Leadership + Board


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

Natalya Leshchiner – Chief Finance Officer

Natalya joins Rogerson with over 19 years of business success in finance and operations management. She has extensive experience in analyzing needs and crafting effective teams to address healthcare business priorities and a long record of proven results backed by an expertise in financial management. Recognized for gaining buy-in from critical contributors through a fact-based communication style, her areas of expertise include operations management, staff management, revenue cycle, budgeting and forecasting, inventory management, accounting functions, job costing, cost accounting, payroll, human resource functions, employee and corporate insurance, government grants and annual audits.  Natalya formerly worked for Steward Carney Hospital as Vice President of Finance/CFO and Steward Morton Hospital as Director of Finance.

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.

Peter van Kalkeren – Chief Administrative Officer

Peter van Kalkeren joined Rogerson in September 2018 as Chief Administrative Officer. His responsibilities include oversight of Rogerson’s health services, the development of new business and strategic partnerships; and management of strategic projects. Mr. van Kalkeren supports Rogerson’s sustainable growth by managing, negotiating and helping close housing opportunities, and ensures current clients receive high quality services across all senior housing portfolios. Prior to joining Rogerson, Mr. van Kalkeren was Vice President Operations at Carney Hospital, part of Steward Health Care. In this capacity, he managed Facilities (532,000 SF), Food Services, Radiology, Environmental Services, Security, Biomed, Telecommunications, and additional support services teams (250 plus employees). He designed and implemented a vendor management system that resulted in a 17% year-over-year cost saving, and successfully managed $12 million in construction and cosmetic upgrade initiatives. Between December 2013 and May 2015, Mr. van Kalkeren served as Chief Business Development Officer at DotHouse Health. He was responsible for the rebranding efforts to successfully position the organization as “DotHouse Health”, managed multiple construction projects, coordinated and established all food and beverage solutions across the organization, and managed the Facilities, Parking, IT and Environmental Services teams to assure a high-quality facility that met all compliance requirements. Prior to 2013, he held senior positions within the airline/travel sector, including Alitalia and Expedia Inc. Mr. van Kalkeren earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University. He also holds a Bachelor in Hotel Administration from the Hotelschool The Hague, in the Netherlands.

Courtney A. Barth – Vice President of Advancement

Courtney A. Barth joined Rogerson Communities in 2010 as Director of Individual Giving and was promoted to Vice President of Development and Community Relations in 2014, Vice President of Advancement & Human Resources in 2019, and now serves as the Vice President of Advancement. 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 thirty years of fundraising and marketing 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. Ms. Barth is a graduate of Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Ken Crisafulli – Vice President of Real Estate Construction and Design

Ken Crisafulli joined Rogerson Communities in 2001 as Building Services Director. He was promoted to Vice President, Facilities in 2015. In that capacity, Mr. Crisafulli oversees physical plant operations under Rogerson Communities management.  In addition, for the past 15 years Mr. Crisafulli has worked as Owner’s Construction Representation for all large real estate development projects working with Architects, Contractors, Consultants, Regulatory Agencies, and Lenders from design, through construction, to completion.  Mr. Crisafulli has been Owner’s Construction Representation on 5 historic preservation projects, 2 of which have been awarded Preservation Achievement Awards from Boston Preservation Alliance.

A graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering, Mr. Crisafulli brought over a decade of experience from the architectural field to Rogerson Communities.  Formerly an associate with the firm of Heym, Dowds and Neeman Architects of Boston specializing in elder care housing and long term care housing, he is skilled in architectural design, specification writing, construction document production, detailing, construction budgeting, construction scheduling, and Clerk of the Works responsibilities.

Mr. Crisafulli is currently Owner’s Representative for Construction on a $100MM independent senior living facility with a 50 bed skilled nursing facility on the South Shore, and numerous capital improvement projects to the existing portfolio from $50K to $1.1M.  Mr. Crisafulli is also providing programming and design direction on 4 feasibility studies for various Rogerson clients.

David Pia – Vice President of Human Resources

David joins Rogerson with over 20 years of experience and success in human resources, administration, and financial/grant management within government, healthcare, and planning and development. He has extensive experience in human resources administration including effective management and employee relations. He also brings strong experience in professional development, interpreting policies and procedures, performance management, employment law, and payroll and benefits administration.  David most recently worked as the Director of Human Resources for the Boston Planning and Development Agency and prior to that as the Director of Human Resources for the Boston Public Health Commission.

In David’s role at Rogerson Communities, he will be responsible for strategic human resources planning, overseeing all HR functions including our policies and practices, employment law, regulations and administrative relationships with governmental organizations and advisory authorities.

