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Jefferson’s Ferry Names Three to its Board of Trustees

Jefferson’s Ferry Names Three to its Board of Trustees

February 7, 2023

S. Setauket, NY
February 7, 2023

Jefferson’s Ferry, a not-for-profit Life Plan Retirement Community, has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees. Kenneth Roberts, Lawrence Eric Davidow, and Wendy D. Darwell now sit on the ten member board.  Additionally, Gloria B. Snyder, an eight year veteran of the board, was elected to succeed departing board Chair Vivian Viloria-Fisher. Jefferson’s Ferry President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Caulfield made the announcements.

“The Jefferson’s Ferry community has long been fortunate to have a committed and talented board, and with these changes that tradition remains intact with a strong mix of experienced board members and the fresh perspective of our new trustees,” said Caulfield.  “Overall we have outstanding experience across operations, public officials, accountants, and financial advisors.”

“Gloria has long played an important role on the board,” continued Caulfield.  “In addition to her financial acumen, her deep understanding of the challenges we face, from regulatory issues to the decisions that enable us to provide the highest quality of life to our residents, makes her a valuable member of our board and our community.”

Trustee Kenneth Roberts recently retired as President of Mather Hospital.  Under his 36 years of his leadership, the hospital grew into one of the most respected and highly ranked hospitals on Long Island, earning designation as a Magnet hospital for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.  Healthgrades named Mather Hospital as one of the 250 top hospitals nationwide in its 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Mather was one of only three Long Island hospitals and six in New York State to achieve the distinction. Mather delivered better clinical outcomes than 95% of hospitals in the nation, based on an objective evaluation of risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications.

In addition to his position on the Jefferson’s Ferry Board of Trustees, Mr. Roberts serves on the Board of Directors of the JTM Foundation and Sights on Health, Inc. where he also serves as Secretary of the Board. He lives in Setauket.

Lawrence Eric Davidow, the Senior and Managing Partner of Davidow, Davidow, Siegel & Stern concentrates his practice in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Special Needs.  He is a Past President and Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) a designation which is awarded through the National Elder Law Foundation. Davidow recently published, “Listen to Lawrence if You’re Planning to Keep It,” an explanation of Elder Law in New York.  He resides in Mt. Sinai.

Wendy Darwell serves as the President and CEO of the Suburban Hospital Alliance of NYS, which represents the interests of public and not-for-profit hospitals in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.  In this role, she provides policy expertise on a broad range of healthcare issues and oversees membership and education services for hospital staff. prominent.  Darwell is a resident of Miller Place.

About Jefferson’s Ferry

Jefferson’s Ferry is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community for active adults aged 62 and above, with Independent Living cottages and apartments, assisted living apartments, and a quality health care center all on one site.  A multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation project, “The Journey Toward Renewal,” is part of a larger strategic initiative launched in 2018 to create a life-enriching environment for all new and current residents at every stage of their life. Journey to Renewal has added 60 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, offers six distinct dining venues, an expanded Healthy Living Center, Fitness Center, and its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Therapy Center. A new Memory Care building will provide a high quality of life and care for people diagnosed and living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Common areas in Assisted Living and the Health Care Center will be renovated.

Jefferson’s Ferry offers exceptional living and amenities, including indoor pool, computer center, library, recreational areas, gardens, and gazebos.  A mix of cultural excursions, civic activities, and a community of residents who help shape Jefferson’s Ferry’s future ensures a spirited and engaged lifestyle.

The Vincent Bove Health Center at Jefferson’s Ferry enjoys a 5-star rating from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and was named a “Best Of” nursing home by U.S. News & World Report.  Jefferson’s Ferry has repeatedly earned the industrywide Community Choice Award for resident satisfaction and engagement and has been recognized with the Pinnacle Quality Insight’s Customer Experience Award for five years running. FitchRatings has assigned Jefferson’s Ferry a BBB bond rating.  Jefferson’s Ferry has consistently been voted Best Retirement Community, Best Nursing Home and Best Assisted Living on Long Island by The Long Island Press and has been recognized for Excellence by the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s Business Achievement Awards program. For more information visit

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