Management Team

The Northbridge Companies attracts and retains the best and brightest in the industry. We are fortunate to have such a talented, driven and enthusiastic team of professionals committed to the company’s mission and continued success.

James Coughlin

CEO

Prior to co-founding The Northbridge Companies, Jim was a partner at Newton Senior Living, LLC. As part of the senior management team, Jim was instrumental in growing Newton from a single community to a 27 community portfolio that at the time of sale to Atria, was the 19th largest assisted operator in the United States. Prior to Jim’s tenure with Newton, Jim was a partner at Peacock Associates, an advisory firm that oversaw the permitting, financing and development of senior housing assets sponsored by non-profits and for profit operators nationwide.

With over 20 years of experience in the senior housing business, Jim is skilled at acquiring, developing, financing, structuring, management and disposing of senior housing. Jim has completed in excess of $600,000,000 in transactions over the course of his career.

Jim earned a B.A in Communications from Stonehill College and holds an MBA in Finance/Strategic Planning from Suffolk University. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to senior housing, most recently speaking at The MIT School of Real Estate, Assisted Living Federation of America’s national conference and Stonehill College Health Care Association’s annual meeting.

Jim is a current Board Member of Caritas Communities, a local non-profit that specializes in the development and management of housing for the working poor. Additional philanthropic activities include annual participation in the Pan-Mass Challenge that benefits Dana Farber Cancer Institute and serving as a mentor to Stonehill College healthcare majors.

Wendy Nowokunski

President

Wendy is co-founder and President of the Northbridge Companies. With over two decades of experience, Wendy is credited as being a key player in the senior housing industry as it has evolved over the past 20 years. This experience includes the development, acquisition, start-up, and management of over 50 senior housing projects throughout her career including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), independent living, assisted living, and specialized assisted living for the memory impaired. In addition, Wendy has advised non-profits and lenders in the areas of due diligence and project assimilation, corrective operations and marketing for non-performing communities and asset management. Wendy brings her vast knowledge to the vision and operation of the Northbridge Companies.

Wendy holds a B.A. in Psychology and Media Communications from the University of Framingham. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of MassALFA, an active speaker and member of ALFA and NIC, and a faculty member of the MIT Center for Real Estate Professional Development Institute. Wendy is also Co-Founder and member of the Board of the One Angel Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to making a difference in under-privileged children’s lives worldwide by providing resources to stabilize housing, water, educational and health needs, one community at a time.

Shawn Bertram

Vice President of Operations

Shawn Bertram is the Vice President of Operations for Northbridge, overseeing the start-up operations of new communities and the due diligence and assimilation of acquisitions.
With over 15 years of experience, Shawn is highly skilled at building top notch management and operations teams to achieve the highest performance possible. His experience includes overseeing day-to-day operations of communities, start-up operations from ground-up to stabilized, and establishing policies and procedures. Shawn is the leader in creating and implementing associate retention and growth initiatives as well as ensuring resident and family satisfaction within the company to fulfill our purpose of many roles, one purpose – live well, love life.

Tom Sexton

Controller

Tom has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. He has held senior finance positions in healthcare, services and senior housing. His responsibilities include managing the financial operations of Northbridge. Prior to joining Northbridge, Tom was the corporate controller at Hebrew Senior Life and regional controller at Quest Diagnostics. Additionally, Tom held positions at Deloitte and Touche and PWC in auditing and consulting. Tom earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Salem State University.

Mel Horan

Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Mel oversees sales training, hiring, recruiting, overall sales initiatives, sales of all start-ups, and sales oversight of the Northbridge community portfolio traveling between sixteen Northbridge communities throughout Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Mel has over 28 years of experience in the senior living industry. Prior to joining Northbridge Mel worked as Regional Vice President of Sales for Brightview Senior Living as well as The Salmon Family of Services and Newton Senior Living. Mel also operated her own Geriatric Care Management business, and opened the first true Assisted Living on Aquidneck Island. Mel earned a B.S. from Salve Regina University.

