Who We Are

Mason Wright Staff

Cathy Laleta Ballini
Executive Director

Bio and photo coming soon!

Jessicalee M. Heredia
Business Office Manager

Bio and photo coming soon!

Rubmod Thorpe-Bailey, LPN, BS, CDPRubmod Thorpe-Bailey, LPN, BS, CDP
Health & Wellness Director

Ruby joined the Mason Wright management team with more than 10 years in the health field.   Along with being an Assisted Living Health & Wellness director, Ruby has worked in the skilled nursing and hospice arenas.  Prior to coming to Mason Wright, Ruby worked locally at Chapin Center Skilled Nursing & Rehab as a floor nurse. 

She has been part of the Mason Wright team for over 14 years and she is passionate and dedicated towards helping others, which never gets old. and her door is always open if you need to know more about the services our Health & Wellness Department offers.

Ruby has a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Maintenance DirectorJerry Kele, CMM
Maintenance Director

Jerry joined Mason Wright with 30+ years of experience managing and directing contractors, maintenance and housekeeping crews of large residential, commercial and recreational properties in New England and along the East Coast.  He is well-versed in all building trades and holds numerous related certifications.  He has worked with some of the nation’s largest property management companies.

Jerry enjoys spending time with his family and has adorable twin grandchildren, Joshua and Noelle, who mean the world to him.  He also enjoys traveling, especially to tropical climates, as well as going to the theater, golfing, biking and bowling.  In the near future Jerry is hopes to be taking ballroom dance lessons with his lady, Valerie.

Jerry attended Springfield Technical Community College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds degrees in Environmental Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health.

He is excited to bring his knowledge and skills to Mason Wright Senior Living and the mission and values it exemplifies.

Sheryl Haraghey
Life Enrichment Director

Bio & photo coming soon!

William Hawkins, MBAWilliam Hawkins, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Bill comes to the Mason Wright Foundation with over 25 years of experience in not-for-profit finance. Bill has extensive experience in leading financial operations teams, budgeting, project financing and financial reporting. He has found it personally rewarding to serve in institutions with strong commitments to their missions. His previous experience includes serving as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Albertus Magnus College and Associate Vice President for Finance at the University of Saint Joseph.

Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and family, including a daughter and 3 stepdaughters, as well as participating in outdoor activities.

Bill has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a Minor in History from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Hartford.

Alan T. Popp, MSAlan T. Popp, MS
Chief Executive Officer
Mason Wright Foundation
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Alan joined Mason Wright in 2008 when the Foundation trustees created the position of Chief Executive Officer. His previous experience includes Head of School/CEO at White Mountain School, a college preparatory school; and Chief Operating Officer at Pine River Institute, a residential treatment center. He has also served as a consultant to more than 200 New England nonprofits, many of them providers of services to seniors, and as a caregiver to a mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s.

He serves on the boards of LeadingAge/Massachusetts, Salvation Army-Citadel Corps, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, OnBoard, Inc., and on the Leadership Council of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire. He also serves as a trustee of Antioch University New England and is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. Previously he served on the campaign cabinet for the United Way of Pioneer Valley.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of volunteer members and the Chief Executive Officer.

John Morse, Chair
President & Publisher, Merriam-Webster (Retired)

Alan Popp, M.S., President & CEO
President & CEO, Mason Wright Foundation

Allison Ebner, Vice President
Director, Member Relations, Employers Association of the Northeast

Susan McCoy, J.D., Secretary
Partner, Halloran Sage

Jeff Sattler, Treasurer
Senior VP, Liberty Bank

Kathi Donahue
Senior VP, Polish National Credit Union

Emily Leonczyk
Executive VP & COO The Markens Group

Carlton Pickron
Vice President Student Affairs, Westfield State University (Retired)


Our Board of Corporators is responsible for helping to preserve and promote the mission of our sponsor organization, Mason Wright Foundation. Corporators fulfill their responsibilities through advocacy, electing trustees, and voting on proposed changes to the bylaws. Many Corporators also serve on Board committees.

We are proud to have the following business, professional and community leaders on the Board of Corporators:

