Loraine joined Easterseals in 2015 in her role as President of Easterseals of Greater Waterbury. Prior to this, and for most of her career, she has worked in the Healthcare and Human Services industry for various hospitals (Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, CT Heart Center of Greater Waterbury, and Waterbury Health, Waterbury, CT). Of the 37 years of experience, she has spent 25 years in leadership roles. Loraine came to Easterseals because she wanted the opportunity to provide leadership into future for an organization with an excellent reputation and presence in the community. She says, “Easterseals has been in this community for 60 years and has successfully served the individuals with disabilities and social challenges. Maintaining these services in the greater Waterbury area is critical to the wellbeing of the community. It is a privilege to lead those efforts alongside a strong, caring and creative group of employees.” Loraine believes that being part of an organization that has such a meaningful impact on those we serve and their families as well as interacting with the children and adults we serve, regardless of the setting- is so gratifying. “The services we provide assist in improving independence and quality of life in ways that are too numerous to count!”
Gary Nielsen has been with Easterseals since 2004. He is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Finance. He provides oversight of the Finance Office, IT and Agency Infrastructure. He has over 35 years of professional business experience in accounting, audit, budget development, administration, finance, insurance, policy development, grant management, construction oversight and infrastructure management. Over the course of his career, he has been a Board of Director for 15 Corporations and Foundations, a Trustee for a National Reinsurance Pool and has held the Executive Leadership and Cabinet position of Chief Financial Officer for 18 years. Gary has a long tenure with Easterseals and he “enjoys making a difference in the lives of the individuals and families that we serve on a daily basis in the greater Waterbury area”. He and his wife Nancy live in Woodbury and have two grown children.
Eric has been with Easterseals since 2017. He received a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and an MBA in Healthcare Management and Compliance Law. Eric has proven to be a valuable asset to Easterseals as the Director of Rehabilitation programs and as such, was recently promoted to the Vice President of Programming. He has over 10 years of experience in providing voluntary and professional leadership throughout the Greater Waterbury area including St. Mary’s Hospital, Prospect Soccer Club and local church. He is a visionary leader who believes that everyone’s position is important to the success of the organization. When Eric is not working you can find him hiking, snowboarding, fishing or spending time on Rhode Island beaches with his family.
Board of Directors:
Chairman - Paul Jessell Esq.
Vice Chairwoman - Elizabeth LaCava
Treasurer - Jim Watkowski
Secretary - Robert Stabile
Tamara Nyce, Esq.
James S. Zoldy, Jr.
Mark Dost, Esq.