The spirit of hospitality and serving others is at work at Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. From our investment in the environment to our first-class services and programs for seniors, Fellowship Senior Living has one of the strongest leadership teams in retirement living.

“Our leadership team sees life as a continuous journey of growth and development, and our focus is to improve the quality of life and health for all those we care for and serve,” states President & CEO Brian G. Lawrence.

Meet our Fellowship Senior Living Leadership Team

Brian G. Lawrence, LNHA, CPA, MBA

Brian G. Lawrence, LNHA, CPA, MBA

President and CEO

blawrence@fellowshipsl.org

Brian Lawrence has over 20 years of healthcare and Life Plan Community (CCRC) experience. He began serving Fellowship Senior Living, Inc. as chief financial officer in 1999, and in 2006 added the title of executive vice president.

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With a very well-rounded understanding of the Life Plan Community and healthcare business and ten years of progressively senior responsibility at Fellowship Senior Living, Brian assumed the duties of president and CEO in 2009. Mr. Lawrence is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Seton Hall University. He graduated magna cum laude with an executive master of business administration in finance from the Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University.

As president and CEO, Brian leads Fellowship Senior Living’s senior leadership team with responsibility for overall health and medical services, independent living and home and community-based services, operations and performance. He actively participates with the Fellowship Senior Living Board of Directors, ensuring the execution of strategic planning and development initiatives. His number one priority is providing a high level of care and services to seniors as well as maintaining the sound financial health of Fellowship Senior Living. Brian serves on the board of directors of LeadingAge New Jersey and is a member of the American Society on Aging, LeadingAge, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He resides in Millburn, New Jersey, with his wife, son and daughter.

Mark F. Mazzella

Mark F. Mazzella

Chief Financial Officer

mmazzella@fellowshipsl.org

Mark F. Mazzella has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare, real estate management and development and not-for-profit communities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University.

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He then proceeded as an audit manager in healthcare and progressed into senior leadership roles at Terrance Cardinal Cooke Health Center, serving as an EVP, COO and CFO, leading the programmatic and financial growth for this multifaceted company. Mark then served as the CFO and COO at Highbridge Community Development Corporation, a not-for-profit real estate management and development company. Mark is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and resides in Ramsey, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

Jack Ellias

Jack Ellias

Vice President of Health & Medical Services

jellias@fellowshipsl.org

Jack Ellias has been an administrator at Fellowship Senior Living since 1998. Mr. Ellias has more than 25 years of experience working in the long-term care field.

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He has extensive expertise in the continuum of senior care, including experience in sub-acute rehab, independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and adult day care health services. Jack opened and successfully ran a state-of-the-art sub-acute facility and achieved JCAHO accreditation in Bergen County. He has an extensive background in healthcare administration and is a licensed nursing home administrator in New Jersey and New York. Jack holds a master of business administration in healthcare administration from Mount Sinai School of Medicine as well as degrees in economics and social work.

Arthur (Art) Sheppell, MD

Arthur (Art) Sheppell, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Arthur Sheppell is a geriatrician in Denville, New Jersey and is affiliated with Morristown Medical Center and Atlantic Medical Group. He received his medical degree from Paul Sabatier University and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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Dr. Sheppell is one of 19 doctors at Morristown Medical Center who specialize in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Sheppell is Board Certified in geriatric and internal medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director at Fellowship Village bringing his vast knowledge and experience in geriatric care to the residents of Fellowship Senior Living’s premier Life Plan Community.

Nina Updegrove

Nina Updegrove

Vice President of Marketing

nupdegrove@fellowshipsl.org

Nina Updegrove has served at Fellowship Senior Living since its inception in 1993. She holds a degree in fashion sales and marketing and has worked in retail and wholesale environments.

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Nina worked for Esprit de Corp for 12 years, six of which she spent as sales director. While her career had been focused in the fast-paced fashion world, Nina wanted to make a career change that would enable her to use her marketing skills in an industry where she could have a more personal impact while serving others.

After assisting in the care of older family members, Nina discovered her passion for working with older adults. She began at Fellowship Senior Living as a retirement counselor and then was promoted to vice president of marketing prior to its opening in 1996. She and her team were responsible for opening a fully sold community. She was instrumental in the early planning and development of the community, the expansion of the independent residences and health center in 1999 and community renovations in 2010 and continues to be an integral part of the vision for the future of Fellowship Senior Living. She has consistently worked with her staff to maintain a high level of occupancy and build a strong reputation for Fellowship Senior Living in the greater community.

