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. Those principles have held true since its founding in 1984 as Athena now operates a growing network of nearly 50 skilled nursing centers, assisted and senior living solutions, outpatient 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 is creative and informed, and their expertise is 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, MSW, LCSW

Director of Social Services Administration, Risk Management, 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.

Stuart Rosenberg, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer

Stu joined Athena in February 2023 as a consultant to the senior management team. In June, he was named Chief Administrative Officer where he participates in strategic planning, collaborates with the management team to implement policies and procedures, strategizes to grow the organization, and oversees administrative operations.

Before joining the company, he spent more than 35 years in healthcare management in various executive management roles within Saint Francis and Trinity Health of New England System. He had served as President of Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. He also served as the Vice President of Operations for Mercy Medical Center for two years until June 2021. Stu has also held roles as the Director of Human Resources at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center and Senior Vice President and COO at Bristol Hospital, among other senior executive management positions. In 2023, he received the Saint Frances Hospital and Trinity Health of New England Spirit Award.

Dreux Namnoun

Chief Information Officer

Dreux brings 25 years of extensive experience and knowledge in research, design, procurement, and implementation of Information Technology systems. Dreux’s most recent role was the Director of Product Management for Trinity Health. Prior to that, he held the position of Information Services Director, where he served as Acting Chief Information Officer, with Trinity Health. He also served as the Regional Director for Enterprise Application Services for Saint Francis Hospital.

His professional experience is across the healthcare, financial and insurance sectors. Dreux has a degree in computer electronics from Goodwin College as well as certifications in information technology.

Justin Presnol

Director of Workforce Management

Justin began his career with Athena in September 2021 as the Human Resource Manager at Parsons Hill in Worcester, Massachusetts. He grew quickly in this role and was promoted to Labor Management Analyst in November of 2022. Due to his continued success, he was promoted to Director of Workforce Management in November of 2023. Justin brings trusted expertise and knowledge in data and analytics, human resources, and labor management to help oversee operations to drive efficiency.

Before joining Athena Health Care Systems, Justin served as a Director of Human Resources and held several positions as a General Manager in the hospitality industry, where he successfully managed operations for various hotels. Justin holds an associates degree in business management.

Megan Wanczyk, LPN

Director of Admissions & Business Development

Megan began her healthcare career in assisted living before transitioning to admissions at a skilled nursing center, while obtaining an LPN certification. Upon receiving her LPN certification, 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 Connecticut in 2016. In February 2018, she became Director of Admissions for Athena’s Connecticut region and, in July 2020, added 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.

Elizabeth Perugini

Director of Billing and Collections

Liz joined Athena in 2006 as the Business Office Manager at Valerie Manor in Torrington, Connecticut. In 2009, Liz was promoted to a regional Accounts Receivables position, overseeing some Connecticut facilities. In 2015, she became the Senior Regional Accounts Receivables, servicing our centers in the state. Due to her successes in the role, she moved into the Assistant to the Director of Finance role for Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts in 2018. As the Director of Billings and Collections, Liz oversees the accounts receivables for all Athena facilities as well as provides leadership and education to all finance teams. Liz has decades-long experience in skilled nursing facility billing and is an active board member of the Association for Long Term Care Financial Managers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University.

Savannah Ragali, MBA

Director of Marketing and Communications

Savannah has been with Athena Health Care Systems since 2020. She began her career with us at Athena Home Health & Hospice where she was a Marketing & Business Development Liaison in Connecticut. In this role, she worked at many of our Athena centers to market our continuum of care. In November 2022, she became the Director of Marketing & Communications. Savannah received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Photography as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Southern Connecticut State University.

Jane Steele, RN

Director of Infection Control & Wound Care

Jane has over 25 years of experience in long-term care. She started her career with Athena in 2010 as the Wound Nurse for MeadowBrook of Granby in Connecticut. 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.

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 thousands of employees throughout Athena’s centers and affiliates.

Todd Panilaitis

Director of Technology and Security

Todd joined Athena in 2009 as a Field Technician and was promoted to I.T. Team Leader in 2013, then I.T. Manager for the state of Connecticut in 2016 where he stayed for the year. He rejoined the company in 2020 in the same role and moved into his current position in 2022. As Director of Technology and Security, Todd oversees all the technological operations across the Athena network. Prior to joining the company, he worked for AT&T for a decade.

Nathan Frisbie

Director of I.T. Networking

Nathan has been with Athena Health Care Systems since 2005. He started as an I.T. Support Technician and was promoted to Systems Administrator in 2014. From new security technology to protect the company, employees, and patients alike to helping 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.

Maryann Thorpe

Director of Ambassador Program

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 acts as liaison between Athena and members of the Massachusetts legislature.

Tara Green, BSN, MSN

Director of Operations – Home Health, Hospice & Care at Home Agencies

Tara comes with years of experience in healthcare, having previously worked as the Vice President of Medical Management for the startup enterprise Honest Medical Group in Nashville. She also worked for OptumCare Network of Connecticut from 2018 to 2022 as the Director of Medical Management and then Vice President of Medical Management. Her prior healthcare experience also includes serving as the Director of Post-Acute, ACO Program for ProHealth Physicians for three years, Vice President of Clinical Services and Director of Hospice for Hartford Healthcare at Home, and Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Program with McLean Homes.

