Bloggers and Contributors

Meet the Hebrew SeniorLife experts in senior care who contribute to our blog.

Last Name


Nadia Ali, M.D.


  • Medical Director, Skilled Nursing Unit, Orchard Cove until June 2020

Nadia Ali, M.D. was a former geriatric specialist at the Rehabilitative Services Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham and served as the medical director of the Skilled Nursing Unit at Orchard Cove. She joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2019. Dr. Ali received her medical degree from the Rawalpindi Medical College...

Heather Andrews


  • Study Coordinator

Heather is a dedicated advocate for health and well-being, with a rich background in psychology and neuropsychology. At the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, she plays a pivotal role in the longitudinal Healthy Aging Initiative (HAI) research study. Heather's background includes over a decade...


Davide Balos Cappon M.S., Ph.D.


  • Neuropsychologist, the Wolk Center for Memory Health and Assistant Scientist, the Marcus Institute

Davide Balos Cappon, M.S., Ph.D. is the neuropsychologist at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health and an Assistant Scientist of the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cappon, as a clinician-scientist...

Amir Baniassadi, PhD


  • Assistant Scientist

Dr. Amir Baniassadi is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an assistant scientist in Marcus Institute for Aging Research. He works on climate change and environmental health, and in particular, environmental impacts on health and well-being of older populations. He has a Ph.D. in civil, environmental, and...

Maureen T. Bannan, RN


  • Vice President for Home and Community-Based Services

Maureen Bannan is vice president for home and community-based services at Hebrew SeniorLife where she is responsible for the operations of community programs, including certified home health, hospice, adult day health, personal assistance, therapy house calls, and private care.

Ellie Belanger


  • Assisted Living Advisor

Former Assisted Living Advisor at NewBridge on the Charles Ellie Belanger helped prospective residents and families explore the assisted living and memory care assisted living options at Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Dedham, MA. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife, Ellie led community outreach for an assisted living community...

Nancy Bloomstein


  • Medical Social Worker

Nancy Bloomstein is a Medical Social Worker in Hospice Care at Hebrew SeniorLife. She started her career in social work at the University of Rochester Medical Center and previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, The Wellness Room in Newton, and MetroWest HomeCare and Hospice. Education Master of Social Work, Clinical/Medical...

Kim Brooks


  • Executive Vice President, Senior Living, Hebrew SeniorLife

Kim Brooks is the executive vice president of senior living at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Mass. She joined HSL in 2013 as a health care professional with 25 years of experience in the development, delivery, and reimbursement of innovative housing and community-based services for seniors. She oversees operations of the...

James R. Brown, FACHE, MBA, DPT


  • Executive Director, Center Communities of Brookline

James Brown is executive director of the Center Communities of Brookline, a 511 multi-income independent senior housing with supportive services campus located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA. The campus spans multiple city blocks and is made up of four different buildings. James is responsible for the management of Center Communities...

Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA


  • Former clinical Supervisor, Audiology at Hebrew SeniorLife

Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices, and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured...

Lynda Bussgang


  • Director, Volunteer, Youth, and Community Engagement

Lynda is the Director of Volunteer, Youth and Community Engagement for Hebrew SeniorLife, overseeing volunteer placement and multigenerational programming across the organization's five campuses. Lynda’s team designs innovative opportunities to welcome the Greater Boston community into Hebrew SeniorLife, and foster meaningful interactions across generations. Lynda also sits on the Leadership...


Sarah Charest, OTR/L-CLT


  • Rehabilitation Manager for LTCH, Outpatient Therapies, and Fitness

Sarah Charest has worked as an occupational therapist at Hebrew SeniorLife for over 20 years. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and is certified in lymphedema management. She has a strong interest in geriatrics, and in 2013 presented at the American Occupational...

Helen Chen, MD


  • Contributing Writer

Helen Chen, MD, served as Hebrew SeniorLife's chief medical officer from 2013-2022. As a geriatrician, Dr. Chen has a passion for improving care for older adults both at the individual and healthcare system levels. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife, Dr. Chen was the chief medical officer for the Center for...

