Meet Our Team

Our dedicated team delivers an exceptional experience.

Executive Director

Pat Ryan

Associate Executive Director

Kylee Ryan

Executive Chef

Kyle Garell

Business Manager

Diane Waite

Housekeeping Manager

Gary Dennis

Activities & Events Coordinator

Kara Waite

Maintenance Manager

Alex Hansen

Executive Director

Pat Ryan

Pat joined our team October 2020.

Pat grew up in the NY/NJ area, has a BS from Rutgers College and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and began her early career working for General Electric, Black & Decker and Master Lock Co.

Marriage and skiing brought Pat to Vermont, where she entered the world of hospitality at both Killington and Stratton ski resorts. Pat’s strength is people management with an expertise in sales and marketing. Pat’s viewpoint and approach to business is practical, strategic and people oriented. This approach was built on her experience over a wide range of industries from consumer sales to hospitality to healthcare.

Most recently, Pat was the Vermont Regional Director for Business Development at Genesis Healthcare, which followed her position with LCB Senior Living as the Sales and Marketing Director for The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury, VT.

Living in Chittenden, VT with her husband Ed, they enjoy each other’s company, outdoor activities, reading, DIY projects and spending time with friends and family.

Associate Executive Director

Kylee Ryan

Kylee is the Associate Director & Wellness Coordinator at Equinox Village. She attended Castleton State College and majored in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Upon graduation, Kylee worked at the Glens Falls Hospital’s Wellness Center in Glens Falls, NY as an Exercise Physiologist. She worked with all ages, particularly the elderly and cardiac rehab patients to help manage diseases and improve overall health.

Kylee relocated to Chittenden County in Vermont in 2005 and began working at Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (AHEC) as the Program Coordinator for health care career education. There she created programs for high school students to learn about various health care careers. Five years later, Kylee and her husband moved closer to their families to start their own family. With that move, in 2010 she began to work for Equinox Village as the Activities & Wellness Coordinator.

In 2021 Kylee took on the new role of Associate Executive Director at Equinox Village in addition to her key role as Wellness Coordinator. This added responsibility allowed her to maintain her connections with the residents, while helping them through changes in health and mobility. It also provided Kylee the opportunity to grow and contribute to the administrative side of the community. Her goals continue to be helping residents maintain their independence for as long as possible, and being a support system for residents and family members, all essential elements to successfully aging in place.

Kylee loves being outdoors, camping with her family, exercising and taking in all that Southern Vermont has to offer.

In July 2021, Kylee will be graduating from St. Joseph’s College of Maine with a MBA in Leadership.

Executive Chef

Kyle Garell

Kyle Garell comes to us as a seasoned chef of over 16 years in the field. What stands out about Kyle is his passion for his profession: Passion for quality, fresh ingredients, having guests enjoy eating the food he’s prepared, and sharing the fun of all things food related with others. These passions fuel his soul, energizing him in his pursuit to satisfy and please his guests.

Previously, and most notably, Kyle was Chef for six years at the Palm Restaurant at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston and for seven years he was on Martha’s Vineyard at Relais & Chateaux: The Charlotte Inn. All this was prior to his move to Vermont, twelve years ago.

When not preparing or cooking food, Kyle can be found enjoying time with his family and his dog “James”. He enjoys skiing and the beach with seafood being his favorite food to consume himself, as well as prepare for others.

Food is such an important part of life; for health, social connections, creating new memories and remembering past ones. Kyle looks forward to getting to know the residents of Equinox Village, so that he can prepare meals that meet their needs. His energy, creativity and passion for cooking will be used in refining the quality foodservice experience already embedded in Equinox Village’s way of life. If you would like to come to tour, we encourage you to stay for lunch or dinner, so you can judge for yourself.

Business Manager

Diane Waite

Diane began her career at Equinox Village in 2010 as a Front Desk Attendant, later being promoted to Business Manager thanks to her business degree and dedication.

As the Business Manager Diane performs the billing, accounting and human resource functions for the community. She also oversees the Front Desk attendants who serve in a concierge-type role for the residents.

Diane treasures the relationships she has formed over the years with residents and staff. She appreciates that unique characteristic Equinox Village offers as a family-run and centered community.

Thanks to her technical skills, Diane is often called upon help staff and residents with computer and phone technical issues. She owes that knowledge to her addiction to YouTube and social media scanning.

Staying up on fashion and cosmetic trends is a not-so-secret addiction. Diane is up for shoe shopping whenever the opportunity presents itself and loves showing them off by pairing them with her chic work attire.

Housekeeping Manager

Gary Dennis

Gary joined us in 2015 as our Housekeeping Manager.

In this position Gary oversees the daytime housekeepers that provide quality services to our residents by cleaning their apartment on a weekly bases, as well as the night staff that maintain security, safety and cleanliness throughout the building. Gary is never found in one place for long and is always happy to help.

He has a passion for tackling difficult physical challenges, which is seen in his extracurricular activities that include backcountry skiing, training for and racing in triathlons and coaching youth sports. Besides Equinox Village, his favorite place to work was as a kids’ ski school supervisor at Stratton. For him, it was the perfect blend of silliness and seriousness with the added bonus of being able to ski.

When not at work or being physically active, Gary can be found indulging in his favorite food group – pizza.

Activities & Events Coordinator

Kara Waite

Our Activities & Events Coordinator is Kara Waite.

Kara began working for Equinox Village as a Front Desk Attendant in 2018. She was promoted to her current position due to her creativity and connection with our residents, among other things.

One of her previous jobs was as a Sales Executive for a local hotel. She enjoyed that role because of the interaction with people on tours and in wedding parties.

Creating activity and the connection with others is a motivator for Kara. It may surprise some that outside of work Kara is a farmer, enjoying everything about farm life from the daily chores to gardening to fixing barn roofs to caring for the animals.

Kara particularly enjoys being a mom and wife.

Maintenance Manager

Alex Hansen

Meet Alex, our Maintenance Manager.

Alex oversees everything with our building and the surrounding grounds. Problem solving is second nature to Alex, which is why everything runs so smoothly in our community. His kindness, patience and focus on detail all correlate to a department focused on quality and satisfaction.

Alex started as the maintenance assistant in 2014 and has dazzled residents ever since with his friendly and always-willing-to-help personality.

No two days are ever the same in the maintenance world, says Alex, and he enjoys that. One day he may be driving a resident to a doctor appointment, changing air filters in the building and weeding. The next, he may be preparing an apartment for a new resident by coordinating construction and flooring or hanging pictures on a wall.

He treasures having time for friendly one-on-one interactions with residents. Getting to know residents’ history, as well as their needs, are important to Alex. This also just happens to dovetail with his previous job and hobbies – working for an auction house. The stories behind all the unique antique pieces were always quite fascinating to him.

Outside of work, Alex is all about fitness and activity. Rarely is he found sitting still. Going to the gym, training others, playing basketball, hiking, kayaking or enjoying any other outside activity is where you’re sure to find Alex.