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.

Chitra Sharma – Chief Financial Officer

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.

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 Organizational Advancement

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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