Ken Post

Ken Post

Vice President of Building Projects

kpost@fellowshipsl.org

Ken Post has been with Fellowship Senior Living since its founding in 1996, when he started as the maintenance technician. The first few months of operation was a challenge of day-to-day details, from construction punch list items and the move-in needs of dozens of new residents to setting up procedures and orienting new staff, all while attending to the maintenance needs that large facilities generate.

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Mr. Post’s years of experience in the carpentry and home remodeling industry served him well and within a year he became the maintenance supervisor. In 1999, as vice president of plant operations, Ken had management oversight of the 40 employees within the maintenance, landscaping, housekeeping, laundry and transportation departments. Currently, Ken is also managing a major expansion project in the community, which includes adding 22 new larger independent living units and expanding the Health Care Center.

With a BA from New York University in education, health, nursing & arts and an associate’s degree in biblical studies, Ken was a natural fit for the Fellowship Senior Living Community. He continues his education and improves his skills through ongoing workshops and certifications so that he is up-to-date on regulations, best practices and procedures for our community.

Rich Mercado

Rich Mercado

Vice President of Culinary & Catering Services

rmercado@fellowshipsl.org

Rich began his foodservice career at the age of 18 with the United States Army. While in the Army, he served his country and his passion for food and people.

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In 1982, Rich joined Compass Group and worked at many locations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania where he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience over the last 30-plus years.

Rich has received many accolades, awards and recognition for his dedication to the customers and clients he has had the pleasure of working with over the years. He has earned the respect of his senior leadership for his relentless devotion to people and service.

Rich has been blessed with a wonderful wife of 31 years, Wanda, and two children, Richard Jr. and Lydia. Rich and Wanda reside in Lopatcong, New Jersey.

Elizabeth Fandel

Elizabeth Fandel

Vice President of Home and Community Based Services

efandel@fellowshipsl.org

Liz Fandel joined Fellowship Senior Living in 2012 as the director of Helping Hands. In September 2013, she was promoted to vice president of the Fellowship Helping Hands program and currently serves as the vice president of home and community based services.

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Liz brings with her several years of home care experience, having founded Select Eldercare, a homecare agency, in 2008; it was her personal experiences with family members that motivated her to open her own elder care business.

In her role, Liz manages our home-based community services, which covers a wide range of needs, allowing individuals to remain in their communities and homes. This division was created to further our mission to help serve the most vulnerable individuals in the community and to promote independence for seniors who may need supervision, while remaining in the comfort of their own home.

Home- and community-based services include Fellowship Helping Hands, which provides private duty assistance with activities of daily living to clients both on and off campus and for those enrolled in our Fellowship Freedom Plans — a unique, affordable long-term care planning option that allows you to remain independent, in control and in your own home for as long as possible. Fellowship Freedom Plans combine the financial protection of long-term care assurance, the advocacy of a personal care coordinator and the security of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) — all with the freedom of living in your own home!

Liz brings to Fellowship Senior Living a passion for providing our seniors, both on and off campus, superior quality care. She is a native of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is married, has three children and resides in Mendham, New Jersey.

John DeMaio

John DeMaio

Vice President of Plant Operations

jdemaio@fellowshipsl.org

John DeMaio joined Fellowship Senior Living in 2018 as VP of Plant Operations for Fellowship Village. John DeMaio has over 38 years experience in the healthcare industry with a specialization in Plant Operations including environmental services and refurbishment projects with a proven ability to successfully manage day-to-day operations and preventative maintenance.

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Formerly, Director of Facilities & Plant Operations at a Life Plan Community, John has extensive experience senior living environments and has been involved in renovation projects and streamlining services provided to residents.

John and his wife, Kathy, live in South Jersey and enjoy spending time with their two sons and four grandchildren. He is a classic car and martial arts enthusiast.  He also enjoys furniture building, woodworking, and antiques.

Honoring the past. Imagining the future.
Meet our Fellowship Senior Living Board of Directors.

With skill and devotion, our volunteer board of directors complements our leadership team with their skills and experience, following the Christian principles that have defined us from the beginning.

