Margaret Kleinmann, executive director of Solstice Senior Living at East Amherst, brings with her 30 years of experience working in geriatrics in Western New York. Margaret holds significant experience in direct health care delivery and oversight, operational implementation, and executive leadership. Margaret also has expertise in creating public–private partnerships that support the transparency necessary for health care transformation. She has seamlessly built from the ground up multiple geriatric health care communities, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. She leads teams working across multiple health care segments to help residents and families achieve their clinical, operational and financial objectives.
Margaret attended St. John Fisher College, where she earned her B.S. degree in gerontology, followed by attaining her M.S. degree in geriatrics at the University at Buffalo. Margaret is passionate about and committed to putting her residents and their families first here at Solstice Senior Living. She has spent her career involved in associations that keep vigilant in research in Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Parkinson’s and arthritis. Margaret has consistently built star management teams of professionals who are committed to excellence in care. She leads with compassion and dedication.
She is married, and has two sons and a black Lab pup that keep her busy. She enjoys music, sports, travel and theater.
Sales and Marketing Director
Stephanie Mruczek, sales and marketing director of Solstice Senior Living in East Amherst, brings over 10 years of sales and marketing experience. Stephanie has spent most of her career in both the financial and health care fields. She has tactically implemented and managed many customer relationship management platforms among various forums. She remains strategy-minded and a highly motivated professional with a demonstrated results-oriented mindset aimed at delivering profitable solutions. She is well-organized with extensive experience in leadership and implementation of marketing objectives. Stephanie has a long record of assisting and guiding families with her wealth of knowledge in the senior housing industry. She has always focused on achieving the highest level of satisfaction and well-being of the individuals and families whom she has the privilege of working with.
Outside of the office, Stephanie volunteers for the Parkinson’s Foundation as a support group facilitator. She has also dedicated much of her time volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Ride for Roswell. She is a co-chairman of the networking committee for the Network in Aging of Western New York. Stephanie also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Network in Aging.
Building and Safety Director
Harold Johnson is the building and safety director for Solstice Senior Living at East Amherst. Harold joins the team at East Amherst with extensive experience in building maintenance as well as facility management. Harold has also spent over 12 years of his career in the culinary arts. He holds HVAC, boiler and cooling certifications, as well as security and first aid. He has considerable experience in alarm systems pertaining to fire safety. Harold also supervises the housekeeping team with pride.
Harold shares compassion, laughter and a sense of commitment to the community. His residents are his No. 1 priority as he volunteers to play blackjack each week to promote camaraderie through the Vibrant Life program here at Solstice Senior Living.
Harold is a proud father a 13-year-old daughter alongside his large, supportive family.
Business Office Director
Katherine Johnson is the business office director at Solstice Senior Living at East Amherst. Katherine has over 20 years of experience working in paralegal services, office management, accounts receivable, human resources and payroll processes. She is a graduate of Niagara County Community College and Bryant and Stratton College. Katherine exemplifies a well-rounded employee with extensive knowledge in policies and procedures. She assists the executive director with operations management and helps provide a positive culture for all to admire. Her knowledge and professionalism help drive forward the sustainable systems put in place here at Solstice Senior Living.
Katherine is a proud mom to two daughters and two mini-dachshunds. She lives in nearby Clarence and has been married for 29 years.
Culinary Services Director
Emanuel Figueroa, the Culinary Services director for Solstice Senior Living at East Amherst, has been in the restaurant and dining industry for over 20 years. His passion for cooking and attention to detail have propelled him successfully in this industry. Emanuel’s wide range of experience in different kitchen positions has helped him secure managerial positions in various hotels and country clubs. His experience has also encouraged him to fine-tune his cooking and expand his knowledge in diverse backgrounds and local cuisines.
Emanuel’s hunger for expanding his knowledge as a chef and leader is beyond commendable. Every steppingstone of his career has led him to his current role as director of dining services for a retirement community of over 220 residents. Emanuel is able to access his skills in leadership and cooking while working for Solstice Senior Living. His devotion to the Solstice community will continue to make Solstice Senior Living a premier community in which to live and dine.
Emanuel is a proud father of 13-year-old Allyson and 19-year-old Tatiyana. He enjoys cooking with them at home and teaching them the way around the kitchen.
Vibrant Life Director
Rebecca Rumschik, Vibrant Life director for Solstice Senior Living at East Amherst, brings forth extensive knowledge in multiple faucets of the senior living industry. Her comprehensive work in both assisted living and memory care have equipped Rebecca to be successful as our director of creative outlets here at Solstice. Rebecca has also worked with students ranging from ages 16 to 30 with the Catholic Charities program. Her adoration and empathetic nature for helping seniors and individuals in need helps our Vibrant Life program grow each day. Rebecca is responsible for fielding any and all suggestions from our residents and developing them into successful programs at Solstice Senior Living. As she continues to grow with the Solstice Senior Living team, our residents will reap the benefits of her knowledge.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in human services as well as a minor in education and psychology. She was also a basketball college athlete all four years of schooling. She is a proud mother to a playful toddler.