Colleen Frankenfield Named President and CEO for Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey

Burlington, NJ—The Board of Trustees of Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ (LSMNJ) announced today the appointment of Colleen Frankenfield as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer effective October 6, 2014.

Making the announcement, Bill McCracken, chairman of the LSMNJ Board of Trustees, stated,  “Colleen impressed our search committee with the breadth and depth of her career in faith-based long-term care. She brings to LSMNJ a track-record of success as a strong operational manager, respected leader for her staff, and perceptive visionary for organizational growth. Colleen’s experience and training coupled with her innate business acumen and high integrity make her the right person to lead LSMNJ into the future.”

Soon to be working out of LSMNJ’s Burlington, NJ office, Colleen most recently served as President and CEO of Pleasant View Retirement Community, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Manheim, PA. Since 2011, Colleen has provided strategic direction that resulted in construction of a new health care center and repositioning of existing facilities. In addition, under her leadership, Pleasant View implemented short-term rehabilitation, a sub-acute nursing unit, and an outpatient rehabilitation department that yielded over one million dollars in revenue during the first 12 months of operation.  Earlier in her career she was the vice president of quality, risk management, and compliance with Presby’s Inspired Life, worked as an attorney with legal firms specializing in health law and professional liability, and held various management positions with two suburban Philadelphia CCRCs and a skilled nursing facility.

After earning a nursing degree from Felician College (Lodi, NJ), Colleen obtained a masters in health care administration from St Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA), earned her Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law (Wilmington, DE) and is a candidate for a masters in business administration at West Chester (PA) University.  Licensed as a registered nurse as well as a nursing home administrator, she is also a member of the bar in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Interim President and CEO Phillip Harrington will assist Colleen as she transitions to her new role within LSMNJ. Acknowledging the pending transfer in leadership, LSMNJ Board Chairman McCracken said, “With little time to prepare, Phil stepped out of his LSMNJ Board role a year ago and successfully assumed responsibility for guiding LSMNJ through a significant operational transformation, strategic repositioning, and overall renewal. His insights and service yielded enormous benefits to the organization, its residents, and program participants that will undergird LSMNJ’s future growth and vitality. The Board is extremely grateful for Phil’s leadership and service during this critical time.”