CALA, Advocating for and Informing you about Assisted Living in Connecticut.


The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA), formed in 1995 as Connecticut’s own Assisted Living trade association, promotes and supports both its assisted living provider and associate members through education, strong and active committee work, a regular schedule of industry specific programming, a recurrent calendar of thematic seminars, a quarterly newsletter, legislative and public policy advocacy, and an annual day long conference conveniently held in central Connecticut.

CALA is the only state Assisted Living association to collaborate with, the Hartford Courant, a major media outlet to produce an annual consumer resource guide about Assisted Living.



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    Lyman Orchards Golf Course, Middlefield

    Join us!
    Wednesday, September 28th
    Lyman Orchards
    Robert Trent Jones Signature Course

    11:45 Registration and Lunch
    1:00 Shotgun
    6:30 Cocktails, Dinner & Raffle Prizes



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    8;30 AMMasonicare at Ashlar Village, 74 Cheshire Road, Wallingford

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    Join us!
    Friday, October 7, 2016
    Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 am
    Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Masonicare at Ashlar Village, 74 Cheshire Road, Wallingford


    Registration fee of $40, payable to Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut.
    To register, go to or call 860-828-2828. Please register by October 3.
    For more information, call 888-679-9997 or visit


    Kelly Papa, MSN, RN is Corporate Director of Learning at Masonicare. She has researched, published and presented on topics including building learning organizations, creativity in staff development, person-centered care, dementia care, leading change and leadership development. In 2013 Kelly chaired the Workforce Development Committee for the State of CT Task Force on AD and Dementia.

    Pamela Atwood, MA, CDP, CADDCT, CLL is a gerontologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is Director of Dementia Care Services at Hebrew HealthCare in West Hartford and founder of Aging Care Academy. She loves teaching, laughing, learning and finding ways for individuals and families to live better with dementia. She is a certified Dementia Practitioner, a Dementia Capable Care Provider and a (seriously) Certified Laughter Leader.

    Carolyn DeRocco is Vice President of Programs and Education at the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. She is a member of the WCAAA advisory council and a member of the Connecticut Geriatric Society. She has over 20 years’ experience as a Therapeutic Recreation Director and a support group leader working with individuals diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers.

    Erica DeFrancesco, MS, OTR/L is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. Her areas of expertise include geriatrics and mental health. She consults with local nursing homes to improve care provided to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.

    Donna Fedus, MA is a gerontologist and founder of Borrow My Glasses® which focuses on “Aging and Caregiving from a New Perspective.” With a Master’s degree in Social Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania and a passion for dementia care, Donna has worked with and on behalf of older adults for 25 years as a gerontologist, trainer, community educator, organizational consultant, program developer and caregiver coach.

    Kerry Mills, MPA, is the founder and president of Engaging Alzheimer’s LLC. She has had many opportunities to share her expertise and vision here in the U.S. as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. She co-authored I Care – A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia and most recently authored Serving Residents with Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers.

    Henry Schneiderman, MD is the Palliative Care Physician Champion at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He has practiced and taught geriatrics since 1990, on a background of anatomic pathology and internal medicine. He has also taught seminars in poetry and in literature and medicine, often in tandem with his wife, to medical students, nursing home residents, and pharmacists among others.

    Ronald Schwartz, MD, FACP, is Medical Director at Masonicare Health Center and Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services for Masonicare. Board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative care medicine, he joined Masonicare in 1995.

    Geri Taylor, MPH, RN is a member of the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association National Early-Stage Advisory Group. She is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Public Health and 45 years’ working experience as a public health nurse, hospital executive and published researcher. Geri was featured in the New York Times cover story this past May titled Fraying at the Edges.


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CALA 20th Anniversary Conference and Trade Show

The following people were honored as long-time industry leaders and those involved with the original work group who developed Connecticut’s Assisted Living Regulations with CALA.

