Where Life is Celebrated

Our Staff

Roberta Ragge RI Assisted living staff member

Roberta Ragge

Executive Director

Roberta brings over 25 years experience caring for senior citizens to her position. She has been with Tamarisk in her capacity of Executive Director since 2005. She has also managed INSIGHT’s Geriatric Adjustment Center, the Cranston Adult Day Center, the “To Life Center” and the Louis Feinstein Alzheimer’s Center.

Our residents have lived such full and remarkable lives. I feel blessed to be entrusted with their care and I continue to grow personally from all that they share with me. Each day I make a commitment to do everything in my power to help our residents, their families and our staff to feel confident and proud that they have chosen Tamarisk.”

Amy Perry, RN

Director of Nursing Operations

Amy comes to Tamarisk with a strong background in geriatric care.

I truly enjoy working with the elderly. Their vast and varied life experiences positively contribute to my own life, and I learn from them every day. It is a pleasure to work in an effort to enhance their well being.”

Dianne Giammarco

Marketing Director

Dianne brings to Tamarisk over 20 years of healthcare management experience. She has been with Tamarisk since we opened our doors in September, 2003. She says,

There is something special about watching a facility being built and then walking through the front doors for the very first time. You feel an instant bond with everyone. I am so proud to showcase our warm and wonderful community and to help seniors learn, live and enjoy the lovely and luxurious lifestyle that is Tamarisk.”


Nancy Hagenston

Renaissance Program Director

Nancy brings over fifteen years of experience working with seniors. It is Nancy passion to work with the families and staff to maintain the quality of care to our residents in Renaissance. Nancy says,

Life is a continuous learning process, and I am privileged to be part of such a great family and beautiful community.”

Jo-Ann Marzilli RI Assisted living staff member

Jo-Ann Marzilli

The Director of Resident Programs

Jo-Ann has spent her career in a variety of creative positions including floral and interior design. She has been with Tamarisk since 2006. She is known as a high energy multi-tasker who works very hard to make life enjoyable, happy, and fun for our residents with educational and entertaining programs. About her role Jo-Ann says,

For me, coming to work is like going home. This is my extended family. We live, laugh and all work together at being a family. I can truly say that this is not just a job; it is home and the residents and my co-workers are family.”

Dave Poole

Plant Operations and Security Director

Dave sees his role “as serving our residents by creating a safe, clean and comfortable environment in which they can live.” He feels,

personally rewarded by knowing Tamarisk’s residents and learning about their diverse and exciting backgrounds.”

Mary Poirier

Business Office Manager

Mary brings over 35 years of accounting management experience to Tamarisk.

It has been a pleasure to meet and work with the residents and staff of Tamarisk. My goal as part of the management team is to use my accounting skills within the business office for streamlining the many functions there. It is my goal to become a dedicated member of the management team and the extended Tamarisk family.”

Deborah Blazer

Executive Chef

Deb comes to us from a strong, philanthropic, culinary background. Having been the owner and operator of her kosher catering business “Accounting for Taste LLC” for the past 13 years as well as an avid contributor to the local meals on wheels program, she was an ideal choice to be our Executive Chef at Tamarisk. She imparts her wisdom and expertise while ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of the individuals she serves. As Deb says,

These seniors are my passion”

Eric Gustafson

General Manager of Dining Services
Eric has served Tamarisk well for twelve years in various roles! He says in his current position,

Making sure that our residents have all that they need for a great dining experience is my number one priority!”