Our Staff

Meet The Staff at Legacy Dedicated to Serving Our Residents and Helping Them Live Very Well

Legacy team members are dedicated to serving our residents and helping them live very well. Walk into any Legacy senior living community and you will see genuine smiles on the faces of everyone you meet—whether they are a Concierge, Lifestyle Director, wait staff, maintenance team member, Executive Director, or a resident.

Get to know our leadership team:

Steven M. DiMarzo
Owner and Chief Operating Officer
Legacy Senior Living Communities

Steve DiMarzo began working for Mark IV Construction Company at a young age and learned very early that dedication and patience are key ingredients to success. He learned every aspect of the business from the ground up working with all construction trades. He attended Hobart & William Smith Colleges for his undergraduate degree and then managed the construction activity of numerous large developments from land acquisition to final certificate of occupancy. Steve then helped his organization staff these developments while simultaneously attending The University of Rochester, Simon School of Business where he earned his Masters degree in Business Administration. Steve managed the construction of all Legacy communities and remains an integral part of new acquisitions, development and operations of The Legacy Communities as we know them today. With close communication from his father Anthony DiMarzo, founder and his brother Chris in charge of new development approvals and a phenomenally dedicated and well versed staff within each Legacy Community, The Legacy Communities are positioned for success.

Steve’s Accomplishments

  • 1995-1999: Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • 1999-2008: Managed construction of 1,500 living units and Legacy communities
  • 2008-2010: University of Rochester, Simon School of Business MBA
  • 2000-Present: Owner of Legacy Senior Living Communities

 

Paula B. Lehmann
Director of Operations
Legacy Senior Living Communities

Paula brings decades of management and human resources expertise to her role as Director of Operations. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of Legacy’s portfolio of eight senior living communities, including business development, recruiting, resident amenities, activities and services, dining, accounting, safety/security, and maintenance. She supports the Legacy Executive Directors by giving them the tools they need to help our residents Live Very Well. Through her involvement in recruiting, Legacy has built a team of caring and kind individuals who are dedicated to serving seniors. Paula joined the Legacy team over 15 years ago. She was Director of Human Resources for 12 years and involved in the final stages of construction and initial opening of all of the Legacy communities. In addition, from 2000 to 2002 she was Assistant Executive Director of Legacy at Willow Pond. Paula is passionate about working with seniors and making the lives of seniors better. She attended Nazareth College and lives in Fairport, NY.

 

Brighton, NY
Legacy at Clover Blossom
Independent Senior Living Apartments and Villas
Victoria Tomporowski

Victoria Tomporowski was promoted to Executive Director of the Legacy at Clover Blossom after her success as Executive Director of Legacy at Parklands. A graduate of Niagara University, Victoria received a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Recreation Management, a degree program designed to provide students with a readiness and competency for employment in diverse settings, including retirement communities. Victoria also has a concentration in Marketing and Special Event Management.

Victoria came to The Legacy with multiple years of experience in various roles in independent and enriched senior living communities as well as a skilled nursing home. Victoria truly enjoys working with seniors and has a passion for helping older adults continue to lead active and enriched lives.

  • 2005-2009: Niagara University Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Recreation Management
  • 2010: Presented with the Shining Star Award as Lifestyles Coordinator at Thompson Health, which recognizes employees who go above and beyond
  • 2008-2009: Special Events Volunteer at the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • 2008-2009: Special Events Volunteer at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2008-2009: Marketing Volunteer at the Ontario County Historical Society
  • 2006-2007: Phi Sigma Sigma Chapter President

Churchville/Chili, NY
Legacy at Parklands
Independent Senior Living Apartments
Lori Smith

As Executive Director of Legacy at Parklands in Churchville/Chili, Lori Smith brings with her over twenty years of senior living management experience. Prior to coming to The Legacy, Lori was Vice President of Operations for a Monroe and Ontario County-wide senior home care consulting firm. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her residents and her Legacy team, and she is most fulfilled when she is truly connecting with seniors and their families.  Lori studied Business at Cornell University and continues to expand her knowledge with continuing education in management, marketing, and sales. When she is not serving seniors, Lori enjoys spending time with her 2 children and her wonderful husband, Bruce. Lori’s hobbies include skydiving, hiking, and travel.

