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Magnolias of Chambersburg Cuisineur Brings Decade of Experience to Senior Community
Phillis Sanni 'graduated' in Motivational Advancement Program
A Cuisineur at the senior living community, Sanni feels as if the residents and team at Magnolias of Chambersburg are part of her extended family.
"We interact like a family," Sanni said. "We're not just co-workers. We're friends. It makes it better."
Family is a common theme for Sanni, who learned many of her recipes from a pretty special role model.
"My mom was a cook. I'm always around my mom and she's always cooking," said Sanni, 42.
Magnolias of Chambersburg Executive Operations Officer Kristine Wenrick said Sanni's upbeat approach and her willingness to adapt to any situation have made her a valuable asset to the senior living community.
Sanni previously held roles as a resident care aide, resident wellness associate and medication associate before taking her skills to the kitchen and dining area. She is a recent graduate of IntegraCare's Motivational Advancement Program (MAP), which promotes career growth opportunities for team members.
"Phillis is an exceptional employee and dedicated part of our Magnolias family," Wenrick said. "Her spirit and genuine concern for her residents and fellow team members is evident on a daily basis."
"I am thankful for her commitment and longevity to Magnolias. It's consistency and devotion like hers that make our residents' home so wonderful."
Her interaction with the residents is a highlight of Sanni's daily routine. Those relationships enable her to fill the menu with entrees that satisfy the residents.
"We have a cookbook, but I pretty much know what to put in the meals without looking at the book because I've been in the kitchen so long," said Sanni, who is ServSafe certified.
So, what are Sanni's favorite recipes?
"I like to make soups. I love to make casserole dishes," Sanni said. "I like making salads. I like to decorate cakes.
"Most important, I like to see the smiles on the residents' faces. I like to make the plate look 'pretty.' I want everything to look like it's supposed to whenever you're going to a high-class restaurant."
Magnolias of Chambersburg LifeStages Coordinator Melissa Buksa said Sanni's dedication to the residents and her team are evident on a daily basis.
"I have worked with Phillis for over 10 years. I now, of course, consider her family," Buksa said. "Phillis first worked as a resident assistant, and I remember her always keeping the residents busy with crafts on her down time."
"She is always cheerful and helpful and I love the way she interacts with the residents. She supports her team members by encouraging them and appreciating them."
This year, Sanni's family grew. She married her husband Kehinde "Kenny" Sanni, a native of Africa. The couple's wedding was held in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, Africa.
"It was a really nice experience,"
Phillis and Kenny returned to Chambersburg, where she continues to satisfy the residents during the breakfast, lunch or dinner times.
Alyssa Kisner, Community Relations Director