Our Team

Executive Team

Melissa Davison-Wood - CEO of MARC Community Resources

Melissa Davison-Wood

President & CEO

Lori Lodge - VP of Development

Lori Lodge

VP of Community Outreach and Development

Administrative Team

Asia Allen - Sr. Director of Residential Services

Asia Allen

Sr. Director of Residential Services

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Mylene Wynn

Director of Residential Services

Amber DeFelice - Director of Day Services

Amber DeFelice

Director of Life Enrichment Day Services

Lori-Ann Hoberman - Director of Employment Services

Lori-Ann Hoberman

Director of Employment Services

Lisa Christensen - Director of Leisure Services

Lisa Christensen

Director of Leisure & Recreation

Life Enrichment Day Services

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Katherine Hugh

Sr. Case Manager, Life Enrichment

Venita Barnes - Transportation Scheduling Coordinator

Venita Barnes

Program Manager, Contemporary

Felicia Freeman - Program Manager - Classic DSO

Felicia Freeman

Program Manager, Classic

Sahrina Niro - Case Manager - Contemporary DSO

Sahrina Niro

Case Manager, Life Enrichment

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Nicole Silas

Case Manager, Life Enrichment


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Ceara Ladue

Program Manager, Employment Services

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Dimitar Tashkovski

Project SEARCH Manager

Cara Trajeski - Case Manager - Employment

Cara Trajeski

Case Manager – Employment

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Dayvon Neal

Case Manager – Employment & IHS

Community Living

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Christine Coombs

 Residential Manager, Dolores

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Jovon Ellison

Residential Manager, Fenwood

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Nicole Johnson

Residential Manager, Court St. & IHS

MarQuasha Osborne - Residential Manager of M1

MarQuasha Osborne

Residential Manager, Sanford

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Residential Manager, Chestnut

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Ca’Shema Dempsey

Residential Manager, Bellevue



Joe Knee
Wesleyan University, Parent

1st Vice Chairperson

Joseph Hausmann

2nd Vice Chairperson

Brian Corvo
Holland-Lyme Ventures, LLC


Igor Bochenkov
Marcum LLP


Joe Santaniello
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce

Immediate Past Chairperson

Rich Knotek

Self-Advocate Representative

George Johnson



Courtney Becher
Wesleyan University


Linda Jo Sanborn
Middlesex Health​


Allen Stanwix
Greenwald Industries


Elizabeth Lankarge
Retired, Parent


Lynette Coleman
American Heart Association,
L. Coleman Consulting


Lakisha Hyatt
Connecticut Valley Hospital


Jay McGuiness
Chelsea Groton Bank

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Melissa Davison-Wood

Melissa Davison-Wood - President & CEO


President & CEO



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The newest member of MARC Community Resources’ Executive Team, Melissa Davison-Wood, joined the organization in the fall of 2021. Melissa has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and co-occurring illnesses.

Before joining MARC, Melissa was the Senior Director of Developmental Services for Catholic Charities- Archdiocese of Hartford. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked at every level, starting in residential programs and eventually holding higher management positions. Melissa has focused on learning the industry, agency operations, and best practices to ensure her community’s well-being, health and to encourage productive lives.

She firmly believes that all individuals, regardless of diagnosis, must be active, respected, and contributing members of their communities. They deserve to advocate for their own beliefs and be empowered to lead their own lives.

Melissa received a Bachelor of Criminology from the University of Tampa and a Master of Human Services degree concentrating in Clinical Counseling from Post University. Melissa is also a graduate of Dale Carnegie’s Leadership Management Program.

When not at MARC, you can find Melissa spending time with her two children and husband at the hockey rink.

Karen Rettenmeier

Karen Rettenmeier - VP of Finance & IT


VP of Finance & IT



Karen Rettenmeier has been with MARC Community Resources since December 2012. She began her journey here with over 35 years of management experience working for Connecticut-based nonprofit organizations. 

Karen has held management positions in Finance, IT, Human Resources, and Business Management, all within organizations supporting the vital work of caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and residents of long-term care facilities. 

She attended Becker College and Eastern Connecticut State University, majoring in Art, Accounting, and Nonprofit Management. 

Karen resides in Ashford, Connecticut, with her husband and has two children and a grandson. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and art when not in the office.

Donnalynn Notaro

Donnalynn Notaro - VP of Human Resources


VP of Human Resources



Donnalynn Notaro, MARC’s most extended executive team member, serves as the Vice President of Human Resources. 

She joined MARC in 1995 as a Residential Manager and, in 1997, was promoted to run the Human Resources department. She has been in her current role since March 1, 2004. 

Donnalynn graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Sociology. She has worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in various roles for over 35 years. 

Donnalynn resides in Wethersfield and has two daughters. She enjoys spending time with them and her family and looks forward to their Rhode Island vacations every summer.

Lori Lodge

Lori Lodge - VP of Development


VP of Development



Lori Lodge is a development professional who analyzes the needs of an organization and then develops a coherent strategic plan that helps move the organization forward. Through storytelling, she helps bring the mission and the organization’s needs to life. Her dedication to building strong relationships and meeting the philanthropic needs of donors, community partners, and funders is the key to her success.

With more than 20 years in non-profit leadership in Development and 15 years in private sector leadership, Lori is a visionary leader and strong team player. She is respected for her trustworthy voice in decision-making, organizational skills, and consensus-building. She has established her spot as a respected team and community member.

Lori has returned to MARC Community Resources after leading the Development Office of the Northern Middlesex YMCA. She successfully grew all campaign contributions and foundation and grant funding to unprecedented levels during her tenure. With a focus on educating donors on various giving options, she successfully aligns donors’ philanthropic wishes with giving vehicles.

Giving back to the community is in Lori’s blood. Lori is a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Middletown, where she has served as President of the Club, and a longtime member of the Middlesex United Way’s Women’s Initiative, where she has served as Chairwoman and on the Board of Directors. She is currently the Chairperson of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Ambassador program. She has served on the oversight committee for a nature preserve in her hometown for more than 20 years.

In her spare time, Lori enjoys traveling with her husband. When her two children are in town, she enjoys playing board games and hiking with them and her husband.