Meet Our Team
Take a minute to meet the friendly and experienced leadership team at our retirement community in Hackettstown, NJ.
Sue has been in the healthcare field for over 40 years, with 35 of those years spent as an Administrator of skilled and assisted living facilities. Before becoming an Administrator, Sue began working at the skilled nursing facility right out of college as an Activities Assistant and quickly was promoted to Director when the former boss moved on. Enjoying the aspects of management pushed her to get her Administrator’s license.
Experienced in managing different size facilities (small was 76 beds and largest was 252 beds) along with exposure to both the for-profit and non-profit healthcare industry, has allowed a good transition to her role as Chief Executive Officer/ President at the House of The Good Shepherd.
During her 12 years at Saint Barnabas, Sue and her team developed “The Front Porch”, a dementia special care unit which was the model for additional unites within Saint Barnabas and featured in various magazines. Her interest in healthcare and love of writing led her to write and publish 3 books, including a textbook for Activities professionals. Sue enjoys time with her adult daughter and loves to travel, garden and be in nature.
Stephanie is a lifelong resident of Sussex County, and is now residing in Byram Township. She completed her associate’s degree at Sussex County Community College and continued her education at Centenary College where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Stephanie furthered her education at Walden University where she completed her master’s degree in Nursing Education. She has worked in acute care, as well as, sub-acute and long-term care and provides quality care to her patients. Her and husband recently celebrated their 19-year wedding anniversary and have a teenage daughter. Stephanie enjoys long distance running and reading crime novels.
Dr. Agaronin has been our Medical Director at the House of The Good Shepherd since 2019, where he cares for the residents and staff at the House. He is currently the Hospitalist at the Hackettstown Medical Center, by Atlantic Health System.
Dr. Igor Agaronin studied Internal Medicine, where he graduated from Azerbaijan Medical University, Baku, Azerbaijan 1993, graduated from Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica West Indies in 2002 and now he is attending Touro University to complete his MBA in Healthcare. He is certified with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine and has received the Healing Hands Award for Outstanding Patient Care at the Morristown Medical Center, in Morristown NJ 07960.
Hollie has been employed for 11 years at the House first in an accounting role, then she moved up as the Chief Financial Officer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting. She is happily married with 4 children and 1 grandchild. In her free time, she enjoys quad riding, bike riding, and kayaking.
Mark graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2005 and became a Certified Dietary Manager in 2006 and has found a niche working in retirement communities for 23 years. Mark is married with 3 kids under 10 years old. His hobbies are camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and raising chickens.
William joined the House of the Good Shepherd team with 10 years in plant operations with 6 of those years in healthcare management. In addition, he has mechanical and telecommunications engineering experience as well as more than 8 years in building construction and repairs. Other than keeping the House in shape with his team, Will has owned a side business for 4 years doing handmade all-natural soaps and body products.
Marie has a BA degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Human Services from Kean University. She has her Assisted Living Administrator’s Licensure (CALA) and is Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She has 33 years of experience in my field and has worked in long term care, long term acute care (LTAC), HUD housing. Marie has been a Director of a Memory Support unit in a Retirement Community and greatly enjoyed that setting. Marie has been married to her wonderful husband Jim for 33 years and has two beautiful girls Julia and Jenna. Her hobbies are decorating her home, garden and reading.
Shannon has been in Activities at the House of The Good Shepherd for 9 years with the last 5 years as Director. She is very passionate about her job and went to school online and received her ADC (Activity Director Certified) designation. Shannon loves working with our seniors and enhancing their quality of life. She is happily married with 2 young daughters.
Angela graduated from Rutgers University with an associate’s degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has been an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 6 years working with the adult and older adult population in Sub-Acute/Long-Term Care settings, Home Health and within Life-plan communities as Individuals move along the continuum of care. Angela is also a ACE Certified Personal Trainer for 2.5 years and enjoys working with individuals of various ages and fitness levels.
Barbara began working at the House of Good Shepherd in 2016. She graduated from County College of Morris with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in 1989. After starting her nursing career as a candy striper at Warren Hospital, Barbara worked as a nurse’s aide, a floor nurse, nursing supervisor, and as the Assistant Director of Nursing at Warren Haven. She recently received her CALA (Certified Assisted Living Administrator) in March of 2020.
Christina has over 20 years of experience in marketing within the senior industry. She is a licensed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT), a licensed Counseling Practitioner (CCP), and a licensed Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Her hobbies consist of Interior Design, decorating model homes and apartments, and home staging. Christina is married with 5 children.
Kristina graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Behavioral Science Degree. I fell in love with healthcare with my first experience in an assisted living as an aide and then the Director of Activities. For the past 16 years I have been a Director of Admissions for skilled nursing.
Tita has been working at the House of The Good Shepherd in Housekeeping for 24 years. She started as a housekeeper, moved her way up to Housekeeping Supervisor and now she is the manager. She has 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
Gina graduated from Sacred Heart University with a BS in Psychology, as well as from Rutgers University with a MA in Social Work. After working in Social Services, Gina achieved a certification with the Society for Human Resources Management- SHRM-CP and now enjoys using her skills in human resources.
Maureen has more than 20+ years working in the nonprofit sector including Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Bergen Volunteers and Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. She has a BA in Communications from Rutgers University and completed the Bergen LEADS program in 2016. She is married for 30+ years and have 3 children. She enjoys traveling, music, reading and hiking in her spare time.
Stephanie graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with her bachelor’s in Business Management and Administration with a minor in art, and now she is in the process of completing her MBA in Business Management at Centenary University. She has been working in Healthcare Administration for over 6 years and has a passion in helping others. She moved from New York to New Jersey over 8 years ago, and now is married with 2 children. In 2019, she received her Assisted Living Administrator’s licensure (CALA) and CPR certification. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and snowboarding.
Amy graduated from Rutgers University and completed her internship at UMDNJ. She has 20 years of experience in the areas of acute care, home care, long term care and subacute rehab. Outside of work, Amy loves to spend time with her husband and 2 kids. She also enjoys being outside and reading.
Shawn tends to the spiritual care of residents and staff, at the House in addition to editing the newsletters (Riverside Idyll and Still Waters). He is a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark with 25 years of pastoral experience. Shawn graduated from Seattle Pacific University and the Theological School at Drew University. With roots in the United Methodist and Presbyterian traditions he has a deep interest in ecumenical and interfaith conversations. When not in the chapel, Shawn can often be found visiting residents with his friendly dog Ranger or with his camera. Shawn is always looking for a good photo or story for the newsletter.
Toni grew up in Quincy Massachusetts, where she graduated from Simmons College with her bachelor’s degree in science. She graduated from nursing school at New York University and has been a RN for 25 years. She has experience working in hospital acute care-med surg and has also worked 12 years at HMC, 7 years at St. Clare’s. She has had other experiences in long-term care, rehab, inpatient psych and as a visiting nurse. Toni has lived in Hackettstown for 20 years and has 2 grown boys. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and cooking.
The Board of Trustee Members
David Sullivan, Board Chairman
Greg Ackerson, Treasurer/Chair of the Finance Committee
Doug Collins, Secretary
David Rude, Trustee/Chair of the Charity Care Committee
Debra Brewin-Wilson, Trustee
Judith Wiegand, Trustee/Co-Chair of Strategic Planning Committee
Norman Worth Jr., Trustee
Jill Zinckgraf, Trustee/Co-Chair of Strategic Planning Committee
Gina DiMaio, Trustee
Anne Kitch, Trustee
Phillip Guidone, Trustee
Denise Maguire, Trustee
Jean Burnside, Resident Representative Trustee
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