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Jane Baker's picture
Community Relations Specialist for Orchard Cove in Canton and NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham

Jane Baker is the Community Relations Specialist for Orchard Cove in Canton and NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, the Continuing Care Retirement Communities of Hebrew SeniorLife.  Jane oversees marketing communications and community relations for both communities and brings more than 20 years of experience in branding, advertising, public relations and marketing communications with national and international clients.

Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg's picture
Rabbinic Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care

Rabbi Blumberg is Rabbinic Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care. Previously, he was a Staff Chaplain here at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, with special focus on the acute care units and the Palliative Care Team. He is an alumnus of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, having completed two units here. He is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shir Tikva, and has rabbinic experience in school and agency settings as well. Rabbi Blumberg has a particular interest in the ethics of end-of-life care. 

Gail Bork's picture
Director of Volunteer Services, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center - Boston

Gail Bork oversees volunteer services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She has more than 20 years’ business experience that encompasses increasing non-profit organizations’ profitability and mission awareness by developing fundraising programs, managing capital campaigns, volunteer management and driving philanthropic efforts through strategic planning, tactical marketing, and innovative/organizational leadership.

Jodi Bornstein, OTR/L's picture
Occupational Therapist Rehabilitative Services Unit, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Therapy House Calls

Jodi Bornstein has nearly 16 years experience as an Occupational Therapist (OT) and joined the HSL team five years ago. She received a Bachelor of Science in OT from McGill University, a post-professional master’s degree from Tufts University, and her research has been published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Jodi has enjoyed a wide variety of clinical experience, including acute rehabilitation therapy, trauma and intensive care, skilled nursing care and outpatient rehabilitation therapy in the home setting with Therapy House Calls. An exciting new...

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Robin Bromberg, MSW, LICSW's picture
Social Services Leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston

As the Social Services Leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston, Robin Bromberg manages all social services for long-term care residents at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Boston campus, including supervising both staff social workers and graduate-level interns.  Robin earned her masters of social work at Simmons College and completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Tufts University.

Kim Brooks's picture
Vice President, Senior Living at Hebrew SeniorLife

Kim Brooks joined Hebrew SeniorLife as Vice President of Senior Living in 2013. She brings to HSL deep experience in supportive independent living models, HUD affordable housing projects, senior center management, home health and adult day health, as well as senior services strategy and finance. In her prior role as VP, Housing & Community Services at NewCourtland in Philadelphia, which is a $150 million network, she oversaw multiple senior living locations, developed a successful Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) from inception, designed and implemented a supportive...

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Bill Burgey's picture
Health Care Marketing Communications Manager

As a member of the Hebrew SeniorLife marketing communications team, Bill Burgey is responsible for leading marketing initiatives for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.  He takes great pride in working with staff at all levels of the organization to achieve desired results. 

He is responsible for the recent launch of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s long-term care lead generation campaign and works on projects to strengthen branding ties between HSL and its health care services.  Bill works with the marketing teams at Boston area hospitals to develop strategic communications plans around...

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Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA's picture
Clinical Supervisor, Audiology at Hebrew SeniorLife

Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured in the Boston Globe's Senior Set on hearing loss.

Lynda Bussgang's picture
Multigenerational Program Manager

Lynda is the Multigenerational Program Manager for Hebrew SeniorLife, and has focused much of her work to date on programming at NewBridge on the Charles and its partnerships with the neighboring Rashi School and the Dedham Public Schools. Lynda is responsible for overseeing and developing multigenerational programs for all of Hebrew Senior Life’s housing communities, as this cutting edge approach enhances senior living, and positively impact child development. Lynda sits on the National Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves and is an active board member at The Rashi School....

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Sarah Charest, OTR/L-CLT's picture
Clinical Supervisor of Long-term Care Occupational and Physical Therapy at Hebrew SeniorLife

Sarah Charest has worked as an occupational therapist at HSL for almost 11 years. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and is certified in lymphedema management. She has a strong interest in geriatrics, and in 2013 presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association's national conference on the occupational therapist's role at end of life in long-term care.  

