Our Team

Executive Team

Melissa Davison-Wood - President & CEO

Melissa Davison-Wood

President & CEO

Dew Rosado Torres - Chief Operating Officer

Dew Rosado Torres

Chief Operating Officer

Lori Lodge

VP of Community Outreach and Development

Administrative Team

Amber Boroski

Director of Community Living

Ceara Ladue - Program Manager, Employment Services

Ceara Ladue

Director of Day & Vocational Development

Ruth Morales

Director of Independent Living                  

Lisa Christensen - Director of Leisure & Recreation

Lisa Christensen

Director of Leisure & Recreation

Katherine Hugh

Director of Quality Improvement

Life Enrichment Day & Employment Services

Vanita Barns - Program Manager, Contemporary

Venita Barnes

Program Manager, Life Enrichment

Felicia Freeman - Program Manager, Classic

Felicia Freeman

Program Manager, Life Enrichment

Cara Trajeski - Case Manager – Employment

Cara Trajeski

Program Manager, Vocational Development

Dimitar Tashkovski - Project SEARCH Manager

Dimitar Tashkovski

Project SEARCH Manager

Brianna Martin

Project SEARCH Coordinator

Community Living

Michelle Mahob - Residential Manager, Dolores

Michelle Mahob

Residential Manager, Dolores

Olivia Rentas

Residential Manager, Fenwood

Alicia Rodriguez

Residential Manager, Court St.

Legacy Guinyard

 Residential Manager, Sanford

Stephanie Rodriguez

Residential Manager, Chestnut

Ca'Shema Dempsey - Residential Manager, Bellevue

Ca’Shema Dempsey

Residential Manager, Bellevue

Case Coordination

Officers

Chairperson

Joseph Hausmann
Wright-Pierce

1st Vice Chairperson

Brian Corvo
Holland-Lyme Ventures, LLC

2nd Vice Chairperson

Linda Jo Sanborn
Middlesex Health

Treasurer

Igor Bochenkov
Grassi

Secretary

Joe Santaniello
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce

Immediate Past Chairperson

Joe Knee
Retired Wesleyan University, Parent

Self-Advocate Representative

George Johnson

Directors

Director

Allen Stanwix
Greenwald Industries

Director

Elizabeth Lankarge
Retired, Parent

 



Director

Lynette Coleman
American Heart Association,
L. Coleman Consulting

Director

Lakisha Hyatt
Connecticut Valley Hospital

Director

Larry Gray
Retired Business Owner, Parent

Director

Jay McGuiness
Chelsea Groton Bank

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Melissa Davison-Wood

Melissa Davison-Wood - President and CEO

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President & CEO

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Phone:

860-342-0700 ext 100

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.

Dew Rosado Torres

Dew Rosado Torres - Chief Operating Officer

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Chief Operating Officer

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The newest member of MARC Community Resources’ executive team, Dew Rosado Torres serves as Chief Operating Officer.  He has nearly 20 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders.

 Prior to coming to MARC, Dew held positions as the Senior Director of Developmental Services for Catholic Charities and Director of Employment and Community Services for Easterseals of Greater Waterbury.  Dew began his career as a direct care professional and moved his way up to House Manager, Director, and Senior Director positions. Dew’s expertise is in DDS and DDS compliance, operational processes, quality assurance, training, Therap efficiency, and delivering individual-specific, person-centered programming.

Dew believes the right to live freely, make life choices, and be active members of the community are vital aspects of everyone’s lives, including the individuals we serve.  

 He received his BA from UConn in Psychology and his Master of Human Services from Post University.

 He is actively involved in the community and currently serves as the Board President for the FFXP Foundation, which provides scholarships for underprivileged youth throughout the Greater Waterbury Area. 

Karen Rettenmeier

Karen Rettenmeier - VP of Finance & IT

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VP of Finance & IT

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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

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VP of Human Resources

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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

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VP of Development

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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.

Having received her BSN from Nazareth College, Lori began her career in Nursing.  Now, 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.