Meet Our Staff

Cathy Ballini, Executive Director

Executive Director, Cathy Ballini, comes to River Mills with a wealth of experience in Assisted Living. She was at Benchmark Senior Living for many years as business manager and lastly as Executive Director.

Anne Frank, Community Relations Director

Anne has been working as a relationship-based marketing professional for many years and has been helping prospects find solutions, reach their goals, and achieve their dreams.  She believes that all seniors matter, that they have much to share, and they deserve a fulfilling and joyful life. Anne strives to help families find solutions to achieve just that.  While working with families and helping them go through the emotional process she utilizes her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology.  In  her free time Anne enjoys making her own cards, music, travel, the beach, singing in the Christmas choir, and Italian food.

Julia Hannon, Activities Director

Julia Hannon has worked in eldercare for a number of years and is excited to begin at River Mills as the Activities Director. She believes in the “person-centered” approach to programming, and always strives to connect with each resident on an individual level. Finding the right mix of activities for an individual to connect with and helping to maintain a sense of purpose in their lives here at River Mills, is her goal. She has a true passion for this work and is looking forward to sharing it.

Nicole Lafleur, Business Office Manager

Nicole Lafleur is very outgoing, who loves working with people and has worked in eldercare for many years. She has over 20 years experience in the medical field, office management, billing, payroll and administration. Outside of the office Nicole loves the beach, camping , her Bichon frise dog, and enjoys spending time with her children and grandson. 

Brygida Pietras-Trzaska, Connections Memory Care Director

Brygida Pietras-Trzaska joined River Mills Assisted Living as our Connections Memory Care Director. Brygida is an RN certified in gerontology, rehabilitation nursing and is a certified dementia practitioner. For the last 20 years, she has been working with memory impaired residents in assisted living settings. She will help build connections with residents needing memory support activities and engagement.

Luis Almonte, Food Service Director

As Food Service Director, Luis Almonte joins River Mills Assisted Living with over 20 years of culinary experience in both fine dining and assisted living settings. Luis’ impeccable talent in the culinary field brings an unforgettable dining experience to our residents.

Jackie Rodriguez

Jackie Rodriguez is a Licensed Practical Nurse since 1999. Jackie brings a wealth of background from being a charge nurse in long term care to Assistant Director of Nursing for a long term/rehab with independent living and an assisted living campus.

She has been in management for over 20 years and continues to learn and grow with the ever changing world we live in.

She is a loving mother to 5 wonderful children and has 2 dogs that keep her very busy! Her hobbies are camping and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite foods are a big steak on the grill with a baked potato on the side.

“I never take a day for granted- you are never guaranteed tomorrow, so smile and laugh as often as possible”.