Our staff of professionals is trained in everything from the latest medical care and therapies to healthy and delicious meal preparation. Yet we make room for compassionate connection with residents to take precedence over the necessities of our job descriptions.
We are skilled professionals, yes. And we are here to connect with you in the spontaneous moments that make your life (and ours) more meaningful.
THE APPLE BLOSSOM EXECUTIVE TEAM
Community Relations Director: Wendy Jack
Wendy Jack was born and raised in Pittsburgh and attended both the Community College of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh. She holds an Associate's degree in Marketing Management.
Both Wendy's mother and aunt were diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer's, a personal history that helps her empathize with residents and families and enables her to act as a resource. Her path to senior living communities started there and was reinforced when she began providing weekly floral arrangements at a Senior Living Community. She owned her own floral business at the time, and the interaction with residents and professionals at the community moved her to explore a new passion.
"We promote positivity and sincere care for all. I absolutely love what I do. And everyone has stories to share! I have met artists, well-known coaches, successful business professionals, mothers who raised children under extraordinary circumstances, and so many wonderful people. And we encourage these individuals to be community ambassadors, giving resident presentations on their travels, culinary experiences, musical talents, etc. We are here to maximize seniors' quality of life. This is not just a mission, but a way of life."
Community Relations Director for Memory Care: Emily Sikorski
Emily earned an Associate degree in Business Management from Eastern Maine Community College. While her kids were younger, she took a job doing private, in-home care and fell in love with her job and the elderly couple she cared for, Mo and Jerry.
"I bring my whole heart with me to work each day. I want to help build and shape our community to be a place where residents are treated like our parents and grandparents. My grandmother suffered with Alzheimer's for years, and watching her lose her memories was heart wrenching. It's the little things we do each day that comfort our residents and make them feel loved and happy. Their smiles make my day!" Emily and her husband, Tony, have been married for 17 years and have three daughters, Mackenzie (16), Riley (14) and Avery (11).
Executive Chef: Nina Stala
Nina began her culinary career in Grand Canyon National Park at Bright Angel and Maswik Lodges. She is ServSafe certified and has spent nearly 20 years working in senior care, learning new techniques and how to make delicious meals that meet various dietary requirements.
"Growing up I would scour my mother's cookbooks trying recipes until I perfected them. I love that Apple Blossom focuses on fresh, quality ingredients and 95+% of our meals are prepared from scratch. It's refreshing and a pleasant change from heat-in-the-bag kitchens often found in senior living communities. We encourage and foster creativity, all in the name of a wonderful dining experience for our residents." Nina lives with her significant other, his mother and their five cats.
Maintenance Director: Marc Turkily
Marc was born, raised and currently lives in Midway, PA. He has more than five years experience in maintenance and was recently promoted from Maintenance Assistant to Director of Maintenance.
"I have always loved to work with my hands, and I work hard every day trying to live up to my dad's work ethic and the one he instilled in me. The happiest surprise of this job is that while I'm solving problems, fixing things and being challenged, I spend a lot of time in residents' rooms talking with them. We get to know each other on a personal level, and they know they can always come to me for help. Many of them stop me in the halls to say hello and check in, showing continuous appreciation. We are here to make sure everything goes well and our residents are happy, healthy and well care for, but they make us feel pretty special, too." Marc and his kids live a five-minute drive from his childhood home and he is very close to his family.