Michelle Abdow – Principal, Market Mentors
Judge William Abrashkin – Executive Director, Springfield Housing Authority
Susan Alston, Principal, Philanthropy Guild
Manny Andrade – Senior Vice President, People’s United Bank (Retired)
Grace Barone – President, ERC5 Chamber
Maura Brennan, MD – Director Geriatrics Consultation, Baystate Geriatric Medicine
Maegan Brooks, J.D. – Attorney, The Law Firm of Maegan Brooks
Thomas Burton – President & CEO, Hampden Bank (Retired)
Richard Cabral – Administrator, Wingate at Wilbraham
M. Trant Campbell, J.D. – Attorney, Annino, Draper & Moore
Sr. Mary Caritas – CEO, Mercy Hospital (Retired)
Janet P. Cartier, RN – Pediatric Nurse, Shriners Hospital (Retired)
Charles Casartello, Jr., Esq. – Attorney, Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley
Helen Caulton-Harris – Director, Division of Health & Human Services, Springfield
Tony Cignoli – President, A. L. Cignoli Company
Bob Clarke – President, Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana (Ret.)
Dawn Creighton – Regional Director of Membership, Assoc., Industries of MA
Mark Cress – Attorney, Bulkley Richardson
Frank Crinella – Senior Vice President & Group Manager, TDBank
Hyman Darling, Esq. – Attorney, Bacon & Wilson
Naren Dhamodharan – President, GDA Assisted Living Consultants
Kerry Dietz, AIA – Principal, Dietz & Company Architects
John Discenza, LLM – Attorney, Martinelli & Discenza
Russell Denver – HR Client Advisor, FieldEddy
Beth deSousa, CPA, CVA – Director of Audit, Moriarty & Primack
Antonio Dos Santos, Esq. – Attorney, CREAR, Chadwell, Dos Santos, & Devlin
Brenda Doherty, J.D., LL.M. – Attorney, Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy
Mary Beth Dowd – Director, Clinical Services, Greater Springfield Senior Services
Robin Dowd Zatony – Broker/Owner, Dowd Realty Group
Henry Downey – Commercial Lender, AVP, Chicopee Savings Bank
Tracy Duncan, J.D. – Attorney, Law Office of Tracy Duncan
Valerie Dulude, MSN, RN, LFD – Funeral Director, Dickinson-Streeter
Allison Ebner – Director, of Member Relations, Employers Association the Northeast
Melvin Edwards – City Councilor, City of Springfield
Michele Feinstein, J.D., LLM – Attorney, Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin
Michael Fenton, Esq. – City Councilor
John J. Ferriter, Esq. – Attorney, Ferriter & Ferriter
James Ferry, MSW, LICSW – President, Coaching Caregivers
Jeff Fialky, Esq. – Attorney, Bacon & Wilson
Rev. Bridget Fidler – Pastor, First Church of Christ, Congregational/Suffield
Mark E. Flowers – Pastor, Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Robert Fratar – Attorney, Fratar, Kern & Kelly
Paul Fritz – General Manager, Masslive.com
Thomas P. Frodema – President, The Appraisal Group
Ken Furst – President, Momentum Group
Debbie Gardner – Editor, Prime Magazine
James Garvey – Self-Employed
Robert J. Greeley – President, R.J. Greeley Company
Pat Grenier – Principal, BRR/Grenier Financial Advisors
Samuel Hanmer – President, FieldEddy Insurance
Mickey E. Harris, Esq. – Attorney, Hare, Stamm & Harris
Mary Anne Herron, Ed.D – Director of Special Projects, Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Frederick Hurst, Esq. – Publisher, African-American Point of View
Ronn Johnson – President & CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services
Denise R. Jordan – Executive Director, Springfield Housing Authority
David Kalicka, CPA – Partner, Meyers Brothers Kalicka
Kate Kane – Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual
Thea Katsounakis – Vice President Philanthropic Management, Bank of America (Retired)
Richard Kos – Mayor, City of Chicopee
Emily Leonczyk – Executive Vice President, The Markens Group
Kathleen Lingenberg – Consultant, Community Outcomes 
Morton Lynn, M.D. – New England Orthopedic Surgeons (Retired)
Paul Marchese – Senior Vice President, St. Germain Investments
Judith Matt – President, Spirit of Springfield
Michelle McAdaragh – Associate Executive Director, HAP Housing
Sue McCoy, Esq. – Attorney, Cooley Shrair
Will Miller – Auctioneer, Shamrock Auctions
Steve Mitus – Executive Vice President & CFO, Balise
John M. Morse – President & Publisher, Merriam-Webster (Retired)
Natalia Muñoz – Senior Partner, Dewberry Muñoz Communications
Wonda Murphy – President, City Enterprises, Inc.
Diane Nadeau – President, Action Business Services
Adrienne Osborn – Program Manager, Women’s Correctional Center
Nora Burke Patton – Executive Director, World Is Our Classroom
Archbishop Timothy Paul – Holy Communion of Churches
Melinda Pellerin-Duck – Director of Vocation Training, MCDI
Rus Peotter – President & General Manager, WGBY- Public TV for Western MA
Carlton Pickron, Ed. D. – Vice President, Student Affairs, Westfield State University
Alan Popp, M.S. – CEO, Mason Wright Foundation
Arlene Putnam – Consultant, Putnam Associates
Laurie Rosner, MBA – Chair, Undergraduate Business Programs, Bay Path University
Jeff Sattler – Senior Vice President, Savings Institute Bank & Trust
Ben Scranton, RCE, e-Pro – Executive Vice President, REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (Retired)
Kevin Sears – Broker/Owner, Sears Real Estate
Elizabeth Sillin, J.D. – Attorney, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas
James Spinelli, CLU, ChFC – Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual
Cheryl Stanley, Ed.D. – Dean, Department of Education, Westfield State University
Fred Steinman – President, Valpak
Paul Stelzer – President, Appleton Corporation
William F. Steplar – William F. Steplar Financial Services
Marc Sternick – Principal, Marc Sternick Architect
William F. Steplar – William F. Steplar Financial Services
Tina Stevens – Principal & Creative Director, Stevens 470
Eileen Sullivan, SSJ – Outreach Minister, St. Michael’s Cathedral
Michael Tarby – Vice-President, PIP Printing & Marketing Services
Henry Thomas – President, Urban League of Springfield
James Tourtelotte, Esq. – Managing Partner, Robinson, Donovan (Retired)
Robin Lyn Treger – Singer/Songwriter
Sabrina Woodgett – Director, Relationship Management Retirement Services, MassMutual (Retired)
Walter Woodgett – Financial Representative, B&L Financial Architects/OneAmerica
Victor Wooldridge – Vice President, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC
Tyler F. Young – CEO, W.F. Young