Mohit P. Chopra M.D.


  • Psychiatrist

Dr. Mohit P. Chopra is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in providing outstanding clinical care to his patients at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health. His areas of sub-specialization include cognitive impairment, depression, and trauma-related disorders in older adults. He is a Distinguished Fellow of...

Alegria Cohen, MS, RD, LDN


  • Lead Clinical Dietitian

Alegria Cohen, MS, RD, LDN, has been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center as the Lead Clinical Dietitian since 2010. She has worked on all levels of care as well as assisting with nutrient analysis of the patient's menu. Alegria received her Masters of Science Degree in Nutrition and completed her...

Jody Comart, Ph.D.


  • Former Director of Palliative Care

Jody Comart is a clinical psychologist and chaplain, who coordinated specialized end-of-life care throughout Hebrew SeniorLife before she retired in 2019. She provided pastoral counseling to patients and families, offered training for staff in end-of-life care, and lead the effort at Hebrew SeniorLife to develop palliative care through clinical, educational...

Catherine Couture, LICSW, MPH


  • Director of Community Life, Orchard Cove

Catherine Couture joined the Orchard Cove team in 2014. For the preceding five years, she was a close colleague of the Orchard Cove team in her role with Hebrew SeniorLife Private Care. Cat has served in both social work and public health positions after earning her master's in social work...

Jeff Cramer


  • Former Content Specialist

Jeff Cramer was the content specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife from 2019 to 2021, where he contributed content for digital platforms like social media, the Hebrew SeniorLife blog, the Hebrew SeniorLife website, and e-newsletters. Jeff spent five years as a local TV news anchor and reporter telling stories that impacted local...

Natalie Cunniff

Natalie Cunniff is a registered dietitian at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She currently covers 2 North on the Rehabilitation Services Unit and 2 Berenson long-term care floor. She started at Hebrew SeniorLife in 2022 as a dietetic intern before coming on board full-time. She graduated from Simmons University in...


Jennifer Davis


  • Contributing Writer

Jennifer Davis writes for print and digital media, specializing in the health care and research sectors. She spent 25 years of her career working for nonprofit organizations that provide services to older adults and was a member of Hebrew SeniorLife’s communications department for 19 of those years. Jennifer stepped down...

Hali Diecidue


  • Senior Staff Chaplain, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

Hali Diecidue has been the senior staff chaplain at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center since 1997. Hali provides pastoral care to residents, chaplaincy support to staff and family members, and teaches regularly on topics such as end of life pastoral care and pastoral care to people with dementia. In addition, Hali leads...

Rebecca Donato, BA, MBA


  • Executive Director, Vitalize 360

Rebecca's responsibilities as Vitalize 360 Executive Director include overseeing program development, operations, and financial and membership growth. Previously, Rebecca served as the Chief Operating Officer at Community Servings, an innovative organization focused on providing medically tailored meals to the under-served as a health care intervention. Before that, she was Chief...


Patricia Eichinger, LICSW


  • Social Worker

Patricia (Trish) Eichinger, LICSW, is a geriatric social worker with more than 15 years’ experience working with seniors and their families. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. Trish's work has been focused on the elder population, including elder protective services, acute medical social work, and...


Rachael Arielly, PsyD


  • Psychologist

Rachael Arielly, PsyD, is a psychologist specializing in geropsychology at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and in Dedham and the outpatient clinic at NewBridge on the Charles. She joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2019. She received her bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She earned her master's and doctorate degrees from...

Terri Febo Robinson


  • Senior Director, Communications and Content

Terri Febo Robinson is Senior Director of Communications and Content at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she leads a team focused on creating, sharing, and optimizing engaging content in support of the organization's business, marketing, and philanthropy goals. She oversees strategic, internal, and development communications; brand stewardship; and content strategy, including internal...

Lori Feldman, LICSW


  • Resident Support Advisor, NewBridge on the Charles

Lori Feldman, LICSW, joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2013. She is the resident support advisor at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham. Prior to her position at NewBridge, she was a licensed clinical social worker at the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston and...

