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Meet the Lantern Hill Leadership Team

Get to know the executive team that governs our community.

Patricia Swan-Jacobs, Executive Director

Patricia Swan oversees the operations of the entire community and promotes a high standard of living for community members. Prior to becoming executive director of Lantern Hill in March 2014, Patricia was associate executive director of Highland Springs, an Erickson Living community in North Dallas, Texas. While there, she was responsible for the general services department of the community. Before joining Erickson Living, she was the executive director of First Colonial Inn, a Kisco Senior Living community in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with both independent and assisted living. Patricia has a diverse operations and sales background; she worked for many years for a major pharmaceutical company and in telecommunications, later owning a small retail chain for more than 10 years. She has received numerous awards for teamwork, innovation, and leadership. Patricia earned a B.A. in learning and memory services from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and has a management certificate in leading change from Cornell University. 

Denise Altonjy, Associate Executive Director

Denise joined Cedar Crest, Lantern Hill’s sister community in Pompton Plains, in January 2005 as the sub-acute unit manager and shortly thereafter took on the role of director of nursing. During her 12 year tenure in that position, the clinical team maintained a 5-star rating with the New Jersey Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since 2012, Denise has also partnered with the corporate health services clinical operations team to support other Erickson Living communities. She was promoted to associate executive director in October 2016 and transferred to Lantern Hill in 2017. Denise is a graduate of Felician Collage. She is certified in gerontological nursing and holds an assisted living administrators license. Denise and her husband Jim reside in Wayne, New Jersey with their two sons.

Dave Hultman, Director of Facilities Management

As director of facilities management, Dave oversees all aspects of the maintenance, engineering, housekeeping, grounds, and re-occupancy and directs daily activities through his two supervisors. He brings 20-plus years of experience in facilities management to his new position. Most recently, he served as director of facilities for Five Star Senior Living in North Jersey and Lifespace Senior Living in Florida. He holds various certifications in facilities management. Dave is a native of New Jersey and recently relocated to New Providence.

Allison Eckhardt, Director of Finance

Allison brings over ten years of experience to her role as director of finance. Prior to joining Lantern Hill, she worked for 12 years at American Express in New York where she held various positions managing the finances of different divisions including Global Real Estate Business and Travel & Lifestyle Services. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in finance from Ithaca College. She resides in New Providence with her husband and two daughters.

Dan Millender, Director of Sales

Dan Millender joined the Lantern Hill sales team in November 2017 after serving as the executive director of a Baltimore-based environmental non-profit. He has a diverse business background having spent time as a CFO of a high-end residential builder, the general manager of a wholesale nursery, and as manager, sales and administration for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Dan moved to New Providence, New Jersey from Reisterstown, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in 1994 and his Executive MBA from the Sellinger School of Loyola University in 2007. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Director of Continuing Care

Before joining the Lantern Hill executive team, Ryan spent six years at the Erickson Living communities of Ann’s Choice and Cedar Crest where he held positions as personal care administrator, home support manager, administrator-in-training, and assistant administrator. Ryan graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration. He holds certificates for  Personal Care Administrator (PA) and Assisted Living Residence Manager (PA). He is a federally licensed  nursing home administrator.

Suson Tillman-Taylor, Director of Human Resources

A seasoned professional, Susan brings more than 15 years of  leadership experience in health care to her role as director of human resources. Most recently, she was the director of human resources at Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains. Prior to joining the Erickson Living team, Susan was regional manager of Team Member Labor Relations where she led human resources operations for two acute care hospitals and five long-term care facilities in Ocean and Monmouth counties. A native of New York City, Susan received her bachelor's degree in communications from SUNY, New Paltz, and her master's degree in adult and higher education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She and her family currently reside in Jackson, New Jersey.