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Meet the Charlestown Leadership Team

These individuals work diligently to ensure our Catonsville senior living community runs smoothly and efficiently.

Clara Parker, Executive Director

Clara Parker has been the executive director at Charlestown since 2012. Prior to joining the Charlestown team, Clara served as the vice president, regional finance director for Erickson Living, where she was responsible for the financial strategy of 8 of the 16 Erickson Living-managed campuses. She provided financial oversight, leadership development, and partnership with the finance team and executive teams of these campuses to ensure targeted outcomes and performance goals were achieved. Clara has over 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit finance arena and has spent the last 11 years in the senior living and health care sector.

Clara joined Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, MD, in 2005 as the finance director. In 2008, Clara took on a regional director role, providing mentoring, support, and financial guidance for five Erickson Living-managed communities in Maryland and Virginia with an extended focus on process improvement and re-engineering of financial operations. In 2010, Clara joined the corporate regional management team, partnering with the regional executive director and regional sales director, along with corporate and community stakeholders, to provide financial leadership and oversight for the supported campuses. Prior to joining Erickson Living, Clara was the senior director of finance for the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, DC.

Clara has a bachelor of science in finance and economics from Towson University and earned her M.B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland. 

Adam Dickson, Associate Executive Director

Adam has over 10 years of health care experience, most recently serving as the director of continuing care at our sister community, Wind Crest, in Denver, CO. During his time with Wind Crest, he had a very strong and positive impact on continuing care and rehabilitation operations. In addition to working at Wind Crest, Adam has spent several years as an assistant administrator and business office manager at Charlestown, Oak Crest, and Riderwood.

Pamela Stiner, Finance Director

Pamela is responsible for supporting the financial needs of Charlestown, including overseeing all fiscal operations, managing the revenue and receivable processes, and ensuring the long-term financial stability of the organization. Pamela’s career has included sales, operations, and finance. She served previously as assistant director of finance for Ann’s Choice, an Erickson Living community in Warminster, PA. She also served as district financial operations director/controller for Neopost USA in Norristown, PA, and as regional finance director for Aramark in Philadelphia, PA. Stiner holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA.

Paulette Tansill, Human Resources Director

Paulette Tansill has been director of human resources since 2001 and is responsible for the delivery of human resources programs and services to support the approximately 1,200 employees at Charlestown. Paulette has over 25 years of experience that include former positions of vice president of personnel at NationsBank and vice president of human resources at Visa International.

Paulette holds an M.S. in industrial and labor relations from West Virginia University as well as a B.S. in human resources and education also from West Virginia University. She holds a certificate in employment law compliance from The Council on Education in Management/The George Washington University and is a certified civil treatment instructor. She has previously represented Charlestown as a board member of The Caroline Center from 20002010. 

Sherry M. Parrish, L.C.S.W.-C., Resident Life Director

Sherry Parrish earned her undergraduate degree in 1970 from Mary Washington College in sociology and social welfare; her master’s degree in social work at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976; and a post master’s certificate in administration from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, in 1983.

As director of resident life, she is responsible for the operations of the Resident Life department, including resident life administration, community resources (social programming), volunteer programming, social work services, intermissions, pastoral ministries, community television, fitness, home support, and certified home health.

Sherry has received several recognitions in social work during her 40 years as a social worker in long-term care, acute care manager, and health care administrator. She is a member of the Maryland Gerontological Association and the National Association of Social Workers. In 2013, she was named a “Pioneer” in the field of social work by the National Association of Social Workers. Sherry Joined Charlestown in 1994 as the director of resident services and was promoted to resident life director in 1996. She and her husband John live in Ellicott City, MD. Their daughter, Shannon, is soon to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a master’s degree in social work.

Myla Carpenter, M.D., Senior Medical Director

Dr. Carpenter received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and her medical degree from the University of California’s Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Carpenter joined Charlestown in May 1996.

Don Grove, Sales Director

Don Grove joined the Erickson Living family of communities in 2007 as director of sales and marketing after a 15-year career with the Baltimore Orioles where he most recently served as senior director of sales and ticketing. He is a native Marylander, with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Don lives in Ellicott City, is married with two children, and is active in his church and school communities.

Aida Blanco, Dining Services Director

Aida Blanco has over 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Her successful track record includes startup and streamlining operations, as well as improving customer service while preserving the highest levels of quality. Most recently, Aida has served as director of dining services for Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. She was responsible for all aspects of campus dining operations, including multiple retail operations, concessions, catering, residential dining, and conference services. She is also a current culinary adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College.

Prior to 2015, Aida worked at the Maryland Food Bank and a variety of hotels including Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. She holds a bachelor of professional studies in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She is a certified dietary manager, certified food safety manager, and is a certified ServSafe proctor/instructor.

Patti Santoni, Director of Philanthropy

Patti Santoni has 25 years of experience in the health and human services field and more than 20 years of experience as a successful, high-level fundraiser for organizations such as St. Agnes Hospital, MedStar Health, The American Cancer Society, and Loyola Blakefield. 

Patti joined Charlestown in 2014 and is responsible for establishing, planning, directing, and coordinating all fundraising activities for the community. Patti also provides leadership for the creation of strategic fund development initiatives to include a major and planned giving program, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, donor stewardship and recognition programs, and public relations related to development.

Patti holds a bachelor of science degree in health and human development from Pennsylvania State University. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Baltimore County. She and her husband Rob reside in Kingsville with their two children. 

Michael Fischer, General Services Director

Michael Fischer joined Charlestown in December 2015 as the security and emergency services manager. During his short tenure, he was promoted to senior services manager and then general services director. Michael retired from the Maryland State Police as a Lt. Colonel and chief of operatrions. He continued to serve two additional state agencies in leadership roles, retiring after 33 years of service.

Michael holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Almeda University and a post graduate certificate from Northwestern University. He is a 2016 graduate of the Erickson Living University Leadership Experience.

David Gearing, Continuing Care Administrator

David joined Charlestown in 2016 as an assistant administrator and has been instrumental in all aspects of continuing care health services operations, particularly around staffing and scheduling.  David has over 14 years of health care experience.  Prior to coming to Charlestown, David was an executive director for Consulate Health Care as well as an administrator at Sava Senior Care, Lorien, and White Oak HealthCare.

Leslie Johnson, Director of Nursing

Leslie has over 17 years of experience as a registered nurse that includes medical/surgical, emergency medicine, as well as the establishment of a stroke program.  She has worked at Anne Arundel Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital, and most recently at HRC ManorCare where she served as both a director of nursing as well as a mobile director of nursing. Leslie most recently led a team of 20 registered nurses and is described as a “transformational” leader.  Leslie holds a BSN degree from The University of Maryland.  She is also ACLS, BLS, and PALS certified.