 

Greece, NY
Legacy at Maiden Park
Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, and Memory Care
Elizabeth M. Richardson

Elizabeth M. Richardson is the Executive Director of Legacy at Maiden Park in Greece, NY. Liz began her Legacy career as the Executive Director of Legacy at Willow Pond. She was then promoted to Executive Director of Legacy at Clover Blossom in 2013. In 2016 she was tapped to be the Executive Director of Legacy at Maiden Park. Elizabeth brings The Legacy’s “Living Very Well” mantra to life with years of experience creating a caring and welcoming environment where Legacy residents flourish. Throughout the years she has also played a major behind the scenes role in advertising and marketing for The Legacy brand as a whole. Elizabeth is a 1985 graduate of the State University of New York College at New Paltz were she earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science.

  • 2000-2001: President Greece Rotary
  • 2002-2004:  Assistant District Governor, District 7120/Area 9
  • 2003-Present:  Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
  • 2004-2010:  Board Member, Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Board Secretary, Chair, Nominating Committee
  • 2007-2009:  President, Greece Montessori School, Board of Trustees
  • 2008-2011:  Leader, Girl Scout Troop 60453 Hillwood Council

 

Greece, NY
Legacy at Park Crescent
Independent Senior Living Apartments and Villas
Elaine Matthews

Elaine Matthews is the Executive Director of Legacy Park Crescent in Greece. Elaine joined the Legacy team in July of 2011 and hit the ground running. Prior to becoming part of the Legacy family, Elaine was the Director for Services for Seniors in Rochester for 10 years. A 1991 graduate of The City University of New York, John Jay College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and in 2010 a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Elaine is able to not only crunch the numbers but communicate effectively, efficiently and succinctly.

  • 1988-1991: City University of New York John Jay College, BA Criminal Justice
  • 2005: Greece Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Month for Services for Seniors
  • 2005-2007: President Hilton Rotary
  • 2008-Present: Treasurer Hilton Rotary
  • 2010: City University of New York John Jay College, BS Accounting
  • 2012: Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

 

Henrietta, NY
Legacy at Erie Station
Independent Senior Living Apartments and Villas
Paul J. Ryan

Paul J. Ryan is a staunch advocate for seniors. An Executive Director with Legacy since 2009, he embarked on this career change in 2004. Prior to that Paul served the Diocese of Rochester in creative ministries for 34 years. During his career, Paul worked in parish ministry throughout the Catholic diocese. He was a teacher/chaplain at Keuka, Elmira, and Wells Colleges. He also helped to develop the group home concept with the New York State office for the developmentally challenged. Fluent in Spanish, Paul served the Latin and South American Missions, working with indigenous people in Mexico, Chile and Brazil. In Mexico he directed the creation of self-sustaining coops, allowing the people to develop their own small businesses. Paul received his BA degree from St. John Fisher, and his M.Div. from St. Bernard’s Seminary. Paul is a nationally recognized actor/model. He is also a master scuba diver trainer and published author.

  • Certified in clinical counseling 1972
  • Completed studies at El Centro Bilingue, Cuernavaca, Mexico 1985 and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese
  • Accredited by PADI and active as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer since 2002
  • Serves as Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Greater Rochester Area Partnership with the Elderly since 2009
  • Life member of the Geneva and Newark Volunteer Fire Departments

 

Irondequoit, NY
Legacy at Cranberry Landing
Independent Living, Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, and Memory Care
Jennifer Lafountain

With many years experience in senior living and an extensive background in the gerontology field and social work, Jennifer LaFountain oversees day-to-day operations and capably leads the team as Executive DIrector of Legacy at Cranberry Landing. In 2015 she successfully oversaw Cranberry Landing’s transformation from Independent Living to a Continuum of Care community offering Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, and Memory Care in addition to Independent Living. Jennifer’s hard work, dedication and undying spirit have been a welcome addition to the Legacy Family.

