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Annie Racine, Ph.D.'s picture
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Annie Racine is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Marcus Institute’s Aging Brain Center. Before joining the Marcus Institute, she earned a Master of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience and Public Policy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main research projects focus on the intersection of Alzheimer’s disease and delirium.

Tina Reilly's picture
Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Tina Reilly is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Previous to this position, Tina was the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Kindred Hospital, Boston. Her experience includes being a dietician at several Boston hospitals, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Tina has a B.S. in Clinical Dietetics.

Jennifer Gibbons's picture

Jennifer Gibbons, MSW, LICSW, is a social worker in long-term chronic care at NewBridge on the Charles. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, sociology and anthropology from Drexel University and a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University. She brings 20 years of experience in geriatric social work to Hebrew Senior Life. Passionate about working with elders and their families, Jennifer owned a private practice for geriatric care management in Newton. Jennifer has published articles and delivered seminars on aspects of aging at MIT, Northwestern University,...

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Mary McDougall's picture
Director of Professional Practice and Education

Mary McDougall, DNP, MPH, MS-ANP, is Director of Professional Practice and Education for Hebrew SeniorLife. Before joining HSL, Mary served as an expert clinician and educator for 15 years Norwood Hospital. She also served as faculty at Emmanuel College where she taught leadership, health promotion, and public health concepts. 

Maureen T. Bannan, RN, MA's picture
Executive Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Home and Community-Based Services

Maureen T. Bannan, RN, MA, is Executive Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Home and Community-Based Services. Home and Community-Based Services provides senior patients with care and support, in their homes and communities, to help them recover after an illness, manage their chronic conditions or adjust to new physical limitations. HSL Home and Community-Based Services include: HSL Home Care; HSL Adult Day Health Programs; HSL Private Care Powered by Houseworks; HSL Personal Assistance; and HSL Hospice.

Maureen oversees programs and services addressing the national trend for increased...

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Gail Bork's picture
Director of Volunteer Services, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham

Gail Bork oversees volunteer services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham. She has more than 20 years of 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...
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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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Kim Brooks's picture
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Living

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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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 Communications & Brand Management

Jennifer Davis is the Director of Communications & Brand Management at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has been with HSL for more than 15 years 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...

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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 Manager

Terri Febo Robinson is Development Communications Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on communications that help donors understand how their philanthropy has the power to redefine aging. Terri has committed her career to mission-driven organizations, with experience with communications, marketing, media relations, writing, digital communications, and direct response fundraising. 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 Manager, Hebrew SeniorLife

As marketing manager, Dana Gitell leads strategic marketing and digital communications initiatives that promote Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities, health care offerings and community-based services. Her career spans communications roles in nonprofit, government and Jewish communal organizations. She is credited with coining the word “Thanksgivukkah” to mark the 2013 confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and launching a social media campaign which made the hybrid holiday a worldwide phenomenon.

Alycia Goodwin's picture
HSL Communities Marketing Associate

Alycia Goodwin is the Marketing Associate at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on marketing and community outreach within the senior living communities. Alycia has a background in marketing with previous work experience from AECOM, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Boston Neighborhood Network. Alycia earned an MBA from Curry College (Milton, MA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA).

Jodie Gruen's picture
Research Assistant at Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife

Over a span of more than two decades, Jodie has served at Hebrew SeniorLife in several different departments including Corporate Communications, Volunteer Services and Research. Currently, she holds the position of research assistant, supporting several projects focusing on mobility and falls and models of care. She is a graduate of University Of Massachusetts/Amherst and has a master’s degree from Boston University. 

Courtney Howe's picture
Former Media Relations Specialist

As Media Relations Specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife, Courtney was responsible for communicating HSL’s unique stories to the world. Courtney has a background in marketing communications with previous work experience from The New England Center for Children, Neiman Marcus, and The Washington Post. She earned an MBA with a marketing concentration from Bentley University (Waltham, MA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Trinity College (Hartford, CT)

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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Carole Johnson's picture
Director of Finance, Hebrew SeniorLife Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Carole Johnson oversees all of the fiscal operations for Orchard Cove and NewBridge on the Charles. She is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, consulting and corporate accounting management. Her focus is maintaining the highest standards of financial reporting and control for Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement communities.

