Executive Staff

Cynthia Emiry Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA
President & CEO

Cynthia Emiry Roy joined Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT as President & CEO in 2007 after nine years as Executive Director at Mid-Fairfield Hospice in Wilton, CT. She has extensive experience in the healthcare and hospice fields.  In addition, Cynthia has previously worked with the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Cynthia completed her clinical internship training at St. Vincent’s Psychiatric Hospital. While at Columbia University, she also worked with the United Nations, non-governmental organization, International Committee on Aging.

In September 2013, Ms. Roy was appointed by Speaker of the House, J. Brendan Sharkey, to Governor Malloy’s Palliative Care Advisory Council.  Cynthia serves on the End-of-Life-Care Advisory Committee for the Connecticut Hospital Association, and the Future of Home Care Committee for Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home. Cynthia was an ambassador for the NHPCO Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009 Regional Hospice partnered with Ndolage Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania to support and guide end-of-life/advanced illness needs globally.  Cynthia serves as a corporator for Union Savings Bank.  In 2016, Cynthia became a member of YPO, the Young Presidents’ Organization, a prestigious global network of young chief executives.

Cynthia received a master’s degree in science majoring in social work from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in science from Boston University. She is a Connecticut licensed clinical social worker specializing in issues of grief, hospice and palliative care. Cynthia holds an accreditation as both a home care manager and hospice administrator.


Paul L. Sirois
Chief Operating Officer

Paul L. Sirois joined the Regional Hospice team as a volunteer member of the board of directors in 2007, ultimately assuming the role of Chairman in 2013.  Embracing the unquestionable philosophy of hospice care, Paul renewed his commitment to Regional by becoming an employee in January of 2014, a year prior to the opening of the Center for Comfort Care and Healing.

Prior to joining Regional Hospice, Paul provided financial counseling and active management of a wide array of financial interests to over 250 families and business owners through his independent financial planning firm in Newtown, Connecticut. Paul also served as a Vice President with Union Savings Bank’s Wealth Management Department in Danbury, Connecticut.

Giving back to the greater Danbury, Connecticut community has been a keystone both personally and professionally for Paul.  Over the past fifteen years, Paul has been privileged to serve on many local nonprofit boards in addition to Regional Hospice’s including; Ives Concert Park Board of Directors, Danbury Hospital Foundation Associate Board of Directors, Cyrenius H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, and Newtown Scholarship Association Board of Directors.

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.


Deborah Ryan, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Chief Clinical Officer

Deborah Ryan is the Chief Clinical Officer at Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, providing oversight for all the clinical aspects of the agency.  She joined the staff in 1992 fulfilling the positions of Social Work Case Manager, followed by Director of Counseling Services, then Vice President of Clinical Operations.

Ms. Ryan has 30+ years of experience providing individual and group counseling for children and adults with chronic and/or life-limiting illnesses, 11 of which were at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan in the role of Psychosocial Case Manager.  In addition, Deborah was a field instructor for several universities for master level social workers.  This vast background was the catalyst for the vision of a regional family bereavement center – Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children and Families.

Deborah received a master’s degree in social sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from Fordham University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker possessing over 30 years of experience working in the healthcare field, the last 23 years of which have been in hospice care.  She provides invaluable expertise working with individuals and families who are struggling with illness, loss, bereavement and the challenges of caregiving. In addition, she understands the agency infrastructure needed in order to support clinicians working in the challenging field of hospice care.