Hearthstone Alzheimer Care was founded in 1992. It has since become a recognized global leader in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
Our mission is to create a life worth living for those with memory and cognitive challenges by enriching lives and offering hope. Dedication to our mission has shaped a company that continues to meet the changing needs of Residents and their families by incorporating the latest treatments and programs.
At Hearthstone the guiding principles of the I’m Still Here® approach inspire everything we do. In our residential treatment environments people living with dementia can flourish.
Hearthstone has an international reputation for innovation and excellence. The company embodies the spirit of continuous growth and improvement in its commitment to improving the quality of life for all who are a part of our extended family.
Dr. John Zeisel, Ph.D., President
Dr. John Zeisel is the co-founder and CEO of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care and an internationally known expert on dementia care and treatment innovations. With Hearthstone’s senior leadership team, Dr. Zeisel has used his experience and insights over the years to create the I’m Still Here® approach, the principles of which underpin our care philosophy as well as the Institute training programs for caregivers and staff.
John is the author of I’m Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer Care and of numerous academic and popular articles about treatment alternatives that do not rely on conventional pharmaceutical therapy to be effective. His research and practice spanning two decades has resulted in award-winning design and planning guidebooks, successful developments, award-winning prototype facilities, as well as books and articles currently used by developers, designers, and service providers internationally.
John presents a community TV show titled Hopeful Aging where he interviews researchers, politicians, medical professionals, journalists, and artists committed to improving the lives of people with cognitive issues.
John earned a PhD at Columbia University and a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He serves on committees for the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association®, the New York City Office for the Aging’s Alzheimer’s unit, the International Healthcare Institute, and the Center for Health Design.
Daniel Colucci, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Dan Colucci began his career at Hearthstone in 2000 as the Controller and in 2005 was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Dan is responsible for the day-to-day accounting and finance matters for Hearthstone as well as overseeing Human Resources, Information Technology and managing legal/contractual issues. Dan has over 25 years of experience in healthcare accounting, finance and management information systems and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BBA in accounting. Dan lives in Chelmsford with his wife and two sons and spends his free time collecting antique cameras and watching his sons play soccer and baseball.
Sue Blackler, Vice President of Quality of Care & Lead Instructor
Sue Blackler has more than 20 years of experience working in long-term care and home care. She has been instrumental in the development of Hearthstone’s programs and services. She trains all new managers in the I’m Still Here® approach and is responsible for all issues related to the quality of care at the Hearthstone residences.
As a member of the senior faculty of the Hearthstone Institute, Sue puts her years of experience to good use by teaching exceptional quality dementia care to organizations worldwide. She was also a key member of the development team for Hearthstone’s I’m Still Here® Pathways to Perfection operating guidelines. Sue’s passion for enhancing the quality of life for persons living with dementia underlies all aspects of her work.
Sharon Johnson, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Director of the Hearthstone Institute
Sharon is the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Hearthstone. With her more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, she leads Hearthstone in all areas of marketing, including sales training, strategic marketing planning, and global branding. Sharon has been involved in the development of Hearthstone’s I’m Still Here® program since 2001.
Sharon is also the Director of the Hearthstone Training Institute. She is a well-known speaker on a wide variety of dementia-related topics. She has served as keynote speaker and has presented workshops at many national conferences. She has also held various leadership positions for several Alzheimer’s-related non-profit organizations and has many professional associations within the Alzheimer’s community.