David Hunter

David V. Hunter

President & Chief Executive Officer

David V. Hunter is the President & CEO of Mary Wade and its subsidiaries, and his years of service began in 1981.  Mr. Hunter has directed the organization through several expansions and improvements on its campus.  He has led the expansion of Mary Wade’s Home & Community Based Services including, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Adult Day Health Center, Mary Wade At Home, Primary Care Office and Transportation Services.  He is certified as a Connecticut Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Executive Director by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association & Institute for Senior Living Education. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors LeadingAge Connecticut formerly the Connecticut Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (CANPFA), and a recipient of LeadingAge Connecticut’s Humanitarian Award. He served as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee of LeadingAge formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and completed a six year term as a Connecticut Delegate. He is involved in many community and health associations and is past Chair of the Institute for Long Term Care Policy, the South Central Connecticut Agency on Aging Interagency Council, and Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-Of-Life Care.  Mr. Hunter holds an undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven.


Andrew Tarutis


Andrew Tarutis, LNHA, is an experienced Health Care Administrator – licensed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health – who has made his life-long career serving Connecticut seniors. He has served at a corporate senior management level and gained a broad knowledge of the Regulatory, Fiscal, Governmental, and other operational facets governing our industry. He prides himself for working with premier and upscale Health Care entities in Connecticut – who have stood for quality care and services.

Mr. Tarutis graduated from Quinnipiac University and Notre Dame High School and received his Health Care Administration training from the University of Connecticut.

He was further selected by UConn and Quinnipiac University to serve as a preceptor to train Administrators and had many successful graduates under his tenure. Mr. Tarutis additionally has served as an adjunct professor teaching Business Management at Briarwood College and for the Department of Aging, Ombudsman training program.

His professional and civic associations include Chamber of Commerce subcommittees and serving as a Board of Director member for the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities, the New Haven County CHCP HMO, and the Hartford County PSRO organizations. Additionally he is active on the Yale New Haven Hospital and other Connecticut Hospital Continuum of Care and Senior Provider Network committees.

Coming to Mary Wade is sort of “coming home” for Andy Tarutis given his New Haven and Connecticut roots.   He was born and raised and New Haven (early years). He lived in Hamden for most of his adult life until moving to North Haven in December 2014.

Cheryl Shirley

Cheryl Shirley

Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl is the Chief Financial Officer at Mary Wade and has been employed since September 2013. Cheryl is an active Board Member of Association for Long Term Care Financial Managers and has over 15 years of experience in the long term care field. Cheryl received her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Bentley University, and passed all four parts of the CPA exam.

Tracy Gilbert

Tracy Gilbert

Director of Home and Community Based Services

Tracy is the Director of Home and Community Based Services and has been employed at Mary Wade since February 2004. Tracy is a member of the LeadingAge Connecticut, Secretary for the CT Association of Adult Day Services, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut.  Tracy is 2013 Leading Age National Leadership Academy Fellow.  Tracy graduated Fordham University with a Master of Social Work in 2006 and has her license to practice clinical social work.   Tracy has served as a Field Education Instructor in the Social Work Departments of Southern CT State University, Fordham University, and Sacred Heart University and taught adjunct at Southern CT State University.


Lisa Gangemi

Director of Human Resources

Lisa is the Director of Human Resources and has been employed at Mary Wade since April 2013. Lisa brings 17 years of training, coaching and consulting experience to the position along with a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Kelly Mercer

Kelly Mercer

Director of Nursing Services

Ms. Mercer began employment with The Mary Wade Home in March 2014. She has worked in the Long Term Care Industry since 1998, most recently as Assistant Director of Nursing at Aurora Senior Living in New Britain, CT. Prior to coming to LTC, Ms. Mercer worked at Yale New Haven Hospital for 15 years. Throughout her career, she has been involved in Quality Improvement Projects including the reduction of falls and prevention of pressure ulcers. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the President of The Nursing Education Consortium in the state of Connecticut.

Rosanne Mandrone

Rosanne Mondrone

Director of Community Relations and Admissions

Rosanne has been with the Mary Wade Home since March of 1997. She is an LPN with over 40 years’ experience in geriatric nursing. As Director of Admissions and Community Relations she is responsible for assisting families and residents with the care needs of their loved ones. She is an educator of the long term care process, works closely with hospitals and care managers in assisting families with medical needs and is proficient with the financial services available. Rosanne is a recipient of the Nightingale Award 2005, President of the Interagency Council 2005 and 2006, Alzheimer Support Group Leader, Member of Healthcare Council, Greater New Haven Leadership Class 2011

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Cynthia Scott

Community Navigator

Cynthia is the Community Navigator for Mary Wade at Home and has been employed at Mary Wade since February 2015. Cynthia worked for the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut for twelve years in different positions such as Care manager, Lead care manager, Staff Development Coordinator and State wide Transition Coordinator for the Money Follows the Person Program, before coming to Mary Wade. Cynthia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with a Minor in Health Promotion from Southern Connecticut State University in 2001. She is currently taking classes at Goodwin College and applying to the Nursing Program in the summer of 2015.

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Mary Margaret Mandel

Home Care Manager

Mary Margaret brings over twenty five years of professional experience to serve as the new Home Care Manager for Mary Wade at Home. She has worked with and advocated for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. In her previous role, as Resident Services Coordinator, Mary Margaret provided services to the New Haven Housing Authority’s elderly and disabled residents. She also serves as a youth sports coach, a Commissioner, and Mentor within the Town of Hamden.


