Leading the way in senior services
The spirit of hospitality and serving others is at work at FellowshipLIFE and in our communities in New Jersey.
From our investment in the environment to our first-class services and programs for older adults, FellowshipLIFE has one of the strongest leadership teams in senior living.
Meet our FellowshipLife leadership team
Leaders from across the organization strategize on developing and executing innovative ideas that drive success and inspire older adults to live their best lives today.
Brian G. Lawrence, LNHA, CPA, MBA
As a licensed nursing home administrator and certified public accountant, Mr. Lawrence brings a unique blend of financial and operational expertise to his role. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Seton Hall University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the prestigious Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University.
In his current capacity, Mr. Lawrence leads FellowshipLIFE’s senior leadership team and is responsible for the overall Healthcare, Medical and Wellness Services, Independent Living, and Home Community Based Services operations and performance. He actively participates with FellowshipLIFE and affiliates Board of Directors to ensure the execution of strategic planning and development initiatives. Mr. Lawrence’s unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care and services to older adults, while maintaining a focus on innovation, growth, and the sound financial health of the organization, is his top priority.
Mr. Lawrence’s remarkable accomplishments in the senior living industry have been widely recognized. He received the “President’s Award” from LeadingAge NJ in 2019, an honor reserved for outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry. Mr. Lawrence is a member of the American Society on Aging, LeadingAge, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Lawrence resides in Millburn, New Jersey, with his wife, son, and daughter. He is a passionate advocate for the well-being of older adults and is dedicated to ensuring that FellowshipLIFE continues to provide the highest level of care and services for years to come.
As an innovative leader, strong organizational skills and entrepreneurial spirit, she spearheads innovative projects to help further the mission of FellowshipLIFE and to enhance our services and programs to benefit all those we care for and serve.
Mrs. Fandel is a member of LeadingAge and is a graduate of Larry Minnix Leadership Academy. With over 30 years of progressive business and development experience, Mrs. Fandel is a strong and strategic leader who is a highly effective, results-oriented senior-level professional with extensive business management, marketing and sales expertise. Mrs. Fandel recognizes that brand awareness and marketing penetration is key to drive sales. Having a diverse digital presence with an engaging website design and content, remarketing tactics, strong social media presence, optimized keywords, and targeted pay per click campaigns is essential in today’s marketplace.
Mrs. Fandel is a key contributor to FellowshipLIFE’s marketing and strategic planning process and initiatives. Her leadership skills and marketing expertise have increased revenues and expanded our mission. Through understanding what resonates with older adults and families, Mrs. Fandel is able to best position print and digital marketing efforts to maximize qualified leads. She ensures leads are cultivated through relationship-driven strategies, understanding their needs, and building trust. Her entrepreneurial nature, creativity and innovative ideas and solutions have and continue to strengthen all of FellowshipLIFE’s programs and services.
Mrs. Fandel brings with her to FellowshipLIFE a passion for serving seniors. She is a native of Chevy Chase Maryland, is married, has three children and currently resides in Morristown, NJ.
Mark F. Mazzella
Prior to joining FellowshipLIFE, Mr. Mazzella held roles in financial and operational leadership positions for one of the largest senior healthcare providers in New York. During his tenure, Mr. Mazzella established one of the first sub-acute care facilities in New York, expanded speciality services, and restructured the financial and operational programs to generate profitability through efficiencies and strategic initiatives. His expertise also includes the oversight and management of a large portfolio of senior housing projects.
At FellowshipLIFE, Mr. Mazzella is a key member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for all financial, accounting and reporting procedures, and internal controls. He oversees daily and long-term financial planning and integration with operations, development, budgeting, financial, audit, and compliance reporting. Mr. Mazzella has been integral in financial, strategic, and financing initiatives to position FellowshipLIFE as a strong provider within the senior living marketplace.
Mr. Mazzella has been honored for his accomplishments in the healthcare field and has been recognized and awarded for his innovative initiatives in the delivery of specialized healthcare services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting information systems from Pace University and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and LeadingAge. Mr. Mazzella resides in Ramsey, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration Management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Black has licenses and certification in plumbing, HVAC controls, and nurse call systems. His knowledge of building systems and hands-on experience provides a unique and beneficial perspective in overseeing small to multimillion-dollar projects. Through his attention to detail, critical thinking, and leadership skills, Mr. Black has successfully negotiated very competitive contracts, managed timelines effectively, reduce costs, and creates a positive team environment.
