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.


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Carrie 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.


Katy Lemery
Memory Care Coordinator

Katy comes to us with over 18 years experience in Senior Living covering many different aspects of the field, most recently as an Administrator of a Level III facility. She has an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from the Community College of Vermont and has her Residential Care Manager’s Certificate.  She has a certificate as a Dementia Care Practitioner and Validation Therapy.  Katy has a heart for seniors and helping them have the best quality of life they can.  She also has a passion for the front line staff, our care providers.  Outside of work, Katy spend  s most of her time as a youth leader for high school students, going on Medical Missions trip (specifically to Haiti) and playing with her 4 nieces and nephew.  She resides in St. Albans, VT with her dog, Kallie and 2 cats, Harley and Zoey.


Grace Heller
Director of Nursing

Photo & Bio Coming Soon.


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.


Rebecca Gwozdz
Director of Community Life

Photo and Bio coming soon.


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.