Meet Debbie Nadaskay, President
I am Debbie Nadaskay and have lived in Goshen since 1988 when we built our home here. I have worked as a nurse for 40 years and 35 of those years have been with an oncology background. I have worked at our local Cancer Center in Torrington for the last 15 years and love what I do. I have been married to the love of my life for 40 years, and we adore our “fur babies”, our wonderful dogs. I am honored to be serving as the President of Goshen Community Care and Hospice this year and for a term of 3 years. This is my second time serving on the Board. I enjoy every opportunity of meeting our Goshen neighbors and friends!
Meet Michele Better, Co-Vice President
I moved to Goshen in 2014. I’m a Mom of four children and six grandchildren. I grew up in Litchfield and raised my family there. I’m a professor of Early Childhood Education at Northwestern CT Community College. My interests are being outdoors, swimming, horseback riding and long walks. I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.
Meet Suzan Kircher, Co-Vice President
Suzan Suddaby Kircher- I have lived in Goshen for 24 years with my wonderful husband, Ed and raised our family here. I am a very proud grandmother of 2, Sam 9 and Kaelyn 6. Since they live in Arizona, we spend a good amount of time traveling. Our kids now are my two Bassett hounds, Baxter and Ben. I have worked in the medical field as long as I can remember. I retired two years ago as the practice manager of a specialty practice. I love to cook, garden, fish and shot my bow. I look forward to serving Hospice and the community.
Meet Holly Simpson, Co-Secretary
I am a Goshen native who grew up on my Grandfather Bing’s farm (now Mohawk Bison) in West Goshen. I showed and raised American Saddle-breed horses for over 50 years and enjoyed sharing the fun and the work with my family. I have a MS in Biology and taught Biology, Genetics and Environmental Science at the Torrington High School for 39 years. Although retired , I am continuing my love of teaching by tutoring for the Torrington Board of Education. I am currently the Chair of the GCC&H Fair Committee and serve in the secretary position.
Meet Heidi Rosko, Co-Secretary
I am a Goshen resident of 42 years, with 30 years in the medical field including hospice, primary and urgent care. Currently, I am working as a nurse at Hartford Healthcare. I am a member of the ornament, marketing/newsletter and policy & procedure committee. I enjoy life, hiking the beach and spending time with my two boys.
Meet Denise Leclair, Co-Treasurer
Denise Leclair– I moved to Goshen with my family in 1999. Since that time I have worked in the Health Insurance Industry as a Healthcare Fraud Investigator and then for 8 years as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate at Bantam court. I am currently employed with the Town of Goshen Assessor’s Office. I am honored to be on the Board for such a great organization and an looking forward to doing all that I can to give back to such a wonderful community.
Meet Carl Contadini, Co- Treasurer
Carl is a Goshen resident of 12 years and currently serving as the GCC&H Asst. Treasurer. Carl holds 10 US and international patents, and is an Active Board Member, Chairman and /or Advisor on 5 Board of Directorships including Waterbury Healthcare Systems, Inc., a 375-bed Waterbury, CT Hospital and 200 physician medical and cardiac associates network with $400 million system-wide revenues. We are fortunate to have Carl’s expertise in business, marketing and advisory services here at Goshen Community Care & Hospice.
Meet Our Board Members for 2018
Donna Devanna– I moved to Goshen from Pleasanton, CA. three years ago. (Drove across the country with my cat-quite an experienceJ). I have two adult sons living in Denver, CO. I am a retired administrative assistant. I currently share the care of my 93 year old mother who has severe dementia with my sister. My mom lives with me for 2-3 months, then my sister for the same amount of time. I enjoy hiking, gardening and knitting. I look forward to helping in any health care services that GCC&H has to offer.
Francine Fabbri Komisar- My husband and I lived in Branford, Ct. Our wonderful daughter was born at Yale New Haven Hospital. In 1994, a job change brought us to the Litchfield area , where I grew up. My background is interior design. I opened my own design firm, FFabbri Design about 25 years ago. I love what I do and stay very busy around Woodridge lake and the surrounding areas. I look forward to working with everyone at Goshen Hospice
Janice Laplaca- My husband, Jerry and I built our home in Goshen in 1984 and have raised our 3 daughters here, Jennifer, Julie and Janelle. I worked at C.J.R. for 33 years as a Child Care worker (7 years) and a Special Education teacher. We started our Oil and Propane business here over 36 years ago. I enjoy long walks, reading, puzzles and most importantly my friends and family. I look forward to helping where needed and giving back to the community thru my participation on the board of directors.
Brigitte Michaud- An immigrant from northern Germany, educated in chemistry, biology and physics, retired from a career in health care, I have lived most of my adult life in Goshen and an now retired. My three children and four grandchildren are the love of my life. I am passionate about climate change, organic gardening retro-recipes, fishing, hiking,and travel. Chairperson of Light Up A Life, member of the hospitality committee.
Steve Nadaskay– I have lived in Goshen most of my life , went to school here and when I married my wife, Debbie, we built our dream home at Woodridge Lake. I work as a Rural carrier in Torrington but have a country route in Harwinton. My wife and I have a passion for dogs who are our kids! We presently own two cockers, Hailey who is the lively age of 16 and Maggie who is age 10. I love football especially the 49ers, boating , Uconn girl’s basketball and am looking forward to retirement in Goshen in the next few years.
Hello my name is Anita Shaggy. I am a mother of twins and a Goshen resident of three years. I now serve on the Board of Directors for GCC&H. I also serve on both the Finance and Policy & Procedure Committees. I will be a volunteer at the Goshen Fair. I enjoy volunteering, hosting Holistic Health Fairs, and practicing Reiki and Yoga. I have volunteered and/or worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years with degrees in Human Services and Medical Assisting. I look forward to hearing from you about your interest in Goshen Community Care and Hospice as a volunteer or Board Member.
Lynn Marie Steinmayer- I grew up in the north west corner of Connecticut though only moved to Goshen ten years ago to become the Library Director of the Goshen Public Library. I have two children who are quickly approaching adulthood. Between working full-time and taking classes part-time , my schedule is filled up but I still find time for family, friends and my cats and dog.
Mary Tracy- I have lived in Goshen since 2005. We renovated a house that stared out as a log cabin with Chestnut beams. The additional 15 acres are used to house our dairy goats. We also have chickens and board an alpaca. My husband and I have been a host family for Healing the Children for 25 years. It has been a challenging joy to have children from all over the world stay with us while they have medical treatment here in the U.S. We enjoy visiting their families when they return home.
I am a retired nurse, working with hospice since 1985. Prior to this, I have been a nurse’s aide for 15 years while raising our family of three boys. My first son was severely handicapped and he has fostered in us an appreciation for perseverance and living fully no matter what the circumstances. I have worked as a visiting nurse, staff nurse, supervisor and volunteer.
My special interests are healthcare and therapeutic horseback riding. I enjoy walking my dog each morning in the woods, going whale watching and providing goat milk and cheese to my community through the herdshare arrangement.