Her attention to detail, in-depth clinical knowledge, organization skills, and passion for quality care has given Mrs. Sharp the tools to develop and implement positive changes to clinical processes, programs and policies to enhance services, reduce risks, and generate higher revenue. Some key initiatives include EMR implantation and documentation, cardiac recovery program, and improved Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs with infection control and prevention plans.
As our astute clinical leader at FellowshipLIFE, Mrs. Sharp has led the team to deficiency-free surveys, high PDPM reimbursement, consistent 5-star rating, and being placed in the top-performing ACO network. Her leadership skills, expertise, and communication skills have also benefited resident, planning, and strategic discussions and meetings that have resulted in improved operations.
In recognition of Mrs. Sharp’s accomplishments, in 2019 LeadingAge NJ&DE presented her with the Professional Advancement Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from New Jersey City University, and a registered nurse license. She is a member LeadingAge, Organization of Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau (national honor society of nursing). She resides in Tewksbury, NJ, with her husband and son.
Ms. Coddington has effectively transitioned and standardized new accounting software systems across each affiliate including general ledger, accounts payable and budgeting. She has also designed and developed financial reporting procedures to ensure uniform and accurate financial reporting in both ongoing operations and new ventures.
Ms. Coddington has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Kean University, and is a graduate of the FSA Leadership Cohert class of 2016. She and her husband reside in Bridgewater, NJ.
Mr. Aguilar is a licensed certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wilkes University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A strong, analytical, and strategic executive, Mr. Aguilar has provided thought leadership to lead organizational, operational, and financial improvements. Most recently, he served at Simpson Senior Services, a multisite Life Plan Community provider, where he implemented key initiatives to improve their operations.
In addition to Mr. Aguilar’s operational and business acumen, he believes in building strong relationships and establishing effective communication with all stakeholders. His focus is on providing exceptional care and services to older adults and maintaining the organization’s sound financial and operational health.
Kelli Mills, BSW, LNHA, MHA
Her extensive years in the senior living industry have shaped the infrastructure, programs and services that have benefited many older adults. Ms. Mills led her team in the repositioning of nursing and personal care, achieving a 5-Star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, and led the implementation of an $80 million expansion project.
Ms. Mills currently serves as executive director of Friends Village, a premier FellowshipLIFE community. Ms. Mills has a strategic mindset and innovative outlook for the future of senior living and bringing the highest level of service and hospitality to older adults. She places high value on operational efficiencies, quality of service, reinvesting in infrastructure, and supporting team members through recognition, open dialogue, and relationship-building while maximizing revenues.
Ms. Mills is a licensed nursing home administrator in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; she holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
Susan E. Lanza, MHA, LNHA
Susan’s service to older adults began with work as a Director of Activities and progressively moved to roles in support services while obtaining her Administrator’s license. During one of her longest management assignments, Susan and her team developed a successful dementia special care unit that served as a model for other units within a large hospital system. Her love of writing led her to publish three books, including a textbook for activities professionals. Susan has been a featured speaker at National and International conferences and was honored by the New Jersey Activities Professional Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the Activities Profession.
Susan is licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.
Brenden D. Garozzo MA, LNHA, CALA, RHP
He holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Business, with a specialization from Rowan University. In addition, he has attained an Associate’s degree in nursing. His commitment to excellence and continuous professional development led him to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator in 1996. Since 2000, he has been sharing his expertise as an esteemed instructor for the New Jersey Assisted Living Administrator program.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Mr. Garozzo finds fulfillment in his role as a devoted father. In his leisure time, Mr. Garozzo indulges in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and golf, as well as nurturing his green thumb through gardening. He takes immense pleasure in working on his house and showcasing his culinary skills on his grill and new pizza oven.
Lisa Marie Arieno
Her non-profit work career began as the Executive Director for the Skylands Tourism Council of New Jersey, The Spina Bifida Association of the Tri State Region and at the American Heart Association as the Regional Director for Central New Jersey. Mrs. Arieno came to Fellowship Foundation from her 9-year tenure at The Arc Foundation of Somerset County where she was dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and expanding programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the procurement of grants, fundraising events, awareness, education, and public relations activities. Her most recent accomplishments included completion of a successful capital campaign where she raised 3 million for four brand new ADA accessible buildings to provide valuable services and programs.
