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Community Updates Blog: Staff

Pat ready for the Cafe's lunch rush in this 2018 photograph.

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Pat Rhodes

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week’s Neighbor is Pat Rhodes, an exemplary employee and good friend to residents and staff alike. When you see Pat in the Heartwood Cafe, you know she will ask after your family, tell you a joke, and provide you excellent service. She knows everyone’s names, and knows their likes and dislikes, so she’s ready with residents’ favorites before they even has to ask. Pat is a long-time employee who has been honored as a Lutheran Social Ministries Mission Champion. Thank you for all you do! …Read More »


Maxine and Joanne Outdoors

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Maxine Davis

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Maxine Davis is the community’s concierge supervisor, but she can be better described as the friendly, goodhearted, problem-solving, call-answering stalwart of the front desk! Maxine is a fixture in Towne Square, and we are all lucky to have her. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Nicole Smith

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Nicole Smith, director of community programming, is a standout staff member. Nicole is responsible for all independent living activities, playing a key role in keeping everyone active, healthy, and engaged. This quote sums up why she has been a star since before the pandemic, during its height, and will continue to shine long after it’s over: “It’s like having a second family … the residents are like my grandparents. I just love them, care about them, and want them to live a fulfilled life.” …Read More »


Dedication & Gratitude

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey residents and staff reflect on the past year to mark the anniversary of COVID taking hold in New Jersey: …Read More »


Cristine Franco, Administrator, Assisted Living and Memory Care at Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Cristine Franco

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Cristine Franco joined Crane’s Mill in July 2019, and is the Administrator of the Assisted Living and Memory Care neighborhoods. Cristine Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Cristine has enhanced the life of many seniors through excellence in life enrichment programs. In her current role as Administrator she has fallen in love with the day to day responsibility of caring for residents and has developed fond relationships with residents, families, and staff. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Mandy Laraway

Mandy Laraway recently joined Crane’s Mill as our Health Center Administrator. Mandy is excited to join the Crane’s Mill team and is looking forward to meeting all the residents, families, and staff. Read more about Mandy’s background in the Crane’s Mill News section. …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Lisa Alfano

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Lisa Alfano joined the Crane’s Mill community in August 2020 as the Director of Admissions in the Health Center. Lisa has lived in this area of Essex County her whole life. She is a Certified Social Worker and has been working in long term care for 30 years, having previously held positions as Director of Admissions and in Social Work. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services from the University of Scranton. Lisa is dedicated to making sure that every patient and resident that enters Crane’s Mill …Read More »


Kelly Berkemeyer Wellness Director

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Kelly Berkemeyer

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week’s neighbor is Kelly Berkemeyer, Wellness Director at Crane’s Mill: “My name is Kelly Berkemeyer, and it comes with great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Wellness Director in the Wellness Center here at Crane’s Mill. I have been with Crane’s Mill since 2019, mainly in the skilled nursing unit. I have been a nurse since 2010, studying in Morris County. Prior to obtaining my nursing license, I worked as a professional Emergency Medical Technician for close to seven years; responding to life threatening emergencies within the community …Read More »


LSMNJ Employee Appreciation Week at Crane’s Mill

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey hailed its employees during the week of May 14-18, 2018. The organization, known for compassionate, world-class healthcare, housing, and social welfare programs across the state, held a special week-long celebration to honor its caring staff. Employees from all areas were honored, including nursing, dining, housekeeping, maintenance, community programming, social services, and administration. Staff was elated as each day featured a crowd favorite, such as a barbecue lunch, interactive photo booth, and an ice cream truck! Here are links to some highlights: Employee Appreciation – Day 1 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill Employee Appreciation …Read More »


Resident, Family Thank Crane’s Mill Staff for Helping Keep Passover Traditions

We received this letter about the Crane’s Mill staff and are excited to share with our readers: My name is Margo Adelsberg and my Aunt Elaine Lieb lives at Crane’s Mill. I would like to relay my extreme thanks for helping my twelve year old son (and I) easily keep to our Passover Traditions while dining at Crane’s Mill last night. I had called earlier in the day and spoke with Meredith at the front desk about Kosher Options available for us in the evening while we visited with my Aunt. She offered that the Chef would go shopping to …Read More »