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Meet Stacey Gunderman, sales associate at Lantern Hill

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June 30th, 2014
Lantern Hill's Stacey Gunderman with her baby son.
Lantern Hill's Stacey Gunderman with her baby son.

If you call Hill, the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) coming to New Providence, N.J., in 2015, you’ll likely hear the friendly, knowledgeable voice of Sales Associate Stacey Gunderman on the other end of the telephone. 

Gunderman, along with fellow associates Jose Gomez and Peggy Ferro, are the “first face and voice people meet when they call about Lantern Hill,” Gunderman says. “It’s really fun because we get to introduce this new community and concept in an area that doesn’t really have anything like it.”

‘Genuinely needed community’

Gunderman knows that fact firsthand. When she and her husband tried to find a CCRC for her father-in-law around New Providence, their search led them farther and farther away from the area. 

“Until now, there hasn’t been anything in this immediate area like Lantern Hill,” she says. “I’m really excited about it because I feel it’s a genuinely needed community and service in this area.”

As a CCRC, Lantern Hill will offer 275 independent living apartment homes and the convenience of everything under one roof—an amenity-rich clubhouse, all-season access to dining, entertainment, education, fitness, and an on-site medical center. 

Lantern Hill will also have a continuing care community on site, offering rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, and nursing care. Should residents’ health needs ever change, they can receive specialized care right on campus. 

Aside from exceptional care, the aesthetically pleasing and comforting design of the continuing care neighborhood makes it stand out. Spacious yet intimate common areas, in-room dining options, screened-in porches, and gardens contribute to a person-centered approach to health and wellness.

Now at Lantern Hill

Gunderman says that although the community won’t open for another year, there’s still lots to see and experience at the sales center, especially for priority list members—people who have placed a $1,000 refundable deposit and a $150 nonrefundable application fee to reserve their place in line for an apartment home. Members will be able to choose their home in order of their joining date when homes become available this fall. 

“Priority list members receive first notification of any details about the property,” Gunderman says. “We have luncheons to welcome them and provide an overview of our process of becoming new members of our community, such as reserving an apartment home and selecting finishes for that new home.”

But most exciting, Gunderman says, is they get to meet their future neighbors. “This is an exciting time!” she says. “The first people to move in will have a say in personalizing their apartment to really make it their home, and they get to know their neighbors and create the Lantern Hill community.”

Gunderman’s previous work experiences have led her to this position, in which she not only introduces people to the Lantern Hill lifestyle, but also works with them throughout the process of acquiring a home there. 

Immediately before coming to Lantern Hill, she worked as a financial professional with Prudential. She applies that experience and knowledge to help priority list members with their financial paperwork. Before Prudential, she worked in property management leasing luxury apartment buildings. 

“This is a beautiful blend of both experiences that I had prior to coming here,” she says. 

“Stacey is highly organized and experienced in financial products—she can explain our offering in ways even our most technical customers find reassuring,” says Executive Director Patricia Swan. “She will be the person sitting with families to go over finances, and we can tell she is skilled in this area already. She is disarmingly empathetic and caring.”   

On a personal note

When Gunderman isn’t meeting and greeting, she spends time with her husband and 19-month-old son, often outdoors or listening to and playing music.

“My husband is a musician and orchestra teacher, so music is a family affair,” she says. 

Gunderman’s enthusiasm about Lantern Hill is obvious and contagious. “The more I learned about Lantern Hill, the more excited I got.”