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Longtime leader at LifePath Roseann Martoccia leaving for Holyoke job

  • Roseann Martoccia at Franklin County Home Care Corppration in Montague. Recorder/Paul Franz PAUL FRANZ



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

GREENFIELD — In 1990, Roseann Martoccia began working at the organization now known as LifePath as the baby boomer generation was just on the home care group’s horizon.

In 2001, when she took over as executive director, she explained that the elder care organization, formerly known as Franklin County Home Care Corp., was in “transition” and they were going to plan how to best budget for the rising numbers of seniors in the county.

Now, it’s Martoccia who is making a transition.

“I’ve been at LifePath for over 25 years, and while I was enjoying everything that was going on, it’ll be a good point to reset for LifePath,” she said Tuesday. “I feel like I’m leaving it in a good position and good hands.”

This will be Martoccia’s final week at LifePath after a roughly three-month transition that has been going on behind the scenes. It will mark the start of a new position for her and a new leader for the Franklin County organization.

Martoccia takes over as the executive director at WestMass ElderCare in Holyoke, starting Monday, in a position similar to the one she has held here.

Moving into her place will be Barbara Bodzin, who has overseen LifePath’s department of client services since 2004, and previously worked at sister organization Highland Valley Elder Services beginning in 1986. The organization’s board of directors, led by Evelyn Walsh, tapped her following the hiring process that began in January.

“I’m very pleased that a director has been named. That has been a settling piece,” Martoccia said. “Now I can turn the corner but not say any goodbyes. I certainly want to stay connected with the people in Franklin County.”

Bodzin, along with others in the community who have worked with Martoccia over the years, said they were sad to see her go, but happy to know she’ll be staying in the field and close by.

“I think there’s consensus among all staff that she’s been a leader like no other in the history of LifePath,” Bodzin said, adding, “I know there are a lot of superlatives there.”

She explained Martoccia is the kind of person who could sit in a room full of people, hear everyone introduce themselves and then remember all of their names and the little details about them.

“It’s a loss for us, but I wish her well in her new position, that’s for sure,” said Christopher Donelan, former state representative and current Franklin County sheriff.

Donelan described Martoccia as passionate and an effective advocate for seniors, both in Boston in dealing with lawmakers and in the community. He recalled the annual Meals on Wheels walk-athon as a moment when people came together for a cause.

“She was just a tremendous asset for not only seniors, but also the entire Franklin County community,” Donelan said.

Often working closely over the years with Martoccia, elder care advocate and former head of Mass. Home Care Al Norman said she has been a strong force in Franklin County with invaluable institutional knowledge.

“Roseann has been a visionary for the future of elderly services at the community level,” Norman said.

Martoccia, a Belchertown resident, will succeed Priscilla Chalmers at WestMass ElderCare, who Norman said was similarly another strong voice in the region for the rights of seniors.

“We have an experienced professional moving to Holyoke and we have an experienced professional moving up in Greenfield. I think all of it is good news for elders,” Norman said. “I know both people very well, and they’re both very committed to the people they serve.”

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