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Jean Makesh, Founder & CEO of the Lantern Group, To Deliver Commencement Address on May 6

Distinguished industry leader will deliver address to graduates and guests on May 6

Lake Erie College is proud to announce that Mr. Jean Makesh, Founder & CEO of The Lantern Group, will be the Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 6 at 11 AM. Mr. Makesh will offer an address titled, “Pushing your passion past human imagination: an Occupational Therapist love story.”

Jean Makesh is the Founder & CEO of The Lantern Group. His fascination with and passion for the aging was the impetus to design and create a therapeutic care program that is one of a kind in the U.S. and in the world. He has also designed state-of-the-art, award-winning cognitive care assisted living communities in Ohio. Recognitions received include Entrepreneur of the Year, the Model Practice Award, and Next Avenue’s Top 50 Influencers on Aging in 2016. Next Avenue is a digital platform of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) aimed at baby boomers.

Mr. Makesh holds an MBA degree from Lake Erie College, Class of 2000, and received the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2020.

Mr. Makesh’s personal mission is to support, educate and equip the elderly, their caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources about Alzheimer’s disease, its prevention and treatment. His corporate mission is to apply experience to impact policies and practices in the areas of elder care, good and efficient business practices, and humankind. His goal is to continue to design and construct state of the art communities and therapeutic care models in the U.S. and other areas of the world.

Mr. Makesh designed and developed a patented retro-virtual time capsule to nurture and facilitate memory and to promote functional independence. This care delivery model is the only care program in the world that is therapeutic in nature. The care program utilizes the individual’s environment, learning and activities to activate repressed memories and stimulate newer learning.

Prior to founding The Lantern Group, Jean Makesh held various executive positions with the country’s largest nursing home provider, Sun Healthcare Group. He led and managed a team of vice presidents, directors and administrators. His responsibilities involved leading and managing the daily operations and clinical programs in 120 nursing homes spanning over 12 states.


Lake Erie College’s Spring Commencement takes place at 11 AM on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The ceremony will be held at Classic Auto Group Park, home of the Lake County Captains, a High-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians baseball team.

The event is free and there are no tickets for admission. Free parking will be available in the Gold and Blue Lots.

The main gate at third base will open to guests at 10:15 AM. There will be no field access at any time during or after commencement.

Those watching from home can tune in for the livestream at 11 a.m. by following this link.