Mrs. Arieno focuses on creating opportunity for older adults through collaboration and philanthropy. Rooted in a belief in listening to and learning from those closest to the challenges, Fellowship Foundation is leading change that ensures high-quality services for older adults throughout New Jersey and builds vibrant, inclusive communities.
Her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing Communications has significantly aided in receiving grant awards and successfully running fundraising events, annual giving and capital campaigns.
Mrs. Arieno is an avid hot yoga student and enjoys hiking daily and quality time with her family & friends and pit retriever Jax.
Mrs. Burach began her career as an account executive working on market research and new business development at a boutique advertising agency in NYC. She left the agency to oversee the account management efforts of an entertainment marketing agency focused on connecting brands with music, lifestyle and event sponsorships. After 9-11, Marcy worked as a Director for the NYC Economic Development Corporation where she managed programs designed to help struggling small businesses in lower Manhattan generate new business. Throughout the last decade, Marcy has successfully led sales and marketing teams through strong leadership, proven sales techniques, and insightful training on how to best connect with a prospect.
Marcy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and earned the Advertising in Excellence Award from the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Marcy resides in Livingston, NJ with her husband and two children.
Mr. Wang currently leads his team and oversees the integral technology backbone of FellowshipLIFE ensuring its critical network, communications, entertainment and internet infrastructure operates at peak performance. Driven by his passion to make a difference, he takes pride in providing support to these vital services to benefit FellowshipLIFE’s communities, services and programs – especially the thousands of older adults served each year.
Through his exceptional commitment Mr. Wang has brought significant value to FellowshipLIFE through creating efficiencies and integration of I.T. Infrastructure throughout the organization. His contributions ensures that our team members have the right tools to provide the right service at the right time and place throughout New Jersey.
Mr. Wang spends his free time with family, especially watching his nephews’ sporting events. He is a devoted reader of technology journals and papers. When he is not exploring the latest technological gadget, you will find him at a tailgate, in the football stadium, or home cheering for his alma mater, Rutgers University.
Under her leadership Fellowship’s team members engagement score has surpassed industry benchmarks providing a workforce that supports and advances the mission of FellowshipLIFE. Ms. Mota transcends conventional management practice to generate immediate and long-term results and transforms traditional HR departments into value-adding business partners contributing to bottom-line organizational success.
Ms. Mota provides strategic and creative thinking to our communities and services that supports our team members by promoting a corporate culture that empowers and motivates them to realize their full potential. She is exceptionally strong as a leader in team member selection and assessment, talent management, organizational development, change management, survey design and analysis, and training. Ms. Mota also provides strong leadership in developing and executing organization-wide strategies that align with FSL’s vision, mission and culture.
Ms. Mota received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from SUNY College at Oswego, with a concentration in Human Resources. She has achieved the designations of SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Meet our FellowshipLIFE Board of Directors
Our volunteer board of directors complements our leadership team with their skills and experience, following the faith-based principles that have defined us from the beginning.
Stanley J. Morin, CPA
Mr. Morin has over 40 years of experience in public accounting and taxation, and is still active in the professional practice with offices in New Jersey, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. He has been a frequent speaker on various accounting, auditing, tax and estate-related topics. His concentrations are primarily in not-for-profit, corporate, and taxation matters. Mr. Morin is a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine, with graduate work completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is chairman of the board and finance committee of FellowshipLIFE. He is serving and has served on the board and committees of various local and national not-for-profit and charitable organizations. He is a trustee/treasurer of the Jack Weisberg Charitable Foundation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, South Carolina Board of Accountancy and a member of the International Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is an active member of the New Jersey State Society of CPAs, having served as a trustee, and was past chairman of the society’s professional conduct and ethics committees. Mr. Morin resides with his wife in Bluffton, SC, and has three children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq., LLM
After law school, he completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Mahlon Fast, J.S.C. Since joining the firm, he has received a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Zenna is a member of the Essex, Hudson and Morris county bar associations. He was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit). As a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, he has lectured on their behalf with regard to trial advocacy, and in 2010 lectured for the New Jersey Association for Justice regarding the use of rebuttal testimony. Mr. Zenna has also been a member of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Inn of Court since 1997. He is a long-standing member of the New Jersey chapter of The Miami Project, dedicated to the cure of paralysis, and he was approved in 2013 to sit on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s 10B Ethics Committee for Morris County for a four-year term.
