Meet our team at Traditions of Hershey

Charity Cruz
Executive Director

Charity joined traditions of Hershey with over 30 years of senior care experience. She worked as a CNA, and a nurse in long term care, the hospital and personal care. Charity‘s love and passion for seniors inspired her to continue her education in long term care administration and personal care home administration. She’s been a licensed administrator for over 25 years. Charity was born and raised in Lancaster county and still resides in Lancaster. She’s married , has a daughter, two dogs and two cats. Charity feels blessed to be part of the traditions of Hershey team.

Marnie Antonik
Marketing Director

Marnie joined the Traditions team with 8 plus years of experience in Hospice and Senior Living in many of the surrounding counties. She started her career in advertising agencies but because of her own personal experiences in the senior living, she discovered her passion in helping seniors and families to make a smooth transition to senior living.

Marnie lives in Annville and has five grown children, 2 grandchildren and 4 rescue cats. In her spare time, she loves to work on crafts, gardening, volunteering and just trying to spread joy in this world.

Marnie is excited to be part of this wonderful team and is here to provide attentive & caring services to seniors and their families.

Ashley Painter, LPN
Resident Care Director

Inspired by the geriatric population since 2006, Ashley started her career as a CNA. Seven years later, she decided to further her education and become a nurse. Caring for, learning and growing with the elderly generation is her passion. In Ashley's spare time, she likes to do crafts or cook a delicious meal. Currently, Ashley and her little family reside in Jonestown PA where she purchased her first home two years ago. She has two children, a son who is 18 and a daughter who is 12. They are her motivation. Ashley is excited to be a part of the team at Traditions of Hershey.

Dustin Barna
Maintenance Director

Dustin joined Traditions of Hershey In 2009. He started out as a kitchen utility worker and worked his way up to be lead cook. Dustin saw an opportunity to grow with Traditions and was promoted to Maintenance Director. He loves interacting with the residents and making sure they are comfortable living here at Traditions of Hershey.

Dustin lives in Palmyra with his wife, son and two dogs.

Khrista Dechert
Business Office Manager

Khrista joined Traditions of Hershey as a part time weekend receptionist in 2017. She loves interacting with the residents and staff. When the position of Business Office Manager became available, she was excited at the opportunity to bring her many years of financial and administrative experience with various non profit organizations, to Traditions of Hershey!

Khrista lives in Jonestown and is married and has two sons and two dogs.

Kelly Nelson
Resident Life Director

Kelly joined the Traditions team with a background in nutrition and over 15 years experience working in Independent and Assisted Living communites. Through her experiences, Kelly has experience in planning events and activies, food service and assisting with residents day to day needs.

She was a part-time team member at Traditions in the Dining and Food Service Department in 2013. She is very excited to be back at Traditions as the Resident Life Director.

Kelly lives in Lebanon and has three grown children, a granddaughter and a rescue dog.

Bill Battaglia
Dining Services Director

Bill started his 15+ year career in culinary after a stint in the Air Force, working from upscale to business dining and settling with a primary focus on senior living. Bill is certified as a CDM and CFPP, and also certified to teach/proctor ServSafe. Making people happy with the food that is provided is his biggest motivation. Outside of work, Bill is a big sports enthusiast and loves to play golf, along with traveling.

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