For their long-time service in the field of Aging and Senior Housing

Karen Anderson
Lawrence Apple
Tom Grape
Thomas Gutner
Dorothy Giannini-Meyers
Jennifer Rannestad

For their involvement with, the original work group, which developed Connecticut’s Assisted Living Regulations

Victoria Carlson, RN
Donna Canalis, RN
Wendy Furniss, RN
George C, Prouty, Jr.
David Vail

On the occasion of CALA’s 20th Anniversary, CALA wishes to gratefully acknowledge the following:

CALA’s Founding Officers
Karen Anderson, Chair
George C. Prouty, Jr., Vice Chair
Jennifer Rannestad, Treasurer
Martha Everett Meng, Esq., Secretary

CALA Board Chairs
1995-1999 Karen Anderson
1999-2000 George C. Prouty, Jr.
2001-2002 Michael P. Cicchese
2003-2004 Dorothy G iannini Meyers
2005-2006 M. David Vail
2007-2008 Thomas Gutner
2009-2010 Laurie Heintz
2011-2012 Eleonora Tornatore Mikesh
2013-2014 J.P. Venoit
2015-2016 Randy Phillips

CALA SALSA Committee Chairs
Carol Robinson, RN
Deborah Erickson, RN
Joann Cardullo, RN
Jo Anne Kuncas, RN
Angela Carrano, RN
Carole Bergeron, RN, PhD
Marylyn Kusek, RN
Deb Lavallee, RN
Co-Chairs – Janice Gibson, RN, Arlene Parmalee, RN

ALSA License #1 issued to
Whitney Center

CALA’s Legal Partners
Murtha Cullina LLP, Jackson Lewis LLP

CALA’s Government Relations Partner
Gaffney Bennett & Associates

For Innovations in Assisted Living
United Methodist Homes – CALA Award Recipient Leader
Tower One/Tower East – National Leader of US HUD ALCP Grants
Benchmark Senior Living – Benchmark One Company Fund
Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Care Collaboration in Caring – The Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter

CALA’s National Advocacy Partner

CALA’s Education Partner
Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE)

CALA’s Business Benefits Partner
Senior Services Partnership LLC

2015 CALA Annual and Best Practices Awards

Presented at CALA’s 20th Annual Meeting of the Membership and Awards Dinner, December 2, 2015

Distinguished Service Award
Catherine Duncan, Maplewood at Stony Hill

Humanitarian Award
Vidya Teredesai, The Greens at Cannondale

Young Leader of the Year Award
Sanela Kazic, Maplewood Senior Living

Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award
Lillian Hillman, Hoffman SummerWood Community

Board Chair Award
Eleonora Tornatore Mikesh, The Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter


Best Practices Award – Resident Care
The Atrium at Rocky Hill – Delivering Resident – Centered Programs in Memory Care

Best Practices Award – Managed Residential Services
The Watermark at East Hill – Boy Scout Camp Out

Best Practices Award – Managed Residential Services
Cedar Mountain Commons

Best Practices Award – Marketing
Hoffman SummerWood Community –SummerWood’s Pages of Memories

Best Practices Award – Staff Recruitment and Retention
United Methodist Homes – Mission, Values & You

2014 CALA Annual and Best Practices Awards

Presented at CALA’s 19th Annual Meeting of the Membership and Awards Dinner, December 3, 2014

Distinguished Service Award
Mary Underwood, Maplewood Senior Living

Humanitarian Award
Ginny Brown, Middlewoods of Farmington

Young Leader of the Year Award
Lisa Costantini, Coachman Square at Woodbridge

Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award
Col. John Chiarella, Village at East Farms

Board Chair Award
Jo Anne Kuncas, RN, MS, RN-BC, CMC, Cedar Mountain Commons

Media Award
United Methodist Homes

Best Practices Award – Resident Care
Maplewood Senior Living

Best Practices Award – Managed Residential Services
Crosby Commons

Best Practices Award – Managed Residential Services
Cedar Mountain Commons

Best Practices Award – Marketing
Hoffman SummerWood Community

Best Practices Award – Staff Recruitment and Retention
Coachman Square at Woodbridge