Michele Fitch Smith
Executive Director, Vice President of Operations
Michele formerly held the position of Director of Communications for the Holiday Inn Express Horseheads and Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview. Michele has experience in the senior housing industry as well as an extensive sales and business development background. Michele is active in the local community and currently is a member of the Horseheads Rotary Club. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Corning Community College in Liberal Arts.
Human Resource Manager & Controller
Lisa is responsible for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Financial Reporting, Payroll and Human Resources. Lisa formerly held the position of Controller at Bethany Village. Prior to Bethany Village, Lisa was an Accounting Representative at Elmira Savings Bank. Lisa has over 10 years of experience in the accounting industry as well as 5 years in the senior housing industry. She holds a B.S. degree from Elmira College in Accounting.
Director of Marketing and Sales
Landy is responsible for business development as well as creating an understanding of the value of independent living to potential residents, their families and the professional community. With a background in sales, Landy joins Appleridge from WENY-TV owned by Lilly Broadcasting. Prior to her Account Executive position with WENY-TV, she spent 5 years as Department Manager of Barnes and Noble in Ithaca, N.Y. She holds an A.S. degree in Business Administration.
Director of Dining Services
Renee joined the Appleridge team in April 2017 as the Dining Room Manager and was promoted to Director of Dining Services in July 2017. Renee is responsible for overseeing the Appleridge dining room and kitchen staff, providing an elegant dining experience for residents. She also organizes all catering for both in-house and outside events. She has an extensive background in the food service industry and has held several supervisory roles throughout her food service career. Renee previously worked at Corning Inc. as a cook for one of their internal cafe's and worked many formal events.
Life Enrichment Director
Stephanie joined the Appleridge team at the end of May 2019. She grew up in Homer, NY and loves the Finger Lakes region- especially all the waterfalls! She has a diverse background in Recreation and Wellness including private resort community (Key Largo, Florida), country clubs, schools, and travel coordination. She loves animals, traveling, Thai food, hiking, camping, and creative arts. Her enthusiasm and friendliness are among her strengths and she is excited to be a part of the Appleridge team!