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.
Rev. Carl Anderson, M.Div.
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)
Chief Financial Officer
Steven Beaulieu joined Masonicare as Chief Financial Officer in October 2020. He is a former CFO of Mercy Community Health who most recently served as Vice President of Operational Effectiveness/Continuing Care at Trinity Health. Steven is also familiar with Masonicare, having previously worked in our Finance Department.
A seasoned financial executive, Steven brings a broad range of relevant experience in healthcare, senior living, long-term care, home care, and continuing care communities.
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Ann is our Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. Reporting to the CEO, she brings 28 years of post-acute and acute care marketing communications and strategic development experience to Masonicare. She leads our business and growth strategies, and oversees our award-winning marketing communications and public relations team.
Prior to joining Masonicare in February 2017, Ann was with Apple Rehab where she served as the Vice President of Business Development & Marketing Communications. 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.
Associate Executive Director of Assisted Living, Masonicare at Ashlar Village
Rachael is Associate Executive Director of Assisted Living, Masonicare at Ashlar Village. Previously, she was the Senior Director of ALSA Partnerships overseeing partnerships throughout Connecticut to provide Assisted Living Services in senior residential communities.
Rachael joined Masonicare in 2015 as a Medicaid Billing Supervisor in the Finance Department. 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.”
Associate Executive Director of Independent Living, Masonicare at Ashlar Village
Kim Magalhaes serves as the Associate Executive Director of Independent Living at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, our Continuing Care Retirement Community in Wallingford, CT.
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.”
Executive Director, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice
Ann is the Executive Director and Administrator of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, a state-licensed, Medicare certified agency that provides comprehensive, specialized and high quality skilled care to patients in the comfort of their own home. With offices in Danielson, Derby, East Hartford, Mystic and Wallingford, her diverse team of nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, personal care aides, spiritual counselors and volunteers make more than 200,000 patient visits a year.
Based in the Wallingford office, Ann joined Masonicare in December 2020. She most recently was with Hartford Healthcare at Home where she served as the Vice President of Hospice and prior to that, was the President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Services of CT. Ann earned her BS in Nursing from St. Anselm College and her MBA from Post University.
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.
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.
Director, Masonicare at Home
Stephanie Vasiljevs joined Masonicare in August 2021 as the Director of Masonicare at Home, our non-medical home care company that provides caregiver and companion services to seniors in their homes.
Earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Charter Oak State College and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University, Stephanie previously provided executive-level leadership and guidance to a workforce specializing in non-skilled nursing and personal care.
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.”
Long Term Care Administrator, Masonicare Health Center
Courtney joined Masonicare as Masonicare Health Center's new Administrator in September 2020. Courtney brings valuable prior experience in multiple facets of the long-term care industry, including administration, admissions, marketing, and recreation.
A licensed nursing home administrator, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from St. Thomas Aquinas College and her Nursing Home Administrator License from the University of Connecticut School of Business.