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A letter from Cedar Crest’s new executive director

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January 8th, 2018
Todd Delaney, Cedar Crest Executive Director

Todd Delaney, Cedar Crest Executive Director


Dear “New” Friends,

I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity to draft my first Mountain Matters article as your new executive director. We are certainly at a point of change for our community, and I am so grateful for all the support and encouragement you’ve provided during this transition. We all owe a tremendous amount to Lou Varella [former executive director] for his three years of commitment and strong leadership that has left Cedar Crest poised for continuous improvement and a bright future.  

As seamless as we intend transitions will be, I fully appreciate that there will be an adjustment for all of us, but I’m confident in how our community will come together and continue our positive steps forward.      

Let me use this opportunity to introduce myself and my journey to this point. First and foremost, working in senior living is my true passion and a call to service that I’ve been drawn to from an early age. Driven by impactful grandparent relationships as a child, I spent my high school years working at the Christian Health Care Center in Wyckof as a dining server and later an activities assistant in assisted living. My experience was very similar to the relationships you all build every day with our student staff.  

I found this experience so rewarding that I decided to commit my education and career aspirations with a purpose of serving seniors. My education focus was on business and health care administration, finishing with my M.B.A. from Seton Hall University.  

In 2005, I was blessed enough to find an opportunity with Erickson Living and started my path right here at Cedar Crest! I spent several years working in general services, and that work took me to a role in our corporate office and then eventually to Seabrook [Cedar Crest’s sister community in Tinton Falls] in 2009.  

At this point, my career shifted toward the health care track when I was offered the opportunity to serve as the assistant administrator of continuing care. In 2011, I transitioned to Brooksby Village in Massachusetts [another Erickson Living community] to serve as the director of continuing care and later became their associate executive director in 2013. In 2014, with a baby on the way and a desire to move closer to home, the opportunity surfaced to return to Seabrook and serve as their executive director.  

Now here we are with two kids, moving again, and embracing the opportunity to join the team at Cedar Crest. Talk about full circle!        

As for my life at home, my wonderful wife Ann Marie and I have been married for six years. Our daughter, Emma Grace, is three years old and growing faster by the day. Our son, Connor Reed, is 18 months and working hard to keep up with his sister. My family will be a very active part of my life at Cedar Crest.        

While we can certainly count on leadership changes and transitions, take comfort in knowing that the goal for Cedar Crest remains the same: Create a community that is the absolute best place to live and best place to work. I believe that the secret to everything we do is found in creating the right community culture that is fostered in caring and compassionate values and a strong commitment to our mission and purpose as an organization. A truly collaborative experience between residents and staff ensures our community offers a fulfilling lifestyle for you all and a rewarding and meaningful employee experience for us.  

Take care and enjoy your community,

Todd DeLaney