Susan Flashner-Fineman


  • Vitality 360 Coach

Susan Flashner-Fineman is Orchard Cove’s Vitality 360 Coach. She had been the Fitness Director at Orchard Cove for the past ten years. "As the Vitality 360 coach, my mission is to guide and inspire each and every resident to live their best life possible of fulfillment and satisfaction. The...

Tara Fleming Caruso, MA, LMHC


  • Collaborative Care Advisor at NewBridge on the Charles

Tara serves as the collaborative care advisor for the NewBridge campus, making her an important resource for each of our residents and their families. Tara helps each senior moving to NewBridge both understand and access the variety of supports our continuum of care offers so each can live their best...

Cindy Freeman


  • Former Development Writer

Cindy Freeman was Hebrew SeniorLife's development writer. She enjoyed working with older adults and has volunteered with her therapy dog and her son, who once ran a bi-weekly happy hour/variety show at a care center in Wayland. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife, Cindy lived with her husband and son in...


Phyllis Giller


  • Former Employee Communication Manager

Phyllis was the employee communication manager at Hebrew SeniorLife and a member of the Marketing and Communications team until 2023. She joined the organization in 2011. In her role, Phyllis guided the development of communications for Hebrew SeniorLife’s 2,600 employees across the organization’s nine campuses. She worked with Hebrew SeniorLife...

Lynda Giovaniello, RN, MS


  • Former Director of Clinical Liaisons, Home and Community-Based Services

Lynda Giovaniello joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2016 as a clinical liaison for home and community-based services, facilitating transitions of care for patients from inpatient settings to home, and served as Director of Clinical Liaisons until 2022. She earned her Master’s Degree in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston...

Dana Gitell


  • Director of Marketing, Hebrew SeniorLife

As director of marketing, Dana Gitell leads strategic marketing and digital communications initiatives that promote Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities, health care offerings, and community-based services. Her career spans communications roles in nonprofit, government and Jewish communal organizations. She is credited with coining the word “Thanksgivukkah” to mark the 2013...

Rachel Gore


  • Digital Content Specialist

Rachel Gore is a Digital Content Specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she supports Hebrew SeniorLife’s content marketing efforts by writing original content for digital channels, especially the Hebrew SeniorLife blog. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife in 2023, Rachel worked in content marketing and news writing in B2B tech, financial services...

Batya Greene, LICSW


  • Clinical Social Worker

Batya Greene, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who joined Hebrew Senior Life Hospice 10 years ago. Batya has enjoyed watching the HSL Hospice thrive and grow from its early days into the vibrant organization it has become. Batya came to HSL hospice with extensive experience in home based intervention...

Mindy Grodofsky-Gilmore, LICSW


  • Social Worker

Biography Mindy Grodofsky-Gilmore, LICSW is a graduate of Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Marital Counseling from Boston University School of Social Work. Ms. Grodofsky-Gilmore has worked at Orchard Cove, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Canton, MA, since...

Jodie Gruen


  • Research Assistant at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife

Over a span of more than two decades, Jodie has served at Hebrew SeniorLife in several different departments including Corporate Communications, Volunteer Services and Research. Currently, she holds the position of research assistant, supporting several projects focusing on mobility and falls and models of care. She is a graduate of...

Marie Guerrier, MSN, NP


  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Marie Guerrier is an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Boston, MA. She has over 23 years of experience specializing in geriatrics, Alzheimer's care, progressive neurological disorders, end of life care, and acute and chronic disease management. She was a Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine. Marie is happy...


Tammy Hanel


  • Dietetic Intern

Tammy is a dietetic intern in Hebrew Rehabilitation Center's inaugural class. She has a bachelor's degree in clinical nutrition and is working on her master's degree in applied nutrition with an emphasis in nutrition education. Her goal is to aid in the translation of research and data to actionable information...

Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH


  • Co-Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center and Senior Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Dr. Marian T. Hannan is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, her Master of Public Health degree at Yale University School of Medicine...

Lingda Hou, NHA


  • Administrative Director

The Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health

Lingda Hou joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2015 after graduating from Brandeis University with a M.A. in Economics and Finance. Prior to joining the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health as their administrative clinic manager, Lingda worked at NewBridge on the Charles, where she managed a receptionist team, worked...

The HSL Blog Team

The Hebrew SeniorLife Blog Team brings you helpful and reliable content about issues that matter to seniors and their loved ones, informed by Hebrew SeniorLife's team of experts.

Dae Hyun Kim, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.


  • Associate Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Dr. Kim is a geriatrician, researcher, and mentor. He believes we can provide better health care to older people by incorporating frailty into clinical care, research, and population health. Toward this mission, Dr. Kim founded the Frailty Research Program at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. Funded...


Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H.


  • Director, Aging Brain Center

Sharon Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., is a geriatrician at HRC, senior scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and director of its Aging Brain Center. She also holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at the Marcus Institute. Dr. Inouye received her...

Tanya Iudice, PT, OCS, PMA®-CPT


  • Team Leader, Outpatient Physical Therapy

Tanya Iudice currently works for Hebrew Senior Life at the New Bridge on the Charles campus as Team Leader in the Outpatient Physical Therapy department. Tanya graduated with a physical therapy degree from Quinnipiac University and has over 26 years of physical therapy experience with focus on movement disorders, spine...


Carole Johnson


  • Director of Finance, Hebrew SeniorLife Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Carole Johnson oversees all of the fiscal operations for Orchard Cove and NewBridge on the Charles. She is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, consulting and corporate accounting management. Her focus is maintaining the highest standards of financial reporting and control for Hebrew SeniorLife’s...

Caleb Jordan, M.D.


  • Geriatric Psychiatrist, Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health

Dr. Jordan is a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in neuromodulation from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and the research of those modalities. Dr. Jordan attended medical school at Louisiana State University in his home state of Louisiana. He then attended a surgical internship...


Ruth Kandel, MD


  • Geriatrician, Hebrew SeniorLife, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School until December 2016

Ruth Kandel obtained her bachelor's degree from State University of New York, Buffalo and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and a geriatrics fellowship at Bedford Veteran's Administration Hospital/Boston University Medical Center. She is an assistant...

Rashmi Kaura, MD


  • Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care

Biography Rashmi Kaura, M.D. is the Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Care for Hebrew SeniorLife. She completed her Bachelor of Science in pharmacology and basic medical sciences from King’s College in London, England. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from King’s College School of Medicine...

Francis Kibugi, RN


  • Director of Nursing, Rehabilitative Services Unit, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

Francis Kibugi RN is the Director of Nursing at the Rehabilitative Services Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale , MA. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the 50-bed unit. He has been in this role since 2014 and has more than 15 years of experience...

Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H.


  • Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center and Senior Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Dr. Kiel's primary research interests are in the area of osteoporosis and related fractures, including falls, nutritional factors, genetics, and frailty. Much of his work has been carried out in association with the Framingham Study, which includes an ancillary study called the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. In addition, he is interested...


Angela Labonte


  • Vitalize 360 Member Services Manager

Angela Labonte has been a member of the team at Orchard Cove, a Hebrew SeniorLife continuing care retirement community in Canton, since 2011. In that time she has held a number of positions, including as a Vitalize 360 coach and sales outreach associate. She currently works as Vitalize 360 Member Services Manager. Angela received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Senior Fitness from Bridgewater State University.

Laura Lee, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Laura Lee received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 1996 and has been affiliated with Hebrew SeniorLife since 1997. Laura holds a certificate in lymphedema management and became a certified hand therapist in 2003, with a special interest in geriatric-related conditions affecting the upper extremity...

Rachel Lerner, Esquire


  • General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife

Rachel Lerner joined Hebrew SeniorLife as general counsel and chief compliance officer in March 2012. She also serves as the director of HSL’s Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect, which provides shelter and supportive services to those in need, and builds awareness of the growing epidemic of...

