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

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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)

Steven Beaulieu

Chief Financial Officer

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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.

Samantha Buonanno

Executive Director, Masonicare at Home

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Samantha is our Executive Director for Masonicare at Home, Masonicare’s non-medical homecare affiliate. She began her Masonicare career in 2008 and spent over a decade in an HR leadership role where she was focused on bringing the best and brightest talent to Masonicare, and then working with leaders throughout the organization to retain that talent. With 15 years of service to Masonicare behind her, Samantha is well versed in all areas of the continuum and can connect consumers with the most appropriate service or services to enhance their quality of life so they can age in place.

Samantha holds a BS in Marketing Management from Florida Southern College. She comes from a large Italian family and was raised on values that align closely with Masonicare’s core values.  Samantha says: “Come home to Masonicare, we will always treat you like family”.

Ann Collette

Chief of Strategy

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Ann is our Chief, Strategy & Marketing. 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.

Ann was named 2020 Innovator of the Year for her work on a team charged with repositioning Masonicare for long-term sustainability. From their work came the birth of GENM, Masonicare’s consulting company that services clients in both skilled nursing and residential living locally and nationally. In 2023, she was named to the Top Women in Business by the Hartford Business Journal.

A certified Respiratory Therapist, Ann has a BS in Business/Marketing Communications and an MBA. She is a fourth-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, is a certified martial arts instructor and competes nationally and internationally.

Ann embraces these words of Norman Vincent Peale: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Edward Dooling

Chief of Healthcare Services

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Ed is our Chief of Healthcare Services and provides operational oversight for our skilled nursing facility, behavioral health hospital, and out-patient services. Ed’s understanding of the changing dynamics of the healthcare industry, and experience with the implementation of strategic initiatives to improve the delivery of services, significantly supports the operations of our healthcare service line.

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.

Lauren Dubuque

Executive Director, Masonicare at Mystic

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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.

Annie Hoefferle

Executive Director, Masonicare at Chester Village

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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!"

Rachael Laudano

Executive Director, Assisted Living, Masonicare at Ashlar Village

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Rachael is Executive Director, 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.”

Kim Magalhaes

Executive Director, Independent Living, Masonicare at Ashlar Village

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Kim Magalhaes serves as the Executive Director, 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.”

Carrie Fuller-McMahon

Executive Director, The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut

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Carrie’s career in philanthropy spans over 25 years working for national organizations, including March of Dimes Foundation and American Heart Association, as well as work in the healthcare sector, serving as Chief Development Officer for Trinity Health of New England’s Foundation.

Volunteerism has always been important to Carrie. In that capacity, she has supported Habitat for Humanity, Dress for Success and Foundation of Possibilities, an organization she founded in 2013 and currently serves as President of the Board.  

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys outdoor activities like paddle boarding, walking and running 5k’s.  She has 3 dogs and a cat, and lives in Marlborough. 

Courtney O'Sullivan

Long Term Care Administrator, Masonicare Health Center

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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.

Ronald Schwartz, M.D.

Senior Director, Continuum Health Services

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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.

Lindsey Smith

VP, Human Resources

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Lindsey joined Masonicare in 2024 as our Vice President of Human Resources. Lindsey possesses 20 years of Human Resources experience, a decade of that time being spent in HR leadership roles with a focus on recruitment, employee engagement and employee relations. 

Lindsey received a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University and an M.S. in Human Resources Management from University of Connecticut.

In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family, her two dogs and is always interested in trying something new.

Laurie St. John

Executive Director, Masonicare Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care

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Laurie is the Executive Director of Masonicare Home Health, Hospice & Palliative Care. She is a Registered Nurse with 20 years of management experience in home health and hospice.  She was honored in 2021 by the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home with the Judith Hriceniak Award, an award recognizing distinction in nursing service and excellence in nursing leadership.

She has presented on home health and hospice topics throughout Connecticut and nationally. She graduated from Western Ct State University Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in nursing science and received her Master’s in Science in Nursing Management from the University of Hartford. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

Laurie lives in Milford with her husband and enjoys spending her time with her four adult daughters and their families. She is the proud grandmother of six. In her free time, she plays tennis and paddle throughout the year.

Jon-Paul Venoit

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Jon-Paul (JP) Venoit began his career at Masonicare at the age of 16, working in dining services. Thirty years later, he stands at the head of the largest not-for-profit senior care company in the state. Leading an organization through an industry in flux, turned upside down by a global pandemic, to one of the organization’s most successful years in operation, Venoit has been recognized and celebrated as a distinguished leader.

JP holds a Bachelor of Science 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.

In 2016, he received his Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Post University.  JP, a native of Wallingford, CT, resides in his hometown with his wife of 22 years, his two sons, and two Siberian Huskies.

JP is the vice chair of 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 the 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 appointed as Vice President to serve on the Board of LeadingAge's Connecticut Chapter.  JP serves as a Board of Visitors for the University of Hartford.

JP is a member of and the past master of Compass Lodge #9.  He is a member of Ashlar Lodge #332, Cosmopolitan #125, Lafayette Consistory (Valley of Bridgeport), Laurel Forest #130, Order of Eastern Star Ashlar Chapter #116, and Sphinx Shriners.

JP’s favorite quote is, “Don’t be afraid of change. Be afraid of not changing.”