emg2016Emma Gonsalves
Executive Director 

Emma comes to Spring Village at Essex with over 30 years of management experience in both the private and public sectors. She spent the last 15 years managing a CPA Firm that specializes in nonprofit organizations. When not at work, Emma can be found spending time with her family and friends, or enjoying one of her many interests — photography, cooking, baking and reading. Emma resides in Essex Junction with her husband. She has two grown children.


img_1870Carrie Rae Shamel
Director of Community Relations

Carrie Rae has worked as a geriatric social worker in Chittenden County for over 10 years. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, as well as a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Vermont. Carrie Rae is passionate about supporting caregivers, as well as creating a vibrant and meaningful community for those with memory challenges. Carrie Rae does marketing and outreach for Spring Village at Essex, and she is proud to represent us. In her spare time, she enjoys making people laugh by doing stand-up comedy.


img_1865Barbara Hanson
Head Concierge

Barb came to us after her 35-year career with a communications company followed by a two-year position at a local veterinary hospital. She is passionate about caring for people and their pets and is looking forward to her role as part of the Woodbine “family.” Barb has 3 grown children and lives with her daughter, Kate and their seven dogs.


img_1867Phyllis Boczar
Memory Care Coordinator

Phyllis grew up in CT but spent a lot of time in Northern Maine. She currently lives in Essex and has always worked in the healthcare field. She joins Spring Village after working at the VNA for 20 years, most recently in their Adult Day for people suffering from dementia. She has a strong focus on person-centered care.


Marcia Lyford
Director of Nursing

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Paul Krcmar
Food Service Director

Paul began his journey with food at an early age. His multi-cultural exposure to food came not only from his immigrant parents, but from the many refugees that, over the years, his parents helped resettle in the USA.

Paul studied food service management at Penn State University and went on to apprentice under some highly skilled chefs to continue to hone his skills in the kitchen. He has been working as a chef in Vermont for more than 25 years. As Executive Chef for American Flatbread, in the late 80`s he was a pioneer in the Vermont farm to table movement. Paul`s philosophy surrounding feeding our residents is based on simply prepared, good, clean, whole foods, that are not only delicious and nutritious, but at there best, have the ability to nurture and bring joy as well.


img_1855Susan Cartwright
Director of Community Life

Susan received her Certificate of Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts. Susan has always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of seniors. Her experience includes managing a palliative and home care practice that provided in-home medical care to seniors. She is the former Center Manager for PACE, a program providing all-inclusive care to the elderly. She has also been a hospice volunteer for several years, working exclusively with seniors. Her program goals are to keep residents active and engaged with activities, entertainment, field trips, and family-centered events.


img_1858Michael Leopold
Maintenance Director

Michael was born and raised in Vermont and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont. He has owned successful businesses and worked in private industry. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to our management: building, equipment and facilities management; manufacturing and safety; lighting and energy efficiency. He is always willing to help others. Michael and his wife, Maureen, live in South Burlington and have three grown daughters. When they are not traveling to favorite spots like Disney World or Jamaica, they are volunteering at The University of Vermont Medical Center or other local agencies.