Department Directory

At Hebrew Health 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 Health 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 strive to provide the same kind of care you would provide.

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


Bonnie Gauthier, President and Chief Executive Officer

 Ms. Gauthier oversees all daily operations and long term planning for all aspects of Hebrew Health Care and its affiliates. She has been instrumental in building Hebrew Health Care into one of the leading providers of health care for older adults in the Northeast. She also led the effort to develop and open Hoffman SummerWood Community in 2000.

Since joining Hebrew Health Care in 1979, Ms. Gauthier served as Director of Employee and Public Relations, Assistant Executive Director, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998.

She is active in a number of organizations that address health care issues and issues related to aging. She is a past Secretary of the Board of LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA) and an active member of the Board of LeadingAge CT (formerly CANPFA).

Ms. Gauthier earned a Master of Arts in Gerontology from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/Secondary Education (cum laude) from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

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David A. Houle, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David A. Houle is responsible for the overall financial management of all aspects of Hebrew Health Care and its affiliates which operate under a $55 million combined budget.  He also oversees daily operations and long term planning throughout its continuum of services.

With more than 30 years experience in space planning and renovations, Mr. Houle was instrumental in the construction of Hoffman SummerWood Community as well as in obtaining $16 million bond financing through Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) for that project.

Mr. Houle has worked in health care throughout his career, and joined Hebrew Health Care in 1980 as Controller. He is a founding member of the Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers (ALTCFM) and is a past president. He has also been an active member of the Connecticut Association of Not-for-Profit Providers for the Aging (CANPFA), Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA), American College of Health Association (ACHA), and served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association (HFMA) in 1998.

Mr. Houle holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

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Ava Pannullo, MD, Medical Director 

Dr. Ava Pannullo is the Medical Director for the Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center and for The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care.  She oversees the medical department as well as the treatment for all of the residents from the skilled nursing care units and the treatment for all of the patients on the medical and behavioral health units.

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 Health Care staff physicians.

In addition, Dr. Pannullo is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, and graduated from the New Jersey Medical School. She also completed her residency at the New Jersey Medical School, and earned a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from the University of Connecticut Travelers Center on Aging.

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Jonas Steiner, Vice President, Admissions and Social Work Services 

Jonas Steiner is responsible for collaborating with the Admission Team in identifying appropriate candidates for admission to Hebrew Health Care’s system of services. Applicants are assessed in a sensitive, timely, and professional manner.  He helps applicants determine various options available in our continuum; other community based resources and discusses initial financial issues as well as eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid and some VA benefits.

Mr. Steiner continues to be responsible for determining the reimbursement source for payment and potential issues which might be problematic in this regard.

Mr. Steiner has facilitated a family support group for new family members as well as a family council and he supervises the Social Work Services staff in their practice.  He continues to provide direct service to family, patients and residents.

Mr. Steiner joined Hebrew Home Rehabilitation Center in 1980 as a social worker.  He became Director of Admissions in 1984 and has been in his current position since 1998.

In October of 2009 he was honored with the Gates of Jerusalem award for community service.  He has a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Social Work from St. Louis University School of Social Services in St. Louis, MO.

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Marcia Hickey, Vice President Strategic Integration & Hospital Administrator 

Ms. Hickey is a registered nurse with a Masters Degree in Human Development/Gerontology.  She has worked for over 35 years with older adults and their families across the continuum of care.  Marcia has extensive clinical and administrative experience in both geriatric medical and behavioral health care.  She is currently Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Hospital Administrator for Hebrew Health Care, Inc., West Hartford, CT.  She has been adjunct faculty in the department of Human Development/Gerontology at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT.  In addition to being a frequent presenter at conferences, she is a book reviewer for the International Journal of Educational Gerontology.   

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Lisa Holloway, Long Term Care Administrator 

Ms. Holloway is our Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  As the Administrator of the skilled nursing facility Ms. Holloway is responsible for the overall regulatory compliance both clinical and operational of the skilled nursing facility.

