Board of Overseers and Leadership Team
Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP (Chair):
Glenn is a licensed funeral director and owner of the Concord Funeral Home in Concord. He earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting and business Management from Green Mt. College and an A.S. Degree from FINE Mortuary College where he is an adjunct instructor of both business and accounting courses as well as overseeing the Clinical Cooperative program. Prior to attending FINE Mortuary College, Glenn owned an electrical contracting business and a national lighting supply company for twelve years. Glenn also serves as Chair of the Overseers Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee here at the New England Deaconess Concord Campus. Glenn served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and recently became recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Currently Glenn is Vice President of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Concord Rotary Club. Glenn, his wife Beth and two children reside in Concord.
Linda moved to Concord, MA from New York in 1986 and has been living at Newbury Court for 9 years. She worked primarily for Wall Street firms such as Lehman Brothers & Hambrect & Quist.
Marcia has been a resident of Chamberlin Apartments at Newbury Court since 2011. She lived for more than 40 years on Cape Cod and had a long career in Education, first as a teacher of special education, then for 35 years as an Administrator of Special Education Services and later as a School Principal in several locations on the Cape. Originally from New York State, she is a graduate of Syracuse University, Lesley University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While on the Cape, she served as a member of several boards in human service organizations, and the Cape & Islands Housing Assistance Corporation. As a member of the Orleans United Methodist church she served as Education Coordinator and as Lay Leader for several years. After retirement in 2000, Marcia traveled the United States for 12 years as a consultant to schools, focusing on building community in schools, fostering effective classroom management, and best practices in teaching. Since arriving at Newbury Court, she served for two years as President of the Executive Committee of the Newbury Court Residents Association. Currently, Marcia is a part-time administrative assistant at The Leland Home in Waltham, MA. Happily, her two sons and three grandchildren are all close by in Acton and Medford.
Rebecca (Ritchie) Cutting:
Rebecca grew up in Sudbury and attended Mt. Holyoke College. Following college she returned to Sudbury where she became a member of the Conservation Commission and in collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations put together a farmland conservation package permanently preserving 210 acres in Sudbury (much now used by Verrill Farm). She taught at Elbanobscot Environmental Education Center on the Sudbury River for 13 yrs until its close. That property is now the headquarters for the Eastern Mass. National Wildlife Refuges including: Great Meadows, Monomoy, Assabet River and Oxbow. Following a stint as an educational consultant during which she developed K-6 environmental curriculum integrated to classroom studies in Bedford, Weston and Sherborn she began night law school at Suffolk University graduating cum laude in 1986. After working briefly in municipal law she was hired by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an attorney in the Department of Environmental Protection working in hazardous waste cleanup, wetlands and water supply; retiring after 28 years in July 2015. Other volunteer involvements have been Greater Boston Camp Fire, Knox Trail Council of Boy Scouts (including a co-ed Venture Crew), SuAsCo Watershed Association and land management with the Sudbury Valley Trustees.
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.
Diane Forte has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years. She began her career as a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes, prompting her to take courses in gerontology while attending the University of Massachusetts. She continued her healthcare career working for Blue Cross Blue Shield of San Diego and Inland East Medical Center in La Mesa California. Diane and her family moved back to the east coast to raise her son where she worked for several startup healthcare companies. Looking for more stability, she joined the UMass Health Care system as the Director of Physicians Services, later moving on to Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester where she oversaw Marketing, Public Relations and Physician Relations. Diane is currently the Director of Physician Recruitment and Relations for Emerson Hospital, a position she has held for two and a half years.
Mary earned a B.S. degree in Sociology from Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia with additional course work and seminars in human resources management at Bentley College, Waltham, MA. She worked for five years in Washington, DC as Office Administrator, Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. Following relocation to Lexington, she worked part-time for nine years as Secretary and Office Administrator at the Lexington United Methodist Church. In 1980, Mary began a 20-year career in the field of Human Resources in educational publishing at DC Heath and Company, Lexington, MA, and Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. During this time she held positions of Benefits Coordinator, Employment Manager, Human Resources Administrator and Human Resources Manager. She is Chairperson of Staff Parish Relations Committee at Lexington United Methodist Church and a member of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Boston-Metro West District of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Donna graduated from Colby Junior College (now Colby Sawyer College) and Wheelock College and was an elementary school teacher for seven years before her two children were born. She and her husband Ken have lived in Acton for over 40 years. She volunteers at Saint Matthews United Methodist Church, and Emerson Hospital. She is past President of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and served two years on the board of the Mass Hospital Association as state volunteer chairman. At Saint Matthews, she has been a member of the Chancel Choir for 28 years and has served on various committees, including the recent building committee. From 1994 to 2001, Donna was the Assistant Director of Community Services at Emerson Hospital, responsible for the scheduling and training of over 500 adult and student volunteers. She recently retired from her last position at Emerson as the Hospital Gift Shop Manager, and has made a four-year commitment as an associate at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as volunteering at Emerson and her church.
Reverend John Lombard:
Rev. John Lombard serves at Senior Minister to the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord Center since 1993. He was ordained to the Christian Ministry in 1976, United Church of Christ, serving pastorates in Torrington, CT and Portsmouth, NH. Prior to the ministry he was part of a family business, The Olde Grist Mill Restaurant & Country Store in Kennebunkport, ME. He received a B.A. from Colby College, a M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, a M.Div. from Yale University and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of New Hampshire. Rev. John Lombard was born in Kennebunkport, ME. He lived in Torrington, CT from 1976-1980 and in Portsmouth, NH form 1980-1993. He currently lives in Concord and has two daughters.
Upon her retirement as Director of the Concord Free Public Library in 2008, Barbara was presented with an honorary degree from the Wentworth Institute. As she had overseen the additions and renovations to both the Main and Fowler Libraries, she had complained that, while she had degrees from Middlebury College (BA), the University of Michigan (MLS) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPA), the training she really had needed would have come from Wentworth. Her retirement came after 45 years in a wide range of positions in government, special and public libraries in Washington, DC; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Charlottesville, VA and the Boston area. She has lived in Concord since 1977 and has served on a wide variety of local boards, committees and working groups. In the mid-80’s Barbara led her parents, Ralph and Peggy Miller, through the original Newbury Court apartments, then under construction. They all wore hardhats. She persuaded them to put the required $1,000 down to hold an option ‘should the time come’. It came in 2001 and they lived at 100 Newbury Ct. Drive until her father died two months short of his 109th birthday in January 2016. Barbara has watched the evolution of Newbury Court over its lifetime and is excited to be a part of what happens next.
Christopher Sintros, President and CEO Deaconess
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. Chris is a resident of Harvard, MA where he lives with his wife Erin, and their two children.