HOPE VALLEY — Wood River Health Services has appointed Gina M. Fernandes, of Stonington, as director of finance. She will replace Eileen Gelzhiser, former director of finance and information technologies, who is transitioning to the new position of director of technology and information systems.
Fernandes was employed at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London for 18 years. She started as a financial analyst and advanced to accounting manager and assistant controller to strategic financial manager. She is experienced in strategic financial planning and analysis, operational improvements and risk and asset management.
Fernandes has also worked for Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise of Ledyard as accounts payable manager, and was a financial adviser and overseas analyst for Caltex Petroleum of Dallas, Texas. She also worked as a CPA in Grapevine, Texas. A Stonington High School graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant University and MBA from The University of Dallas. She is second vice president of the Mystic Lions Club.