Our Unique Nature
Meet Our Team
Board of Directors
Michael J. Smith
President and CEO
Michael has served as Executive Director since 1996 and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Prior to joining the Resource Center staff, he was a Manager with Ernst & Young, LLP in their Health Care Consulting Practice. He has a degree in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College and has taught graduate courses in Health Care Public Policy at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. Michael is a member of the LeadingAge Leadership Cabinet, and a co-facilitator of the LeadingAge Connecticut Leadership Academy. He was a fellow in the 2009 Leadership LeadingAge Academy. He is frequently asked to speak on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care at national and international conferences.
Harry E. Morgan, MD
Dr. Morgan earned his medical degree at the Harvard University Medical School with a specialization in psychiatry. He has practiced for more than 30 years at the Center for Geriatric and Family Psychiatry, Inc. in Glastonbury, CT. Dr. Morgan is an Advisory Board Member for the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Click HERE to read about a study on gerontology and driving, “Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Driving” in which he participated. The research was funded by the MIT Age Lab, The Hartford Financial Services Group, and Connecticut Community Care, Inc.
Eileen O'Connor, BSN, RNC, RYT
Director of Nursing Services
Eileen has been at the Alzheimer's Resource Center since 1998 and she has worked in dementia care since 1988. She consults and educates other long term care providers across the country on innovative programs to transform dementia care. As a Cerified Kripalu Yoga Instructor she is integrating Mindful Stress Reduction Yoga and Meditation to our staff, residents and family care partners.
She is certified in Gerontology and has held several prior appointments here as Director of Infection Control, Director of Quality Assurance and Director of Nursing Services. A graduate of Hunter College, Bellevue School of Nursing, Eileen worked at Bellevue Hospital in medical intensive care and in the operating room at New York University Hospital. She is a Fellow from the 2010 LeadingAge Leadership Academy.
Jennifer Terray, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing
Anne M. McCarty
Director of Human Resources
Anne is responsible for recruiting and hiring, staff recognition programs and employee benefits administration. Her prior experience includes eight years as Human Resource Administrator and Recruiting Coordinator for Ernst & Young, LLP in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to joining the staff, Anne was employed as an adoption social worker for Lutheran Community Services of Southern New England, Inc. She is a graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology.
Shazia Chaudhry, MSW
Director of Community and Family Relations
Shazia is a resource for families coping with a relative with dementia and helps them to connect with community services responsive to their needs. She works extensively with families making decisions about residency at the Center to ensure that their spouse or parent makes a smooth and successful transition from home or from another residential community. Shazia earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and serves on the School of Social Work Alumni Board of Directors as the secretary/treasurer.
Director of Social Services
Jennifer joined The Resource Center in 2003 as the Director of Social Services. She attended Assumption College where she studied Social and Rehabilitation Services and earned her certification in The Gerontology Studies Program. It was her interest in the elderly that brought her back to attend graduate school at Southern Connecticut State University where she received her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Elders and Families. Jennifer works closely with our residents and families to aid them in the transitions of the disease. She is a member of the resident care plan team where she provides assessments in the areas of cognitive staging, mood assessment and overall well-being. She joins the team in the continual assessment of the residents’ needs and aids in implementing necessary interventions for a meaningful experience.
Stephani Shivers, MEd, OTR/L, CDP
Director of Community Innovations
Jenna Weiss, MA R-DMT, LNHA
Director of Learning and Staff Development
Jenna’s passion for advocacy and creativity in promoting opportunities for enhancing the well-being of anyone affected by a changing cognitive perception has brought her teaching throughout the country. Her strengths lie in program development, team building, advocacy, and the arts as a clinician and leader for the past 20 years. As a Dance/Movement Therapist, she infuses education experiences with an integration of new learning and reflection. She continues to be an active agent of change in aging services as an Eden Alternative Associate and Culture Change educator. Jenna has a BS in Education from the University of Maine, Masters from Goucher College, and holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s License from The University of Connecticut Graduate School of Business. She is a fellow of the National LeadingAge Academy class 2015.
Director of Special Projects and Communications
Chelsea is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and is a certified Therapeutic Recreation Director. Chelsea and her team help provide opportunities for engagement and socialization for Day Center Members who live in the local community and respite for their caregivers. She has helped the Day Center receive certification through the Connecticut Association of Adult Day Centers as well as contracting with local agencies to help provide financial assistance for those who qualify. Chelsea is also a fellow in the 2012-2013 Connecticut Leading Age Leadership Academy.
Kim Bumbera, RN
Director of Assisted Living Services
Irena Delahunty, Psy. D.
Irena was appointed Chaplain in 2002 and has enjoyed a long career in Nursing, Psychology and as an Art Therapist. She earned her R.N. at Queens Hospital Center School of Nursing and her Bachelor's degree from Mary Mount Manhattan College. Irena also holds a Master's in Art Therapy from New York University and was awarded her doctorate in Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her interest in pastoral care drew her to Yale Divinity School where she secured a Master's of Divinity and training as a chaplain. While at the Divinity School, Irena also earned a degree in Sacred Theology with a focus on theological arts. She provides pastoral care to residents and their families that has a unique integration of spirituality and art. Residents paint, sculpt and express themselves creatively even as their other capacities diminish. Their art work is on display in the Resource Center's Gallery.
Ann O'Dea, RN
Infection Control Nurse
Ann is a graduate of the Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing and has more than 30 years of experience in long-term care specializing in infection control and wound management. She served as Director of Nurses at the Glendale Center in Naugatuck, CT, and was also employed at the Southington Healthcare Center. Ann is responsible for infection prevention education for staff at the Resource Center and for insuring that staff and residents follow rigorous infection control practices.