Program Chair

Jackie Holzel


Jackie Holzel is Activities Director at Maple Farm in Akron, PA -- a Garden Spot Community!  Jackie has worked in skilled nursing care since 2003 and loves enriching the lives of seniors. She is a certified Activities Director thru NCCAP. She lives in Manheim with my husband of 34 years, Frank. They have two sons (both married), three granddaughters, and a new grandchild on the way, due in October 2017.


Kerry Dering, Moravian Manor

Kerry Dering is the Activities Director at Moravian Manor. She was promoted and became an Activities Director Certified in 2014.  She received her Memory Care specialization in 2016 when she recertified.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Diploma in Gerontology. She was on the LADA board as the Publicity Chair for 3 years and became the Treasurer in 2018.  Kerry enjoys being involved and believes in the importance of continued leaning to better serve our residents.



Nancy has been an Activities Assistant at Moravian Manor for four and a half years and enjoys being involved with the residents. She received ADPC Certification in August 2017 and is working on her Activities Director Certification. Nancy resides in Lititz. She has two sons and two grandchildren.


Each meeting we feature a speaker.  Learn more about topics that concern the elderly, as well as our jobs as activities professionals.  At each meeting you can earn 1.5 CE’s.  Network!  Share!  Learn!  Grow with us!  See the  upcoming meetings.

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facts about lada

  • Founded in 1980
  • One of the largest member bases in Pennsylvania for activity directors associations
  • Currently 168 members strong, representing 48 facilities
  • Members do not need to be Directors

The current LADA officers are as follows:

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Lancaster Activities Directors Association

VICE President

RenEE L. Lentz, BA, ACC/MC/EDU, MEPAP 2nd Ed Instructor
Renee’s work with the geriatric population started at age 17 when she began volunteering for Songs for the Journey, a music ministry for the terminally ill and dying. Renee then began working part-time as an activities assistant in a skilled nursing facility while attending Millersville University, studying music performance. Upon receiving her BA in music performance in 2007, Renee enrolled in the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals. She then took a full-time position directing the activities department of a skilled nursing facility while she completed the MEPAP 2nd Edition. She later went on to obtain certification as an Activity Consultant Certified with specialization in Memory Care, Education, and Person Centered Care, and became a MEPAP 2nd Edition instructor. Renee is a Certified Healthcare Musician, having studied in the Therapy Harp Training Program. She has served LADA in the past as secretary and president. Currently she directs the Connections Department of Juniper Village at Mount Joy.


Hope Long, St. Anne's Retirement Community

​​Hope has worked with seniors in continuing care retirement communities for the past 25 years. For 11 of those years she was employed at Brethren Village as a Therapeutic Recreation Aide and Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor. The rest of her career has been spent at St. Anne’s Retirement Community, where she serves as Activity Director. She is an Activity Director Certified through NCCAP and a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She has also completed the Train the Trainer curriculum offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. Hope has served on the LADA board twice in the past, once as Treasurer and once as President. She is passionate about those she serves, and she loves helping others discover the joy she has found in her work. Hope resides in Millersville with her husband and their two children and dog.


LADA will offer a maximum of $1,000 in scholarships per year. Please follow the criteria listed in the application to apply.