Meet the Team That Makes Masonicare Great
Masonicare is backed by a compassionate team of individuals who are hands-on in perpetuating the mission to provide best-in-class senior healthcare and residential services in Connecticut.
Carl Anderson, Rev.
Vice President, Fraternal Relations
Carl is Vice President of Fraternal Relations, which encompasses all our Spiritual Services for patients and residents, relations with the Masonic family and our community benefit and social responsibility efforts. "Social responsibility" is an important part of our not-for-profit mission.
In addition to chairing Masonicare’s Ethics Committee, Carl also oversees Masonicare Community Services which provides free information and outreach to seniors throughout Connecticut, helping them access various benefit programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Carl received his M.Div. from Andover-Newton Seminary in Massachusetts. He is also a licensed Recreation Therapist and serves as President of the Eastern Star Charity Foundation.
Carl finds wisdom in this classic advice: “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.” (Max Ehrmann)
Allison Breault, RN, MS
Executive Director, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice
Allison is Executive Director and Administrator of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, a state-licensed, Medicare certified provider of skilled nursing and therapy in the home. With offices in Danielson, Derby, East Hartford, Norwalk, Mystic and Wallingford, her team makes more than 200,000 patient visits a year.
Based in the home office in Wallingford, Allison joined Masonicare in November 2015 as the Associate Executive Director. She was formerly with Hartford Healthcare at Home where she was a Regional Director. She was named to her present position in April 2018. A member of the Government Relations Committee for the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home, she was also a fellow of the state Leading Age Leadership Academy in 2018. Allison earned her BS in Nursing from University of Connecticut where she also earned an MS in Nursing Administration. She cites this quote from Ernest Hemingway, “When people talk, listen completely."
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Ann is our Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. Reporting to the CEO, she oversees all of Masonicare's business development strategies, clinical liaison team, patient experience program, Corporate Marketing department and our strategic alliances.
Prior to joining Masonicare in February 2017, Ann was with Apple Rehab where she was Vice President of Business Development. A certified Respiratory Therapist, Ann has a BS in Business/Marketing Communications and an MBA, both from University of Phoenix. She is a fourth-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, is a certified martial arts instructor and has competed and excelled internationally in the discipline.
Ann embraces these words of Norman Vincent Peale: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
Vice President, Human Resources
Ed is our Vice President of Human Resources. He rejoined Masonicare in 2008 and is responsible for all Human Resource functions including recruitment and retention, compensation, benefits and employee relations. He also takes the lead on our recurring Employee Opinion Survey.
Prior to coming to Masonicare, Ed worked in the Human Resources department at Hartford Hospital as well as Turner Broadcasting in New York.
Ed received his B.A. from Manhattan College and M.S. in Human Resources Development from Villanova University. He is a Fellow in the 2019 national Larry Minnix Leadership Academy of LeadingAge. The program enhances leadership skills and core competencies of non-profit leaders selected from the organization’s membership.
Ed describes his team’s role this way: “The HR Department strives to support Masonicare’s greatest asset, our employees, so that they may provide the quality care and services they are known for to our patients, residents and their families.”
Executive Director, Masonicare at Mystic
Lauren is the Executive Director of Masonicare at Mystic. Prior to her current role, Lauren was a sales counselor and later a sales and marketing manager for Masonicare. Lauren joined Masonicare after having served as Nursing Home Administrator at Apple Rehab, and prior to that as a regional dietician for Apple.
Lauren graduated from UConn with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and later earned her certificate in long-term care management from UConn School of Business.
Executive Director, Masonicare at Chester Village
Annie is Executive Director of Masonicare at Chester Village, our newest residential community which Masonicare acquired in late December 2017. Annie joined Masonicare earlier that month from The Hearth at Tuxis Pond in Madison, where she was Executive Director. Her career in senior living also includes a stint as Director of Accounting at Mather LifeWays, a multi-site "Life Plan" community based in Illinois.
Annie graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Accounting. She was also in the inaugural group of Certified Directors of Assisted Living through Argentum, a national trade association of companies that own and operate senior living communities. Annie says without hesitation, "I have a super passion for change and for older adults!"
Jennifer King, MA, CFRE
Executive Director, The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut
Jennifer is Executive Director of The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, where she leads Masonicare's fundraising and philanthropy efforts. Through Masonicare, she also offers philanthropy consulting to help nonprofits expand their fundraising programs.
Prior to her twenty years here, she was Director of Development at Waterbury Hospital and has worked in fundraising at Yale University and Wesleyan University. Jennifer received a BA in English Literature from Cornell University and her MA in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University.
She has served as Statewide Co-Chair of Leave A Legacy Connecticut; a Subject Matter Expert with CFRE International, a member of the Leadership Institute of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and as a board member of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Planned Giving Group of Connecticut and the Connecticut Food Bank. Jennifer is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and leads yoga and meditation classes for the residents of Masonicare at Ashlar Village as well as for students in the community.
Patricia E. King, RN
Vice President, Healthcare Services and Continuum Integration
Patricia is Vice President, Healthcare Services and Continuum Integration. In this role, she will oversee the strategic integration of healthcare services across our organization, ensuring we are truly delivering on our promise to provide a seamless continuum of care.
A registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator, Patricia brings extensive clinical and administrative education and expertise to this position, having operated professional services at a senior level for large regional and national long-term care companies. She has provided consulting services for all healthcare continuum operations, including skilled nursing, assisted living, acute care, hospice, and psychiatric care.
