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April 8, 2021

O'Brien to retire as president, CEO of Duncaster Retirement Community

Photo | Duncaster Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien, president and CEO of Bloomfield nonprofit Duncaster Retirement Community, will retire in July, with current Vice President of Strategy and Community Life Kelly Papa stepping in as interim CEO.

O'Brien led Duncaster for 14 years, during which time the nonprofit added independent living apartments, a memory care "neighborhood" and expanded memory care services at Duncaster’s Caleb Hitchcock Health Center, the company said.

“Mike has been more than Duncaster’s president and CEO," Duncaster board chair Daniel Tracy said. "His mentorship of those who work here has developed Duncaster’s caring and compassionate culture as well as strengthened our commitment to service excellence."

Papa, who will step into the corner office job in July, joined Duncaster in 2019. She previously worked as corporate director of learning at Masonicare, a Wallingford-based group of assisted living, independent living and memory care facilities. She also served as director of education and consulting at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Southington.

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