Mercy Gonzales, RN, CDP, CALA, LNHA
Executive Director, The Villa at Florham Park
Staff and residents of The Villa at Florham Park welcomed Mercy Gonzales as the program’s new executive director on May 15, 2017.
A long-time employee of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (LSMNJ), Mercy previously spent over 14 years with LSMNJ both as an administrator and director of nursing. Her most recent position was at Crane’s Mill, LSMNJ’s continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell. Mercy served as the administrator for the Health Center at Crane’s Mill, provider of skilled nursing and assisted living services for Crane’s Mill residents and others in surrounding communities. Her career also includes hands-on and administrative experience with other local healthcare programs such as Fellowship Village Retirement Community in Basking Ridge, Merry Heart Nursing Home in Boonton, and Troy Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Parsippany.
In addition to her compassion and understanding of resident and family needs, Mercy is an experienced leader with success in developing strong team members to assure quality and compassionate care. Already familiar with The Villa as a member of the LSMNJ family, she was excited by this opportunity and eager to become part of this special community and its people.
A native of the Philippines, Mercy graduated there with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Makati Medical Center. Soon after, as a 20-year-old, she relocated to the United States—taking advantage of a professional opportunity to focus on geriatric healthcare. With positions available in Texas, New Jersey, and California, she joined a classmate in choosing New Jersey as her new home. Now a US citizen, Mercy settled in New Jersey where she continues to live with her husband and children.