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
Executive Director of The House of the Good Shepherd
Sue has been in the healthcare field for over 40 years, with 35 of those years spent as an administrator of skilled and assisted living facilities. Before becoming an administrator, Sue began working at the skilled nursing facility right out of college as an activities assistant and quickly was promoted to director when the former boss moved on. Enjoying the aspects of management pushed her to get her administrator’s license.
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 Plant Operations
William joined The House of the Good Shepherd team with 10 years of experience in plant operations, including six of those years in healthcare management. He has mechanical and telecommunications engineering experience as well as more than eight years in building construction and repairs. Other than keeping The House in shape with his team, Will owns a side business producing handmade all-natural soaps and body products.
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 Rehab
Angela graduated from Rutgers University with an associate’s degree as an occupational therapy assistant. She has been an occupational therapy assistant for 6 years working with the adult and older adult population in Sub-Acute/Long-Term Care settings, Home Health, and within Life Plan Communities as individuals move along the continuum of care. Angela is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and enjoys working with individuals of various ages and fitness levels.
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.
The Board of Trustee Members
David Sullivan, President
Anne Kitch, Vice-Chair
Judith Wiegand, Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee
Jill Zinckgraf, Secretary
David Rude, Trustee/Chair of the Charity Care Committee
Norman Worth Jr., Trustee
Gina DiMaio, Trustee
Phillip Guidone, Trustee
Denise Maguire, Trustee
Jean Burnside, Resident Representative Trustee