Gayle Amodio is a 40 year veteran of the hospitality industry and came to the Mercy by the Sea in 2016. She works tirelessly to prepare and provide great food for our guests. Every beautiful salad bar has Gayle’s stamp of approval. She has four grandchildren and lives with her husband Rob of 43 years, in East Haven. Gayle loves being in the kitchen and enjoys her one month each year in sunny Aruba.
Building and Grounds
Robert Amodio joined Mercy by the Sea in 2012. Robert has been involved in building and grounds work since his part-time employment during high school at New Haven’s Erector Square, where erector set toys were once manufactured. After graduation, he worked there full-time until coming to Mercy by the Sea. Robert, an avid fisherman, says he likes to make people comfortable, tend to their needs and see them smile. He lives with his wife and children in Branford.
Chef Joe Berg is happy to be on the full-time staff of Mercy by the Sea. A graduate of the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY, Chef Joe is a forty-year veteran and professional chef, educator and culinary instructor. He has served as Executive Chef at Albertus Magnus College, Southern New England Telephone, ARC of Meriden-Wallingford and the University of New Haven. Joe is a Branford resident and a voracious tennis enthusiast.
Hospitality - Front Desk Receptionist
Bernadette is a retired Pediatric Social Worker, having worked at Yale New Haven Hospital for 10 years. She started as a volunteer at Mercy by the Sea before being hired as the front desk coordinator.
Building and Grounds
Annie moved to Madison over 25 years ago from Larchmont, NY and raised 3 children on the shoreline, where they had a magical childhood. Crabbing, sailing, riding bikes, tennis, and kayaking are just a few gifts received because of moving to Madison. She enjoys gardening, walking on the beach and collecting sea glass and jingle shells. Her children are full grown now. Annie's background for many years was in retail. Most recently, she worked as Concierge and Spa Specialist at Madison Beach Hotel.
Sr. Anne Curtis
Sister Anne, a native of Rochester, NY brings a lifetime of service in Mercy ministries. In addition to her most recent work in Mercy Ecology, Sister Anne brings many years of experience in leadership for the Sisters of Mercy Institute and served as a Lobbyist with Network, the Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. Sister also served in the Mission of the Sisters of Mercy in Chile for several years and holds degrees in both Psychology and Theology.
Faithe is an Arizona native who now happily calls Connecticut home. She has worked in communications and web design/development for over ten years. When she's not working, you can find Faithe with her family and two cats. Occasionally, she'll pull out her Bach Stradivarius trumpet and enjoy using the skills she learned while earning a degree in Trumpet Performance.
Sr. Barbara Giehl
Mission, Hospitality and Volunteers
Originally from Rochester, NY where she lived for 62 years, raising her family, (daughter and three sons + six grandkids!) and working for 23 years as Vice President of a large not-for-profit Home Health and Hospice organization, and retiring in 2015, Sister Barbara entered the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in 2018 following the death of her husband in 2009. After entering the Mercy community, she lived and ministered in Philadelphia, PA for 3 ½ years, arriving in Madison, CT in 2021 where she ministered as a Registered Nurse for a year in Hartford with the House of Malta mobile medical health clinic. Following the profession of her First Vows in 2022, she joined the staff at Mercy by the Sea and is Director of Mission Integration, Hospitality, and Volunteers. She is excited to be part of this dedicated team and important ministry and is thrilled to continue living on these very Holy grounds at Emmanuel House.
George Goulet, our Security Manager, came to Mercy by the Sea in 2012 bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the security field. George's number one priority is to make sure that all the guests, who come to visit or stay on these sacred grounds, feel they are in a safe and peaceful community. A resident of Guilford, Connecticut, George is a proud uncle and is very active in his church and community.
Maggie’s gift for finances is exceeded only by her passionate faith. Motivated by a desire to connect with God, she strives to be the hands and mouthpiece of the Divine in all she says and does. Maggie has been married for 29 years and has raised to adulthood, twin sons and a daughter. She lives in Stratford where she has been a part of the St. James parish for over 24 years. She enjoys working out to stay healthy.
Rosemary handles reservations for private retreats and program registrations. She is also a graphic designer who uses her expertise to create our brochures and flyers. Rosemary lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her Anatolian Shepherd, Andy.
Karin is a 2017 graduate of Mercy by the Sea's School for the Second Half of Life. As Program Director, she helps develop onsite and virtual programs that carefully blend experiential and contemplative practices to embody the Mercy Sisters' key Critical Concerns: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism and Women. Karin also serves on Mercy by the Sea's Mission Integration Committee and facilitates Mercy's monthly Book Circle discussion group. From 2007 to 2018, Karin was the principal of an international consulting practice she founded that was based on social entrepreneurship values. Nobile Communications International, LLC helped diverse organizations with social responsibility planning; forged strategic community partnerships; and mobilized resources and creative solutions for some of society’s most pressing issues, including homelessness, poverty, health care disparities, veterans’ readjustment challenges, and environmental and social injustices. She has served many community boards and volunteer initiatives; most recently the Greater New Haven Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion taskforce. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she earned a Masters in Humanities and Social Studies.
Gail Wyman has had a varied professional career, from teaching to owning a daycare center to serving as office manager for a physician, to name just a few. Mercy by the Sea has also afforded her variety. In her 10 years here, she handled numerous tasks including painting and making repairs as well as running the kitchen for a time before moving on to managing housekeeping. She lives in Westbrook with Katie, a nine-year-old rescue cat.