Meet Our Team

Bena Arnett


Bena graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with Bachelors degrees, in both biology and psychology. She received her masters in Healthcare Administration and Management from Salve Regina University in 2015. She has licensure to practice as an administrator in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Bena empowers her staff to do their best and continue to grow into strong successful leaders in their roles to improve the outcomes for the facility and residents.

Christa Coccia

Director of Nursing

Christa has been on the Lincolnwood Rehab team for the past year, but she has been in the Long Term Care industry for the past 11 years. Christa became a nurse because she loves the senior community and “wants to be a part of providing good care for the geriatric population.”

Jane Oliva

Director of Activities

Jane has been working here for 11 years as an activities aide. Her main goal is to ensure the residents are engaged and happy! She is thrilled she has been given the opportunity to be the Director of Activities. Jane studied at the Community College Of RI. She earned her Associate Degree in Arts. Also, she successfully completed the Dental assisting program. She enjoys spending time with her loving parents that have been her biggest supporters. They mean the world to her!

Elizabeth “Betty” Barros

Memory Care Director

Betty has been working here for 21 years as an activities aide in the Alzheimer’s / Dementia unit. She has a passion for helping others that need it the most. Betty studied cosmetology at Empire Beauty School in Providence, RI, and is a licensed cosmetologist. In her downtime, she loves making all her clients feel beautiful. Betty says the greatest blessing God has given her is her children.

Coleen Pendergast

Director of Social Services

Coleen has been the Director of Social Services at Lincolnwood since March 2021. She is approaching her 25th year working in Long Term Care in RI. Prior to joining Lincolnwood Coleen has worked as a Director/Social Worker throughout the State of RI. Coleen also spent 3 years working as a Social Worker for the Office of The RI Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Coleen states, “It is my privilege and honor to serve RI elders.” Coleen is also an elected member of the Scituate School Committee where she will soon be entering her third term. Coleen enjoys spending time with and travelling with her husband and 3 children.

Lisa Andronic

Case Manager

I have been in the healthcare profession for over 40 years. I have worked in MDS/Case Management for the last 15 years of my nursing career. I absolutely love serving our aging population, I feel it’s so important to provide a loving, caring home-like environment where our elders can thrive. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family & friends, whether it be hiking in the mountains or just hanging out by a campfire.

Melissa Clesas

Business Office Manager

Melissa has worked in healthcare for the past 9 years performing several different roles from accounts payable to payroll. She has stepped into the new role as Business Office Manager a year and a half ago and enjoy working directly with residents and families. “My husband and I are very involved with our 5 kids – 2 boys playing college baseball, 1 son playing professional baseball, 1 daughter playing college softball and 1 daughter who is VP of operations for her college sorority.”

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