Jennifer Linehan


  • Social Worker, Orchard Cove

Jennifer joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2011 as a social worker. She began her career with Hebrew SeniorLife working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale before transitioning to the Skilled Nursing Facility at Orchard Cove in 2019. Jennifer received a master’s degree in social work from Simmons School of Social Work.

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D.


  • Director, Marcus Institute for Aging Research
  • Chief Academic Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife

Lewis A. Lipsitz, M.D., is the director, the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research & the chief academic officer at Hebrew SeniorLife. Throughout the past 30 years Dr. Lipsitz has built a successful career as a widely respected geriatrician, independently funded clinical investigator, skilled teacher, and capable program...

Isaac Longobardi


  • Former Volunteer , Youth, and Community Engagement Program Coordinator

A recent graduate of Harvard College, Isaac is passionate about the ethics, politics, and social experience of aging and the end of life. He is an experienced caregiver, avid writer, and a perpetual student of the world around him. While at Hebrew SeniorLife, he piloted multigenerational living at Center Communities...


Ernest Mandel, M.D.


  • Executive Vice President of Health Care, Hebrew SeniorLife

Biography Ernest Mandel, M.D., S.M. is the executive vice president of health care at Hebrew SeniorLife, where he oversees all HSL health care operations, including Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in both Roslindale and Dedham, and home and community-based services. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, where...

Brad Manor, Ph.D.


  • Director of the Mobility and Brain Function Program at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Manor’s career goal is to alleviate the burden of balance decline that often accompanies biological aging into senescence. As the Director of the Mobility and Brain Function Program, he works to achieve this goal by directing inter-disciplinary, translational research in the fields of human balance and rehabilitative medicine. His...

Marianna V. Mapes


  • Former Program Manager for the Dept. of Volunteer, Youth, and Community Engagement

Marianna V. Mapes was the program manager for the Department of Volunteer, Youth, and Community Engagement at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this role, she drove the content design of multigenerational programming across Hebrew SeniorLife and led initiatives to creatively utilize volunteers at several of our senior communities. In 2018, Marianna developed...

Heather Margulis, MSPT


  • Associate Director of Rehabilitation Services

Heather Margulis, MSPT, studied physical therapy at Northeastern University at both the undergraduate and masters levels before joining Hebrew SeniorLife’s rehabilitation services team in 2001. Since then, she has held many therapeutic and supervisory positions within Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Boston and Dedham campuses, most currently as the Associate Director of...

Wolk Center for Memory Health

The Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife provides Harvard Medical School-affiliated outpatient memory care services, in person and virtually, for people living with cognitive symptoms or disorders at any stage — and for their families and caregivers. We know caring for a person showing signs...

Eran Metzger, M.D.


  • Medical Director of Psychiatry

Eran Metzger, M.D., has been on staff in the Medical Department at Hebrew SeniorLife since 1998; first as the associate director, and subsequently as medical director of psychiatry in 2011. Dr. Metzger received his Bachelor of Science from Haverford College and Doctor of Medicine from Pennsylvania State University College of...

Courtney Millar


  • Assistant Scientist I at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife

Dr. Millar completed her doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut, where she focused on delineating the mechanistic effects of bioactive compounds from three different Kingdoms (Plantae, Animalia, Eubacteria) on the progression of atherosclerosis in genetically modified mouse models. She is currently a T32 postdoctoral research fellow at the Hinda...

Carolina Mondragon


  • Former Administrative Assistant/Concierge, NewBridge on the Charles

Carolina (Caro) moved from Colombia and has been living in the Greater Boston area since 2017. She speaks both English and Spanish. Caro received her master’s degree from universities in Colombia. During her master's degree, she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the English language and United States culture...

Aidan Morrison


  • Marketing & Communications Generalist

Aidan Morrison is a Marketing & Communications Generalist at Hebrew SeniorLife, where he works as a part of a team creating and sharing blog content, email newsletters, and social media posts. Prior to joining the Hebrew SeniorLife team in May 2023, Aidan worked in a digital marketing role with an...

