The Rev. Herbert B. Taylor, President

The Rev. Herbert B. Taylor is the President of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College (magna cum laude), MBA from Harvard Business School, and Master’s of Divinity from Boston University (summa cum laude). 

Herb’s business experience is in management consulting where he worked for Arthur D. Little, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  While at Arthur D. Little, Inc., he became a Senior Consultant involved in strategic planning, organizational development, merger and acquisition advice, and marketing direction for major U.S. and multinational corporations. 

As a pastor he was at the Wilmington United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Massachusetts.  This church grew by 300 in average attendance during the seven years Herb served as its pastor.  He chaired the Visioning Task Force for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church to develop a vision for ministry for its 600 churches and a plan for implementation.  Herb has also taught Pastoral Leadership at Boston University.  During the last fifteen years, he has led mission trips to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Haiti, Kentucky, New York City and rural Maine.

Herb has been with Deaconess Abundant Life Communities since 2002.  He has strategically grown the organization over that time and looks forward to continuing growth.  He is married with two sons and remains active in churches, preaching and working with youth.

Christopher Sintros, President and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Religious Studies as well as a certificate in the Gerontological Studies Program.  He attended graduate school at Miami University, Oxford Ohio where he earned his Masters of Gerontological Studies, with a focus in long term care administration, as well as his nursing home administrator’s license.  His master’s capstone project was completed in conjunction with a Mass ALFA survey and focused on the variability of acuity levels in assisted living communities. Following graduation, Christopher joined Genesis Eldercare where he served for four years as an Executive Director of an 80 unit assisted living community followed by four years as the administrator of a 126 bed skilled nursing facility. Chris joined the Newbury Court Commmunity as Executive Director in 2008 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in August of 2014. 

Kevin Comick, Chief Operating Officer

During more than 20 years in health care, Mr. Comick has served as the Executive Director of several Massachusetts rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers including Goddard House and Courtyard. During that time he managed major expansion and renovation projects and opened a new nursing home. Mr. Comick was the Regional Vice President of Operations for two different skilled nursing organizations where he oversaw the operations of multiple locations. He is an honors graduate of Bentley College, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.

James McGowan, Chief Financial Officer

Jim received a BS in Accountancy from Bentley University and joined a regional CPA firm specializing in health care. He became a Certified Public Accountant while at the firm and returned to Bentley University and earned a Master in Business Administration. He left public accounting to become controller and subsequently Chief Financial Officer of a rapidly growing international medical recruitment and employment firm with multiple international and stateside offices. For the next fifteen years he held CFO and VP roles in non-profit health care organizations with both financial and operational responsibility. The non-profit organizations focus included internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, outpatient mental health, inpatient obstetrics, long-term care and outpatient rehabilitation. Jim joined the New England Deaconess Association in 2014.

Nancy Marzilli, Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Engagement

Nancy Marzilli is the Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Engagement for Deaconess Abundant Life Communities.  She has corporate responsibility for the design, development and implementation of policies, procedures and programs that enable Deaconess to remain competitive and a leader in our industry.

Nancy is a proactive Human Resources professional with over 25 years experience operating as a business partner with extensive experience in developing human resources policies and programs for global operations.  She has broad generalist experience with working and consulting in large and small high-tech companies and healthcare organizations in the areas of human resources strategy development, performance management, executive and employee compensation, training and development, recruitment, and employment relations.

Nancy received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Assumption College, Worcester. She is a member of the New England Human Resources Association, the Society of Human Resources Management, and is a Board member of Cooperative Elder Services.


Sharon Buehrle, Interim Marketing Consultant

Sharon Buehrle has over 30 years of experience in the aging services field in marketing and operations.  She has served as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Benchmark Assisted Living and Genesis Elder Care Services where she was responsible for sales and marketing activity for acquired and newly developed communities.  In addition, Sharon has held roles as Executive Director, assuming full responsibility for the daily oversight of communities.  She has experience with troubled communities and has been successful implementing turn-around strategies.  She is a member of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Massachusetts.  Sharon is past President of the Concord Chamber of Commerce.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Delaware and is a licensed Massachusetts Nursing Home Administrator.  She came to Deaconess in 2001 as the Executive Director for Newbury Court and was in the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Deaconess Abundant Life Communitiesfor over 6 years.  She and her husband are avid sailors and have recently moved onto their boat fulltime, hoping to cruise for the next few years.  She is assisting the organization in sales and marketing until the role is filled by another. 

Norman Campbell, Director of Information Technology

Norman Campbell is the Director of Information Technology for Deaconess. 

Hector Montesino, Executive Director, Deaconess Home & Community Based Services

Hector is the Executive Director of Deaconess Home & Community Based Services. He attended the PUCMM School of Business in Santiago, Dominican Republic and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration. After graduating Hector moved to Ogunquit, Maine and worked in hospitality until settling in Boston in 2003 and managing a private duty home care services company for 11 years. Hector joined Deaconess as Director of Home Care in July of 2014 and was promoted to Executive Director in January 2017.  He is an active member of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Hector enjoys staying active in the senior community specifically related to the fight against Alzheimer’s, end of life and hospice, and elder advocacy.

