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May 18, 2022
 
Mystic Valley Elder Services Appoints Lisa Gurgone as CEO
Lisa Gurgone
Lisa Gurgone

November 25, 2021 — Mystic Valley Elder Services, a Malden nonprofit provider of healthcare serves to elders, adults living with disabilities, and caregivers, this week announced it appointed Lisa Gurgone to be its next chief executive officer.

Gurgone, who will assume the post in January, succeeds retiring CEO Dan O’Leary, who has headed Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) for 35 years.

Janice Houghton, MVES board president, said Gurgone “will lead us into a new era. Lisa possesses the qualifications and expertise to grow Mystic Valley Elder Services into an even greater, more successful organization to create a lasting impact in our communities. I’m confident that Lisa will carry on the long legacy of providing the highest level of service and support to Mystic Valley Elder Services’ consumers, staff, donors and volunteers.”

Gurgone currently serves as executive director at Mass Home Care, the lead advocacy organization for Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) in Massachusetts, which includes MVES, responsible for overseeing the administration and strategic plan of the trade association representing the Commonwealth’s network of 28 ASAPs and AAAs.

She also served as the lead advocate in Massachusetts for legislative initiatives to strengthen and support the Massachusetts home and community-based care network serving older adults and partnered with the state to craft and implement standards, policies, and contract requirements for the home and community-based care network.

“For more than 45 years, Mystic Valley Elder Services has led the way in designing and managing home and community-based services available to older adults throughout its 11 communities. I look forward to continuing its mission and expanding the organization’s role in developing and growing programs and services for the older people and adults living with disabilities,” Gurgone said.

Previously, Gurgone was executive director at the Home Care Aide Council where she directed and managed all operations and initiatives of the organization including events, educational programs, advocacy, policy formulation, and curriculum development. She currently serves as an appointee to the Health Policy Commission Advisory Council, Massachusetts Healthcare Collaborative, and the Massachusetts LGBT Aging Commission.

Gurgone earlier worked as a legislative aide within the Massachusetts legislature, served as a health research assistant for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, and was a mediator and internship coordinator for the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from Lesley University and a Master of Science degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she also earned a graduate certificate in women in politics and public policy.

MVES was founded in 1975 as Mystic Valley Elder Home Care to provide a range of state funded home and community based services. It assumed its current name in 1983. MVES merged with Chelsea Revere Winthrop Elder Services in 2015 and now serves Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winthrop.

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