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


Stanley 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.   

Cheryl Shirley

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Shirley became the Chief Financial Officer of Mary Wade in September 2013.  She came to Mary Wade with 22 years of experience in the healthcare field, including 9 years in the insurance industry.  Prior to joining the Mary Wade team, Mrs. Shirley served for 7 years as Director of Finance and Business Operations at Jefferson House, a skilled nursing facility that is part of the Hartford Healthcare network, and 6 years as Controller/Director of Finance at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT, a continuing care retirement community.

She is an active board member of the Association for Long Term Care Financial Managers (ALTCFM), and is serving as President of the organization from April 2017 – April 2020.  She also serves on the National Government Services Provider Outreach and Education Committee, and the Long Term Care Operations committee with the Connecticut Department of Social Services.  Mrs. Shirley is a graduate of Bentley University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Mrs. Shirley passed the CPA exam in 2000.

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).

Lisa Hottin

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 University.


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

Erika Austin

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.