A Holyoke native, Fran O'Connell, RN, has more than 27 years of experience in home health, hospice and palliative, dementia, and geriatric care. Fran founded O'Connell Care at Home, Inc., in 1987 and continues to manage the organization today. He holds a rare accomplishment within the elder care community—he is one of the few area Geriatric Care Managers that is a practicing Nurse Practitioner. Fran received a BS in Nursing from Columbia University, New York, NY; an MS as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and is a former officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. He is married to Kim, and has three daughters and one stepson. In is free time, Fran enjoys horseback riding, traveling, ceramics, and basketball.