Meet the Staff

Vice President of Operations: Linda Wheeler-Omiunu

Linda began her career in long-term care many years ago and has experience in both nursing and administrative duties.  Linda was an LPN who became and RN in 1990.  Since then, she completed a bachelor’s degree at Rhode Island College.  She has certification as an assisted living administrator as well as a nursing home administrator.

As a nurse, Linda was charge nurse, a supervisor and a director of nursing. She held the title of corporate director of nursing and marketing for a two-year period in which she was responsible for oversight and management of more than 1,000 nursing home beds.  In 1999, Linda was named the nurse of the year.

As an administrator, Linda has been the leader of teams in both assisted living and nursing facilities — she is responsible for all aspects of operations.  In 2013, Linda was named by the Alliance for Better Long Term Care as the recipient of the outstanding contribution award.  In 2014, Linda was the Eli Pick award recipient as the administrator of the year.

Linda holds certifications in wound care, Alzheimer’s care and case management. She is a board member for the Rhode Island Healthcare Association as well as a member of the Long Term Care Nurse Section of the Association.

Linda has been promoted to Vice President of Operations, overseeing Trinity Health and Rehabilitation and Hebert Health Center.


Administrator: Deanna Paul 

Deanna Paul has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, most of that as a nurse in long-term care.  Her experience working in long-term care provided her with excitement to want to help residents more, therefore she decided to become an administrator. She enjoys helping others.  She is happily married to her wonderful husband, Fredo, and together they have 11 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 crazy german shepherds.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and being outdoors.  


Director of Nursing: Sandra Aponte

Sandra Aponte was born and raised in New York City. Nursing was a career change for her and by far the best decision she ever made. She has one adult son and a granddaughter, who is the light of her life. 

As a nurse she has specialized in vents, traches, LVADs, and wounds in both long- and short-term settings. She has had the honor of caring for the very young and elderly population. Sandra came to Rhode Island five years ago to assist a sister facility for six weeks and never left. She was asked to stay on as Director of Nursing. Her passion for Nursing has never wavered. Sandra states that she is truly excited to be here at Hebert and be a part of such a wonderful team. 

Admissions: Carmen Castillo


Social Service Director: Dawn Martone

Food Service Director: Gail Durand

Gail started working as a dietary aide in 1986 at Mount Saint Francis Health Center now Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was promoted to Dietary Tech in 1988 working closely with the Dietitian. Gail then received her Dietary Manager’s certification from the University of Rhode Island in 1996. In 2000, Gail became the assistant Food Service Director until she was promoted to Food Service Director at Hebert Health Center in March of 2019. 

Maintenance:  Tom Quigley

Rehabilitation Director: Mike Mcadams

Director of Fiscal Services: Corrinne Besaw

Corrinne has been with our company for 4 years and comes to us with over 18 years long term care experience.  At her previous facility Corrinne was the AR Assistant and used her knowledge and growth to become the Business Office Manager at Hebert.  Outside of work Corrinne loves camping  and spending time  with her family, bestfriends, and her pets.

Director of Resident Services and Recreation:  Lisa Marie Howard

Lisa has been an Activity professional for over 23 years. Lisa comes to Hebert with Certifications by NCCAP, APNCC, and is also a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional.  She is currently an associate member of the National Association of Activity Professionals and the current president of the Activity Directors Association of Rhode Island.


Human Resources Director: Ashley Durand

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University.  She has over 18 years of long-term care experience, including Payroll and Accounts payable .  Ashley strives to help employees and understands the importance of a strong team to ensure quality care.  

Ashley is a proud mother/wife and loves spending time with her family.

Infection Control- Anmar Achabi

Donna Morgan- ADNS

Diane Livingston- MDS

Diane has returned to Hebert after a spending many years at Trinity Health & Rehab and some time at Charlesgate Nursing home. She has 26 years experience as a nurse and has dedicated all those years to a career in long term care. Diane comes back to us with a wealth of knowledge from various leadership roles she has held.

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