Jody Comart, Ph.D.'s picture
Director of Palliative Care for Hebrew SeniorLife

Jody Comart is a clinical psychologist and chaplain, coordinating specialized end-of-life care throughout the organization. She provides pastoral counseling to patients and families, offers training for staff in end-of-life care, and is leading the effort at Hebrew SeniorLife to develop palliative care through clinical, educational and community initiatives. Dr. Comart conducts research on patient outcomes in palliative care and designs educational initiatives for best practices. Dr. Comart came to HSL with 20 years experience in private practice, specializing in evaluation and treatment...

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Dawn Damiano's picture
Hebrew SeniorLife LiveWELL Program Manager

Dawn Damiano is Hebrew SeniorLife’s Employee Wellness Program Manager. Since 1993, Dawn has worked with many housing and Roslindale residents in recreational and fitness programs. She has led a number of employee fitness classes in Roslindale and started the very first Employee Wellness Committee. As the HSL LiveWELL program manager, Dawn brings vision, passion, and commitment to help all HSL employees discover innovative ways to develop and maintain wellness-related habits—even at work. Under Dawn’s guidance, hundreds of HSL employees have participated in programs to help them lose weight...

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Jennifer Davis's picture
Director of Marketing Communications

Jennifer Davis is the Director of Marketing Communications at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has been with HSL for more than a decade and is deeply committed to the organization’s mission to “honor our elders, by respecting and promoting their independence, spiritual vigor, dignity and choice, and by recognizing that they are a resource to be cherished.” Through an integrated approach, using both electronic and print media, she works with a team of communication specialists to make HSL’s diverse expertise in senior living communities, health care, research and teaching accessible to as many...

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Hali Diecidue's picture
Senior Staff Chaplain, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

Hali Diecidue is the staff chaplain at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She has worked at HRC for 12 years as a chaplain to residents, families and staff, leading weekly religious services, Jewish holiday services, memorial services, and other religious prayer rituals, as well as functioning in the role of cantor. In addition, she provides pastoral care to residents, chaplaincy support to staff and family members, and coordinates Christian worship services. Ms. Diecidue, who has completed four units of clinical pastoral education training, has expertise in the pastoral care of people with...

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Terri Febo Robinson's picture
Development Communications Specialist and Writer

Terri Febo Robinson is Development Communications Specialist and Writer at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on communications that help donors understand how their philanthropy has the power to redefine aging. Terri has more than ten years’ experience with communications, marketing, media relations, writing, digital communications, and direct response fundraising in agency and nonprofit settings. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University.


Lori Feldman, MSW's picture
Depression Care Manager

Lori Feldman, M.S.W., is Depression Care Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife’s housing sites in Brookline, Randolph, and Revere. Concentrating in older adults and end of life, she earned her master’s in social work from Salem State University, where she was first introduced to Center Communities of Brookline as a student intern. Before coming to Hebrew SeniorLife in her current role, for many years she worked in research at Boston Medical Center, studying centenarians and families with longevity to try to discover how to help others stay healthier for longer.

Susan Flashner-Fineman's picture
Vitality 360 Coach

Susan Flashner-Fineman is Orchard Cove’s Vitality 360 Coach. She had been the Fitness Director at Orchard Cove for the past ten years. 

"As the Vitality 360 coach, my mission is to guide and inspire each and every resident to live their best life possible ....one of fulfillment and satisfaction. The Vitality 360 program takes a very proactive approach to lifetime wellness. I believe this approach empowers residents to really think about their lives and their legacy. Together residents and I engage in meaningful conversations about all aspects of life including health, nutrition,...

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Tara Fleming Caruso, MA, LMHC's picture
Collaborative Care Advisor at NewBridge on the Charles

Tara serves as the collaborative care advisor for the NewBridge campus, making her an important resource for each of our residents and their families. Tara helps each senior moving to NewBridge both understand and access the variety of supports our continuum of care offers so each can live their best life possible. Tara brings almost 25 years of elder care experience to this role, including developing an expressive therapy program in a skilled nursing facility, serving as a program manager at a dementia-specific assisted living, and working at NewBridge on the Charles since 2009. She is a...

