Our Management Team

Lawrence G. Santilli

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Athena partners 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 network of more than 40 skilled nursing and assisted living centers, and one active adult community, spanning three states.

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.

Uma Rajagopal

Chief Operating Officer

As the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Rajagopal oversees the total operation of all departments of Athena Health Care Systems. She is responsible for maintaining each facility’s quality of care and ensuring Athena’s Continuum of Care is upheld in alignment with Athena’s vision and mission. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the health care industry, Ms. Rajagopal’s dedication and commitment to the residents and facilities exemplifies her role at Athena Health Care Systems.

Ms. Rajagopal received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in Business Administration. Before joining Athena Health Care Systems, her extensive career in the health care industry included the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of Therapy Resources Management, LLC where she increased the company’s annual revenue and successfully oversaw the start-ups of several facilities. Ms. Rajagopal’s extensive knowledge of the health care field combined with her expertise in business administration allows her to ensure Athena Health Care Systems is delivering the highest quality of care possible.

Tim Brown

Director of Marketing & Communications

Tim originally joined Athena in 1994, as their first Marketing Specialist and created the first iteration 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 Athena Health Care Systems’ network.

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.

Dolores Savage

Clinical Education Specialist/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

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.

Maureen Sanchez

Bringing over 12 years of experience, Maureen is a dedicated employee in the field of recreation for assisted living and nursing home facilities. She is a Nationally Certified Activity Professional Director and formally served on the Activity Directors Board for three years. Maureen’s passion lies in making a difference in the lives of her residents and their loved ones. Currently, she oversees 46 of Athena’s Health Care facilities.

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 has worked her way up to Director of Payroll. She is the leader of a department that is responsible for processing the payroll of nearly ten thousand employees throughout 50 facilities.

Ashley Weber

Director of Clinical Implementation

Ashley has several years of experience in the health care field. She started with Athena at the Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center as a staff nurse and Unit Manager. While at the Tremont facility, Ashley became the Lead Director of Nursing Services where she helped to achieve a five star rating and two year deficiency free survey.

Kevin Diehl

Director of Operations and Environment

Kevin brings over 20 years of experience in the health care industry. He is currently responsible for the total operation of 43 Athena facilities, ensuring each facility is maintained at the highest level of quality and adheres to both state and local policies. He has been a part of the Athena team since 2011. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Framingham State College.

April Foskett

Senior Director of Admissions

April brings an abundance of experience, having been in the healthcare industry her entire career. She has worked in various roles within the field, from dietary to admissions and everything in between. April was a CNA for 13 years before going to nursing school and becoming a staff nurse, where she worked for almost two years at Lanessa Extended Care in the memory care unit. After becoming a staff nurse, she took a position as 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 recently promoted to Senior Director of Admissions of the whole company.

Jane Steele

Director of Infection Prevention/Wound Care

Jane has been with Athena Health Care Systems since 2010. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years with most of her experience being in long term care. In 2015, Jane was promoted to the Director of Infection Prevention/Wound Care. She has advanced training in infection prevention and is wound care certified. Jane has worked as an independent infection prevention/wound care consultant for the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Her expertise and knowledge of the healthcare field has made her a valuable asset to the Athena team.

Valerie Lareau

Director of Dining Services

Valerie brings over 20 years of experience in the dining services field. In 2011, she received the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier membership. This highly exclusive society of women leaders in the food service industry is by nomination and approval only. Her results-oriented and quality driven nature ensures that she provides the best possible dining services to the patients and residents of Athena Health Care Systems.

Nathan Frisbie

Systems Administrator

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.