February 2022

Welcome to the Weinberg Campus newsletter, dedicated to sharing news
and information with employees, residents, families, and special friends.
Message From The President

What can we say about February, as we shiver in the cold and snow here in Western New York? I found a poem that might help:

28 Word Poem for February

Cold winds,
Biting chills, and
White snow fluffed hills
Valentine's Day, oh how gay!
President's Day is coming our way.
February, sweet and small, greatest month of all.
—Eric Lies

February, the “greatest month of all?” Hmm. I’m not sure about that. Well, the poet’s name is Eric LIES, after all!

I know that there are some who really enjoy outdoor winter activities. Much of our time, however, is spent indoors, where we can enjoy the company of our families playing board games or watching good movies together in the comfort of our warm homes.

Things don’t slow down at Weinberg Campus in winter. Our devoted employees remain busy providing excellent care for our residents. Our residents, in turn, continue to enjoy a wide range of fun and engaging activities designed to keep their spirits bright amid a long, cold winter.

I am especially proud of our staff members these days as they work tirelessly in the face of staffing shortages that are occurring throughout the health care system. But I am excited that relief is on the way as Weinberg initiates an employee recruitment campaign that we believe will yield positive results. We recently implemented significant wage increases that make Weinberg very attractive in a highly competitive market. And we are supporting these increases with a dynamic recruitment campaign. While the new wage rates are important, I believe the theme of our campaign is even more relevant: “Caring is more than what we do, it’s who we are.”
A caring environment. That’s how I think of Weinberg Campus. Staff, residents, and family members coming together to make Weinberg a great place to live and work.

If you have questions or comments, I encourage you to reach out to any leadership team member or contact me directly at (716) 639-3311 ext. 2468 or [email protected].
What's New?
We are excited to announce that Louise Vella has joined the Weinberg Campus family as our new Vice President of Human Resources. Louise is a multifaceted HR leader with more than 20 years of experience supporting leaders and their teams, primarily within healthcare environments. We are thrilled to welcome Louise, as she brings immense experience, skill, and energy to the Weinberg leadership team. 
She holds certifications from SHRM and in Lean, Six-Sigma and DiSC. She earned her BS in Business Management and Economics with a concentration in Healthcare Policy & Society from SUNY Empire and has an undergraduate education in Political Science from the University of Rochester. She is currently working on her MS in Organizational Leadership. She can be reached at [email protected] or 716-639-3311 ext. 2437. 

Welcome to the team, Louise!
Volunteers Needed!
Weinberg Campus has many opportunities to get involved across all residences. Put your talents to work in our gift shop, helping with activities, assisting our staff, and more! We would love to have you. Please contact Sarah Leffler at
(716) 639-3311 ext. 2492 or email [email protected].
Food Service Spotlight
Pride in Food Service Week Feb. 7-11
Last week we celebrated National Pride in Food Service Week, and we continue to salute and recognize our amazing team for their dedication and hard work!  

Director of Food Service, Anthony (AJ) Paesani, appreciates the dedication of the team. He says, “It has been a privilege to work side by side with everyone over the last year. Times have changed, and you have risen to the challenges. We have worked long hours, all while doing our best to serve our residents. I look forward to our future journey together as we move forward, bringing more smiles to our residents’ faces. Thank you for everything you do!”
Staff Spotlight
A Wolf on Weinberg Campus?
Aro, the wolf pup is walking around Weinberg Campus every day, according to her creator, Carol Darrow. Carol, who works on the activities team at Rosa Coplon Living Center, is also a published author. She says that Aro is part of her own journey through life.

Aro was created several years ago as part of an assignment from Carol’s counselor. Carol had to write a myth about herself, so Aro came to life. The name Aro came from the middle three letters of Carol’s name and also the sound a wolf makes when she howls: ”Aroooooooo”.

Aro has eight older brothers and sisters who are not very nice to her. Her parents don’t seem to want to do anything to help. So, one day Aro sets out to find friends, a kind of new family. The book tells the story of Aro making friends and finding the “family” to care for her.

Carol and her daughter, Zianna, who was 11 at the time, illustrated this wonderful story.

Mary, who reviewed Aro, had this to say: “Aro is surely a compelling story of a mistreated wolf pup, a gem for children and adults. And yet, as a psychologist, I noticed something more. When children read it, something very good will happen deep inside. They will know, perhaps at an unconscious level, that when their own life stories bring them sadness or seemingly overwhelming events, they will not be alone! Others in their outer or inner world will come as supportive partners. This book is a lovely children's book and also therapy of the soul.”
Above: Alana, daughter of Weinberg Campus Support Service Coordinator
Sarah Leffler, enjoys reading "Aro".

Carol has been part of the Weinberg family since December of 2020 when she was hired to do virtual and window family visits due to COVID. She also worked as a health aide for over 30 years, primarily with developmentally disabled clients.

If you’d like to read more about Aro, the book is available on Amazon:
Hello, New Employees!
Natalie Galbo, RN Supervisor, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Damiona Gratton, Food Service Worker
Dominic Robinson, LPN, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Kristen Saskowski, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, Rosa Coplon
Dimonesha Pennick, PCA, Dosberg Manor
Shaneek Ross, CNA, Rosa Coplon Living Center
Michayla Scott, Food Service Worker
A February Poem
What to Do in February
A poem by Forest Creek resident, Gloria Tetewsky

Let’s make this February
Rise above the ordinary,
More than just a fancy card
With poetry from a famous bard.
Just make the words simple
Make the thoughts clear,
By being yourself,
And being sincere.
Sometimes with poetry --
Sometimes with prose --
And sometimes by wearing
Just the right clothes.
Love can be dignified --
And also discrete -- 
But love is the magic
That makes life complete.
And if a few words can leave you
With a beautiful memory --
That will make February
Really extraordinary.
Resident Activities
Check out our activities calendars filled with options such as yoga, creative indoor sports, cooking, and musical entertainment. Click the links below or visit: www.weinbergcampus.org/News-Events/Activities-Calendar.aspx.

All activities are carefully planned with COVID safety guidelines in mind.
Photo Gallery
Residents had fun celebrating Valentine's Day on campus with crafts,
special treats and a photo shoot!
Love is in the air at Dosberg Manor. Residents Arnie and Shirley recently got engaged - the first news of its kind at Dosberg Manor! Congrats to the happy couple, and may you make beautiful memories together.
Weinberg Campus Feels Like Family
Pictured above is Alyssa Fitzgerald, Activities Director at Dosberg Manor. She says, "Weinberg Campus has very caring and helpful staff that make every day a good day to come into work. The supportive staff continuously help me to grow in my role here!" 

Watch for more employees to share why they love Weinberg Campus. To tell us why Weinberg Campus feels like family to you or to share a story about someone who exemplifies how they make Weinberg “feel like family," please contact Dee at [email protected].
NEW: Employee Referral Program