“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi, former Green Bay Packers head coach
Recently, we celebrated our 22nd annual employee service award ceremony at Harrogate to honor the commitment and loyalty of long-standing employees. Among those were 20 plus year veterans Clyde Sutton of Millville, N.J., Janice Matonis of Toms River, N.J. and Judy Casillas of Lakewood, N.J., and 16 year employee Valerie Jacoby of Toms River, N.J.
“We are honored to have an extremely dedicated and caring staff,” states Don Johansen, Executive Director of Harrogate. “Our experienced group of professionals assist Harrogate daily in fulfilling its mission statement, exceeding the expectations of the residents, and going above and beyond to help and mentor their fellow employees.”
Clyde Sutton, who has been employed at Harrogate for 21 years started his tenure in April 1992 as the Director of Food and Beverage Services. In 1996, Sutton was named Associate Executive Director and Health Center Administrator. He has served on many board of directors’ leadership positions in professional affiliations and has also been active in civic organizations. Sutton is a Millville, N.J. native, and prior to joining Harrogate, he served as an Administrator of Support Services at Millville Hospital in New Jersey.
Janice Matonis, a 40 year Toms River, N.J. resident, began her tenure at Harrogate in 1992. Since then, she has held the position of Evening Front Desk Receptionist, and in this role, she provides exceptional customer service to new and existing residents and families. Additionally, Matonis is in charge of directing residents and guests around the campus, providing customer service to all, and completing miscellaneous administrative duties that are essential in operating a senior living community. Prior to joining Harrogate, Matonis gained relative experience as a receptionist for another retirement community in the Ocean County area in 1990.
Patterson, N.J. native, Judy Casillas, began her journey at Harrogate over 20 years ago in 1992 as a temporary Bookkeeper. After a year in that position, she was promoted to her current position as Accounting Assistant. Casillas currently resides in Lakewood, N.J. with her family.
Valerie Jacoby, a native of Edison, N.J., began her 16 year career at Harrogate as a part-time employee in 1997. In 2006, Jacoby was promoted to Life Care Consultant, and has held that position for the past seven years. She specializes in working with seniors and their families to help identify options and solutions as they research and consider moving to a senior living community. Additionally, she is an ambassador for the community and produces the Harrogate Blog. Prior to Harrogate, she worked at Johnson & Johnson as the Secretary to the Director of Marketing Services and Director of Market and Consumer Research. Jacoby currently resides in Toms River, N.J. with her family.
Additionally, employees who have served five and 10 years of service were recognized as well, which included:
- Linda McCarthy of Brick, N.J.
- Cindy Hollywood of Brick, N.J.
- Antonio Wei of Toms River, N.J.
- Andrew Crawford of Brick, N.J.
- Barbara Hauser of Brick, N.J.
- Joseph Alonzo of Bayville, N.J.
- Haja Koroma of Lakewood, N.J.
- Marion Gerlach of Toms River, N.J.
- Dolores Bianco of Manalapan, N.J.
- Pamela Thomas of Manchester, N.J.
- Darien Seward of Toms River, N.J.
- James Rivera of Manchester, N.J.
- Karen Crisafi of Brick, N.J.
- Marilyn Kirton of Lakewood, N.J.
- Steve Cannata of Brick, N.J.
- Maya Forde of Lakewood, N.J.
- Laura Varian of Lakewood, N.J.
Recently, Harrogate honored these employees for their years of service and dedication to the senior-living facility during its 22nd annual employee service award ceremony.