Mary (Costigan) Wassel, LMSW, LNHA
Director of ProCare
Before joining LeadingAge NY, Mary Wassel has been active in the healthcare field for over 20 years; with her focus being in Long Term Care services. She received her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s in Social Work from Syracuse University with a certificate in Gerontology. Mary has worked in a spectrum of aging services from Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, Home Care, Hospice and Skilled Nursing. Mary has been actively engaged with DSRIP, Value Based Program initiatives, Palliative care, Quality Measure workgroups as well as other quality initiative programs including GOLDStamp, ETTA and implementation of the INTERACT program.
Elliott Frost, LMSW
Senior Policy Analyst/ProCare Consultant
Before joining LeadingAge NY, Elliott Frost was employed by the New York State Department of Health as a senior social work consultant in the Division of Quality and Surveillance for Nursing Homes and ICF/MRs. In that capacity, he was responsible for numerous aspects of survey, complaint, enforcement and quality assurance activities. He provided guidance and assistance to providers, professional associations, advocacy groups and other state and federal agencies. Elliott also served as interim director of the statewide Centralized Complaint Program and director of the Criminal History Record Check Program.
Karen Puglisi, BSN, MHN, LNHA, RAC-CT
Policy Analyst/ProCare Consultant
Karen Puglisi is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Karen has 40 years of experience in the healthcare field, 24 of them in long term care. She held a variety of management positions including Case Management, MDS Coordination, Quality Assurance, and the Director of Nursing. Karen also has taken an active role in the education and staff development employees. Her background has provided her with a strong regulatory and clinical experience.
Dawn Carter, RN
Dawn Carter is a registered nurse with 28 years of experience in healthcare, 25 years of which have been in long term care. Dawn has held the positions of ADON, Nurse Manger, Nursing Supervisor, MDS Coordinator, Staff Education and Development, Employee Health, and Infection Control including Antibiotic Stewardship. She has been actively involved with policy and procedure development, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.
Judy Bailey, RN
Judy Bailey, RN, has worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years in hospital, long-term care and public health settings, physicians offices, with the developmentally disabled, in the hospice setting and as a legal nurse consultant. She worked in a 199-bed county nursing home for 18 years, filling a variety of nurse management and administrative positions, including RN supervisor, clinical assistant director of nursing, and for a 10-year period, as director of nursing for the 165-member nursing department. She also served as Acting Administrator in that facility for a six month period. Judy currently works as Director of Quality Management for a 15-bed critical access hospital campus that includes an 82-bed nursing home and two family health care centers. Judy has worked as a per diem consultant for ProCare since 2000. She has conducted mock surveys, leadership training, "Director of Nursing 101" courses, PRI assessment and training, MDS training education, staffing analysis, team building programs, and pressure ulcer program evaluation and education. She has assisted facilities in writing plans of correction and directed plans of correction, provided directed in-services and assisted facilities in addressing immediate jeopardy situations.
Carla Barberis-Ryan, RN, MS
Carla Barberis-Ryan is a registered nurse with 29 years of clinical experience. She has worked in the areas of long term care, assisted living, acute care, office-based practice, occupational health, community health and nursing education. Carla has held leadership positions that have included Director of Nursing in long term care, Administrative Director for several hospital outreach services, Director of Nursing for Clinical Practice, and Director of Nursing for Ambulatory Services. Her educational background consists of a MS degree in Nursing and a MS degree in Health Services Administration. Carla is a long-standing member of Sigma Theta Tau, International.
Kristin Breese, BSN, RN, CPC, RAC-MT, QCP-MT
Kristin has been in long term care since 1985 in multiple clinical and operational capacities including MDS and reimbursement since the early 90's. Her focus with ProCare is MDS, RUG management, reimbursement, PDPM and supporting documentation.
She is currently a Certified Professional Coder (AAPC), one of only a handful of OASIS Master Trainers and a master teacher for both AANAC (RAC-CT and QAPI programs) and AHRQ (TeamSTEPPS). Her years in education make her training sessions much more than just a transfer of information, but a long term supportive relationship with those who have attended programs. She has spoken locally as well as nationally on a variety of clinical and reimbursement topics, has published articles and co-authored an ICD10 systems book. Holding multiple RN licenses in various states allows her to assist clients in federal and state regulation compliance. Kristin is currently pursuing her master’s degree in patient quality and safety.
Philip Mehl, LMSW, NHA, RAC-CT
Philip Mehl, LMSW, NHA has worked in health care for over 25 years. As a Social Worker he has been a Director of Social Services Departments in urban and rural nursing homes. He also has experience working in acute care, medical surgical units, emergency departments and trauma centers. Philip did his undergraduate studies in Social Work at New York University and obtained his MSW from Columbia University. He received his Nursing Home Administrator's License in 2008 and has overseen 2 facilities in upstate New York that he brought to or maintained 5 Star status on the Medicare.gov website. He is a counselor for an Employee Assistance Program and had been a ProCare Consultant for LeadingAge since 2010. Philip brings to his work a strong focus on Person Centered Care, workplace culture, and sustaining quality initiatives through communication, systems enhancement, and root cause analysis.
Phyllis Rosenberger, RN, MSN
Phyllis Rosenberger is an experienced RN with 40 years of experience, concentrating in geriatrics. She is an experienced director of nursing with a strong regulatory and clinical background. A certified nurse educator, she is passionate about nursing education with her MS in nursing education, and has presented in numerous educational forums. She has worked with the School of Public Health in Albany in both GoldSTAMP and the epidemiology programs. Phyllis has an extensive interest in nursing informatics and conversion to electronic medical record, as well as training for nursing leadership.
Gail Weinstein, MS, LNHA, CTRS
Gail Weinstein, MS, LNHA, CTRS is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified therapeutic recreation specialist. For more than 30 years, Gail's long-term care experience has ranged from a hands-on recreation therapist to supervisory and administrative positions. As Vice President of Community Health Services, Gail was responsible for the creation, development, implementation and oversight of three Alzheimer's adult day health care programs, a long-term home health care program and an in-house day care program for nursing home residents with dementia. She is co-author of a chapter entitled "Approaches to Special Programming" published in Dementia: Issues in Nursing Home Care. Since February, 2001 Gail has provided long-term care and adult day health care consulting services, through ProCare, conducting mock surveys, assisting facilities with POCs and DPOCs, and training staff in areas of accident prevention, documentation, behavior management, therapeutic programming, leadership/management skills and quality assurance.