  • 1998-2002: Ithaca College, B.A. in Clinical Social Work
  • 2002-Present: Group Therapy, specializing in Gerontology
  • 2002-2004: University of Rochester, Marriage & Family Care Therapy
  • 2004-2008: Extensive Study in Assisted Therapeutic Techniques for Animals

 

Penfield, NY
Grande’Vie
Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, and Adult Daycare Services
Bridget Keenan, LPN

As Administrator of Grande’Vie, Bridget Keenan is dedicated to providing superb service and a vibrant, warm, and welcoming community for Grande’Vie’s residents and their families. Over 15 years ago, with a great love for seniors and a passion for enriching their lives, Bridget began her career as a Resident Care Aide and was promoted to various supervisory roles at Grande’Vie over the ensuing years. In 2007 she returned to school to obtain her LPN license while working full time as Grande’Vie’s Caring House Memory Care Community Coordinator. After graduating with academic honors, Bridget continued her career at Grande’Vie as a nurse and deepened her knowledge and experience in Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, and Memory Care. In 2012, Bridget was once again promoted and became Director of Case Management and Resident Care. By 2015 she was tapped to take on the role of Administrator and now leads the Grande’Vie team and directs day-to-day operations.

Bridget is a proud wife and mother of three boys. Following in her footsteps, her oldest son is pursuing his nursing degree—creating three generations of nurses within her family.

  • Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES School of Practical Nursing: Licensed Practical Nurse 2008
  • Academic Excellence Award 2008
  • American Red Cross Instructor 2013-Present
  • Assisted Living Leadership Program 2014

Penfield, NY
Legacy at Village Wood
Independent Senior Living
Linda Salatino

Linda Salatino thrives on serving the residents of Legacy at Village Wood as Executive Director. Prior to Legacy, Linda worked for Birdseye Foods Public Relations while raising her two daughters. She then began traveling across the country with a foundation ministry encouraging women to overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives. This outreach program gave Linda the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, as well.  She has a great passion for music which keeps her involved in various activities outside of work. Linda finds interacting with seniors to be very rewarding and works diligently to see that her residents are living well and staying active.

 

Penfield, NY
Legacy at Willow Pond
Independent Senior Living
D’Arcy Dobbertin

D’Arcy Dobbertin began her career at Legacy at Willow Pond as Lifestyle Director. In 2016 she was promoted to Executive Director. Prior to working for The Legacy, D’Arcy leveraged her Business Management and Therapeutic Recreation Degree from Cortland working as a Recreation Therapist at Monroe Community Hospital and more recently at the Town of Pittsford’s Recreation Department. D’Arcy’s greatest joy is her relationships with Legacy residents and their families. She imparts this care and respect into all aspects of keeping the Willow Pond community personal, warm, welcoming, and safe.

Victor, NY
Legacy at Fairways
Independent Senior Living Apartments and Villas
Anna Alger

Anna joined The Legacy Senior Communities in 2007 as Executive Director of the Legacy at The Fairways. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and has more than 17 years experience in the hospitality and senior living development, management, and marketing. Before joining Legacy Senior Communities, Anna was recruited by Thompson Health systems to be part of the pre-opening team of their premier Senior Living Community, where she developed and managed the Resident Services, Transportation, and Lifestyle Programs for that new community. Anna developed many Marketing events, and was an integral member of the Marketing Team. In 2005, Anna was elected as a member of the Task Force for Greystone Senior Living Communities where she led Senior Communities across the United States to improve Lifestyle Programs and develop Health and Wellness initiatives to promote Healthy Aging. Anna is also a Certified Aging Service Professional through the Collation for Leadership on Aging Services which she achieved in 2012.

  • 2005: Recognition from President George Bush for outstanding services provided to Seniors
  • 2001: Graduate of Walt Disney School of Customer Service
  • 2000: Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council Recipient of the Thanks Badge. The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Professional and Volunteer Associations

  • Certified Aging Services Professional
  • Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council, National Delegate
  • Certified Medical Manager
  • Honor Flight volunteer
  • Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee Member
  • Big Dogs Big Hearts Animal Rescue Volunteer
  • Victor Farmington Rotary Club Member
  • Marine Corps League Certificate of Appreciation