Stanley J. Morin, CPA

Stanley J. Morin, CPA

Chairman of the Board and Finance Chair

Stanley Morin currently serves as Fellowship Senior Living’s chairman of the board. He is a certified public accountant with certifications in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and sole member of Stanley J. Morin, CPA PC.

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Stanley has over 40 years of experience in public accounting and taxation and still active in the professional practice with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Morin has been a frequent speaker on various accounting, tax and estate related topics. His concentrations are primarily in not-for-profit, corporate, and taxation matters. Stanley is a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine, with graduate work completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is chairman of the board and finance committee of Fellowship Senior Living.  Mr. Morin has served on the board and committees of various local and national not-for-profit and charitable organizations. He is a trustee/secretary of the Jack Weisberg Charitable Foundation.   Mr. Morin is a member of the Rockaway Township Lions Club, Rockaway Township Library Charitable Foundation, trustee of the NJ Lions Charitable Foundation, chairman of the audit committee of his homeowners association, and has served in various capacities of these organizations. Mr. Morin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is an active member of the New Jersey State Society of CPAs, having served as a trustee, is currently on the not-for-profit, accounting and auditing, and was past chairman of the society professional conduct and ethics committees. Mr. Morin resides with his wife in Rockaway, New Jersey, and has three children and three grandchildren.

Paul E. Achenbach

Paul E. Achenbach

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Paul Achenbach serves as Ceded Reinsurance Contract Manager for Sompo International. Mr. Achenbach is a member of Millington Baptist Church in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University.

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Beginning more than 25 years ago, his insurance career includes previously employment with Gen Re, Berkley Re, Odyssey Re, and Everest Re. Mr. Achenbach holds the CPCU and ARe designations from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. Paul is a native and resident of Bernards Township, New Jersey, where he resides with his wife and five children.

Brian J. Kirkpatrick, CPA

Brian J. Kirkpatrick, CPA

Audit Chairman

Brian J. Kirkpatrick, CPA, has served as audit chair since 2013. Mr. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, with a degree in accounting. He worked as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Company and then C. R. Bard Inc.

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Most recently, Brian was employed by Barnabas Health for 19 years in various roles ranging from director of audit and compliance to treasurer to vice president of finance. Mr. Kirkpatrick has lived in Basking Ridge with his wife and children for the past 25 years.

Dr. Nan Masterson

Dr. Nan Masterson

Nan Masterson has been a registered nurse for the past 40 years and has worked in various areas of healthcare, including medical/surgical; burn nursing; public health; home care; hospice; school nursing; private practice; and corporate.

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She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in nursing and one in health education. Dr. Masterson also has a master of public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a doctorate in nursing from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia University Teachers College. She has worked with patients at every age level in her nursing career, and especially enjoys interacting with our senior population. Dr. Masterson is pleased to have been appointed to the board of directors of Fellowship Village, serving as a member of the Audit Committee.

Reverend Rick Morley

Reverend Rick Morley

Reverend Rick Morley joined Fellowship Senior Living Board in 2015. Morley has served as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge since 2009 and dean of the Watchung Convocation since 2012.

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Church and God have always been a part of Morley’s life. In his eyes, church provides a sense of community and family where one feels safe and loved. It is the abiding presence of God that holds everything together. Reverend Morley attended Saint Joseph’s University and received a BS in psychology and departmental honors in theology, where he experienced God in the ritual, art, gesture and sacrament of the regular celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It changed his life forever, and that experience helped bring him into the Episcopal Church, where he heard a call to ordained ministry. Morley received his master of divinity in 2002 from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University and became an ordained priest in the same year.

The experiences of being an area missioner for western Maryland, marriage, parenthood and being priest and pastor to the people continue to shape his understanding of God in Christ. For Morley, it’s the relationship with God and Christ that matters. Morley wants to help others to desire and delve into their own unique, authentic, intimate relationship with God, too. Reverend Morley wants to help inspire people to become disciples of Jesus and to inspire disciples to become apostles. Reverend Morley lives in Basking Ridge with his loving wife and two daughters.

Pastor Ted Harvey

Pastor Ted Harvey

Pastor Ted Harvey joined the board of directors of Fellowship Senior Living in 2015. Pastor Harvey was born and raised in East Texas. He received a bachelor’s in radio and television communications from Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1988 with a master’s in religious education.