Brian Murphy


  • Vice President, Patient Access

 Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Brian Murphy is vice president of patient access at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. In this role, he is responsible for managing admissions for 750+ beds across multiple campuses and levels of care. Brian receives more than 9,000 referrals annually as the result of the strong relationships he and his team have...


Rabbi Beth Naditch


  • ACPE Certified Educator, Board Certified Chaplain

Rabbi Beth Naditch is a board certified chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator at Hebrew SeniorLife. She teaches the art and skills of spiritual care to future and current clergy and laypeople dedicated to geriatric spiritual care. Rabbi Naditch has a specialty in trauma-informed care, having served as a chaplain...

Virginia Ngai, LICSW, MDiv


  • Elder Justice Advocate

Virginia Ngai, LICSW, MDiv, is the elder justice advocate at the Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has her BA in law and society as well as a master's degree in social work and divinity. She worked for many years as a resident...


Evelyn O'Neill


  • Project Director / Program Manager STEP-HI Study, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Evelyn O’Neill is currently the project director for the STARS Study at Hebrew SeniorLife's Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. With a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Education and 40 years of research experience working on exercise studies with frail elders, she has been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation...


Emily Palmer, N.P.


  • Clinical Director, Palliative Care

Biography Emily Palmer is Clinical Director of Palliative Care for Hebrew SeniorLife. She completed her BSN and MSN from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and a fellowship at Duke University, and is board certified as an Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife...

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.


  • Medical Director, The Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, is Medical Director of the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health and a Senior Scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pascual–Leone is an international leader in...

Jill Perkins


  • Art Curator and Events Coordinator

Jill Perkins has worked as an art curator at Hebrew SeniorLife since 2016. She enjoys placing beautiful artwork throughout the facilities for all to enjoy. Jill holds a degree in fine arts from Lesley University.

Michelle G. Perry


  • Former Volunteer Coordinator

Michelle was a volunteer coordinator at Hebrew SeniorLife. She developed new volunteer programs to support patients and their families at end of life in the areas of patient companionship, vigil support for dying patients, and bereavement support. Prior to joining Hebrew SeniorLife, Michelle was a hospice volunteer coordinator for almost...

Joanne Peskowitz, LICSW


  • Palliative Care Social Worker

Joanne is a dementia specialist and social worker at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s long-term chronic care Memory Support Unit and a palliative care social worker in the short-term Rehabilitative Services Unit. Joanne was a case manager for the ALS Association, has led expert trainings on both Alzheimer’s disease and domestic abuse...

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is a retirement counselor based at NewBridge on the Charles. With a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from UMass Boston and close to 20 years of experience in the field of aging services, Amanda’s expertise lies in helping families manage the many transitions that come with caring for an...

Jennifer Pilcher


  • President of the New England Association of Aging Life Care

Dr. Pilcher was awarded her doctoral degree in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2005. Her professional experience has focused primarily on care and housing arrangements for elders with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including policy and fundraising work for the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, the...

Victoria Poole, Ph.D


  • Assistant Scientist I, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Victoria Poole was an Assistant Scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Instructor of Medicine at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School, and a 2017 Harvard Catalyst KL2 Scholar. She first joined the Marcus Institute in 2014, when she began her postdoctoral training in the Harvard Translational Research...

Kim Portello, PT, COS-C


  • Director of Clinical Services, Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care

Kim Portello, PT, received her degree from Simmons College and has been a physical therapist since 1988. She has devoted her career to home care since 1991. Before joining Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care as manager of rehabilitation in 2013, she spent 21 years at South Shore Visiting Nurses—14 of those...

Miriam Priven

Miriam Priven is the LGBTQ+ chaplain resident at Hebrew SeniorLife.


Annie Racine, Ph.D.


  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Annie Racine is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research’s Aging Brain Center. Before joining the Marcus Institute, she earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

David Raider


  • New Resident Advisor, NewBridge on the Charles

David has held a variety of roles at NewBridge on the Charles since 2009, starting off as program manager, then director of community life, to his current role as new resident advisor. David has 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, both in sales and marketing positions and...

