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Meet the Lantern Hill Leadership Team

Get to know the executive team that governs our community.

Craig Karczmer, Executive Director

Craig joined Lantern Hill from Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Loudoun County, Virginia. Previously, he served as associate executive director of Cedar Crest, Lantern Hill's sister community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He began his career in the senior living industry in 1997 as part of a team tasked with opening five assisted living and memory care communities in New Jersey for Manor Care, Inc. Craig was also responsible for the development of Victoria Mews Assisted Living in Boonton Township, New Jersey. At Northern Services Group in Rockland County, New York, he introduced the Ritz Carlton principles of hospitality across the health system, creating a training program that touched nearly 1,000 employees. Following this success, Craig became the executive director at Crane's Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Later, he relocated to Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as the general manager for the Fox Hill Residences and Sunrise Assisted Living at Fox Hill. He received his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and his master's degree in public health care administration from Long Island 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.

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.