Note: Members of the Board of Trustees are also Corporators.

Members of our Professional Advisors Board are selected for their accomplishments and reputation in one or more of the following professions: CPA, elder law attorney, estate planning attorney and financial advisor.

We are proud to have the following professionals serve on this Board:

Public Accountants

Beth deSousa – Moriarty & Primack, Springfield
Paul Federici – Paul Federici & Associates, Inc., Longmeadow
David Kalicka – Meyers Brothers Kalicka, Holyoke
Jay O’Brien, President – J.M. O’Brien & Company, Springfield

Elder Law Attorneys

Gina Barry – Bacon Wilson, Springfield
David G. Carlson – Law Office of David Carlson, East Longmeadow
Marcia Hess – Kraner & Hess, Avon
Carol Cloe Klyman, Attorney – Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, Springfield
Karen Jackson – Jackson & Torrone, Holyoke
Sue McCoy – Cooley & Shrair, Springfield
Doug Peterson – Law Firm of Douglas R. Peterson, East Longmeadow

Estate Planning Attorneys

Brenda Doherty – Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, Springfield
Hyman Darling – Bacon & Wilson, Springfield
John Discenza – Martinelli & Discenza, Longmeadow
Robert Fratar, Attorney – Fratar, Kern & Kelly, Springfield
Michele Feinstein – Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, Springfield
John Ferriter – Ferriter & Ferriter, Holyoke
William Hart – Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, Springfield
Richard Kos, Attorney – Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, Springfield
Gus Large, Attorney – Law Office of Gus Large, South Windsor
Shannon McCarthy – Kenny Brimmer & Mahoney, Wethersfield
Todd Ratner – Bacon Wilson, Springfield
Elizabeth Sillin – Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, Springfield
Michael Simolo – Robinson Donovan, Springfield
David Webber – Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, Springfield
Ron Weiss – Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, Springfield

Financial Advisors

Chris Borowiec, Sr VP US Trust, Hartford/Springfield
Geoffrey Croteau, CLTC – Charter Oak/MassMutual, Farmington/Holyoke
Simone Cunningham, CFP – Moriarty & Primack
Sweyden Dibble – Charles Schwab & Co, South Windsor 
David Gerrol, LTCI Specialist – ACSIA, West Hartford
Pat Grenier – BRP/Grenier Financial Advisors, Springfield
Timberly Grout, Employee-Owner and VP – Trust Company of Vermont
Sam Hanmer – FieldEddy Insurance, East Longmeadow
Kate Kane – Northwestern Mutual, Springfield
David Lusteg, CFP, – Sr. Director Merrill Lynch, Springfield
Werner Maiwald – Renaissance Advisory Services, Wilbraham
Paul Marchese, Sr VP – St. Germain Investments, Hartford/Springfield
Pete Miller – Millbrook Benefits & Insurance, Springfield
Donald Mitchell – Northwestern Mutual
James Spinelli, CLU, ChFC – Northwestern Mutual, Springfield
William Steplar – AspenCross, Northampton
Thomas Sullivan – Morgan Stanley, West Hartford
Daniel Tarbell – Ameriprise, East Hartford
Matthew Woods Weber, CFP – Medallion Wealth Advisors, Farmington

Geriatric Care Managers

Kathleen Bowen, MEd, GCM – Geriatric Solutions & Management, Holyoke
Joanne Craven Dunn,RN, C BSN – Geriatric Solutions & Management, Holyoke
Jim Ferry – Coaching Caregivers, Northampton
Liz Kapitulik, MSW – Clinical Case Management, Northampton

Geriatric Care – Financial Services

Phil Rischall – Family Care Consulting, Rocky Hill

Long Term Care Insurance

Tricia Rapacki, ChFC – Edward Jones Investments, East Windsor, CT


Marc Sternick, Principal – Marc Sternick Architect, Florence

Family Photographers

Michael Epaul – Michael Epaul Photography, Springfield
John Garaventa Garaventa Photography, Manchester

Reverse Mortgages

Mark Harrington – Horizon Home Mortgages, Windsor