Connecticut Shore Native Appointed Executive Director of Crescent Point at Niantic

Accomplished Healthcare Administrator to Continue Communities Mission
of Elevating Human Connection

Jessica Colangelo

Jessica Colangelo has spent her entire life on the Connecticut shoreline and was attracted to healthcare because she wanted to improve the aging experience for seniors. Now, after nearly a decade as an administrator for local skilled nursing facilities, Benchmark (, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today announced she’s been appointed executive director for their assisted living community in Niantic, Conn., Crescent Point at Niantic. Colangelo replaces Shaun Mastroianni who was promoted to lead Benchmark’s Capitol Ridge at Providence community in Providence, R.I.

“Benchmark has continued to demonstrate their innovative approach to healthcare and to senior living and I look forward to being part of that,” says Colangelo. I am excited to direct a different side of healthcare and provide the experiences that will help our residents thrive.”

Colangelo has served as an administrator for Autumn Lake Healthcare in Cromwell, and Orange Healthcare in Orange and an assistant administrator at Gladeview Health Care Center in Old Saybrook. She graduated with a B.S. in health policy and management from Providence College, received a certificate in long term care administration from the University of Connecticut and earned an MBA in business administration and management from the University of New Haven. Jessica grew-up in Chester and now lives in Clinton with her husband and black lab.

“Jessica has everything we look for in a leader,” says Kathy Hooker, regional director of operations for Benchmark. “She has tons of healthcare education and experience, but more importantly, she is committed to doing everything she can to improve the aging experience for Crescent Point residents and help keep our associates and families connected to what matters most in their lives.”

About Benchmark
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The organization was selected by FORTUNE magazine for its inaugural 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging services companies and ranking number three among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.

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