Our Senior Care Specialists | StoneRidge

Meet our leadership team.

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Exceptional service is provided by exceptional people. At StoneRidge, our dedicated staff brings passion, expertise and years of experience to our community every day. Our goal is to work together to serve your individual needs and exceed your expectations.

Sharron Empson-Hart

Sharron Empson-Hart

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Born and raised in England and educated in France, Sharron draws upon her financial background and personal real estate experience when it comes to helping families make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. She previously worked as a financial advisor and a bank manager and has purchased and renovated residential and commercial properties in Europe and the United States. Sharron is a Certified International Property Specialist and speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and sign language.

Sharron attended The University of Sheffield in England, where she earned degrees in business and finance. She relocated to the United States more than 23 years ago and now calls Connecticut home. In addition to her background in the financial industry, Sharron is a former police detective and for the past several years served as the executive director for senior living communities in Florida and in New England. Her experience ranges from CCRC, continued care retirement communities, independent living, assisted livings, memory care and skilled care.

In her time outside of the office, Sharron enjoys running, traveling, attending the theatre, and is a French cuisine cooking novice. She is the author of a children’s book sold in leading bookstores across England and the United States and is a yoga instructor and reiki master practitioner.

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when I see footprints on the moon,” Sharron says about her approach to business.

Amy Welch

Amy Welch

Administrator of Avalon Health Center

Amy joined Avalon Health Center at StoneRidge in 2021. She is also responsible for overseeing both TopSAIL Assisted Living and The Cottage Memory Care. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and graduate degree in Long Term Care Administration at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 2010 and is licensed in Massachusetts and Vermont as well. Amy is passionate about caring for seniors, and she enjoys leading a team that shares her passion for providing quality compassionate care to older adults who require post-acute care and rehabilitation, or long-term care.

Rafael S. Herrans

Rafael S. Herrans

DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Rafael has over 15 years of Hospitality experience. He has managed full service as well as select-service properties in almost every sector of the business – extended stay, franchised and independent hotels. He has extensive experience with new openings, renovation planning, and quality assurance inspections. He has held positions in the past as Assistant General Manager, Operations Manager, and as Certified Executive Housekeeper for well-known hotels in Connecticut.
Rafael strives to continue providing StoneRidge residents with quality service in response to their housekeeping needs.

Debra Carney

Debra Carney

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Debra has worked with Life Care Services for 16 years and as a director at StoneRidge for 6 years. Debra holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration. Her education and experience enable her to fully understand the complexity and details of StoneRidge’s Life Plan Community residency agreement. Debra is dedicated to assisting residents and their families and frequently meets with prospective residents to review their financial questions. Debra is supported by a sophisticated financial team at Life Care Services to assure the financial stability and strength of the community.

Matthew Haut

Matthew Haut

CULINARY DIRECTOR

Matthew has been with StoneRidge since before opening in 2003. The execution of both high-quality service and culinary experience for residents in multiple dining venues at StoneRidge requires professional experience and high energy. Matthew is dedicated to achieving and exceeding residents’ expectations.

Michael Langlois

Michael Langlois

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY LIFE SERVICES

Michael has been with StoneRidge since 2014. In his role, he is responsible for the coordination of social activities and events that are identified by residents of StoneRidge. Communication is key to a successful and responsive holistic program of multiple activities and topics. A newsletter and web-based in-house digital network form the base for this communication. Michael’s background includes over 15 years in professional theatre as a producer, director, and educator.

Tina Lessing

Tina Lessing

DIRECTOR OF OPERATION SERVICES

Tina has been with StoneRidge since 2011. Tina is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management as well as advanced hospitality industry master certifications from Cornell University. Tina’s professional background includes more than 25 years in the hospitality industry with management positions that include General Manager and Director of Operations in well-established hotels and resorts. She supports the Executive Director, manages the concierge services provided to StoneRidge residents, and facilitates support for the daily operations at StoneRidge.

Robert Tripp

Robert Tripp

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Robert joined StoneRidge in early 2016. Chef Robert has been in the culinary industry since 1981. He has trained at the Culinary Institute of American in New York and taught at the Culinary Institute of Washington. He has earned numerous recognitions and awards for his culinary expertise. He brings a refreshing finesse of flavors to the dining experience for residents at StoneRidge. Working with his culinary staff the menus that he creates reflect a wide range of choice and tastes.

Linda Hart

Linda Hart

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Linda’s passion was always to become a nurse and once her husband retired from the military, she pursued her dream. At first, she obtained her Associates Degree in Science and then went on for her Bachelor’s degree. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, her focus of study was on the Nursing Theory of the Whole Person. Working at StoneRidge, she is able to practice this theory which focuses on the integration of body, mind, spirit, individual, family and community. She always loved working with the senior population, and this has been her specialty for more than ten years.

Philip Michel

Philip Michel

Facilities Director

Philip joined the StoneRidge team in 2021. He brings over 10 years of management experience in facilities operations. He is a Mechanical Engineer Graduate from the University of Hartford with special training in OSHA Hazwoper, security and camera systems, and building management systems. He has a certificate in FM Global Hot Work and Red Permit and a DOT Life Science Certificate Electronic Tenant Solutions. Phil is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE). He is originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts where he spent eight years running his own jewelry store creating custom designs for his customers.

Linda Ann Morales

Linda Ann Morales

Human Resource Director

Linda Ann joined StoneRidge on February 14, 2022. Linda Ann brings with her over 25 years of Human Resources, Occupational Health, Safety experience, skills, and knowledge. Received a MS in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven and an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from the University of New Haven.

Linda Ann has severed as a member of the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations. She spent 20 years as a BOD and served on numerous committees for Middlesex United Way. In 2012 was the recipient of the Middlesex United Way Community Service Award.

Linda Ann is a dedicated and compassionate HR professional with integrity who encourages relationships of trust and respect, and leads by example, recognizes and support the critical roles of responsibility, authority, and accountabilities and excels with developing team momentum, enthusiasm, and pride in the organization she works with.

Her leadership style consists of being fair-minded, even keeled and a thoughtful person. Her persona is one of calm, confidence, employee engagement, warmth and a good sense of humor.

Linda Ann is delighted to be given the opportunity to work at Stoneridge as their Human Resources Director.