Meet the Staff
Frank was raised as first generation from Italian immigrants above a restaurant in a multi-ethnic town of Garfield, NJ, located in the shadows of New York City. At a very young age of 8 years old, his parents and grandparents began to instill in him the value of hard work, to be polite and the customer is always right!! The values of learning to wait on customers, and learning to deal with people, began to mold his personality that would be useful later in life in the restaurant, catering and hospitality business.
Frank’s future and career began to be enlightened as he found his natural ability as a tableside flambé cook, waiter, and restaurant banquet manager at the Fernwood Resort Hotel in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
As Master of Ceremonies he found an outlet for another natural gift and talent, singing with the orchestra and being part of the Broadway Review Shows at the Resort. “It just seems to flow naturally for me,” says Frank.
In his mid-forties, Frank took on the responsibility of looking after his step-father and an aging mom with dementia which later progressed into Alzheimer’s. This experience began awakening him to the needs of an aging population.
With a strong foundation of spiritual beliefs that our Heavenly Father is truly in control of all things, Frank came under the leadership of Dr. Wayne Pace, pastor of the Boat Church and Associate Pastor Lois Kidd in Hamilton, OH. He embarked on a vision the Lord had given him to create a place where aging residents would feel the warmth of being back in their home with a “little love and assistance”.
After years of perseverance, planning, hard work and sacrifices “Magnolia Gardens” has become a manifestation of God’s Love.
Frank firmly believes God gives us all gifts, as we begin to want to know more of Him. He will reveal Himself to us and allow for our gifts to manifest, shape our lives and begin building character. To know you are in your “Father’s Will” for your life is the greatest gift one can experience. Truth is, our gifts our father has given us are for the blessing and edification of others. “That’s what Magnolia Gardens is all about …”
Lorri Russo, R.N.
Lorri is a dedicated, compassionate, professional Registered Nurse who has spent her entire life caring for and actively contributing to the well being of others. She has extensive history in every aspect of healthcare; From support groups, to triage nursing, mental health to Assisted Living facilities. Originally from western Massachusetts, Lorri graduated from Maria College in Albany NY, with her Associates Degree of Applied Science, and holds her Registered Nursing license in Florida and Massachusetts, as well as Connecticut. Lorri’s kindness and goodwill resonate with not only the people she cares for, but the people she works with. Her altruism is apparent in everything she does, and is always available to help someone in need. After owning her own successful business in MA, she has recently relocated to Florida and begun her new life with husband Frank. Together they own and manage Magnolia Gardens, where her kindness, compassion and kindheartedness are always present and apparent.