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.

Karla Todd Barrett – Vice Chair

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.

James Mackey – Treasurer

James Mackey joined Bain Capital in 2016. He is a Vice President in the Technology Vertical and is a member of the North America Private Equity team. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Mackey was an 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.

Mary R. Jeka – Clerk

Mary R. Jeka is a member of President Monaco’s senior leadership team at Tufts University. In June 2003, Ms. Jeka was appointed Vice President for University Relations and was later promoted to Senior Vice President for University Relations and General Counsel. Ms. Jeka is the chief legal officer managing the Office of University Counsel, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Government & Community Relations. The University Relations Division also includes Tufts’ main communications departments, which are overseen by a Vice President for Communications and Marketing.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Ms. Jeka was a principal aide and General Counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, (D-Mass) for over ten years. She worked with Senator Kennedy on appropriations, education, environmental, transportation and health care issues and became General Counsel of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She returned to Massachusetts in 1992 to serve as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) with primary responsibility for managing the legal affairs and government relations in Washington D.C. She also served as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA). In June 2003, Ms. Jeka was appointed Vice President for University Relations at Tufts University and in November 2011 was promoted to Senior Vice President for University Relations and General Counsel.

Ms. Jeka is a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts. She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. in political science cum laude from Boston College. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

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.

Charles Baker, III, J.D.

Charles Baker, III is the President and Co-Founder of Dewey Square Group with more than 30 years of experience in government, politics, and law with focuses on the development of public strategies, the building of successful grassroots coalitions, and the analysis of public law/policy.

From 2015-2016, Charlie served as Chief Administrative Officer for Hillary for America. Prior to that role he was a senior advisor during several national campaigns, including for the Democratic National Committee, Kerry/Edwards 2004, Gore/Lieberman 2000 and Clinton/Gore ’92. His political experience also includes positions as Chief Campaign Consultant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 1994 and National Field Director for Dukakis/Bentsen ’88.

Early in his career Charlie served as Deputy Chief Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, later becoming Deputy Secretary of the Executive office of Communities and Development and Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.

From 2001-2015 he was a Partner in both the Government Affairs and Real Estate departments at the international law firm DLA Piper. He began his legal career in 1991 as an Associate and later Partner at Hill & Barlow.

Charlie received his J.D. from Boston University in 1984 and his A.B. in Government (cum laude) from Harvard College in 1980.

George Bennett

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Good Measures, 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.

Brent A. Berc

Brent Berc is a Founding Partner at Boston Real Estate Collaborative LLC.  Brent has more than 13 years of experience in the real estate industry, mostly around investment, development and the operation of property management and corporate housing companies.  Brent was the Founding Partner at Boston Real Estate Collaborative and Short Term Rentals Boston.  Brent’s prior experience includes serving as Vice President of Sales at Reservoir Real Estate, and various roles at Providence Development Group, Opechee Construction Corporation, and HallKeen LLC.  Brent holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Babson College.

Darlene L. Boroviak

Darlene Boroviak received her B.A. from Beloit College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University, St. Louis. She began her teaching career at Wheaton College in September 1970, developing and teaching courses in European Politics, U. S. Foreign Policy, International Relations, International Law, and Research Methods for 43 years. She was instrumental in starting the major in International Relations and served as Coordinator for that major until she retired from full-time teaching in 2013. In addition to teaching, during her years at Wheaton she served in various administrative positions including Dean of the College, 1979-1983; Dean of the Faculty, 1987-1991; and Acting Provost 1990-1991. Most recently she served as the College’s Title IX Coordinator from 2013-2016.

Now fully retired from the College, she is active in various groups and on various Boards in Norton and surrounding communities, including the Daggett Crandall Newcomb Home for Seniors in Norton, Mass., (Board member since 2010; Board Chair since 2015); Cooperative Production(COOP) serving Dighton, Rehoboth, Taunton, and Norton (Board member since 1999; Governance Committee Chair since 2012); Land Preservation Society of Norton (Board member since 2013); Nine Lives of Norton (Board member since 2016; Board Chair since 2017).

