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Charlene Wisdom

Executive Director

Charlene Wisdom is the executive director for Solstice Senior Living at Groton and has more than a decade of senior living experience. Prior to her work in senior living communities, Charlene worked in public relations and broadcast production in Dallas, Texas. As executive director, she is responsible for managing community operations, fostering local relationships, and overseeing Solstice at Groton’s successful Elevate and Vibrant Life® programs. Her passion is creating the best environment for seniors to thrive.

Angela Fustini

Business Office Director

Angela Fustini joined the Solstice at Groton team in 2011. After transitioning from working with students to seniors, she quickly realized that senior living is her true calling. Angela is passionate about creating the best possible experience for seniors residing at the community. When she is not in her office, Angela can frequently be found enjoying a resident program, cooking, reading, taking photographs and spending time with her family. One of Angela’s favorite quotes is “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”

Michelle Dollard

Vibrant Life Director

Michelle Dollard is the Vibrant Life® director for Solstice Senior Living at Groton. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the health care industry for over 10 years, assisting with facilitating intergenerational programs. Though she has held a variety of jobs, her passion has always remained in helping and interacting with older generations. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Michelle enjoys baking, doing crafts and planning parties. She is looking forward to growing her connections with her residents and learning from them.

Sean Coleman

Building Services Director

Sean Coleman joined Solstice Senior Living at Groton as the Building Services director in August 2019. Prior to joining the team, he spent 30 years as a retail, wholesale and catering business owner in Mystic and Groton. As a business owner, Sean is very experienced with property and equipment maintenance, and he understands the intricacies of running a successful business.

Sean is passionate about giving back to the community and established his own charity event that fed 4,000 military veterans and their families. Through this event, Sean donated $50,000 to the local charity, Work Vessels for Veterans. His charity event was recognized on the local, state and federal levels and was presented numerous civic citations and awards.

Sean has been married for 28 years and has a daughter and son. His hobbies include spending time with family, cooking and fishing. Sean is very excited to be a part of the Solstice team and loves to greet residents and visitors with a welcoming smile.

Joeanna Gomez


Joeanna Gomez is a native of New London, Connecticut, and attends Three Rivers Community College. As a concierge at Solstice at Groton, she works with the residents daily, assisting with questions, helping with directions and serving as a compassionate listener. Joeanna plans to finish her degree in criminal justice while working at Solstice.

Shawn Little

Culinary Services Director

Shawn Little is the Culinary Services director for Solstice Senior Living at Groton. Prior to joining the team, Shawn attended Naval MS cooking school in San Diego, Calif. He later served aboard the USS Fulton based in New London, Conn. After his service ended, he remained in Connecticut cooking in diners, casinos, golf courses and high-end catering. Originally from Idaho, Shawn is the oldest of five children and has a passion for cooking and learning from those around him.

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