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He has served as pastor for several churches, and since 1999 has served as the senior pastor at Somerset Hills Baptist Church in Basking Ridge. Pastor Harvey has volunteered and served in many leadership roles, including the leadership team of the North Jersey Network of Churches since 2008 and as executive board member of the Baptist Convention of New York (BCNY) since 2003. He currently serves as chairman of BCNY.

Pastor Harvey seeks to lead others to Christ by sharing his faith, encouraging people to fellowship with other Christians through membership, maturing the body of Christ through discipleship, equipping others for ministry through the discovery of their spiritual gifts and motivating them in mission involvement through exalting God in worship. He is called to serve as a pastor in an evangelical Christian church, using his skills in leading, administering, preaching/teaching, counseling and discipline. Pastor Harvey resides in Basking Ridge with his wife of 32 years, and they have a son and daughter.

Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq., LLM

Jeffrey J. Zenna, Esq., LLM

Jeffrey Zenna is an experienced plaintiff personal injury lawyer and a partner at Blume, Forte, Fried, Zerres, and Molinari, located in Chatham, New Jersey. Jeffrey is a graduate of the City University New York School of Law (J.D., 1991).

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After law school he completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Mahlon Fast, J.S.C. Since joining the firm, he has received a master of laws degree from New York University School of Law (L.L.M., 1997).

Jeffrey is a member of the Essex, Hudson and Morris county bar associations. He was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit). As a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, he has lectured on their behalf with regard to trial advocacy, and in 2010 lectured for the New Jersey Association for Justice regarding the use of rebuttal testimony. Jeff has also been a member of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Inn of Court since 1997. Jeff is a long-standing member of the New Jersey chapter of The Miami Project, dedicated to the cure of paralysis, and he was recently approved in 2013 to sit on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s 10B Ethics Committee for Morris County for a four-year term.

George L. Fricke

George L. Fricke

George Fricke has been a resident of Fellowship Village since 2013. Mr. Fricke was born in West Orange, New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, with a BS in business administration.

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He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a naval officer on a destroyer and at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. Mr. Fricke retired from New Jersey Bell in 1988 after 33 years in the Bell System in various management positions in the traffic, operator services, engineering, switching, network, personnel, and training and development departments. He served on the board of trustees of Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, for 22 years and was honored in 2011 by being named trustee emeritus. Mr. Fricke was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters upon retirement from the Thomas Edison State College Board. He is active in the Presbyterian church in Basking Ridge as elder and church historian. Mr. Fricke has served as a member of the Residents’ and Members’ councils, chair of the Operations Committee, Secretary of the Communications Committee and instructor at the Saturday iPad club for seniors at Fellowship Village.

John (Jack) C. Woods

John (Jack) C. Woods

Jack Woods came to Fellowship Village as a resident in 2016 after living in the Somerset Hills area for the prior fifty-four years. A graduate of Dartmouth College, where he received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and of NYU, where he earned an MBA and PhD in Finance and Economics; he subsequently taught Corporate Finance and Investments, primarily at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.

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Prior to that he had served in the US Army, worked in the shipyard business and was a security analyst on Wall Street.

Following his retirement, he and his late wife, Suzanne, became avid world travelers, an activity which honed his keen interest in photography. He and Sue had four children, two of whom live nearby. Since moving to Fellowship Village, Jack has participated in varied activities; he is a member of the Communications Committee, is active with several other undertakings and serves as Treasurer of the Residents’ and Members’ Council.

Charles (Chuck) E. Miller

Charles (Chuck) E. Miller

Chuck received his degree in Industrial Engineering at Lafayette College and went on to earn an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Chuck began his professional career working for the international consulting firm of Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.

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In 1983 he became the founder and President of Merchandise Management Systems (MMS), Inc. a Retail planning and inventory software application. MMS worked with over 100 major retailers around the world. Chuck is recognized within the industry as a leading expert in the areas of merchandise planning and allocation.

In 2016 he retired after being acquired by one of the several larger software companies he worked with over the years. Chuck and his wife Betsy reside in Bernardsville. He enjoys golf, long summer nights in Maine and the shore with family and friends and rooting for the Boston Red Sox.