Suzanne Shugg APN, DNP, CLS, FNLA
Dr. Shugg is the CEO of Teleplus HealthCare, a medical software company that enables hospitals and providers to manage chronic care illnesses on a population level. She focuses on disease prevention and preservation of quality of life. Dr. Shugg has practiced various aspects of acute care and cardiology across the healthcare spectrum. She has also served as a consultant to several hospitals to establish preventive care, chronic care management and telemedicine. Dr. Shugg earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her master’s degree at Seton Hall University and her doctorate at Rutgers University.
Brian G. Lawrence, LNHA, CPA, MBA
Mr. Lawrence is a licensed nursing home administrator and a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Seton Hall University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration in finance from the Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University.
As president and CEO, Mr. Lawrence is currently leading FellowshipLIFE’s senior leadership team with responsibility for overall Healthcare and Medical Services, Independent Living, and Home Community Based Services operations and performance. Mr. Lawrence actively participates with the FellowshipLIFE board of directors, ensuring the execution of strategic planning and development initiatives. His vision and number one priority is providing a high level of care and services to seniors and maintaining the sound financial health of the organization.
Mr. Lawrence received the “President’s Award” from LeadingAge NJ in 2019 for his outstanding accomplishments in the senior living industry. He is a member of the American Society on Aging, LeadingAge, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He resides in Millburn, New Jersey, with his wife, son and daughter.
Father Dave L. Jones
Recent honors include being named Person of the Year by the Warren Chapter of the NAACP, an Honorary Alum by the Centenary University Alumni Association, reception of the first “Beacon” Award given by the Warren County Human Relations Commission and Granting of Entrance to the Village by the Elders of Brahabebome, Ashanti, and Ghana. Dave was ordained a priest by The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Tenth Bishop of Newark, on June 9, 2018.
Dave earned his undergraduate degree at Montclair State University, his Masters of Divinity at Drew Theological School, and completed courses in Anglican Studies at General Theological Seminary.
Mrs. DiFrancesco was the first recipient of Joan Vagelos Currie Award for Excellence in Teaching, the volunteer of the year award in Somerset County and the Educator of the year award in Somerset County. She is a longtime active member of Somerset Hills Baptist Church.
William (Bill) Dobson
He was a vice president and trader at Goldman Sachs on the Loan Trading desk in New York from September 2005 until April 2009, and was a managing director and head of loan trading at Wachovia Securities from October 1998 until September 2005. Bill has a Bachelor of Science in finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Mr. Acquaviva’s initial skills were developed in the fast-paced kitchen at the Short Hills Hilton in Short Hills. In 2002, he opened Delicious Heights, a small delicatessen in Berkeley Heights. Five years later, he opened up his first full-service restaurant bar and grill — also in Berkeley Heights and also named Delicious Heights. Today, he is the part-owner of three successful restaurants and two sophisticated banquet venues.
Mr. Acquaviva credits his parents for his cooking talents and ambitious work ethic. If he had a personal motto, it would be, “Dream it, think it, do it. Repeat.” He lives with his wife and their two daughters.
Michael Toscano is a finance executive with over 25 years of experience in public company corporate finance, primarily in the travel industry. Michael most recently served as the CFO for the travel and membership division of Travel + Leisure Co. for 8 years. Travel + Leisure Co is the world’s largest timeshare developer and timeshare exchange company, headquartered in Orlando Florida. In this role, Michael was a key member of the executive leadership team for the business along with the division CEO and COO. He was responsible for a worldwide team of 200+ finance professionals in more than 10 countries. Prior to the segment CFO role, Michael was SVP of Financial Planning & Analysis for the division for over 10 years.
Before Travel + Leisure, Michael worked for Wyndham Worldwide and Cendant Corporation, both of which were predecessors to T+L Co, serving in a variety of roles in corporate finance including leading the finance organization for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.
Michael started his career at Arthur Andersen’s Roseland NJ office in the audit practice. He has broad experience in finance, including: audit, controllership, financial planning & analysis, and M&A. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in NJ.
Michael has a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School. He is an active supporter of his undergrad alma mater, serving as a member of their Accounting Advisory Board. He resides in Basking Ridge with his wife and 3 children. Michael is an active supporter of St James Parish and School along with his wife Suzanne.