Shauna Pangilinan

Director of Philanthropy & Development

Shauna is responsible for the leadership of all philanthropic activities at Mary Wade, including annual and major giving, corporate and foundation support, planned giving, individual donations and special events such as the Mary Wade Annual Wine Dinner.

Shauna has more than 25 years experience in the health care industry serving in management operations, finance, philanthropy and development. Within the industry, Shauna comes to Mary Wade from Hartford HealthCare, where most recently she served as Regional Director for Development and Philanthropy at the Behavioral Health Network where she was responsible for the creation and execution of the organizations’ first integrated strategic development plan for Natchaug Hospital, Rushford Center and Rushford Foundation.

In addition, Shauna’s approach to strategy development and entrepreneurial spirit coupled with her passion for health care and improving quality of life for seniors are essential to the Mary Wade culture and connecting our mission with donor desires and interests. Shauna holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Haven and a Master of Science in Healthcare Systems Management from the University of St. Joseph.

Tiffany Burnham

Tiffany Burnham

Director of Recreation

Tiffany is the Director of Recreation and has been employed at Mary Wade since June of 2012. Tiffany joined the team with thirteen years of experience in the field of Therapeutic Recreation, seven of those years working as Program Director on a Special Care Dementia Unit. Tiffany graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation. Tiffany’s most proud achievement is being a mother of three beautiful children, whom she often brings to visit the residents at The Mary Wade Home.  Tiffany strives to provide the utmost level of dedication to The Mary Wade Home and its residents. She works hard to ensure the residents and family members are satisfied and happy with the activities provided. This, of course, is possible because of the wonderful, dedicated staff in the Activities Department.

Laurene Ortowski

Laurene Ortowski

Director of Dietary

Laurene is the Director of Food Services at Mary Wade and has been employed since October 1, 1982. Laurene completed the Dietetic Service Supervisors program at Middlesex Community College in April 14, 1987. Laurene was selected for the “Business Times Forty Under 40” in recognition of professional achievement and community involvement. In 2006, Laurene received certification from the Board For Dietary Managers as a Certified Food Protection Professional. Laurene has been working with the same team for many years, creating and serving home-made food using her highest standards of quality and perfection.


Robert McWeeney

Facilities Manager

Robert is the Facilities Manager and has been employed at Mary Wade since January 2014. Robert comes to Mary Wade with years of carpentry and contract experience. He has worked on several projects with varying levels of difficulty including renovations to the Hutch and the construction of the Chapel prior to joining the Team.


Tyisha Barrett

Director of Adult Day Center

Tyisha started her career at Mary Wade in 2002 as a CNA in the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Residences, and later was a Certified Medication Technician in The Assisted Living (Boardman) Residence. She became licensed as a Practical Nurse in 2008 and continued as the nurse for the Boardman Residence. Tyisha joined the ADC team in 2010 as nurse and was promoted to Director of Adult Day Center in 2014. Tyisha is a member of Connecticut Association of Adult Day Services.


Philip Nebiolo

Social Worker

Phil is the Director of Social Services and joined the Mary Wade Team in November 2014. Phil is in his forty first year in the Social Services field, and has worked numerous years in Skilled Nursing Facilities in Southern Connecticut, ranging in sizes from 90 to 360 beds. Also, Phil has worked in a school system, hospital inpatient, outpatient, emergency room settings, as well as providing Social Work evaluations in a home environment. In 1991, he participated in State of Connecticut Oral Exams for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselors, and Phil placed first in the State of Connecticut among more than 800 applicants.


Luis Mercado

Supervisor of Housekeeping

Luis serves as Mary Wade’s Supervisor of Housekeeping. Luis began working at Mary Wade in 2010 as a member of the Housekeeping Department. In 2011, Luis was promoted to floor keeper and in 2013 he became the leader of the Housekeeping and Laundry Department. One of the primary goals of Luis and his team is for each resident and family member to feel at home in a clean environment. Luis prides himself in providing fresh, hygienic, and neat apparel as well as clean living spaces for residents to enjoy while living in the home.


Melissa Ruffin

Jr. Financial Analyst and Resident Trust Bookkeeper

Melissa is a Jr. Financial Analyst and Resident Trust bookkeeper, she has been employed at Mary Wade since February 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Central Connecticut State University. During her time here she has had the privilege of working with residents from both an indirect and direct care perspectives. She has held positions as Resident associate in the Boardman wing, Program Assistant in the Adult Day Center and Escort/Companion in the Kimberly wing.


Lori Uva

Accounts Receivable Analyst

Lori began her career at Mary Wade in December 2010. She obtained an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Naugatuck Valley Community College. Lori brings over sixteen years of experience from her previous positions as an Accounts Receivable/Payroll Supervisor and Accounts Payable Manager from the manufacturing and retail industries. At Mary Wade Lori’s responsibilities include the management of the cash-inflow activities for the organization by working directly with Medicare, Medicaid, and third party vendors.  She manages resident’s accounts, assists families with applied income questions, T-19 applications, and ensures compliance of Mary Wade’s policies and procedures as well as Medicare and Medicaid’s regulations.

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Ellen Kessner

Director of the Boardman Assisted Living Residence

Ellen has been the Director of Assisted Living for the Boardman Residence at Mary Wade for the past five years. She is responsible for insuring that the Boardman residents and their families receive the highest level of care and support through the programs and services provided to those living in our unique Residential Care Home. Ellen comes to Mary Wade with many years of experience in the health care field. She has worked in a variety of Director positions at Connecticut Hospice, American Lung Association, Benchmark Assisted Living, The Association of Western Hospitals and Harvard Community Health Plan. Ellen has a B.A. degree from Tufts University and a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) from Boston University.