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Waveny LifeCare Network Elects New Board Members

Waveny LifeCare Network Elects New Board Members

Posted on December 12, 2018

Five new members have been elected to Waveny LifeCare Network’s board of directors: Barb Achenbaum, Richard Croarkin, Peter Hasapis MD, Leo Karl III, and Jill Sautkulis. Tom Ferguson will continue in his role as board chairman with Kathleen Corbet elected vice chairman, Rich Bierman – secretary, and Rich Townsend as treasurer for the 5-star nonprofit eldercare organization with their headquarters in New Canaan. 

Barb Achenbaum is the executive director for Staying Put in New Canaan – a volunteer-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors live safely in their homes as they age. She also serves on the Town’s Telehealth 2.0 Commission, the board of New Canaan Community Foundation, and is chair of the Transportation Task Force. 

Rick Croarkin recently served as CFO of Alcon, Inc., an international ophthalmic product company. Rick also serves as Audit Committee chairman and member for Clearside Biomedical and Aerie Pharmaceuticals respectively, and as a board director for WaveLight AG. 

Dr. Peter Hasapis of New Canaan Medical Practice was raised in New Canaan and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, during which time he also rotated through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Hospital for Special Surgery. He has been board certified since 2001 as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has been named to Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors list since 2013. 

Also raised in New Canaan, Leo Karl III is president of The Karl Chevrolet Company, a third generation family business in New Canaan. With vast board experience, he is currently a board member and past board chair for New Canaan Community Foundation, and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of New Canaan. He has also served as a member, executive officer, and past president of the New York Chevrolet Dealer Association. 

Jill Sautkulis is the director of operations for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she oversees staff, finances, and facilities management. She has been a parishioner at St. Mark’s since 1996, and served in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles before joining the church’s staff in 2017. She previously had a 12-year career in recruiting and staffing for the pharmaceutical industry.

“We are extraordinarily blessed to have such distinguished and accomplished individuals to serve on the board of directors for Waveny.  I believe that it directly reflects the commitment that our organization has to excellence,” said Russ Barksdale, Waveny’s president and CEO.  

Waveny LifeCare Network is a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas, including enhanced independent living at The Inn, assisted living and short-term respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare and Waveny at Home. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1, inquire online or visit www.waveny.org.