Leadership + Board

President

James F. Seagle, Jr. – President

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 21 communities and five adult day programs that serve more than 1,500 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.

As an innovator, Mr. Seagle refined the service coordinator model for independent housing; established the area’s first adult day health program; and worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a dementia day care model. In addition, he created the Boston Alzheimer’s Center (now Rogerson House), which offers a full program that serves families with assisted living, a day center, respite care, education and support. Mr. Seagle was an early initiator of fitness programs for frail elders and created the first apartment housing model for persons disabled by HIV. He continues to support and participate in a number of nonprofit provider alliances.

A graduate of Denison University, Mr. Seagle also earned a certificate in nursing home administration from Babson College and is licensed in Massachusetts as a nursing home administrator. Mr. Seagle’s publications include Congregate Housing for Older People (coeditor), Lexington Books, 1982, reprinted 1985; and Farnsworth House: A Nonprofit Board Creates Congregate Housing for the Elderly (coauthor), 1987.

Senior Leadership

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.

Simone Auster – Executive Assistant to the President

Simone Auster served for over six years as President of Rebuilding Together Boston, a non-profit organization providing no-cost repair and renovation services to the homes of City of Boston low-income homeowners and non-profit-owned facilities.  Previous ot this, she served for nine years as President of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a Boston-based non-profit whose mission is to protect, restore, maintain, and promote 1,000 acres of historic parkland located in Boston and Brookline.

Simone has also served as President of Auster Strategic Public Affairs, Director of Trust for City Hall Plaza, Senior Project Advisor for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, General Manager of South Station, and Vice President of Community Development for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Simone joined Rogerson as the Excecutive Assistant to the President in 2014.

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.

Colin Smyth – Clerk

Colin is Sales Manager at Flywire, a leading provider of international payment solutions. Prior to this he was Senior Sales Manager for Jana, making the internet free in emerging markets; and, Director of Digital Sales for Greater Media Boston where he managed the marketing, positioning, pricing and product development for all digital assets across the five station radio group.

Patricia M. Hillman – Treasurer

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.

Sarah 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.

John L. Hall, II

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.

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.

Mary J. Kakas

Now retired, Mary was president and CEO of Kakas and Sons located on Boston‘s prestigious Newbury Street. She is or has been active in a wide range of local Boards and social clubs including the Lyric Stage, Tenacity, St. Francis House and the Police Activities League.

Gary P. Kearney, M.D., FACS

A member of the Board for the past decade, Gary practices at Longwood Urological Associates in Boston. Since 1973 he has been on-staff at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital where he was trustee, President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Urology and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Gary is also a director at The Constitution Museum and the Aero Club of New England.

Inez Stewart

A senior human resources executive at John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Inez has served as vice president, human resources at Children’s Hospital Boston and Tufts-New England Medical Center and as a divisional vice president at Polaroid Corporation. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the Children’s Museum of Boston and on the Board of campuscareercenters.com.

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.

Karla Todd

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.

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
  • Lawrence S. DiCara *
  • Paul S. Evans *
  • Ellen Feingold
  • John H. Finley, III *
  • Susan Flanagan, Ph.D.
  • Herbert P. Gleason *
  • Elizabeth M. Hanson
  • Sarah D. Hurlbut
  • Peter M. Keating *
  • Bonlyn A. McBride
  • Barbara McNeil, MD., Ph.D.
  • Randace Rauscher Moore
  • Sarah B. Porter *
  • Joanne Prince
  • Rebekah K. Richardson *
  • Sarita Rogers
  • Jeffrey W. Sacks
  • Esther Schlorholtz
  • Merlin Southwick
  • William C. Stone *
  • Robert Tuchmann
  • Ellen Takagi Walsh *
  • Georgiana K. White
  • Peter Zane

*Past Board Member