Cynthia M. Connelly

Cynthia has worked since 1990 as a principal in strategic business development, marketing, communications and client relations, with extensive sales and leadership experience across a broad range of industries. In 2009 Cynthia made a deliberate change of focus into the senior sector; applying her strategic marketing and communications expertise in helping businesses develop distinctive ways to position and distinguish their products, services, and ideas in this exploding and demanding marketplace. Cynthia has spent the past decade serving as a Senior Living Consultant, with an impressive portfolio of national and local clients, including Senior Helpers, one of the top performing home care agencies in the United States. She is responsible for marketing and external messaging, monthly blogs and social media management, and communications/presentations to referral sources, as well as guiding the owner’s reputation in the greater marketplace and ghost-writing a book about the journey of aging. Her work has included the re-branding of 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors, a referral service for families considering assisted living and memory care communities, advising them on marketing, communications and business strategy. Cynthia is a Certified Dementia Practitioner working with leading professionals in the field to package and market staff training programs for Alzheimer’s and Dementia care to assisted livings, home care agencies, and the EOEA.

John E. Cupples

John is the founder and former principal of Cupples Associates Consulting, a consulting practice specializing in services to leadership of healthcare organizations including planning, governance effectiveness, electronic medical records strategies enterprise alignment and process improvement strategies. He recently retired as principal.  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 Governance 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.

Patricia M. Hillman

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.

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.

Philip W. Johnston

In 1984, Governor Michael S. Dukakis appointed Phil the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts.  In 1991, Phil served as the Executive Director of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, in Washington, D.C., an organization established by the Kennedy family to continue to carry on Robert F. Kennedy’s work in the field of social justice and human rights in the United States and around the globe.  In 1992, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the New England Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Phil was appointed in 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts. Phil has served on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts since 1998.  In 2002, he was appointed to Chair the Board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.  In addition, Phil is the Board Chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. Phil also sits on the Boards of ConforMIS, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Carroll Center for the Blind, the Tramuto Foundation, Health eVillages, along with the Advisory Board for the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.  In 2012, Phil was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Most recently, Phil was named a trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.  Phil founded and served as Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. 

Martin Williams, M.D.

Dr. Martin J. Williams is Chief of Surgery at Carney Hospital and parishioner at St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Roxbury. He is known for his work and advocacy for quality health care for all, especially the poor and disenfranchised. He has provided kind and compassionate care for many people in the former Columbia Point Housing Project, Health Centers and the Bridge Over Troubled Waters Van, which provide free health care throughout greater Boston.

Dr. Williams is a practicing Surgeon in Dorchester Center, MA. Dr. Williams graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1982 and has been in practice for 37 years. Dr. Williams also specializes in Internal Medicine. He currently practices at Martin J Williams MD and is affiliated with Carney Hospital. Dr. Williams is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Williams also practices at Steward Carney Hospital Inc. in Dorchester, MA.

Peter L. Zane

In 1973, Peter joined the Kryptonite Corporation. Kryptonite’s primary focus was on the development, manufacturing and marketing of bicycle and motorcycle  locks to dealers around the country.  Peter and his brother, Mike and their father, Ernest, collaborated on a design of the K-4 Bike Lock which became the standard in the industry.   The famous K-4 lock won many national and international awards for design excellence. Peter served as the President of the Kryptonite Corporation from 1986 until the sale of the company in 2002.  During his tenure, Kryptonite Corporation sold products in more than 50 countries around the world and transformed itself from a manufacturing company to a marketing company. Kryptonite Locks and the K-4 design are ubiquitous throughout the world.

Today, Peter focuses much of his time on human service not-for-profit activities. As a member of the Board of Directors of Crittenton Women’s Union from 2002 to 2014. Peter was instrumental in the development of the synergies, integration, and execution of the new enterprise – creating economic mobility for women in poverty.

Peter enjoys his long-term affiliation with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care and membership on their Leadership Counsel and Development Committee. He also serves as Chair of Community Servings, a Boston-based not-for-profit that focuses on providing wholesome, medically tailored meals to individuals with serious illnesses.

Peter has been an Overseer and a member of the Finance Committee of Rogerson Communities for over 15 years. In January, 2023, he joined Rogerson’s Board as a Director. He has a personal connection to Rogerson, as his mother, Lilian Zane was a resident at Rogerson House during the last 14 years of her life where she passed at the age of 101. Peter has very fond memories of the staff and her time at Rogerson House.

Peter is an inveterate ‘foodie’ and has been married to Ellen Zane, a renowned national healthcare leader, for over 40 years. Ellen is also an active member of many public, private, and non-profit boards. In 2013, Peter and Ellen Zane were presented with the Charles E. Rogerson Award at Rogerson’s Welcome Home gala.

Peter Zane received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his M.A. degree from Montclair University. He received his J.D. from New England School of Law.

Life Directors

  • Meredith P. Clapp
  • Lawrence S. DiCara, Esq.
  • Paul S. Evans
  • 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