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, 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.
Stan DeCosta is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Connecticut. Stan has more than twenty years of experience in the senior healthcare industry. He began his career in healthcare as a Director of Dietary Services. His focus has always been to provide exceptional customer service with high standards for satisfaction and is committed to assuring that residents receive the highest quality of care where they are treated with dignity and respect.
Stan graduated Magna Cum Laude from American Intercontinental University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management. He completed the Certificate Program in Long Term Health Care Management at the University of Connecticut and became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in February of 2009. He has worked with leading organizations in long-term care and post-acute care. Stan is a member of the American College of Healthcare Administrators, is an active Rotarian, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Meriden-Wallingford United Way.
Stan grew up in Wallingford, Connecticut and now resides in Meriden with his family.
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).
Director of Development
Appointed in January 2018, Lisa Hottin serves as Mary Wade’s Director of Development and is responsible for fundraising, special events, marketing and communications. She brings to Mary Wade more than 25 years of experience in annual giving, capital campaigns and planned giving. Prior to her appointment, Lisa led development efforts for Lauralton Hall in Milford, CT and Yale School of Nursing where she served as the first Development Director for the graduate nursing program. Early in her career, Lisa gained experience in the healthcare industry serving for 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility for a clinical medical laboratory. She earned her BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Masters of Science from Columbia.
Business Development Manager
Erika has been with the Mary Wade Home since September of 2016. Erika is currently an MBA candidate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a focus on Health Care Management. Erika is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in health care spanning several aspects of the industry. Erika’s diverse skill set encompasses business management, census and business development, networking, sales and marketing, quality improvement, healthcare data analysis, clinical admissions, geriatric nursing, certified nursing assistant and admissions. Erika is an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to a member of the House Appropriations Committee, an Agency on Aging Advocate, and is affiliated with the Interagency Council on Aging of South Central Connecticut and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association in addition to the Habitat for Humanity, and on the Advisory Council for Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut. One of Erika’s most valuable assets is her ability to build strong, lasting relationships with patients, providers, caregivers, physicians, nurses, and other personnel across the healthcare sector in order to collectively achieve long-term objectives. Erika strives to invoke positive sustainable change within the health care industry.
Kara Taylor, RN, MHA
Director of Clinical Services
Kara is an accomplished Registered Nurse with 33 years of experience directing high quality care in the geriatric field. High level of proficiency complying with State and Federal guidelines as well as interpersonal skills when interacting with staff, families, and regulatory agencies.
Kara is actually not new to Mary Wade. She is returning to us from a four-year hiatus. Kara was most recently the Director of Nurses at Masonicare of Newtown.
Her most recent awards: New Haven Business Award for 40 under 40, NADONA LTC-Circle of Excellence Awards for Excellence in Long Term Care, Outstanding Supervisor Award, Nightingale Award, Leading Age Leadership Academy Alumni.