Aging Life Care Manager
Stefanie was born and raised in central NY. She graduated from Liverpool High School and went on to earn her BA in Psychology and MS in Therapeutic Recreation. As a young adult, Stefanie discovered her passion for community service. She volunteered for several organizations including Vera House and on the pediatric unit at Upstate Hospital. Soon after graduating from SUNY Cortland, Stefanie began working for The Salvation Army where she provided family therapy to teenagers and their caregivers.
Stefanie was always drawn to working with the older adult population, so when a recreation director position became available at a CNY skilled nursing care facility, she jumped at the opportunity. For six years, Stefanie led a team delivering therapeutic programming for individuals in long-term care, as well as patients requiring rehabilitative services.
Stefanie believes in the power of connecting with each client on an individual level, and that each person should be treated with dignity and compassion. She is trained in Dementia Capable Care and Teepa Snow’s “Positive Approach to Care.”
In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys spending leisure time with her family. You can find Stefanie and her family hiking in the Adirondacks or traveling throughout the country any chance she gets. Her other passion is helping animals. Stefanie has spent over a decade volunteering in animal shelters and providing community education on a variety of animal welfare topics. She currently lives in Fayetteville with her husband, two boys, and a dog named Boulder.