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Community Updates Blog: Staff

Executive Chef Dominic Ackerman of Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Chef Dominic Ackerman

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! The New Jersey native and culinary expert provides an upscale dining experience Crane’s Mill residents You know Chef Dominic Ackerman from our Facebook Live Cooking Demos, and we’re excited to share more about our executive chef her as our neighbor of the week! Born and raised in Morris County, Dominic Ackerman has always showed an enthusiasm for the culinary arts from a young age. After an early start in his grandmother’s kitchen, Dominic attended the Morris County School of Technology prior to studying classic French cuisine at the New England …Read More »


Cruise Week 2021

Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week – Crane’s Mill Staff

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbors of the Week! This week, in honor of Employee Recognition Week, our Neighbors are the Crane’s Mill staff! These talented and dedicated individuals go above and beyond every day of the year to keep residents active, engaged, and living their best lives. Stay tuned to our social media channels for more throughout the week: Crane’s Mill Facebook Page Crane’s Mill LinkedIn Page …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week – Ralph Perri

Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! Say hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week! This week we’re featuring Ralph Perri, the community’s Director of Plant Operations. An employee for more than 10 years, Ralph is the go-to guy for anything residents may need. Ralph’s team takes on jobs big and small, like changing recessed light bulbs, hanging pictures, installing appliances, and so much more. Ralph’s job is to make sure the community is always running smoothly, and that residents have what they need to live worry-free in their retirement years. Here’s to Ralph for …Read More »


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 »