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
Executive Director: Doreen Bufalini
Doreen has her degree in Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation from CCAC, her BA in Health Care Studies from Chatham University and her Personal Care Home Administrator Certification from Penn State University.
“I began my career in Occupational Therapy , then decided to continue on to get my license as a personal care home administrator. I think the entire service career track stemmed from losing my maternal grandparents within six months of each other when I was just 14. I have always felt strongly that if one is fortunate enough to be blessed with longevity, one should have a purposeful and meaningful life.” Doreen has three children (Darric, Dayna and Dante) and four cats, Rocco, Bella, Gracie and Bruno.
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.”
Executive Chef: Maggie Kielburger
Maggie was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia and moved to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh. She is the two-time winner of the Bowls of Warmth, hosted by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Dollar Energy Fund and has created dessert menus for fine dining restaurants throughout the Pittsburgh area.
“I love food and the way it brings people together. I used to garden regularly with my father and enjoyed creating dishes from the things we had grown. I love that food is comforting and the way it evokes favorite memories. I’m a strong believer in having great respect for my elders and I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned from some of the best chefs in the city to their lives.” Maggie learned German to communicate with her Oma and is proud of her German roots and large extended family.