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Dana Gitell's picture
Marketing Specialist at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles

As a community marketing specialist, Dana Gitell collaborates with the larger NewBridge on the Charles and Hebrew SeniorLife marketing teams to plan and execute integrated marketing communications campaigns that support both the Assisted Living community at NewBridge on the Charles as well as Hebrew SeniorLife’s broader digital marketing objectives.

Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H.'s picture
Director, Aging Brain Center

Sharon Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., is a geriatrician at HRC, senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research, and director of its Aging Brain Center. She also holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at IFAR. Dr. Inouye received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and her master's in public health from Yale University. She completed a residency at the UCSF, an internal medicine fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in geriatrics and clinical epidemiology at Yale. Her research focuses on the...

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Ruth Kandel, MD's picture
Geriatrician, Hebrew SeniorLife, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Ruth Kandel obtained her bachelor's degree from State University of New York, Buffalo and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and a geriatrics fellowship at Bedford Veteran's Administration Hospital/Boston University Medical Center. She provides inpatient primary care and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Her academic interests include Alzheimer's disease, memory disorders, and...

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Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H.'s picture
Director of Medical Research, Senior Scientist

My primary research interests are in the area of osteoporosis and related fractures, including falls, nutritional factors, genetics, and frailty. Much of my work has been carried out in association with the Framingham Study, which includes an ancillary study called the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. In addition, I am interested in clinical trials of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to preserve bone mass and prevent fractures.

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D.'s picture
Vice President, Academic Medicine Director, Institute for Aging Research

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D., has spent most of his career in geriatric medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), where he currently serves as vice president for academic medicine and director of the Institute for Aging Research. He also holds the Irving and Edyth S. Usen and Family Chair in Medical Research. In addition to his positions at HSL, he is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Lipsitz's research interests include falls, fainting, blood pressure regulation, cognitive dysfunction, and...

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Laurie Manjikian's picture
Director of Rehabilitation

Laurie Manjikian studied Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire and Tufts University, and held several other positions, before beginning a fifteen year career in Rehabilitation Services at Hebrew SeniorLife. She currently serves as the Director of Rehabilitation for the organization, overseeing 130 employees providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and audiology services across three campuses. 

Brad Manor, Ph.D.'s picture
Director of the Mobility and Brain Function Program at the Institute for Aging Research, Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Manor’s career goal is to alleviate the burden of balance decline that often accompanies biological aging into senescence. As the Director of the Mobility and Brain Function Program, he works to achieve this goal by directing inter-disciplinary, translational research in the fields of human balance and rehabilitative medicine. His research combines biomechanical assessments of human movement with advanced medical imaging, noninvasive brain stimulation and nonlinear signal processing techniques to: 1) Identify the link between brain function, balance and falls in older adults; and 2)...

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Heather Margulis, MSPT's picture
Associate Director of Rehabilitation Services

Heather Margulis, MSPT, studied physical therapy at Northeastern University at both the undergraduate and masters levels before joining Hebrew SeniorLife’s rehabilitation services team in 2001. Since then, she has held many therapeutic and supervisory positions within Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Boston and Dedham campuses, most currently as the Associate Director of Rehabilitation Services. In this role, Heather works to ensure excellence in care and continuous quality improvement across the long term care, outpatient and fitness departments at both sites.

Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H.'s picture
Senior Scientist, Institute for Aging Research

Dr. Mitchell is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston. She is a clinical epidemiologist and board certified geriatrician and internist in Canada and the United States. Dr. Mitchell's research interests focus on decision-making, health outcomes, and resource utilization for older people near the end-of-life, particularly those with dementia. She is the principal investigator on several large research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the end-stages of dementia and has been a lead author on many...

