Our Senior Management Team

Lawrence G. Santilli

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Athena team is led by founding partner, President, and C.E.O., Lawrence G. Santilli. He believed in the overriding principle of “Protecting the Quality of Life,” while maintaining a business model of steady, deliberate growth. Nearly 35 years later, those principles hold true as Athena now operates a growing network of  more than 50 skilled nursing centers, assisted and senior living solutions, out-patient therapy services, as well as home care, hospice, and private duty care options – spanning three states.

Mr. Santilli is also a registered lobbyist with the state of Connecticut and is widely respected for his financial expertise having extensive experience in the healthcare industry. His experience is often called upon to educate legislators on various long-term care and senior health issues. Additionally, he serves as President of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities and is a Board Member of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association.

Mr. Santilli leads a team of highly qualified professionals who bring a diverse background in management experience, covering all facets of health care and business management to the continuum. Their knowledge is deep, their approach creative and informed, and their expertise varied – including day-to-day operations, financial management, regulatory compliance, clinical care, public relations, marketing, and much more.

Michael E. Mosier

Chief Financial Officer

As Athena’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mosier oversees the overall financial footprint of Athena and its affiliates. Mr. Mosier joined the Athena network in 1988 and has been a leader in its expansion from a manager of several skilled nursing homes to one of New England’s largest manager of skilled nursing centers, assisted and senior living communities, as well as home health and hospice service providers.

Mr. Mosier is a specialist in Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party reimbursement. He is a recognized expert in health care budgeting, acquisitions, financing, financial analysis, as well as developing financial and computerized reporting systems.  He is widely respected for his financial expertise, having more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry.

Judy Hyland

Director of Social Services Administration / Corporate Compliance Officer

As one of Athena’s original director’s, Judy is part of Athena’ senior leadership team and serves in a dual role. As the Director of Social Service Administration, Judy oversees the day to day operations of the social work teams in the centers, including compliance with state and federal guidelines, training and regulations, as well as addressing customer service matters throughout the network. Judy has extensive experience in senior care development and management in long term care centers, dementia care units, assisted and independent living communities. Judy holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Judy is also Athena’s Corporate Compliance Officer, overseeing the training and implementation of the company-wide corporate compliance program. The corporate compliance program includes reporting from families, residents, staff throughout the network, as well as vendors and adheres to state and federal regulations governing health care organizations which receive federal state monies.

Lorrie Rezendes

Director of Operations – Home Health & Hospice Division

Lorrie Rezendes joined Athena Health Care Systems in 2008. With more than 25 years of experience in home health and hospice, Lorrie quickly became an asset to the team. Lorrie is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UMass Dartmouth, and her master’s degree from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Lorrie is also a Certified Hospice Administrator.

In her current position as Director of Operations for the Home Health & Hospice Division, Lorrie oversees operations and development of Athena’s home health and hospice affiliates. Using her knowledge from previous employment and education, Lorrie effectively manages company productivity and finds new ways for Athena to improve operations.

Mary Barclay

Director of Risk Management

As Director of Risk Management for Athena and its affiliates, Mary works with managers and staff to identify and address areas that may expose them to potential risks, such as accidents, insurance claims or lawsuits. Mary currently oversees Athena affiliates’ General Liability, Workers’ Compensation, and Employee Liability programs. Mary is a licensed insurance adjuster and has worked for various insurance providers since 2003  holding such roles as Senior Claims Analyst and Client Service Manager, before joining Athena in 2019.

Tim Brown

Director of Marketing & Communications

Tim originally joined Athena in 1994, as their first Marketing Specialist and created the first iterations of the current Athena website and Athena & You, the network employee newsletter, now distributed to nearly 9,500 employees each month. Over the next 12 years, Tim’s portfolio grew to include Athena’s assisted living communities and other ancillary services, as their Director of Marketing & Public Relations. After a 12-year absence, Tim is back at Athena overseeing the marketing, communications, and public relations for the entire Athena Health Care Systems’ network and affiliates. Since re-joining the Athena team, Tim has laid the groundwork for the network’s digital and social media footprint, as well as launching the current website. Tim is also a registered lobbyist for Athena with the state of Connecticut and the organization’s chief spokesperson.

Lori Hinkson

Director of Clinical Services

As Athena’s Director of Clinical Services, Lori oversees the clinical services, infection prevention, and staff development and education teams in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Lori has nearly 35 years of clinical experience in long term care positions in nursing homes ranging from staff nurse to several leadership positions up to, and including, Director of Nursing Services. For the past nine years Lori has held various roles with Athena as a Regional Clinical Specialist for Massachusetts and Connecticut and as a Regional Director of Clinical Services for our Connecticut centers. Lori has developed and is a facilitator of Athena’s CQI program, and provides review of medical records for finance, legal and quality assurance. Lori is a Registered Nurse licensed in both CT and MA.

