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.

Beth Schmeizl

Director of Operations

Beth joined Athena in 2013, after having spent nearly 20 years in various administrator and lead-administrator roles in various Connecticut centers. Beth’s journey at Athena started by leading the team at Glastonbury Health Care Center and subsequently taking on the added role of Regional Administrator, managing the day to day operations of Glastonbury, as well as supervising and leading administrators in several other Athena centers.

As Director of Operations for the company’s skilled nursing division, Beth leads and develops Athena’s Regional Directors of Operations and center Administrators throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to ensure Athena’s standards of care are implemented at each center.

Beth received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and is President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Healthcare.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Dailey

Director of Facility Project Management

Paul joined the Athena network as a center Director of Environmental Services in 2012 and in his current role is responsible for overseeing all renovation and construction projects at all Athena centers, as well as ensuring all projects are completed on-time and within budget. He is also manages housekeeping and physical plant departments within the network. His background in facilities management has allowed him to grow within the company and develop new programs to improve the well-being of the residents, including the creation of a full-scale dementia driving simulator currently used an Athena center to help memory care patients cope with agitation, anxiety, and loss of independence.

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.

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.

Malcolm Mason

Director of IT/Communications

As the current Director of IT and Communications, Malcolm is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Information Technology team at Athena Health Care Systems. Along with the day to day management of the team, Malcolm is also responsible for overseeing the PCC and electronic charting systems of all Athena managed centers and affiliates. He has been with Athena for 11 years, starting out as a programmer/database analyst. He worked on multiple projects to improve the daily operations of the company such as the development of databases to streamline the month end close process for the Finance department, automatic census reporting, and general center technical support.

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.

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.

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.

Barbara Southall

Director of Dementia Program Management

Barbara brings more 12 years of experience in Dementia and Human Services. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), specialized in behavior management for dementia, programming for cognitive deficits/dementia, and specialized environments. Barbara also has specialized training in marketing and community outreach. She has been with Athena Health Care Systems since 2011 as the first Dementia Program Coordinator in the company at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. Her compassion, supportive nature, and commitment to her residents make her an excellent asset to the Athena team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Salem State College.

Tom Walkuski

Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Tom’s primary responsibilities lie with the human resources, benefits administration, recruitment and retention efforts for Athena and its managed affiliates.  Maintaining his nursing home administrator license allows Tom the opportunity to mentor new administrators to the Athena network as well as step in at various centers when needed, including a span of time when Tom held the dual role of Director of Human Resources/Assistant Director of Operations for Athena.  Prior to this role, Tom was an administrator of record at an Athena center for six years.  Additionally, Tom has held other positions in several Athena centers, including Scheduling Coordinator, Nursing Office Manager and Human Resources Coordinator.  Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Long-Term Healthcare Management and Labor Relations after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations. 

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.

Connecticut Leadership Team

Lori Hinkson

Director of Clinical Services

Lori has more than 33 years of clinical experience in long term care positions such as unit nurse MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing Services and Corporate Director of Clinical Services. She joined Athena in 2011 as a Corporate Regional Clinical nurse with oversight of Connecticut and Massachusetts 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 CT and MA.

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.

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. Megan serves on the professional advisory board for the LPN program at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Massachusetts Leadership Team

Kevin Diehl

Director of Plant Operations

Kevin brings over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently responsible for the total environmental operations of 50 Athena nursing and assisted living centers, ensuring each center is maintained at the highest level of quality and adheres to both state and local regulations. He has been a part of the Athena team since 2011. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College.

April Foskett

Director of Admissions

April brings an abundance of experience, having been in the healthcare industry her entire career. She has worked in various roles, from dietary to admissions and everything in between. April was a CNA for 13 years before attending nursing school and becoming a staff nurse at Lanessa Extended Care. April then became a clinical liaison within Athena Health Care Systems. She has a passion for connecting with and helping families through difficult transitions. She has been with Athena for five years and was promoted to Director of Admissions for Athena’s Massachusetts’ centers in 2018.

Dan Burns

Regional Director of Operations

As a Regional Director of Operations for Athena in Massachusetts, Dan manages the complete operations of many centers. Over numerous years in healthcare, Dan has gained extensive experience as a licensed nursing home administrator, residential care administrator, and performance improvement consultant in multiple states. Under Dan’s leadership, centers he has managed have received the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) Silver Quality Award, Maine Health Care Association’s Quality Improvement Award, and a Customer Satisfaction score in the top 1%, of 1,200 nationwide centers. Dan has been an invited speaker at the AHCA’s Quality Symposium speaking on “Improving Customer Service in a Skilled Nursing Facility” and has been featured in national and regional media on various senior living issues.