Deb Bradshaw

Vice President of Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources, Deb oversees company-wide benefits, training and development as well as all other employee related programs.  Deb has over 15 years of experience in human resources supporting health care organizations and brings her passion for developing innovative programs and practices to inspire growth and development for all of the Northbridge team.  Prior to joining Northbridge, Deb worked as Vice President of Human Resources for Steward Healthcare.  Deb graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a B.S. in Psychology and has her Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Business from Lesley University.

Marilyn Stasonis, RN, BSN

Director of Resident Care

Marilyn Stasonis is the Corporate Director of Resident Care for The Northbridge Companies. Marilyn has over 30 years of experience in senior housing. Marilyn has held several senior management positions in regional senior housing companies and is considered a Alzheimer’s Care specialist. She developed and operated the first Alzheimer’s Day Program in Massachusetts from which state program standards of Alzheimer’s Day Programming were created. Marilyn oversees the training and education of all Northbridge Resident Care Directors.

Erin Gowdy

Director of Finance

Erin Gowdy has over 10 years of experience in senior housing and commercial real estate, including asset management for a $650 million real estate portfolio. Her responsibilities include underwriting potential acquisitions and financing, maintaining financial models, performing due diligence and preparing asset management and investment status reports. Prior to joining Northbridge, Erin worked as a senior financial analyst at Nordblom Company/Nordic Properties. Erin earned a B.S. from Suffolk University.

Kristin Gowdy

Portfolio Manager

Kristin joined Northbridge in 2012. As Portfolio Manager, Kristin’s responsibilities include portfolio and property level analytics, equity and debt analysis and placement, and managing the due diligence and development processes. Kristin has 17 years of experience in financial analysis, including 10 years related directly to commercial real estate. Prior to joining Northbridge, Kristin worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for RMA, McMorgan (New York Life) and Urdang Capital Management (CenterSquare) and has closed over $585 million in transactions. Kristin earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A. from Boston College.

Stephen Ordway

Director of Development and Acquisitions

Stephen joined Northbridge in 2014 and is primarily responsible for sourcing and underwriting acquisition and development opportunities, due diligence coordination, advisory engagements, and special projects. Before joining Northbridge, Stephen was with Nordblom Company working on acquisitions, development, and financing for retail, office and multifamily. Stephen earned his B.A. from Colgate University.

Jennifer Hastings

Director of Marketing

Jennifer Hastings joined Northbridge Companies in 2008. As Corporate Director of Marketing she oversees the implementation of all Northbridge and community level marketing, branding, public relations, graphic design, social media and digital media planning. Jennifer has over 9 years of experience in real estate and senior housing marketing. Prior to joining Northbridge, Jennifer oversaw the marketing for Apartment Realty Advisers, New England, a nationally affiliated multi-family housing brokerage firm. Jennifer earned a B.S. in Business with a focus on Marketing from the University of New Hampshire.

Beth Vellante

Regional Director of Operations

Beth Vellante is a  Regional Director of Operations for Northbridge Companies, overseeing the operations of communities in the Boston area and New Hampshire. With 30 years of experience as an Executive Director/Senior Executive Director, Beth is highly skilled at sales and marketing, team-building, budget development & oversight… Her experience includes overseeing day-to-day operations of stabilized communities, successful start-up operations from ground-up to stabilized, and achieving consistently high resident, associate and family satisfaction.  Beth is a former Board member of MassALFA and was involved in the early development of assisted living regulations. Beth has pioneered numerous innovative programs over the years which have enabled her communities to remain successful, cutting edge and ahead of the curve.

Heather Duval

Human Resources Manager

Heather Duval joined the Northbridge Companies in 2012.  As Human Resources Manager, Heather is responsible for leading the Human Resources functions within Northbridge.  She oversees recruitment, training and development, employee relations and benefit administration for both the Corporate Office and Communities.  Heather brings with her over 10 years of experience in Human Resources within the service industry.

Linda Adams

Accounting Manager

Linda Adams is Accounting Manager at The Northbridge Companies. Linda is responsible for the oversight of the accounting functions within Northbridge. In addition, she implements and oversees the financial controls, produces financial reporting to internal and external partners and oversees the payroll processes. Linda brings with her over 20 years of accounting experience with 7 years working within the senior living industry. Linda received her Masters of Accounting from Suffolk University.