Diane Curtis

Director of Financial Operations

Joining Athena in 1994, Diane has held several positions with Athena and currently serves as our Director of Financial Operations. In this position, Diane is responsible for overseeing the accounts receivables and collections of more than 45 of Athena’s centers. As the Director, her focus is positive cash flow, while working closely with Athena’s management team to address various financial-related issues pertaining to collections, as well as implementing training programs and procedures. Diane is one of the senior-most directors in the organization and has served in leadership capacity of the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Financial Directors.

Michael Smith

Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Michael is responsible for developing and implementing Athena’s core human resources principles and policies throughout our network. Michael is also charged with overseeing Athena’s organizational management, talent management, training and development, compensation, succession planning, and cultural diversity programs. Michael brings more than 25 years’ experience in long-term care HR leadership to Athena as he manages the day-to-day operations for every centers’ HR department, ensuring that quality standards and processes are followed. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Michael also holds Human Resources certificates from the University of North Carolina and Villanova University and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Marybeth Hauser

Director of Payroll

Marybeth has been a part of the Athena team since 1986. Starting out in various roles within the Finance department, she was consistently promoted within the department over the years and currently serves as the Director of Payroll for the entire network. She is the leader of a department that is responsible for processing the payroll of nearly ten thousand employees throughout 50 centers and several affiliates.

Julie Koulouris

Corporate Controller

Julie has been with Athena Health Care Systems for 24 years. Starting as a bookkeeper in 1994, Julie has worked her way to multiple promotions within the Finance department, including Accountant, and Accounting Manager. In 2017, she was promoted to Corporate Controller. In her role as Controller, Julie is responsible for overseeing the overall fiscal operations of our 50 centers. Julie oversees the preparation and review of all state and federal cost reports, assisting in the preparation of yearly budgets, and many other obligations that are vital to the total operation of Athena and its managed facilities.

Danielle Kaufman

Director of Finance

Danielle has been a part of the Athena team since 2012.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Business Management.  She has been in the Finance industry since 2002.  In her role as Director of Finance, she manages contracts, purchasing and cash flow for all Athena’s centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island.

David Weathers

Director of IT/Communications

As Director of IT/Communications, David is responsible for providing strategic oversight of Athena’s technology and outlining the company’s long-term strategy to ensuring our technological resources are aligned with the company’s business needs. David brings 25 years of experience in the field of information technology delivering technology-differentiated solutions. David is responsible overseeing Athena’s IT operations, applications, infrastructure, communications, architecture and security.

David brings experience from various industries including Healthcare, State Service, Software Development, Hospitality and Manufacturing to the role when he joined Athena in 2020. David served in the U.S. Navy as a submariner stationed in Groton CT.

Nate Frisbie

Director of IT Networking

Nathan has been with Athena Health Care Systems since 2005. He started as an IT Support Technician and was promoted to Systems Administrator in 2014. From new security technology to protect the company, employees, and patients alike to helping to integrate all buildings and new acquisitions to the corporate network, Nathan has been a major asset to the Athena team. He has expertise in a variety of software and systems programs and received his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, New York.

Priscilla Senra

Ambassador Program Managing Director & Procurement Specialist

A seasoned procurement leader, Priscilla joined the Athena Health Care Systems team in 2020 as our Ambassador Program Director / Procurement Specialist. Priscilla has been the guiding force behind Athena’s recently re-launched Ambassador Program, a patient-centered program designed to help ensure residents’ needs are not just met, but exceeded while living within their centers. Additionally, Priscilla helped Athena navigate the unchartered waters of overseas, direct procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) from vendors in China and beyond during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Additionally, Priscilla provides various consulting on facility renovations and remodeling projects.

Maryann Thorpe

Ambassador Program Director

Maryann brings 30 years of experience in the healthcare field. She has been with Athena for more than nine years, previously serving as the Marketing Coordinator, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, and Director of Customer Relations. As the day-to-day leader of Athena’s Ambassador Program, Maryann oversees the recruitment and retention of Athena’s Ambassadors who provide customer service and support in the centers. Maryann also provides legislative liaison between Athena and members of the Massachusetts legislature.

