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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. 

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.

Stacie Yoder, Director of Human Resources

Stacie brings over 18 years of HR leadership experience to the community. Prior to joining the team, Stacie spent 13 years with Select Medical as a Regional Human Resources Manager, during which time she was responsible for human resource operations and strategy for 7 hospitals across the country. Stacie also has experience in the manufacturing and real estate industries, through HR positions held at Coty and NRT. Stacie received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Journalism from William Paterson University. She brings a passion for employee and resident safety, employee engagement and strategic operations to Lantern Hill.

Jason Fernandi, Director of Dining Services

Jason became a member of Lantern Hill in September of 2017 when he transferred from Cedar Crest. He joined Erickson in the Fall of 2002 when he was hired at Seabrook Village to assume the role of chef de cuisine of the Renaissance Gardens kitchen before transitioning to Seabrook’s flagship Fireside Restaurant. In 2005 Jason moved to Cedar Crest where he spent 12 years as the communities executive chef. There Jason oversaw the culinary operations of a fully matured property with just under 1,800 residents. Prior to joining Erickson Living, Jason worked as a cook in various NYC restaurants over a five year period before returning to New Jersey to work at Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, NJ. Jason received a bachelors in fine arts from Lake Erie College in Ohio and completed course studies at the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing, NJ.

Jeddie Garcia, Director of Nursing

Jeddie brings over 20 years of nursing experience to her role as director of nursing. She holds a bachelor of science in nursing, and is a certified resident assessment coordinator (AANAC). Jeddie has worked her way through the ranks, starting as a staff nurse, supervisor, clinical reimbursement specialist, and then director of nursing. Prior to joining the Lantern Hill Executive Team in 2018, Jeddie worked with Genesis Healthcare.

Wilson Quintero, Director of General Services

Wilson joined Lantern Hill as the director of general services in August 2019. Prior to joining the team, he served for a little over 14 years, as director of facilities and general manager for Aramark Corporation. Throughout his career, he has led teams of over 20 managers and hundreds of non-exempt employees. Wilson is a certified facilities manager, CFM, and has a construction management degree from the City University of New York.

Sushmita Srivastav, M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Srivastav completed her internal medicine residency at Lincoln Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University, both in New York, NY. She also completed a geriatric fellowship at the Hofstra North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital. Dr. Srivastav served as the medical director at McCarrick Care Center in Somerset, NJ, and as an attending physician at Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Srivastav joined Lantern Hill in January 2019.