About the Board of Trustees

The RiverWoods Group was established in 2012, receiving approval from the IRS, establishing The RiverWoods Group (TRWG) as the parent organization. The sole affiliate at the time was RiverWoods Exeter.  However, the parent company structure allows the organization to grow and fulfill the original founder’s Mission, while managing risk to the original campuses. In 2016, Birch Hill (CCRC) in Manchester, NH became the first affiliate of The RiverWoods Group outside of three campuses in Exeter, NH. The most recent TRWG community, RiverWoods Durham (CCRC), is scheduled to open in Durham, NH in late fall of 2019. 

The Trustees of The RiverWoods Group have been carefully selected for their industry background, business acumen, and belief in the Mission of the organization; to provide community and peace of mind for seniors.

Board of Trustees

Janet Bamberg, Trustee

Janet Bamberg is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Moore Center of Manchester New Hampshire. Ms. Bamberg serves on the Board of Directors of Birch Hill Terrace in Manchester, NH, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Association of Middlesex East of Massachusetts. Prior to her role at The Moore Center, she was employed as Chief Operating Officer of VNA Care Network of Waltham Massachusetts and was before that was Vice President of Program Services at Massachusetts Easter Seals. Ms. Bamberg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Park College in Chicago, Illinois and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. She lives in Stratham, NH.

Stephen McPherson, Trustee

Steve is the former President and CEO of Masonicare, Connecticut’s largest provider of healthcare services to seniors. Its continuum of care includes skilled nursing, long-term and dementia care, assisted living, home health and hospice care, as well as physician practices and retirement communities. Under Steve’s leadership, Masonicare experienced significant growth, especially in its retirement communities and in its home and community-based services.

He joined Masonicare in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and President and CEO in 2005, retiring in September 2016. Prior to joining Masonicare, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a large integrated delivery system that included a 500 bed major teaching hospital..

Among his professional activities, Steve most recently served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of LeadingAge, the Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization for seniors and senior care providers. He has also served as President of LeadingAge Connecticut, which in 2014 presented him with their Distinguished Service Award. Steve is past president of the Masonic Communities and Services Association, board member of two retirement communities, The RiverWoods Group in Exeter, NH, and Birch Hill in Manchester, NH, a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association of which he is a past president of the Connecticut chapter. Steve has served on a number of statewide committees in Connecticut addressing healthcare issues including the State Rightsizing Strategic Plan for Long Term Care. He is a former faculty member in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of New Haven. In 2016 Steve received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University.

Steve has two grown daughters and resides with his wife Nancy in East Falmouth, MA.

Dianne Mercier, Vice-Chair, Trustee

Dianne Mercier has served as People’s United Bank President for New Hampshire since 2009. Dianne’s banking career began in New Hampshire in 1985, holding various positions in both regional and commercial banking. Ms. Mercier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. Dianne lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, John, and they have two grown children.

Patrick M. Parisi, Treasurer, Trustee

Patrick Parisi has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a consultant at CTC Consulting, an independent investment consulting firm that provides investment advisory services to ultra high net worth families, multi-family offices, trusts, endowments and foundations. He is directly involved in developing and implementing long-term investment policies, analyzing client portfolios, recommending appropriate portfolio allocations and evaluating traditional and alternative investment managers. Prior to working at CTC, Patrick was the Director of Manager Research at Greycourt & Co., Inc., where he designed and implemented their manager research process. He has been in the investment industry since 1995, beginning his career at Prime, Buchholz & Associates as an investment analyst. A Certified Investment Management Analyst, Patrick is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He received a BS with honors in business administration from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire. Patrick resides in Hampton, NH with his wife and two beautiful daughters.

John F. Prochilo, Trustee

John Prochilo received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network whose main campus is in Salem, New Hampshire. Northeast Rehab consists of four inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals and a Network of over 20 Outpatient Centers located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Hospital Association and throughout the course of his career has worked with community groups who represent the disabled populations treated by Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital. John is a former Trustee for RiverWoods Exeter and currently serves as Trustee on the Birch Hill Board and Vice Chair of The RiverWoods Group Board. John enjoys traveling and puttering around his yard and home.

Beth-Ann Roberts, Chair, Trustee

Beth-Ann Roberts is the senior vice president of regional markets for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health plan that provides a variety of insurance plan options and self-funding arrangements to more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. In addition to being responsible for developing the strategic plans for profitable growth for Harvard Pilgrim’s business in New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut, she has top-level P&L oversight for all three sites which generates approximately $700M in revenue. As a member of the Harvard Pilgrim leadership team, she is responsible for identifying opportunities to grow the regional business and for isolating corporate resources accordingly. Ms. Roberts has direct accountability for the New Hampshire market where she is responsible for fostering strategic relationships with the Governor, legislature, regulatory departments, business leaders and the media. Ms. Roberts has more than 30 years’ experience in the health insurance field, and has been with Harvard Pilgrim for 16 years. Ms. Roberts serves as chair of the New Hampshire Health Plan Board and also serves on the following Boards of Directors: City Year New Hampshire and Granite United Way. Ms. Roberts was the chairperson of the 2010 Heritage United Way campaign and successfully raised a record $3.7 million. She served as chairperson of the American Heart Association’s 2010 Go Red for Women luncheon and the 2009 Heart Gala. She was awarded the Crystal Heart Award and was recognized as the Top Corporate Volunteer by New Hampshire magazine for single-handedly raising over $200,000 on behalf of the American Heart Association. In addition, New Hampshire Business Review recognized her as an Outstanding Woman in Business in 2008. Ms. Roberts has a Master’s of Business Administration from Boston University and is a Certified Health Insurance Executive through the America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Justine Vogel, CPA, President and CEO, Clerk, Trustee

Graduate of Rutgers University School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting. Justine began work at RiverWoods as part of the pre-opening team in June 1994. Her tenure at RiverWoods began as the Director of Accounting, with growth into the role of CFO in 1997, COO in 2005 and President/CEO in 2007. Ms. Vogel’s prior experience includes several years in auditing and financial analysis with Arthur Andersen & Co., Ernst & Young, and Chubb Life Insurance Company. Ms. Vogel is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey and serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Leading Age of Maine and New Hampshire. Ms. Vogel has lectured at the University of New Hampshire and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national industry conferences on topics including strategic management, growth planning, culture development and financial oversight.