Beth Winn, Executive Director, Newbury Court, Concord, MA

Beth graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelors of Science in Comminications/Public Relations.  She started her career as a retail buyer for Macy's and then worked in Real Estate at her in-law's family real estate office The Maury People in Nantucket, MA and then with Coldwell Banker in Concord, MA.  She moved into the senior living industry as Co-Executive Director at The Belknap House in Concord, MA in 2001, and later starting in 2010 as Sales Consultant and then Director of Sales & Marketing for DALC's Concord, MA community, Newbury Court.  In November 2014 she was promoted to The Deaconess Abundant Life Communities Leadership Team.  In 2018 Beth became Newbury Court's Executive Director. 

Dorene Glynn, Director of Development

As the Director of Development, Dorene Glynn has corporate responsibility for pursuing private funding to support the residents and programs of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities.  Dorene has over 25 years experience in human services focused on addressing homelessness, the last seven years in development where she helped raise over $6 million to support shelter, housing and services to homeless individuals and families in the Greater Boston area.  She has also served in a number of pastoral positions including Minister of Christian Education, Youth Minister and Hospital Chaplain.  Dorene received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University and a Master’s of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.  Dorene lives with her husband and is an avid amateur photographer.

Walter E. Bartkus, Director of Projects

Walter E. Bartkus is the Director of Projects for Deaconess Abundant Life Communities overseeing all major construction development and projects from the permit process through occupancy.  He was born and raised in Concord.  He has been married to Lois for 45 years and has three adult children and 11 grandchildren.  Walter has held many public offices, including Selectman.  He was in real estate development for 46 years and has been with Deaconess Abundant Life Communities for the past 14 years.

Rob Fallon, Executive Director, Newbury Court, Concord, MA

Rob Fallon started his career working at camps and schools for the disabled and became a teacher for the blind and deaf at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. He relocated to San Francisco to work at the Rose Resnick Center for the Visually Impaired as the Director of Rehabilitation. The client base Rob worked with was comprised of about 90% older adults and Rob began to transition from caring for children to caring for persons through the aging process. He attended graduate school at UC Berkeley and received his MPH degree. His first post graduate job was working in skilled nursing and he received his Nursing Home Administrators License.  He began his career in the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) field as the Executive Director of The Peninsula Regent, a luxury retirement community in San Mateo, CA. After 10 years at the Regent, Rob took a new position as the Executive Director of the Masonic Homes of California and took on the challenge of leading and upgrading this large, 100 year old community in Union City, CA. While at the Masonic Homes, he was promoted to oversee the statewide operations of two CCRCs and was a team member towards the development of a third CCRC. After 9 years, Rob and his family decided to return to New England and work with Masonic Health Services of Massachusetts to help open the Groves in Lincoln. He stayed with the Groves until it was sold in 2013 and joined Deaconess as the Executive Director of Newbury Court in August of 2014.

Nancy Godbout, Executive Director, Rockridge, Northampton, MA

Bio Forthcoming

David Carboneau, Executive Director, The Residences at Seashore Point, Provincetown, MA

(Bio forthcoming)

Christine Battisti Keane, Executive Director, The Leland Home, Waltham, MA

Christine has over 22 years of experience working in the field of senior care and living having worked in long term care, rehabilitation and now independent living communities.  She is a graduate of Cortland State University and currently working towards a Juris Doctor degree.

Christine has strong leadership skills and commitment to the community.  She is dedicated to the needs of Leland Home and collaborative relationships with the Waltham and surrounding community. She has a true commitment to the mission of Leland Home providing high quality and highly valued care that exceeds the expectations of those we serve.

Sheila McGuiness, Director of The Residences, Seashore Point, Provincetown, MA

Sheila McGuinness attended the National University in Galway, Ireland; graduated from Wesleyan University with honors in American Literature and Irish Literature; and has a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Montana. She has four decades of experience in the corporate, non-profit, education and small business sectors, with most of it in development and marketing. She is a poet and has been a magazine editor and writer, an adjunct professor, and a small business owner. As a former innkeeper, her core values include hospitality, which provides the basis for her oversight of all services for people living in The Residences at Seashore Point.

Denise Ratcliffe, Wellness Center Administrator, Seashore Point, Provincetown, MA

Denise brings to Seashore Point more than three decades of experience in long-term care, senior living, post-acute rehab and mental health.  She is a licensed nursing home administrator, and graduated from Rider University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Formerly the EVP/Chief Operating Officer for a large non-profit, senior living provider, Denise considers herself a servant leader who is passionate about promoting a culture of person-centered, quality care. Above all, she values the daily opportunity to lead a dedicated team that is making a difference in the lives of those we serve.  Beyond the challenges and rewards of health care administration, Denise finds time to enjoy the light and color of the outer Cape as an artist and plein air painter.​