Arlene Germain is President and Co-founder of the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (MANHR). As MANHR’s President, her duties include guiding the work of MANHR, presenting testimony to legislative and other policy-making committees, participating in numerous coalitions and stakeholder committees advocating for nursing home residents, and serving as an expert on various long-term care issues.
Arlene began her elder advocacy efforts 20 years ago when her mother entered a nursing home. Since that time, Arlene has been involved in the care of 8 loved ones in 7 Massachusetts long-term care facilities. These relationships and care experiences are the driving force behind her passionate advocacy efforts.
In 2016, Arlene received the Arthur Stavisky Award, an honor that the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys bestows each year on an individual who has dedicated herself to promoting elder causes in the community. On a national level, Arlene currently serves on the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. In 2013, she received the Consumer Voice’s Janet Tulloch Award for her dedication to nursing home resident advocacy.
After graduating magna cum laude from Boston University, Arlene had a career in accounting, including serving as a controller of a prestigious venture capital firm and senior accounting positions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).
Arlene retired from accounting in 2011 and now devotes herself full-time to MANHR.
As senior advisor to MANHR, Martin provides strategic direction focused on marketing, organizational reputation and public relations.
Martin joined MANHR because both his parents had terrible, unnecessary experiences at nursing homes in Massachusetts. Despite being a passionate advocate and unofficial elder care manager for his parents, he experienced inadequate care of his parents, neglect of their needs and retaliation by a nursing home because he just wanted to ask questions about his mother’s care.
Previously, Martin led and managed public relations firms in China, Japan and the United States. He also was president/CEO for the USA Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai, the world’s fair that hosted 73 million people over six months.
Martin is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and has a master’s in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Martin was born, raised and lives in Natick, MA.