Meet our team
Take a minute to meet the friendly and experienced leadership team at our retirement community in Hackettstown, NJ.
Susan E. Lanza, MHA, LNHA
Having experience in managing different sizes of facilities (smallest was 76 beds and largest was 252 beds), along with exposure to both the for-profit and nonprofit healthcare industry, has allowed a good transition to her role as chief executive officer/president at The House of the Good Shepherd. During her 12 years at Saint Barnabas, Sue and her team developed “The Front Porch,” a dementia special care unit that was the model for additional residences within Saint Barnabas and featured in various magazines. Her interest in healthcare and love of writing led her to write and publish three books, including a textbook for activities professionals. Sue enjoys time with her adult daughter and loves to travel, garden, and be in nature.
Director of Dining Services
Chris graduated from Johnson and Wales University with his bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition, and has continued his education at Montclair State University to complete his registered dietitian internship. He worked as a dietitian and executive chef at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ, for over five years before coming to The House of the Good Shepherd. Chris and his wife welcomed their first daughter in 2022. He enjoys being outside with his dog, watching movies and playing video games.
Director of Wellness
Barbara began working at The House of the Good Shepherd in 2016. She graduated from County College of Morris with an associate’s degree in applied science in 1989. After starting her nursing career as a candy striper at Warren Hospital, Barbara worked as a nurse’s aide, a floor nurse, nursing supervisor, and as the assistant director of nursing at Warren Haven. She received her CALA (Certified Assisted Living Administrator) credential in March 2020.
Director of Life Enrichment
Johan graduated from Montclair State University with his degree in communications. Before healthcare he worked for a radio station for nine years. Johan has been in healthcare for 10 years and has his Activities Director Certificate and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. He has worked at CareOne in Hanover and Wayne and Bridgeway in Hillsborough. Johan is a husband and a father to a beautiful girl. He is a pop culture collector and enthusiast.
Gudelia (Tita) Gonzalez
Director of Housekeeping & Laundry Services
Tita has been working at The House of the Good Shepherd in housekeeping for 24 years. She started as a housekeeper, moved her way up to housekeeping supervisor, and now she is the director. She has five children and eight grandchildren.
Director of Community Relations
Kristina graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a behavioral science degree. She fell in love with healthcare with her first experience in Assisted Living as an aide and then as the director of activities. For the past 16 years, she served as a director of admissions for Skilled Nursing.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Christina has over 20 years of experience in marketing within the senior industry. She is a licensed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT), a licensed Counseling Practitioner (CCP), and a licensed Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Her hobbies consist of interior design, decorating model homes and apartments, and home staging. Christina is married with five children.
Kathryn (Katie) Kresge
Katie graduated from Ramapo College and Berkeley College (valedictorian) with a degree in nursing. She has 18 years of experience working in long-term care and worked at Bristol Glen before becoming the nursing manager/educator at The House. Katie lives in Lake Lenape in Andover, NJ, with her daughter and husband, and she is very close with her extended family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, music, and volunteer work (Chiapas Project Medical Missions, Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross).
The Rev. Rodrigo (Rod) Perez-Vega
The Rev. Rod Perez-Vega graduated from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. Upon ordination, he served as a curate at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Hackettstown NJ; he currently serves as the 30th rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dover, NJ. He is an experienced hospital chaplain with extensive training in providing emotional, spiritual, and religious support to those facing the hardships of living with debilitating chronic illnesses. Rev. Rod has accumulated more than 25,000 hours of clinical experience that includes supporting people affected by physical and emotional trauma; supporting patients through cancer diagnosis, treatment and decision-making; and supporting family members through significant grief from death of a loved one or other losses. He has received multiple certifications in the areas of oncology, palliative medicine, psychological and spiritual first aid, advance healthcare planning and decision-making, resilience, medical ethics, and many others. He has been married for 20+ years, and enjoys cooking, golf and playing dominoes with friends.
Human Resources Generalist
Jennifer has been in healthcare for 15 years, started in healthcare with certifications in medical assisting and patient care tech, which lead her into management. While working in management, she had decided to branch into human resources. She a Cum Laude graduate for Capella University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in human resources management. On her free time, she enjoys spending her day with her family, 4 dogs and a cat. She can be found baking, customizing, and decorating cake pops and cupcakes with her 9-year-old son.
Director of Plant Operations
Joe grew up in the town of Bloomingdale, NJ where he was a volunteer firefighter for 26 years. He has worked in the healthcare sector for the past 18 years; started as an engineer at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. He is a former Environmental and Maintenance service director at CareOne for the Wayne and Hanover locations. He is also a former Director of Building Services at The Chelsea in Sparta N.J. Joe likes to take long weekend get aways and travel around the country, Tennessee is one of his favorite states. In his free time, he likes to volunteer, hike, kayak, bike, fish, ride quads and go off roading, and listen to music. Enjoys being with his family and friends.
Stephanie graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with her bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management with a minor in art and graduated with her MBA in Business Management from Centenary University. She has been working in Healthcare Administration for over 8 years and has a passion in helping others. She moved from New York to New Jersey over 11 years ago, and now is married with 3 children. In 2019, she received her Assisted Living Administrator’s licensure (CALA), CNA and CPR certification. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and snowboarding.
Meet our Fellowship Village Board of Advisors
Our volunteer Board of Advisors 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 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 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, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a 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.
Reverend David Jones
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.
David M. Sullivan
Beyond his professional achievements, David actively engages in community organizations, reflecting his unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others. He is an active member of The Church of the Messiah in Chester, finding solace and spirituality there. As a former president of Refugee Assistance Morris Partners (RAMP) in Morristown, David dedicated his time and expertise to supporting refugees and assisting them in their integration into new communities. David’s passion for community service led him to serve as the past chair of the board of trustees at The House of the Good Shepherd. Additionally, he currently holds a position on the board of the foundation of The Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham, contributing to the betterment of the community.
David’s dedication to his family is evident through his loving relationship with his wife, Janice. They have chosen to make their home in Allamuchy, minutes away from their daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters, who live nearby in Hackettstown. Their son resides in Tampa, Florida.
She obtained a double major in English and Dramatic Arts from Douglas College, where her love for literature and storytelling flourished. Fueling her intellectual curiosity, she later pursued a Master’s Degree in Education from Rutgers University, further honing her skills as an educator.
Ms. Burnside cherishes her family deeply. She is blessed with a son and daughter-in-law residing in Minnesota, while her three daughters have made their homes in New Mexico and Mt. Olive, New Jersey. Their proximity may vary, but their bond remains unyielding, providing her with immense joy and fulfillment.
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.