Our Story

Sheryl Fappiano, owner and operator of Golden Moments, has worked in this community for over 2 decades helping seniors in various capacities.  15 years ago, she opened Elder Care Access, and as a Geriatric Care Manager has worked with hundreds of seniors and their families, to keep seniors home safely.  Providing care at home is costly, and can be isolating at times.  Because of what she learned, she decided to open a program that could help families keep their loved ones active, social, and stimulate while saving money.

In 2012, Golden Moments opened it’s doors, and has helped numerous families ever since.  We are proud of our dedicated team, who create a loving “home away from home” atmosphere for our seniors.  Our staff shares an innate belief that “it’s never too late to grow as a person, be involved, share yourself with friends, laugh, dance, sing and EXPERIENCE LIFE!”

Owner & Founder, Sheryl Fappiano, LSW

Sheryl is a licensed Social Worker and Geriatric Care Manager who has worked with seniors in our community for over 2 decades.  It has been her whole life mission.  It is through her work as a care manager, that she realized the need for an affordable day program that would offer care givers and families respite.  Over the last 7 years since inception, Golden Moments has surpassed expectations, and has become a staple in the lives of those that rely on it every day.  Sheryl is proud and honored that families benefit from this program, and that the seniors live a happier life because of it.

Caregiver, Carol Gabranski

Prior to starting her work as a caregiver, Carol was a classroom teacher for hearing impaired students.  Teaching taught Carol several principles that she applies at Golden Moments.  Preparation is key; Offer a good variety of activities; Aim high conceptually; Plan for maximum participation.  Carol engages our participants, is upbeat and positive, and is flexible with varying circumstances.

Administration & Bookkeeping, Abby Mish

Abby has spent the last 18 years working as an office manager in small businesses in the area. She is a big believer in helping small business or family owned businesses not only run smoothly day to day but to thrive in the community. She is also our resident website designer and social media and marketing coordinator.   As an experienced bookkeeper, HR professional, and administrator, Abby is committed to making certain Golden Moments is organized and operating at its best. Although not part of the direct care staff, Abby knows all the participants and their family/caregivers, and strongly believes in Golden Moments approach to care for our communities seniors.

CNA & Crafts-N-Arts Leader, Pam Smith

Pam is always coming up with creative and engaging arts and crafts activities for the group.  Pam enjoys finding fun holiday or seasonal activities, and our participants really enjoy these projects!  By doing these activities, Pam helps to provide a sense of self and accomplishment to our members.  She is caring, fun and always has interesting tidbits of information and fun facts to add to the group conversation.

Activities Manager & LMT, Diane Mulero

Diane has been working with seniors who suffer from Dementia for over two decades.  Diane truly enjoys making the lives of those she works with happy and less stressful.  She has learned how vital it is for seniors with Dementia feel at ease and has a large part in making Golden Moments a success for the participants.  Diane engages our members mind, body, and soul. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, she also has a hand in relieving some physical suffering due to arthritis, frailty, stress and other aches and pains associated with aging through massage therapy.  Diane is also a Reiki Master Practitioner.  Her unique experiences and skills make her an integral part of our program.

CNA, Jennifer Bonanno

Jenn is a dedicated CNA that has been with Golden Moments for many years.  She is a friendly, cheery and a reliable asset to our facility.  She understands dementia very well and all that goes with it. She is always respectful and caring of our participants. You will often see Jenn buzzing around keeping busy and making sure our participants are getting the absolute best care that can be provided.