Leadership + Board

President

Walter J. Ramos, J.D. – President & CEO

Walter J. Ramos joined Rogerson as President and CEO in July, 2018. Mr. Ramos, an accomplished and respected healthcare administrator, succeeded James F. Seagle, Jr., who led the organization for 45 years. Mr. Ramos has more than twenty years of leadership experience in non-profit healthcare and municipal agencies and was most recently President of Carney Hospital, part of Steward Health Care, where he was responsible for setting the vision and ensuring effective leadership and management. He managed $128 million annual operating budget, orchestrating unprecedented financial turnaround for the long-struggling organization.

Senior Leadership

James F. Seagle, Jr. – President Emeritus

James F. Seagle, Jr. joined Rogerson Communities in 1973 and initiated Rogerson’s transition from a single rest home for older men to the multidimensional organization it is today. Its scope includes management of 29 properties and programs that serve more than 2,000 families; real estate development; consulting assignments; advocacy and education; and fundraising, both with foundations and individuals.

Mr. Seagle is a recognized leader in the field of housing and services for elders. A past president of the LeadingAge Massachusetts, he has been a delegate to the LeadingAge. Mr. Seagle worked closely with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to draft assisted living legislation, and he created an industry task force to increase Medicaid reimbursement for dementia day care. He frequently lectures at state and national forums.

Mr. Seagle retired from Rogeson in June, 2018 and will serve as a consultant to Walter J. Ramos, J.D., Rogerson’s President & CEO.

Laurie Novakoff Trilling – Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations

Laurie Novakoff Trilling came to Rogerson Communities in 1998 as assistant director of operations and was promoted to Director of Operations in 2001, Vice President in 2007 and Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Ms Trilling provides oversight, support, and compliance control for both owned and managed portfolio of housing and health services consisting of approximately 1,500 units in 25 buildings servicing all income levels.

The Chief Operating Officer has responsibility for the direct supervision of four corporate office director positions in senior living, housing management, senior programming, and building services; providing management functions including budget preparation and control, formation of policies and procedures, planning and implementation of capital projects, energy conservation methods and funding, agency compliance requirements, staffing decisions, and implementation of programs to improve the quality of life for individuals within the housing units and adult day health program activities.

During 2009-2011, Ms. Trilling secured five state and federal government funding opportunities totaling $3,633,902 for both capital and energy saving improvements in four low-income buildings. During 2012-2014, Ms. Trilling obtained energy conservation lighting products and new heating systems within seven low-income buildings, and five moderate-market housing buildings, valued at $1,477,627.  These projects have significantly reduced energy and maintenance costs for Rogerson’s clients.  In 2012, Rogerson Communities received a $50,000 MetLife Award for Excellence in GREEN Service enriched affordable housing at one of these locations, Farnsworth House in Jamaica Plain.

Ms. Trilling brings more than 30 years of real estate management experience to Rogerson. Prior to Rogerson Communities, she was employed by Barkan Management Company for ten years as  property manager for B’nai B’rith Covenant House in Brighton, a 200-unit HUD Section 202 building for elderly residents, and senior property manager for a mixed portfolio of eight subsidized housing, commercial, and condominium developments.

Ms. Trilling graduated from the University of Denver with a major in real estate. She is a licensed real estate broker and is a Spectrum Continuing Certified Credit Compliance Professional, C10P.

Darcey Lepisto Adams, LICSW – Vice President of Health Services

Darcey Lepisto Adams joined Rogerson Communities in July, 2016 as Vice President of Health Services. In this newly created senior management position, Ms. Adams implements and expands innovative healthcare programs to assure the highest quality services for at-risk seniors and families. This includes oversight of Rogerson’s Boston-based adult day health programs. In addition to her position at Rogerson Communities, Ms. Adams is President emeritus of the Massachusetts Adult Day Services Association, and Adjunct Professor at Salem State University.

Ms. Adams brings to Rogerson over eighteen years of experience in the senior healthcare industry including adult day health programs, geriatric care management programs for complex patients, personal emergency response programs, certified and non-certified home health, implementation of evidence-based programs, memory care and care transitions from acute care settings.

Prior to joining Rogerson, Ms. Adams was Vice President with Essex Group Management (EGM) Corporation where she expanded EGM’s network through acquisition and development of new programs for seniors. As Vice President for Lahey Health System, she handled the operational, organizational and responsibilities of a multi-program division, including oversight of two adult day health programs and a community care management program. She also developed and implemented behavioral health support programs in several primary care practices for Lahey Health System and was its senior public policy consultant regarding older adult issues.

Ms. Adams holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University School of Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Associate’s Degree in Chemical Dependency from Keene State College, New Hampshire.

