Meet the Leadership Team
Stephanie Small, Executive Director
Stephanie Small is the executive director of the Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph. As executive director, she is responsible for the overall operations and management of the community overseeing the maintenance, dietary, fitness, administrative, and resident services departments, and ensuring the highest quality of care to the residents. Stephanie is a social worker by training. Stephanie has a bachelor's from Williams College and a master's in social work from Simmons College of Social Work.
Donna Tarutz, Director of Community Life
Donna Tarutz is the director of community life at the Simon C. Fireman Community. In this position, she coordinates the resident services program, as well as resident cultural, educational and social programs. Donna was the director of community life at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Jack Satter House prior to joining the Simon C. Fireman Community. Donna was awarded her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brandeis University. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker.
Maria McMillan, Financial Director
Maria McMillan is the director of finance for both the Simon C. Fireman Community and Center Communities of Brookline. In this role she is responsible for all fiscal operations including budgeting, financial reporting, audit coordination, financial analysis, and accounting processes. Maria holds certifications as a fair housing coordinator, she's a certified professional of occupancy, and an accredited residential manager as the result of the Section 8 funding at the housing sites by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Maria has been employed by Hebrew SeniorLife for more than 13 years, working at the corporate office before coming to housing operations.
Laurie Pimentel, Facilities Director
Laurie Pimentel has been the facilities director at the Simon C. Fireman Community since 2003. In this role, she oversees this 24/7/365 department, which is responsible for the overall upkeep, maintenance, snow removal, and security of the communities. As facilities director she supervises the maintenance team in preparation of all state, local, and federal inspections. Laurie attended Stonehill College majoring in financial accounting and criminal justice. After college Laurie had a career as a police officer for 11 years and then became involved in the construction trade where she owned and operated a hardwood lumber company.
Eddy Lalanne, Executive Chef
Eddy Lalanne, the Simon C. Fireman Community's Executive Chef/Manager, is responsible for the daily operations of the culinary department. He leads the culinary and dining room teams, focusing on friendly service and well-prepared fresh, healthy, and nutritious kosher meals. Eddy has been in the food service industry for 30 years. After working eight years at the Hilltop Steakhouse in Braintree, Eddy joined the the Simon C. Fireman Community in 1997 as the assistant chef. Over the past 19 years he gained significant experience in efficiently running the kitchen and meeting the needs of our residents. He was promoted to executive chef in April 2016.
Jessica Gittes, Fitness Director and Vitalize 360 Coach
Jessica Gittes manages day-to-day operations of the fitness program at the Simon C. Fireman Community, conducts exercise sessions, and age-appropriate group exercise classes for Fireman residents. In her role as Vitalize 360 Coach, she works with residents on goal setting, communication, and developing a Vitality Plan designed to inspire positive lifestyle changes. Jessica has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University and joined the Fireman Community in 2012.