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.


Stan DeCosta


Stanley DeCosta is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Connecticut.  Stan has more than thirty 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

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.

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.