Senior Director, ALSA Partnerships
Rachael is Senior Director of ALSA Partnerships. These are senior residential communities that contract with Masonicare to bring in Assisted Living Services. Rachael currently oversees eight such partnerships throughout Connecticut. Seniors who receive our services are supported by a team of Masonicare Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. They work with each client in their residence to help them achieve their highest level of well-being.
Rachael joined Masonicare in 2015 as a Medicaid Billing Supervisor in the Finance Department. She moved into her current role last July. Her career also includes a management role in a home care agency. She has an A.S. degree from Middlesex Community College and her B.S. in Studio Art from Southern CT State University.
Currently a fellow of the LeadingAge Connecticut Leadership Academy, Rachael says, “My hope is that I can make a difference in the way we provide care to elders.”
Director of Financial Operations & Executive Director of Hospital Services
Rob Leake is the Director of Financial Operations & Executive Director of Hospital Services. He is responsible for the oversight of all financial operating and reporting functions within the continuum. Rob joined Masonicare in July 2016. He previously worked at Claro Group Consulting and the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Rob has over 25 years of diversified healthcare finance experience, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, and revenue cycle management.
Rob received both his BS in Accounting and MPA from the University of New Haven. One of his favorite quotes is from the Apollo 13 mission: “Failure is not an option.”
Director, Masonicare at Home
Kim Magalhaes is the Director of Masonicare at Home, our non-medical home care company that provides caregiver and companion services to seniors in their homes. With Masonicare at Home, seniors are able to stay in their homes longer and more safely.
Kim received her B.S. in Healthcare Administration from Charter Oak State College and joined Masonicare in 2010. Kim is also a 2014 alumnus of LeadingAge Connecticut's Leadership Academy.
Kim modestly quotes the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, John Hume: “I never thought in terms of being a leader. I thought very simply in terms of helping people.”
Vice President, Residential Services and Hospitality
Peter is our Vice President of Residential Services and Hospitality. Peter joined Masonicare in February 2019 from Excelsus Hospitality, a senior hospitality consultancy where he was Managing Partner. He brings in-depth experience consulting to scores of retirement communities.
A high-energy person, Peter is a graduate of Providence College with a B.S. in Business. He also completed the nursing home administration program at UCONN and is a licensed nursing home administrator in the state of Connecticut.
Chief Information Officer
Brian joined Masonicare as Chief Information Officer in January 2015. As the head of the Information Technology (IT) department, he oversees all systems, software, hardware, telecommunication and cybersecurity for Masonicare. Brian is a champion for cultural change and technology innovations that properly align and integrate IT as a partner in the business of the organization. Applying this technology to improve patient and resident care, gain operational efficiencies and increase revenues is a challenge for which he has a passion. He is also committed to building and motivating a team where every member is inspired by this mission.
Brian has over 26 years of IT Healthcare-related experience. He is a graduate of Anna Maria College in Massachusetts, where he received his BS in Business Administration.
Chief Financial Officer
Jim Rude joined Masonicare as Chief Financial Officer in January 2015. Jim came to us from the Saint Raphael Healthcare System in New Haven. In his 27 years there, he held several responsible positions in Finance including Controller and Chief Financial Officer. A Certified Public Accountant, Jim is a graduate of Alfred University in New York, where he had a double major in Accounting and Management.
Ronald Schwartz, M.D.
Senior Director, Continuum Health Services
As Senior Director of Continuum Health Services, Dr. Ronald Schwartz will oversee all of Masonicare’s healthcare and hospice services across all service lines.
He is also the primary care physician at Masonicare at Ashlar Village. Dr. Schwartz has been associated with Masonicare since 1995, when he was hired as a staff geriatrician at Masonicare Health Center. Named Medical Director in 2000, he continued in that capacity even after joining West Haven Medical Group in 2017. Most recently, he has also been a valued member of Masonicare’s Coronavirus Task Force.
Dr. Ronald Schwartz is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at both Quinnipiac University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Geriatric Society, as well as a Certified Medical Director for Long Term Care.
Linda Urbanski, Ph.D.
Interim Long-Term Care Administrator, Masonicare Health Center
Linda joined Masonicare in April 2020 and brings over 30 years of experience, having served in a myriad of skilled nursing and specialty care centers. Her background includes work overseeing centers with service line specialties that include sub-acute and short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, memory care, independent living and assisted living, and adult day programs.
A licensed nursing home administrator, she holds several degrees including a Master’s in Public Health from Quinnipiac University, and a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration and Theology from Berne University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jon-Paul (known as JP) became President and Chief Executive Officer of Masonicare on October 1, 2016. His career at Masonicare began when he was in high school working as a waiter at Ashlar Village. From that modest beginning, he took on many roles of increasing responsibility over more than 25 years.
JP has his B.S. in Finance and Insurance from the University of Hartford. He earned his Retirement Housing Professional license in 2003 from the University of North Texas, and a Leadership AAHSA [now LeadingAge] Fellowship certification in 2007.
JP currently vice chairs the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission and serves as Commissioner of the Wallingford Ethics Committee. He is a former chair of the Wallingford Education Foundation and former chair of Connecticut Assisted Living Association Board and their Institute for Senior Living Education. He is also a past surveyor for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (now known as CARF) and was recently elected to serve on the Board of LeadingAge's Connecticut Chapter.
JP’s favorite quote is, “Don’t be afraid of change. Be afraid of not changing.”