Courtney A. Barth – Vice President of Development and Community Relations

Courtney A. Barth joined Rogerson Communities in 2010 as Director of Individual Giving and was promoted to Vice President, Development & Community Relations in 2014. She is responsible for making various publics aware of Rogerson Communities’ role and activities and for all fundraising activities associated with existing and new projects.

Ms. Barth brings over twenty years of fundraising and promotion experience to the position. She runs Rogerson’s signature event, Welcome Home!, a successful annual tribute dinner that has helped to place Rogerson in the public eye.  In 2014/15, Ms. Barth successfully executed the Beacon House Campaign to rescue Beacon House and assure Rogerson Communities’ ongoing and future ability to provide housing and supportive services and other innovative projects for our community’s most vulnerable residents. Ms. Barth is the recipient of the 2015 Emerging Leader Award given by LeadingAge Massachusetts.

For Suffolk University, Ms. Barth directed all aspects of the donor relations program and special events for the University’s Advancement Office, including executing all facets of stewardship for the Law School, Business School and College of Arts and Sciences. For WBUR, among other responsibilities, she solicited, negotiated and managed sponsorships and fundraising promotions including KaBloom for WBUR’s most successful on-air Valentine’s Day campaign that raised $500,000 annually.

Professional associations include: membership of Women in Development and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; serving on the Donor Relations track committee for the Fall 2005 New England Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and teaching the Donor Relations section for the MBA graduate Non-Profit Management course at Suffolk University. A graduate of Union College, Schenectady, NY, Ms. Barth is also active in the community as School Parent Council Co-Chair at the Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale.

Ken Crisafulli – Vice President of Facilities

Ken Crisafulli is an architectural engineer and joined Rogerson Communities in 2001 as Building Services Director. He was promoted to Vice President, Facilities in 2015. In that capacity, Mr. Crisafulli oversees all aspects of building environment and mechanical systems for all properties and programs under Rogerson Communities management.

Mr. Crisafulli’s responsibilities include management of plant staff as well as providing assistance to the President, Vice President of Operations, executive directors and property managers with regard to building issues and new projects. He is in charge of implementing large capital needs projects as well as supervision of construction contractors.  In addition, he provides OSHA implementation as needed, develops and implements fire evacuation plans and narrative in collaboration with local fire and building departments, and manages contractor/vendor relationships, performs minor architectural services and space planning needs.

A graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering, Mr. Crisafulli brought over eleven years of experience as an architect to Rogerson Communities. Formerly an associate with the firm of Heym, Dowds and Neeman Architects of Boston, he is skilled in architectural design, specification writing, CAD drafting, detailing and graphic design.

Nancy Kowalski – Vice President of Human Resources

Nancy Kowalski joined the Rogerson Communities team in October of 2013 and currently works as Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, Ms. Kowalski is responsible for ensuring that the staff of Rogerson Communities are engaged, motivated and retained. She does this by overseeing recruitment, on-boarding, performance management, professional development of leadership and engaging staff through a variety of initiatives that promote health and well-being. Lastly, Ms. Kowalski works to make sure that the organization remains in legal compliance with all Federal, State and local laws in regards to personnel.

Previous to Rogerson Communities, Ms. Kowalski worked at a bilingual educational and community development non-profit organization in Washington, DC as the Human Resources Director. Ms. Kowalski is a graduate of Bond University, Australia and George Mason University where she earned a Masters of International Relations and a Bachelors of Communications, respectively and holds a Professional in Human Resources Certificate through the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Chitra Sharma – Vice President of Finance

Chitra Sharma joined Rogerson Communities in September, 2008 as Controller. She was promoted to Vice President, Finance in 2014. In this role, she directs and coordinates financial operations, insurance and capital access.

Prior to joining Rogerson Communities in 2008, Ms. Sharma was Senior Associate for two national CPA firms, Reznick Group and McGladrey & Pullen. Other positions have included Senior Portfolio Analyst for REIT and, between 1998 and 2004, Senior Accountant at Rogerson Communities.

Ms. Sharma is currently pursuing her CPA qualification. She holds a B.A. Magna cum Laude, from Pine Manor College and has Certificates of Accomplishment in Tax Preparation for Individuals through Corporations from H & R Block.  She is a 2012 graduate of LeadingAge’s Leadership Academy, a year-long program designed to strengthen not-for-profit leadership in aging services.

Board of Directors

Brit d’Arbeloff – Chair

Now retired, Brit is active or has served on many non-profit Boards including her alma mater, MIT and its Council for the Arts, the Brookline Library Foundation and Whitehead Institute. With a mechanical engineering M.A. and B.S., she has been a manager at companies such as Teradyne and Digital Equipment. Brit has served as Chair of Rogerson’s Board of Directors since 2013.