Tina Reilly


  • Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Tina Reilly is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Previous to this position, Tina was the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Kindred Hospital, Boston. Her experience includes being a dietician at several Boston hospitals, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Tina has a B.S. in Clinical...

Tammy Retalic, DNP, M.S., RN


  • Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Hebrew SeniorLife

Tammy B. Retalic, M.S., RN, is chief nursing officer for Hebrew SeniorLife and vice president of patient care services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Tammy manages a staff of 1,200 over a continuum of long-term chronic care and rehabilitation services on the HRC campuses in Boston and Dedham.

Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D.


  • Geriatric Specialist

Dr. Rhodes-Kropf is a primary care geriatrician at HSL Medical Group, at Center Communities of Brookline. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New...

Aline Russotto


  • Executive Director, Orchard Cove

Aline Russotto is the executive director of Orchard Cove, a Hebrew SeniorLife Continuing Care Retirement Community in Canton, Massachusetts where her career started, and has grown, since 1998. In addition to overseeing Orchard Cove’s operations, she is a member of HSL's senior living leadership team. She is a member of...


Shoshana Savitz, LICSW


  • Medical Social Worker

Shoshana Savitz, LICSW, joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2020. She is a medical social worker and bereavement coordinator for the Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care team. She has over 25 years of experience working as a medical social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, Lahey Clinic, and the VA Medical Center and as...

Jeanne Seltzer


  • Development Communications Manager

Jeanne Seltzer is a Development Communications Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on creating development and marketing communications. Jeanne has a background in journalism, fundraising communications, and marketing communications. She has written for American Public Television, WGBH, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and the Boston Parents’ Paper. Jeanne has...

Wendy Shulman

Wendy Shulman is the office manager for the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health. She is the first point of contact for patients and families seeking care at the Wolk Center. Wendy feels grateful to be working with an extraordinary team of professionals and assisting in the care...

Matthew Shuster, MD


  • Medical Director, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles

Matthew Shuster, MD, is the medical director of the Hebrew SeniorLife Outpatient Clinic at NewBridge on the Charles. He is a senior physician with over 30 years of clinical, teaching, and leadership experience. Dr. Shuster received his medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed his residency training at...

Matt Smith


  • Director of Clinical Services, Home Care and Hospice

Matt Smith has over 20 years of experience working in geriatrics and almost 10 years in hospice care. He entered the nursing profession as a Licensed Practical Nurse trained in the ARMY. More recently, he graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2012 with BSN in Nursing. During Matt’s nursing career...

Brenda Sweeney


  • Director of Quality, Hebrew SeniorLife Home Health

Brenda Sweeney is Director of Quality for Hebrew SeniorLife’s Home Health. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Prior to working for Hebrew SeniorLife, Brenda worked at Steward Home Care in different roles such as director of education and quality specialist. She...

Maggie Syme


  • Clinical Psychologist

Biography Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH is a clinical psychologist specializing in older adult mental health and dementia caregiving at Hebrew SeniorLife's Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health in Boston. She also leads through the family caregiver program at the Wolk Center as part of the Eleanor and Herbert...


Jennifer Wall


  • Former Chief Quality Officer

Jennifer Wall was Chief Quality Officer for Hebrew SeniorLife from 2020 - 2022. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and M.S. in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions, and her B.S. from Union College.

Brooke Wayne, MS, CCC-SLP


  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Brooke Wayne is a speech-language pathologist at Hebrew SeniorLife, based primarily at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She completed her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Boston University. During her studies, she was placed as a graduate student intern at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles in 2017...

Louis J. Woolf


  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife

Louis J. Woolf is president and CEO of Harvard Medical School-affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife, an integrated system of health care, senior living, research, and teaching that serves more than 4,500 Greater Boston seniors each day and is committed to redefining the experience of aging. The HSL system includes Hebrew Rehabilitation Center...