As SummerWood’s founding Executive Director, Joan Carney is responsible for the administration and operation of all programs at SummerWood, from strategic planning through implementation. She brings a unique combination of clinical and administrative skills to her role as Executive Director.
In addition to her role overseeing all aspects of SummerWood, since 2004 Ms. Carney has played a leading role conceiving of, planning, and supervising SummerWood’s expansion, completed in 2009.
Ms. Carney has been with Hebrew HealthCare, SummerWood’s parent company, since 1995. Prior to becoming Executive Director at SummerWood, she was director of Hebrew HealthCare's Home Health Care Agency (now part of Hebrew Community Services). Ms. Carney also worked for various Visiting Nurse Associations for 12 years, seven of them in a supervisory or management capacity.
In 2012, Ms. Carney became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). In 2009, Ms. Carney was honored with the prestigious Executive Director Hero Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America, (now known as Arentum) for her extraordinary professional service and commitment to senior living residents and their families. Under her leadership, SummerWood is proud to be the recipient of over 46 awards, both at the state and national level.
Ms. Carney began her career as a registered nurse, after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA.
Karen Mudgett, Manager of Operations, has been with SummerWood since 2004. Ms. Mudgett works closely with the Member Services Coordinator while supervising the front desk staff and the volunteer program. Among her other responsibilities, she annually reviews and updates policies and procedures including the three SummerWood handbooks, and assures staff receive the required annual in-services and complete the competencies specific to their departments.
Ms. Mudgett has more than 20 years of experience working with older adults. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation with a concentration in geriatrics and a minor in psychology from Springfield College. In 2013 Ms. Mudgett became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).
Ms. Mudgett was honored by the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) with an Outstanding Resident Service Award in 2014.
Valerie Bartos is the Director of Community Relations and has been with SummerWood since its opening in 2001. In addition to being responsible for the marketing and community outreach needs of the community, Ms. Bartos plays a role in assisting members in all phases of the move-in process.
In 2012, Ms. Bartos became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). She received a Champion Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) in 2010 and an Outstanding Resident Service Award from The Connecticut Assisted Living Association in 2009. Her experience encompasses over 20 years in the senior living field, and she holds a Bachelor degree from UCONN.
Anabela Ferreira, Membership Specialist, has been with SummerWood since 2001. As a manager on the marketing team, Ms. Ferreira’s responsibilities include handling inquiries and conducting tours of SummerWood. She plays a key role in helping new members throughout the moving process, from start to finish, helping them acclimate to their new home. She contributes to advertising development and often represents SummerWood at community events such as senior fairs.
Ms. Ferreira received an honorable mention certificate in 2012 for Outstanding Service and Dedication from LeadingAge Connecticut. She has over 17 years of experience working with older adults and their families. Ms. Ferriera holds a liberal arts degree. In 2013 Ms. Ferreira became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Ms. Ferreira received an Employee of the Year honorable mention certificate from LeadingAge Connecticut in 2012 for her outstanding service and dedication to SummerWood.
Janice Gibson is responsible for the oversight of the Assisted Living Services Agency providing health and personal services at multiple locations in the greater Hartford area. The services are provided to individuals in their homes through a contract agreement between the Agency and Managed Residential Communities (MRC).
Ms Gibson has been with Hebrew Health Care since 2005. Prior to this endeavor she has held multiple supervisory positions including supervisor of assisted living services, clinical supervisor of home health services, director of senior housing, director of senior services and manager of community programs. Ms Gibson has extensive experience in program development and implementation.
Ms Gibson earned a Diploma from the School of Nursing, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA.
Ms. Gibson also serves on the Board of the Connecticut Assisted Living Associations (CALA).
Amanda Sisson, Member Services Coordinator, has been with SummerWood since 2007. Ms. Sisson works closely with the members and their families making sure that all of their needs are met, which means working closely with the Assisted Living Services Agency (ALSA). She is the staff liaison for the Member Council and she arranges educational in-services for family members and caregivers.
In 2012, Ms. Sisson became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Ms. Sisson was honored in 2011 with the Champion for Seniors Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) She began her career in 1999 as a social worker in a nursing home, working with both short and long-term care residents. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Central Connecticut State University.
As the Director of Life Engagement, is responsible for overseeing Life Engagement and Transportation programs and staff. Ms. Miller is also an ambassador to community affiliations and encourages all SummerWood members to enjoy the benefits of our outstanding cultural, fitness and entertaining programs.
Ms. Miller has over 18 years of experience in the field of senior health care and senior living, including 8 years with Hebrew HealthCare and Hoffman SummerWood Community. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Director (TRD) in the state of Connecticut and in 2014 became a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Ms. Miller graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Director of Culinary Services and Executive Chef, Steve Shuman, brings talent and knowledge of kashrut, teamed with his exceptional culinary skills to SummerWood. Mr. Shuman orchestrates a staff of sous chefs and associates who provide fine kosher dining on a daily basis for SummerWood members.
Steve is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and is well known in the greater Hartford area for his successful kosher catering business, Catering by Shuman. Mr. Shuman’s experience also includes lead culinary positions in area restaurants and supplying kosher take out selections for Bishops Corner Big Y.
Ms. Patman joined the SummerWood team after enjoying a highly successful career in the restaurant industry spanning more than 15 years. Her positions as manager and trainer for a major national restaurant company where she was responsible for training various restaurant positions such as hostess, bartender, dishwasher, busser, and prep cook has prepared her well for her current role at SummerWood.
In addition to this experience, Ms. Patman has a strong managerial background with the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) where she managed several inter-district programs and wrote grants to fund various programs such as for the Connecticut Commission of the Arts to improve literacy in one of the Hartford elementary schools.
Jay Bourret is the Facility Manager and has been with SummerWood since 2004. Mr. Bourret’s responsibilities include overseeing both housekeeping and maintenance departments. As the Chairperson of SummerWood’s Safety Committee, Mr. Bourret is committed to keeping the building secure and clean, while also overseeing SummerWood’s comprehensive preventive maintenance program. He played a lead role in the 44,000 square foot expansion of SummerWood, completed in 2009.
Mr. Bourret received the Employee of the Year Award in 2010 from the Connecticut Association of Non-for profit Providers For the Aging (CANPFA), now known as LeadingAge Connecticut. He also received the Outstanding Resident Service Award from The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) in 2009. He is a graduate of New England Technical Institute for HVAC/R and holds State of Connecticut licenses for Sheet Metal, HVAC/R, and Home Improvement. Jay has worked in the HVAC/R and hospitality fields for 24 years.
George Crawford, Assistant Facility Manager, is a key member of the management team. He works closely with the Facility Manager in overseeing both housekeeping and maintenance departments. Mr. Crawford brings over 26 years of plumbing experience in construction and residential work to SummerWood. He holds licenses from the State of Connecticut in both plumbing and heating.
Mr. Crawford trained in the Local 777 Union and was previously was the Assistant Facility Manager at CRT in Hartford, CT. He was involved the building of the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Casino as well as Pfizer Pharmaceutical in Groton, CT.