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Hebrew Senior Care

Management Staff

The Leadership Team

We believe that the quality and deep dedication of our staff is what sets us apart from other health care providers. Hebrew Senior Care encourages our employees to identify and implement best practices.  Employees are provided comprehensive orientation, and ongoing training beyond regulatory requirements is available and encouraged.  

Hebrew Senior Care employees are guided by a deep sense of purpose and an overwhelming sense of pride in knowing that they have provided the very best quality health care to a senior in need while supporting their family members and friends.  Staff at all levels is committed to providing quality, patient care and our employees have been with Hebrew Senior Care for an average of 15 years.  Because of the work we do and the way we do it; in many cases, our employees become more than care team members; they become family members.  Meet the Hebrew Senior Care Senior Team

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. 


Ava Pannullo, MD, Geriatric Medicine, Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Pannullo is board-certified in Geriatric and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Pannullo is a member of the American Geriatric Society, American College of Physicians and American Medical Directors’ Association.  Dr. Pannullo’s areas of interest include health and aging; including topics of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  Dr. Pannullo is the Director of the Outpatient Services for Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group; Hebrew Senior Care’s physician practice dedicated to the care of seniors.  Dr. Pannullo has practiced at Hebrew Senior Care since 1993.  Dr. Pannullo speaks English, German, and Italian fluently.

♥ Fellowship: University of Connecticut Traveler’s Center on Aging in 1993, Geriatrics
♥ Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical/ Beth Israel Medical Center
♥ Medical School: University of Connecticut – School of Medicine, Internal Medicine
♥ Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, B.S.
♥ Faculty Appointments: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Site Director and Director of Medical Education for both the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Geriatric Fellowship Program. 



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 at Hebrew Senior Care

Doreen W. Beattie is the Vice President of Nursing Services for The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care. She oversees the quality and performance of both the medical and behavioral health units. Ms. Beattie 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.  Ms. Beattie has previously published in the Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.
♥ Post-Graduate: University of Hartford, Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration 
♥ Undergraduate: Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing, B.S.


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 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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