John L. Hall, II – Vice Chair

John is principal of Hall Properties and has served as an Executive Vice President of Carpenter and Company. He has been active in non-profit and community work including as a Town Meeting Member in Brookline, a Director of Brookline Bank and former Chair of the Park School. He is chair of Rogerson’s Development Committee.

Patricia M. Hillman – Treasurer

Now retired, Pat served in several senior positions at Fidelity having joined the firm in 1990. Most recently she served as Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Technology for Devonshire Investors, the private investment firm affiliated with FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments. She provided business and technology support to the company’s enterprise technology initiatives and was responsible for evaluating emerging technologies and the technical feasibility of proposed solutions. Pat chairs Rogerson’s Finance Committee.

Karla Todd – Clerk

Karla is a program manager and training specialist at the New England Public Health Training Center, Boston University School of Public Health, a partnership of schools and agencies to develop and deliver trainings to improve the competencies of the public health workforce. Prior to this she served as Chief Learning Officer for E.L.D.E.R Management Education focusing on programs for emerging leaders and managers in the eldercare industry, the needs of seniors and the range of providers. She was a founding shareholder of MPM Capital, and a manager and consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Sarah Acer Allen

Sarah served as Director of Religious Education at the Church of the Redeemer, Director of Village Residences at Pine Manor College and as a teacher at several schools located nationally and locally.  She provides pastoral care at the Church of the Redeemer and serves as President of the Alumni Council of Pine Manor College among other community activities.

John E. Cupples

John is the principal of Cupples Associates Consultinga consulting practice specializing in services to leadership of healthcare organizations including planning, governance effectiveness, electronic medical records strategies enterprise alignment and process improvement strategies. Previous to this he has served as President, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Executive Vice President of Hebrew Senior Life and Vice President Brigham and Women’s Hospital. John chairs Rogerson’s CEO Search Committee.

Lloyd C. Dahmen

Prior to his retirement, Lloyd served as a Managing Partner at Alphametrics and as General Partner at Claflin Capital Management. He has worked in senior positions for other Boston financial management firms including Scudder Stevens & Clark, Dahmen Associates and Franklin Management. He served as President at Club Motorsports, Inc. In addition to serving as a director of Rogerson Communities, Lloyd has been on the Board of Directors at The Brookline Music School and was Senior Warden at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill.  He serves as a Director at Club Motorsports, Inc.

Ogden M. Hunnewell

Og is President and founding co-partner of Nordic Properties, a commercial real estate investment, development and asset management company based in Burlington and Boston. He has served as a senior vice president of Northland Investment Corporation and worked at Booz Allen and Hamilton. He serves or has served on the Boards of Milton Academy, New England Aquarium, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties both nationally and locally.

George Bennett

Chairman of Health Dialog Services Corporation in Boston, for 35 years George has been a successful serial entrepreneur. He co-founded Bain and Co. and Braxton Associates, two highly regarded international strategy consulting firms. He is also a co-founder of Symmetrix, a management consulting firm that specialized in helping large firms translate innovative strategies into cost effective operating practices and Health Dialog Corporation, an international health care services company.

James Mackey

Previous to joining Bain Capital Partners as an associate, James was a research analyst at Spyglass Capital Management and founder and president of Foundation Brief, LLC. He also served as an investment banking analyst at Lazard in New York.

Life Directors

  • Meredith P. Clapp
  • Lawrence S. DiCara, Esq.
  • Paul S. Evans
  • John H. Finley, III
  • Shelley Kaplan
  • Gary P. Kearney, M.D.
  • Peter M. Keating
  • Cecily O. Morse
  • Joseph L. Serafini
  • William Stone
  • Paula Thier

Board of Overseers

  • Nile L. Albright, MD
  • Daniel Bancroft
  • Patricia N. Burdick *
  • Carolyn J. Campanelli
  • Robert D. Chellis
  • Meredith P. Clapp *
  • Lisa Clark
  • Christine F. Collins
  • Erica A. Corsano
  • Pat L. Cox *
  • Andrea d’Amato
  • Ellen Feingold
  • Susan Flanagan, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth M. Hanson
  • Sarah D. Hurlbut
  • Bonlyn A. McBride
  • Barbara McNeil, MD., Ph.D.
  • Randace Rauscher Moore
  • Joanne Prince
  • Rebekah K. Richardson *
  • Sarita Rogers
  • Jeffrey W. Sacks
  • Esther Schlorholtz
  • Merlin Southwick
  • Robert Tuchmann
  • Ellen Takagi Walsh *
  • Georgiana K. White
  • Peter Zane

*Past Board Member