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LifePath names new director, Barbara Bodzin, from within, as longtime head Roseann Martoccia departs

  • The new location of Life Path is at 101 Munson St in Greenfield. May15, 2017. RECORDER FILE PHOTO



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

GREENFIELD — When going through the hiring process, Barbara Bodzin kept telling fellow staff they couldn’t simply replace Roseann Martoccia’s nearly three decades of work at LifePath.

“No one can fill Roseann’s shoes, but we’ll get a new pair of shoes and hopefully they’ll fit,” Bodzin said. It just so turns out it will be Bodzin.

Bodzin, another longtime leader at the Franklin County home care organization, will begin as executive director of LifePath Monday, following Martoccia’s departure to begin a new job at WestMass ElderCare in Holyoke.

“She’s very skilled in her work and knowing the work of the organization,” Martoccia said of Bodzin. “She’ll now be able to use her depth of knowledge for her public facing.”

Bodzin has a long history in the home care field. She has been the director of client services at LifePath since 2004. Before coming over, she worked at Highland Valley Elder Services in Northampton, beginning in 1986. She was home care director there from 1991 until coming to LifePath.

Her peers describe Bodzin, a Leverett resident, as someone who has been very close to the ground level for years — knowing programs better than anyone else at LifePath.

“They won’t skip a beat with Barbara taking over,” said Al Norman, elder care advocate and former Mass. Home Care director. “She’s been operating very much at the program level. She’s the person who understands all the programs very intimately.”

Bodzin was hired as director following a three-month hiring process.

“The best candidate has been chosen, and we are very grateful that the hiring process went as smoothly as it did over the last number of weeks,” board of directors President Evelyn Walsh said in a statement.

Martoccia explained that looking ahead, the greatest challenges both here in Franklin County and more broadly are three-fold: more complex medical needs for those who are being cared for at home, more people with dementia along with more people caring for those with dementia at home and more involvement at home while time has been reduced that’s spent at hospitals and nursing homes.

Bodzin also knows she will have to face the continued tightening of federal budgets that support home care organizations.

“The fiscal climate for our agency, as well as many nonprofits — it’s tenuous times,” Bodzin said. “We have to function with more attention to the budget.”

Bodzin hopes to open the organization even more to the needs of residents in the county coming from different demographics, as the baby boomer generation continues to increase the organization’s numbers.

But Bodzin did want to emphasize she most importantly wants to continue the work Martoccia has established over the years.

“We’ve been very much in sync with each other, which gives me confidence,” Bodzin said. “It’s been rare in my almost 14 years of working with her that she and I have had a different point of view.”

And she’s confident in her “capable staff whose hard work and dedication will ensure the stability and continuity of the agency through this transition,” Bodzin added about her longtime colleagues.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

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