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Community Updates Blog: Staff

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! Crane’s Mill team member promoted to leadership role. 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

Say Hello to our Crane’s Mill Neighbor of the Week Crane’s Mill skilled nursing and rehabilitation offers five-star care. 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! The community’s director of admission is a key role, helping bring five-star quality care to people throughout the area. 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 …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! The wellness director is key to our independent living residents’ wellbeing. 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 …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 »


Meet Angelo – The Crane’s Mill Maintenance Manager

This video provides an inside look at one of the dedicated staff members who make Crane’s Mill an exceptional place to live for its residents. Meet Angelo D’Angelo, the Crane’s Mill Maintenance Manager. Angelo makes sure the community is a safe, worry-free environment. Everything from small repairs to big fixes are handled with ease, and at no cost to our residents. …Read More »


Meet Nicole Smith – Crane’s Mill’s Director of Community Programming

Enjoy this video featuring one of our passionate staff members. Nicole is responsible for planning our community’s activities, live entertainment, educational programming, and so much more. Enjoy a look into a day in her life at Crane’s Mill–we think you’ll agree that her passion for our residents’ enjoyment and well-being is second to none. …Read More »


West Caldwell Resident Thanks Crane’s Mill for Efforts

The following letter appeared in a recent edition of The Progress newspaper. We were so happy and proud to read another letter touting our Health Center’s exceptional care. To see more, click here to visit our testimonials page. While many individuals living in the area may think of Crane’s Mill as a retirement community for independent living, there is also a wonderful Health Center that is part of Crane’s Mill. Thanks to the Health Center, I have the peace of mind knowing that my mother had another very positive experience during her rehabilitation at Crane’s Mill – and this has …Read More »


Crane’s Mill Sponsored the United Way of Northern New Jersey Caregivers Conference

Crane’s Mill recently joined the United Way as a sponsor of the annual Caregivers Conference. The event took place on Saturday, November 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Montclair. Approximately 90 people attended. Pictured below is Crane’s Mill Director of Community Outreach Barbara Davey who represented the community at the conference. …Read More »