Megan Wanczyk

Director of Admissions

Megan began her healthcare career in assisted living before transitioning to admissions at a skilled nursing center, while obtaining an LPN license. Upon receiving her LPN license, she transitioned into pediatrics running a multi-provider practice before returning to the skilled nursing industry as the Director of Admissions at MeadowBrook of Granby in 2016.  In February of 2018, she became Director of Admissions for Athena’s Connecticut region and in July 2020 add Athena’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island centers to her portfolio. Megan serves on the professional advisory board for the LPN program at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Carrie Riposo

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing – Home Health & Hospice

Carrie has been with Athena Health Care Systems since 2013. She began her career with us at Athena Hospice Services where she was a volunteer coordinator. She quickly climbed the ladder of success and became a liaison two months after she started. Within a year, Carrie became a Director of Sales and Marketing. She currently serves as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, where she creates an everlasting customer experience through excellent care, compassion, and support. Carrie graduated with a double major in Political Science and Biology from Arizona State University.

Urata Prevalla

Director of Dining Services

Prior to joining the Athena network, Urata owned and managed a restaurant outside of Hartford. Urata then joined Athena in 2002 as the Food Service Director at Countryside Manor of Bristol, until 2011 when she was promoted to Abbott Terrace. After nearly 20 years with Athena, Urata was promoted to Athena’s Director of Dining Services. Urata brings 20 years of experience in the Nursing Homes and Restaurant/Hospitality industries to the role. Urata holds degrees in Hospitality Management and Dietary Management Services.

Tracy Reynolds

Director of Rehabilitation

Tracy’s tenure with Athena goes back to 2013 when she joined Cherry Brook Health Care Center as their Rehab Director, which was followed in 2017 by a move to Litchfield Woods Health Care Center. In 2019, she was promoted to her current role as Director of Rehabilitation for Connecticut’s managed centers. Tracy, who is experienced in directing and developing rehab programs in skilled nursing centers and outpatient clinics, has been a licensed Occupational Therapist since 1993.

Connecticut Leadership Team

Dolores Savage

Director of Staff Development

Dolores has over 40 years of experience in the Health Care field. She has worked for Athena Health Care Systems since 2013, starting as the Director of Staff Development at Northbridge Health Care Center. A year later, she was promoted to Clinical Specialist of Athena Health Care Systems. Currently, she oversees 46 Athena facilities, managing and coordinating the clinical education of all staff members. Her extensive background in the industry allows her to teach the staff at the highest level of quality possible. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Long Island University and a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics and Genetics Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College.

Jessie Browning, MA

Director of Wellness Programming

Joining Athena in March 2021, Jessie brings many years’ experience in education, health, and wellness to her newly established role within the Athena network. Athena centers don’t just care for illnesses and injuries, they treat the whole person. The primary goal of our Wellness Program lies in the theory of caring for the entire being – mind, body, and spirit and enhancing our residents’ lives. In addition to training center-level staff and managers on the Wellness Program, Jessie conducts training with our residents and teams on stress management techniques. Jessie received a Master’s Degree in Integrative Health and Healing, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education, as well as maintaining several professional-related certifications.

Jane Steele

Director of Infection Prevention & Wound Care

Jane has over 25 years of experience in long term care. She started her career with Athena in 2010, starting as the wound nurse for Meadow Brook of Granby. A year later, she was promoted to Director of Wound care. In 2015, she became the Director of Infection Prevention and Wound Care. Currently, she oversees 46 Athena facilities, and is responsible for the development and updating of infection prevention policies, training new staff, and coordinating IP programs.

Jane has been an independent infection prevention/wound care consultant for CT DPH and is a master facilitator for CT DPH skills fairs.

Natalie Mihalchick

Director of Therapeutic Recreation

Natalie joined Athena Health Care systems as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation in September 2021 and brings more than 35 years of experience to the role. She has a wealth of skills and knowledge within the profession having worked with a variety of populations, specializing in our geriatric population, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.  Natalie is an Adjunct Instructor at Gateway Community College and has taught the therapeutic recreation certification classes for 22 years. Natalie oversees Athena centers’ of activities that are designed to meet the interests and the physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each resident.

Massachusetts Leadership Team

Joe Jazab

Director of Plant Operations

Diamond Boone, M. Ed.

Regional Specialist of Therapeutic Recreation

Diamond joins Athena as after many years’ experience in the health care industry. As the Regional Specialist of Therapeutic Recreation, Diamond will use her past experience and practice to enhance and modernize the therapeutic recreation experience for our residents within her region. Diamond received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education, as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Sam Crosson

Director of Rehabilitation
Rhode Island Leadership Team

Sara Lindo

Regional Director of Admissions

Kristy Borges

Director of Rehabilitation