Laurel E. Kenworthy, LICSW's picture
Medical Social Worker, Hebrew SeniorLife

Laurel E. Kenworthy, LICSW, holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received her M.S.W. from the School of Social Work at New York University. She has served as a medical social worker for hospice, palliative and home health patients at Hebrew SeniorLife facilities and in the community since 2016. Prior to joining HSL, she was a psychiatric social worker at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, and a hospice social worker at Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services in Keene, NH.

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.

Ellen Leiter, RN, MBA's picture
Administrative Director of the center for memory care at Hebrew SeniorLife

Ellen Leiter, RN, MBA, is the Administrative Director for Hebrew SeniorLife's planned center for memory care. As Administrative Director, Leiter helps oversee HSL's Alzheimer's disease and memory care program, which will deliver comprehensive clinical services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, along with their families, through clinical care, education, advocacy and research. Leiter is an experienced nurse executive with an extensive background in program development. 

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D.'s picture
Director, Institute for Aging Research & Chief Academic Officer

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 Spiritual Care

Sara Paasche-Orlow is the Director of Spiritual Care 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.

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Victoria Poole, Ph.D's picture
Assistant Scientist I, Institute for Aging Research Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Victoria Poole is an Assistant Scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), Instructor of Medicine at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School, and a 2017 Harvard Catalyst KL2 Scholar. She first joined IFAR in 2014, when she began her postdoctoral training in the Harvard Translational Research in Aging T32 Program, and uses MRI to relate brain health to functional outcomes across the lifespan.

Kim Portello's picture
Manager of Rehabilitation, Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care

Kim Portello, P.T., received her degree from Simmons College and has been a Physical Therapist since 1988. She has devoted her career to home care since 1991. Before joining Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care as Manager of Rehabilitation in 2013, she spent 21 years at South Shore Visiting Nurses—14 of those years as a Home Care Physical Therapist providing direct care, and the remaining 7 years as the Manager of the Rehabilitation Department. She is passionate about home care and proud to be part of Hebrew SeniorLife’s commitment to high quality care for older adults.

David Raider's picture
Director of Community Life, NewBridge on the Charles

David oversees the NewBridge on the Charles community life department, which is responsible for programming, fitness, member services, and spiritual life. David has 12 years of experience in the senior living industry, both in sales and marketing positions and as a regional director of activity programs at over 40 assisted living communities in the Northeast. Prior to that, he worked in corporate team development for a company that specialized in experiential learning. David graduated from the Hotel Management Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and worked for various...

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Tammy Retalic, RN's picture
Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Patient Care Services

Tammy Retalic is the Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Patient 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 Marlborough...

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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.

Aline Russotto's picture
Executive Director, Orchard Cove

Aline Russotto currently serves as the Executive Director of Orchard Cove, a Hebrew SeniorLife Life Plan Community in Boston, Massachusetts, where she grew her career for the past 18 years. In addition to overseeing Orchard Cove’s operations, she also serves on the Leadership Team of Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical School affiliate and a senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching and redefining the possibilities of aging. The non-profit, non-sectarian organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for...

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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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Jeanne Seltzer's picture
Development Writer

Jeanne Seltzer is a Development Writer at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on creating communications that tell the compelling stories about how HSL is redefining aging for seniors…and for all of us. Jeanne has a background in marketing and fundraising communications, with previous experience writing for health care and higher education organizations. She has a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Michel Anne Thorpe, RN's picture
Hospice Case Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife

Michel Anne serves as a registered nurse and hospice case manager with Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hospice Team, making her an important resource for patients and their families. Describing herself as “naturally nurturing,” her careers as first a customer service representative for Blue Cross and Blue Shield along with her subsequent nursing experience led her to specializing in hospice care. Before joining HSL, Michel Anne held nursing positions at Whittier Health Networks, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Wingate Healthcare, ...

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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 system of health care, senior living communities, research and teaching, 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...

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