Melvin Hitt
Mel began his extensive 37-year career as a licensed nursing home administrator in Central New York. He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The New School for Social Research in New York City. He has worked in various facilities throughout New York State, ranging in both size and specialty. Mel feels the key to successfully managing a facility is to build a strong team that is both compassionate and hardworking. Mel came out of a year of retirement to work for The Grand and he is thrilled to be back in the swing of things. He lives in Castleton, NY where he is raising his granddaughter, Gabriella.

Joan Moutray
Director of Nursing
Director of Nursing Joan Moutray began her career in nursing at age 19. She received her nursing degree from Albany Medical Center and has an associates in applied science and certification in gerontology from Maria College. A certified EMT who volunteers for Bethlehem Ambulance, Joan is an active member of the Albany County Emergency Response Team. A graduate of The New York State Health Facilities Association’s Director of Nursing Certificate Program, Joan received the NYSHFA’s Long Term Nurse of the Year award. She has worked with the NYSHFA on grant programs and has conducted seminars with students from local nursing programs. Joan has over 20 years’ experience as a Director of Nursing and has worked in acute care at the Stratton V.A. and St. Margaret’s home for children with special needs. She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking and traveling and is incredibly proud to have raised nine children and to have been a part of their daily lives.

Donald Wood
Director of Rehabilitation
Director of Rehabilitation Donald Wood graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in physical therapy. He has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics and acute care and sub-acute rehabilitation. Donald enjoys the field of physical therapy because it offers an array of challenges on a day-to-day basis, allowing him to actively make a difference in the lives of those with whom he works. Donald has a passion for sports and the outdoors and enjoys golfing, fishing and hiking in his free time.

Wendy Decker
Director of Admissions
As a long term Guilderland employee, Wendy Decker has held various positions, from receptionist to working in human resources and payroll. She is now the facility’s Director of Admissions. She is involved in many aspects of our guests’ experience and works closely with staff members to ensure that every guest is properly placed and treated to the high standard of care that makes Guilderland an exceptional facility. She and her husband live in Cobleskill with their two children.

Rajmatie Gowrie
Director of Food Service

Food Service Director Rajmatie “Pam” Gowrie has been working in the food industry since 2001. A graduate of Cornell University, Pam began working at the Guilderland Center in 2005 as a dietary aide. Over the years, Pam has risen through the ranks and was named director of the Food Service Department when the Guilderland Center became a member of the Grand Healthcare System family. With a passion for serving and helping the elderly, Pam enjoys putting a smile on the faces of our Grand guests each and every day, doing her very best to ensure that they feel at home during their stay with us.