About Visiting Angels

Barney and Eileen Freiberg-Dale - Directors 
Barney and Eileen Freiberg-Dale have been active in Massachusetts and Newton community affairs for many years. Those who know us well are already aware of what we bring to the field of elder care.

Barney has been a master’s level rehabilitation counselor and administrator since 1978. He was Executive Director of a comprehensive Easter Seal rehabilitation facility for three years, during which time he established an adult day health center for seniors. His work has included services to people of all ages and with all nature of physical, mental and emotional disabilities, in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Eileen has been a clinical social worker in the Boston area since 1967, working with clients of all ages in her private therapeutic practice and in several non-profit agencies. For 20 years she served on the faculty at Simmons College School of Social Work, where she taught and coordinated field placements for graduate students. In that capacity, she became intimately familiar with agencies, hospitals and other human service organizations throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Until recently, she provided psycho-therapy in a private practice.  As an LICSW, Eileen is the on-staff social work consultant for challenging situations that any of our team may encounter.

As directors, we continue to participate actively in recruiting caregivers, meeting new client families and managing cases. We are never surprised when our care recipients and their families grow to love them as much as we do. We also direct the activities of our fine office staff of full-time case managers and clerical professionals who have become a finely honed team who work together to make sure that your experience as with homecare will be a positive one.

One of the benefits of our experience is that we are aware of the broad array of services available to help families deal with the challenges of caring for a loved one in the final years of life. Aside from providing non-medical and specialized dementia care to help seniors remain in their own homes, we can connect families as needed to an array of other helpful services: geriatric care managers, community service agencies, elder law attorneys, home-modification companies, financial planners, healthcare professionals and adult day healthcare programs, to name just a few.

Julie R. McBain, CCM
Julie was promoted to Director of Client Services in December, 2016, after working as a case manager with us since 2011.  Though she still carries a caseload, she also is the direct supervisor of the other case managers noted below.  Prior to joining Visiting Angels, she most recently worked at Mystic Valley Elder Services as Case Management Supervisor, from 2002 – 2011, when she joined Visiting Angels. Prior to that, she spent seven years serving disabled individuals as a rehabilitation counselor in various organizations in both Massachusetts and Virginia. Julie’s many years of dealing with the concerns of disabled and elderly individuals has provided her with great background for helping families navigate the difficult decisions in caring for aging relatives.
Susan Saris
Susan has worked as a case manager since 1980 in both public and private homecare. She brings a holistic orientation and a variety of skills to her work with a purpose of enhancing our clients' quality of life and help maintain their independence. Her insights into family dynamics and ways to maximize the effectiveness of support from family and friends makes her especially effective in handling the many complex issues that arise in elder home care.
Joanne M. Briggs
Joanne has a broad background in the health care field in marketing and admissions at both certified home care agencies and nursing homes, and as activities director at assisted living facilities since 1992. She thoroughly enjoys her role in keeping elders healthy, safe and happy at home.
Joanna Stull, RN
Joanna was a hospice nurse from 2001 til she joined us in 2015, working with several of the area’s best hospice organizations. Prior to that, she was a home health nurse for 19 years with Cambridge VNA. Aside from managing client care, she consults with other CMs on medical issues among their clients, including assessments and visits as needed.
Michelle Boiardi, CDP
Michelle is a true expert in dementia care. Michelle is dedicated to bringing the best in dementia care to the home setting, so that families have that option, rather than facilities. Her experience was gained in over twenty years of direct care and managing memory units at some of the area’s best residential facilities, most recently at Senior Living Residences. She has trained with the nation’s leading dementia care authorities. She manages client care, trains caregivers & families in dementia care skills, and consults with our other case managers for their clients.
Elizabeth Quagraine
We first employed Elizabeth as a home health aide in 2007 for four years.  She then became a case manager for 5 years at Elder Services of Worcester Area, still working part-time as a direct caregiver. She rejoined us in 2016 as Case Manager, bringing great experience as both home health aide and service manager.  Her perspective as a former home health aide herself enables her to make a unique contribution in our team of outstanding case managers.


Contact Information:

Main office in Newton: 617-795-2727
Satellite office in Canton: 781-828-9200

Visiting Angels
1254 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor
Newton, MA 02464


Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.