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Mary Moscato's picture
President, Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

As a member of the Hebrew SeniorLife senior operations team, Mary Moscato will draw on her dynamic background in health care operations and management to lead the organization in its commitment to providing the highest quality care available to seniors in Greater Boston. In addition, she will help develop the organization’s strategic plans in further expansion of its health care services.

Ms. Moscato has nearly three decades of health care leadership and most recently served as president and CEO for Care Alternatives, a multi-state provider of community-based health care services. ...

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Evelyn O'Neill's picture
Manager of Outpatient exercise programs at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Evelyn O’Neill is the Manager of Outpatient exercise programs at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. With a BS in Education and 30 years of long-term care experience working with frail elders, she has been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the last 25 years. She has been the lead interventionist on all of the landmark exercise trials carried out by Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh and colleges at HRC, including the NIH-funded multi-center exercise trials FICSIT, ROYBAL, and HEAL. She was part of the team that developed the Fit For Your Life exercise program. As a Member of the Board of...

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Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow's picture
Director of Religious Service

Sara Paasche-Orlow is the Director of Religious and Chaplaincy Services at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this position, she established the nation's only Jewish geriatric clinical pastoral education (CPE) program accredited by ACPE, Inc. and has placed chaplains and CPE students throughout the HSL system. Rabbi Sara was ordained in the Conservative Movement at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has focused her work on serving Jews of all backgrounds and denominations.

Tammy Retalic, RN's picture
Vice President of Nursing and Patient and Family-Centered Care Services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Tammy Retalic is the Vice President of Nursing and Patient and Family-Centered Care Services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston. She has nearly 25 years of health care experience and spent the past eight years at Hebrew SeniorLife working with the organization’s leadership team, employees and seniors as the Director of Professional Development, Infection Control and Occupational Health. She works closely with the Quality and Regulatory Affairs team to guarantee HSL’s clinical quality standards are achieved. Prior to joining HSL in 2004, Retalic worked at Marlborough Hospital in...

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Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D.'s picture

Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, is a staff geriatrician at HRC. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, completed a geriatrics fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Shivani Sahni, Ph.D.'s picture
Assistant Scientist II, Institute for Aging Research, Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sahni is a Nutritional Epidemiologist interested in examining the role of nutrition in the prevention of chronic diseases of aging. She is specifically interested in determining the role of diet and nutrition in bone loss, fracture, muscle health, and body composition. She is also interested in dietary assessment in diverse populations.

Dr. Sahni received her M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Epidemiology from Tufts University, Boston, MA. She also holds a Master’s degree in Dietetics from Delhi University, India. She teaches Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health...

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Keri Singer's picture
Marketing Associate at NewBridge on the Charles and Orchard Cove

Keri brings a wealth of knowledge with her business development and marketing expertise. For many years, she has direct experience working for several internet start-ups, consumer brands, advertising agencies, non-profits, publishing companies and more. A Northeastern University MBA graduate, Keri attributes her success to engage audiences and build brand awareness with her abilities to strategize and execute across digital media, public relations, content, and special events. Keri has been featured and interviewed on CNN, ABC affiliate WCVB-Channel 5 Boston, ...

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Ruth Stark's picture
Corporate Director of CCRC Marketing at Hebrew SeniorLife

Ruth Stark is the Corporate Director of CCRC Marketing at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has been with HSL for 14 years, having previously served as the organization's Director of Corporate Communications. In her current role, she oversees the sale of independent living units at NewBridge on the Charles and Orchard Cove, as well as responsible for all marketing activities, member stewardship, community building and outreach to both communities. Prior to HSL, Ruth served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. Ruth holds a Bachelor's Degree in...

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Louis J. Woolf's picture
President and CEO, Hebrew SeniorLife

Lou Woolf joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2009 as President and was elevated to President and CEO in February 2013. Lou is committed to redefining the experience of aging for the thousands of seniors served by HSL’s integrated eight-site system of health care, housing, research and training, and dedicated to supporting HSL staff’s extraordinary commitment to do exactly that every day. Prior to joining HSL, Lou served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at North Shore Medical Center, the largest community hospital system in Partners Healthcare System. He also spent 10 years...

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