Her career in the industry began in 1993 with Connecticut Hospice where she worked as an Inpatient Hospital Administrator, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor Hospice, and Inpatient Staff Nurse during her eight years with the organization. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salve Regina in Newport, Rhode Island, and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Connecticut.

Amanda Chromy-Doncet

Controller

Amanda began working at Athena in 2011 as an accountant. In April of 2023 she was promoted to Assistant Controller. Most recently, in October of 2023, Amanda was promoted to Controller. In this role, she will help manage financial operations for the company. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Boston College.

Connecticut Leadership Team

Urata Prevalla

Regional Dining Services Manager

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 in Connecticut until 2011 when she was promoted to Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury, Connecticut. Urata brings 20 years of experience in the Nursing Homes and Restaurant/Hospitality industries to the role and holds degrees in Hospitality Management and Dietary Management Services.

Natalie Mihalchick, BS CTRD, CDP, CADDCT

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 therapeutic recreation certification classes for 22 years. Natalie oversees the activities happening at Athena centers that are designed to meet the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident. Most recently, Natalie became a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, CADDCT, and will be providing education and training to our centers relating to dementia care.

Anna Sumler, LPN

Regional Director of Admissions

Anna started working with Athena Health Care Systems in 2005 as a Nurse at Sheriden Woods Health Care Center in Bristol, Connecticut. After working at Sheriden Woods for a year, she relocated to Las Vegas. However, Anna returned to Connecticut in 2008 and returned to work at Sheriden Woods. Since her return, she held many roles including Charge Nurse, Supervisor, Infection Control Nurse, and Staff Development. In 2016, she joined the Admissions team at Sheriden Woods and, later that year, transferred to Countryside Manor of Bristol as their Admissions Director. In 2018, Anna was promoted to the Connecticut Clinical Nurse Liaison Team where she oversaw admissions at centers and helped in the referral process. In 2023, she was promoted to Regional Director of Admissions in Connecticut while still handling duties on the clinical liaison team. Anna treats all the residents and their families like her own family, and she attributes that to her successes.

Massachusetts & Rhode Island Leadership Team

Joseph Silva, LNHA

Regional Director of Operations – MA/RI

Joe joined Athena Health Care Systems in October 2020 as Administrator of Southeast Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center in North Easton, Massachusetts. Due to successes in his role, Joe was promoted to Regional Administrative Director in August of 2022. He has a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Candy Novoa

Regional Director of Admissions of Massachusetts

Candy joined Athena Health Care Systems in 2015 as the Director of Admissions at Parsons Hill Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Seven months in, she created a corporate training presentation for all Massachusetts Directors of Admissions. She was promoted to Clinical Liaison a few years in and, in 2021, was promoted to Regional Director of Admissions for the state. In this role, Candy creates training tools for all admissions departments. Prior to joining Athena, Candy worked at a law firm for ten years and has more than 20 years of experience with business clerical work.

Malia Hill, BSN, MSN

Director of Clinical Services and Quality Nursing Practices – MA/RI

Malia joined Athena Health Care Systems in 2022 as a Quality Improvement Nurse at The Oxford in Haverhill, Massachusetts. While at The Oxford she also worked in the MDS Department. Prior to joining Athena, she has held many nursing leadership roles within the long-term care industry, including Director of Operations, Director of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing. Malia has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Drexel University and is currently completing her Masters of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Informatics.

Rizza Relos, RN, MSN, MBA

Regional Clinical Reimbursement Specialist – MA

Rizza joined Athena Health Care Systems in October 2023 as the Regional Clinical Reimbursement Specialist for Massachusetts. She has Master’s Degree in Nursing and Business Administration from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. She brings years of experience working as a Medicare reimbursement specialist and case manager at skilled nursing centers since 2009.

Sara Lindo

Regional Director of Admissions of Rhode Island

Sara joined Athena Health Care Systems as the Director of Admissions at Oakland Grove Health Care Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in January 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in assisting seniors find appropriate placements in senior living communities. In 2019, Sara was promoted and now serves as the Regional Admissions Director, overseeing the admissions and marketing operations in the five Rhode Island centers. Sara lives in Massachusetts with her two children, Amelia and Joey, and their dog, Freddie.

Kristy Borges, OTR/L

Regional Director of Rehabilitation – Rhode Island

Kristy joined Athena Health Care Systems in 2016 as the Orchard View Manor Rehabilitation Director in East Providence, Rhode Island. In 2017, she was promoted to Regional Rehabilitation Director in Rhode Island to help with the Athena homes in Rhode Island. Kristy is a graduate of the Worcester State University Occupational Therapy program. Her previous experience is in acute rehabilitation and skilled rehabilitation as a Clinical Occupational Therapist.

Diamond Boone, M. Ed., CDP, CADDCT, ADC, CDSGF, CLC

Director of Therapeutic Recreation – MA/RI
Diamond joined Athena Health Care Systems in 2021 after years of experience in the healthcare industry. Previously, she served as a program director at a rehabilitation facility and a mental health counselor at a medical center. As the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Athena, Diamond uses her experience and practice to enhance and modernize the therapeutic recreation experience for residents within her region. Diamond received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education, as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology. With her certifications, she can train Athena employees in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care, can facilitate dementia support groups, and is a Certified Life Coach as well as Activity Director.

Charles Lomba

Systems Director of Facilities – MA/RI