She is a partner in the organization who has developed her expertise from rich work experiences gained while serving and leading assisted living and skilled nursing facilities and programs to ensure high quality services with the values and objective necessary to accomplish the mission and vision of the organization. She has a strong commitment to enhancing the lives of residents by providing compassionate, resident directed care and has created a work place environment dedicated to building committed teams for all staff that values mutual respect and collaboration.

A graduate of the International Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro North Carolina Ms. Holloway’s experiences combined with her clinical background, frequent seminar and training sessions give her current skills that will enhance the team’s effectiveness.  She is an active member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administrator.  

Ms. Holloway shares more than twenty years of health care experience with Hebrew Health Care both as human resources professional and a skilled nursing Administrator.   In addition to her Nursing Home Administrator’s license, she has multiple degrees including, a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s Degree of Science in Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration.

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Madelene A. Francese, Vice President, Development

Ms. Francese joined Hebrew Health Care in 2007 to oversee the fundraising operation for Hebrew Health 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.  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 more than $25 million in operating support for museums, higher education, the arts and health care.

Before joining Hebrew Health 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 earned B.A. from Connecticut College 

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Renata Ogrodnik, Vice President, Nursing Services 

Renata Ogrodnik, Vice President for Nursing Services at Hebrew Health Care oversees the quality, performance of nursing services and day to day operations for 277 residents. Ms. Ogrodnik develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures to address State and Federal regulations. She implements Quality Improvement programs for nursing units and focusing on resident/family educational needs. She oversees nursing administration and works with vendors to develop new products.

Ms. Ogrodnik has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College and a Masters of Science in Nursing Management from the University of Hartford both in West Hartford, Connecticut. She also earned a Masters Degree in Organization and Management in Industry from W. Pstrowski Silesian Technical University in, Poland.

A thirteen year veteran of Hebrew Health Care, Ms. Ogrodnik began her career as Nurse Manager in 2000. In 2006, she assumed the position of Assistant Director for Nursing and in April of 2010 Ms. Ogrodnik became a Vice President of Nursing.

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

Doreen W. Beattie is the Vice President of Nursing for The Hospital at Hebrew Health 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 Health 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.

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Pamela K. Atwood, Director, Dementia Care Services

Pamela Atwood joined Hebrew Health 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. 

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Vinnie DeSanti, Operations Officer


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Joan Carney, Executive Director, Hoffman SummerWood Community

As SummerWood’s founding Executive Director, Joan 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 Health Care since 1995. Prior to becoming Executive Director at SummerWood, she was Director of Hebrew Health Care's Home Health Care 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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Maureen Dolin, Director, Adult Day Services

Maureen Dolin is responsible for the daily operation of the medical model Adult Day Services program. She brings 30 years of experience serving older adults in the community. The past 21 years have been with Hebrew Health Adult Day Services.

Ms. Dolin has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Hartford. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Laughter Leader.

Ms. Dolin is an active member of the Board of LeadingAge CT including Past President of the Board for the Connecticut Association of Adult Day Centers and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She was selected by LeadingAge in Washington D.C. to serve on a National Task Force for Adult Day Services. She is a member of the Connecticut Long-term Care Advisory Council and Long-term Care Planning Committee. 

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Sam Vogt, Director, Human Resources

Sam Vogt is responsible for oversight of multi-company Human Resources Department and more recently Corporate Compliance program at Hebrew Health Care. Mr. Vogt has worked in non-profit organizations in both California and Connecticut over the past 15 years, in the fields of healthcare and education.

Mr. Vogt joined Hebrew Health Care in 2008 as a Recruiter/Generalist. In 2010, he became Director of Human Resources. He serves as Chair of the Community Benefits Committee, and recently became Hebrew Health Care’s Corporate Compliance Officer. He is also has oversight of Staff Development and reception services at the Hebrew Home & Hospital.

He received his Bachelors of Arts from University of Massachusetts, and holds Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute.

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