of our commitment to our patients is the longevity of our staff, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years. Our staff strives to provide the same kind of care you would provide.

Here is a brief introduction to some of Hebrew Senior Care's leaders:

Gary Jones, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jones oversees all daily operations and long term planning for all aspects of Hebrew Senior Care and its affiliates. He has a long, notable history of service to Hebrew Senior Care. He has served on the Board of Trustees for more than 30 years, and as Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 1999. He has also served as Chairman of the Hebrew Senior Care Foundation and has served as a member of the Hebrew Life Choices Board. His active volunteerism at Hebrew Senior Care makes him uniquely qualified for this position and abundantly aware of the reimbursement, and regulatory challenges Hebrew Senior Care and other health care and aging service providers in Connecticut face today. 

Mr. Jones is a non-profit executive and attorney. Most recently, he served as Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), CT Regional Office. In that capacity, Mr. Jones oversaw the League’s efforts to fight prejudice, monitor and expose extremist groups, promote civil rights and build bridges of understanding among diverse groups within the Region. For his work with the ADL, Gary was named one of the fifteen “Movers and Shakers” in the Connecticut Jewish Community for 2011 by the Connecticut Jewish Ledger.

Prior to his work with the ADL, Mr. Jones was a partner in the law firm of Levy & Droney, PC, Farmington, where he was engaged in a broad based practice that included corporate acquisitions, commercial finance, real estate transactions and public development. Prior to joining Levy & Droney, he was counsel at Edwards & Angell, LLP, Hartford; a partner in the law firm of Drubner, Hartley, O’Connor & Mengacci, LLC, Waterbury; and a partner in the law firm of Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, Hartford.

In addition to his volunteer leadership role at Hebrew Senior Care, Mr. Jones has served on numerous boards including the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Hartford, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctor from New York University. 

Dr. Ava Pannullo, Medical Director

Dr. Ava Pannullo is the Medical Director for the Hebrew Senior Care, Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing and Hebrew Senior Care, Hospital Attending Physician.  She has been with Hebrew Senior Care since 1993.

Dr. Pannullo oversees the medical department and treatment of all HealthCare, Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing residents and all patients at Hebrew Senior Care, Hospital. In addition to seeing her own patients, Dr. Pannullo is also directly involved in supervising the medical care of residents and patients who are assigned to other Hebrew Senior Care physicians, including the physicians at Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group.  Dr. Pannullo is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

Dr. Pannullo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, and graduated from the UMDNJ. She also completed her residency at the UMDNJ, and earned a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from the University Of Connecticut Travelers Center on Aging.

Dr. Harold Sandals, Attending Physician

Dr. Harold Sandals is the Hebrew Senior Care, Hospital Attending Physician since 2013.

Dr. Harold Sandals has 20 years experience as a nursing home Medical Director at Woodlake at Tolland. He also served as the medical director of North Central Hospice in Vernon for 30 years. He was a founding member of the Academy of Hospice Physicians. 

His interests are in hospice and palliative medicine, and medical ethics. In addition to his role as staff physician, he serves as Medical Director for Hebrew Health Hospice. He has a B.A. in biology from Clark University, earning his M.D. degree as a member of the third graduating class of the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine. He completed a 4 year Yale affiliated residency in Primary Care at Bridgeport Hospital. He practiced for 25 years with Tolland Family Medicine. He oversees the medical care of residents on three skilled nursing units.

Madelene A. Francese, Vice President, Development

Ms. Francese joined Hebrew Senior Care in 2007 to oversee the fundraising operation for Hebrew Senior Care and its affiliates. Ms. Francese and her fundraising team are charged with securing funds in support of operations, capital projects, special programs and endowment.  Since arriving at Hebrew Senior Care her team has successfully raised in excess of $5.0 million in support of operations and capital improvements. Ms. Francese has been fundraising on behalf of the nonprofit community for 30 years with the majority of that time spent in the Greater Hartford region. Ms. Francese estimates that she has raised in excess of $25 million in operating support for museums, higher education, the arts and health care.    

Before joining Hebrew Senior Care, Ms. Francese worked for The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts for 10 years and during that time raised more than $8.0 million in operating support. Prior to joining The Bushnell, Ms. Francese was the Annual Fund Manager at Newington Children’s Hospital and subsequently Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  During her tenure at CCMC, Ms. Francese was responsible for organizing and carrying out the week-long grand opening activities for the new children’s hospital; a proud achievement.

Ms. Francese’s favorite part of her job is getting to know her donors and providing the necessary funding for the residents and families who we care for every single day. 

Ms. Francese earned B.A. from Connecticut College. 

Doreen W. Beattie, Vice President, Nursing Services, the Hospital

Ms. Beattie is the Vice President of Nursing for The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care. She oversees the quality and performance of both the medical and behavioral health units.

Ms. Beattie received her Diploma in Nursing from Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and as a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Hartford. Doreen has 36 years of clinical and administrative experience in both acute care and long-term care settings in the Greater Hartford/New Haven areas.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Beattie was the Program Manager for the sub-acute rehabilitation unit at Hebrew Senior Care.  During that time she also served as the Infection Control Practitioner.

Ms. Beattie is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.  Additionally she previously published in the Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.

Pamela K. Atwood, Director, Dementia Care Services

Ms. Atwood joined Hebrew Senior Care in 2002 to create and manage the Dementia Care Services department, including curriculum development, training, policy creation, community elder care consultations, specialized activity programs and grants to support same. She does extensive public speaking, consulting, research and teaching. From 2008-2012 she also served as Director of Life Enrichment.

Ms. Atwood volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association of Connecticut and facilitates three support groups. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the APDA CT Chapter and the Education Conference Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter.  Ms. Atwood has also been appointed by the Connecticut Legislature to serve on the State Alzheimer’s Task Force. In addition to in-service education, workshops and conference presentations, she educates people through college and online courses. Ms. Atwood and her husband Tom authored the book Total Engagement: An Arts-Based Guide to Meaningful Engagement. 

Ms. Atwood earned a Masters Degree from University of Saint Joseph in Gerontology and Human Development and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a Qualified Dementia Care Provider and a Certified Laughter Leader.

Joan Carney, Executive Director, Hoffman SummerWood Community and Vice President, Hebrew Life Choices

As SummerWood’s founding Executive Director, Ms. Carney is responsible for the administration and operation of all programs at SummerWood, from strategic planning through implementation. She brings a unique combination of clinical and administrative skills to her role.

Since 2004 Ms. Carney has played a leading role conceiving of, planning, and supervising SummerWood’s expansion, completed in 2009.

Ms. Carney has been with Hebrew Senior Care since 1995. Prior to becoming Executive Director at SummerWood, she was Director of Hebrew Senior Care's Home HealthCare Agency.  Ms. Carney also worked for various Visiting Nurse Associations for 12 years, seven of them in a supervisory or management capacity.

In 2012, Joan became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). In 2009, Ms. Carney was honored with the prestigious Executive Director Hero Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for her extraordinary professional service and commitment to senior living residents and their families. Under her leadership, SummerWood is proud to be the recipient of over 25 awards, both at the state and national level.

Ms. Carney began her career as a registered nurse, after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.


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