Meet our Cottages at Garden Grove Leadership Team

Tara Zgoda LNHA

Tara is the Administrator at the Cottages at Garden Grove.   In this role, Tara leads a team of professionals from a variety of disciplines providing all aspects of skilled nursing and short term rehabilitation including but not limited to nursing, therapy, social work and therapeutic recreation. Tara is a licensed nursing home administrator and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from SUNY Institute of Technology.  Tara is also an Eden Associate and is a certified LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt.

Tara is no stranger to the nursing home industry, having spent almost 20 years as an Administrator at profit, not for profit, and governmental facilities, which taught her the importance of providing compassionate and person-centered care as well as building relationships with residents, family and staff members. Being responsible for the overall operations of the Cottages, Tara believes in a teamwork-based approach and empowering her staff to make their own decisions based upon what they know is best for their residents.  Empowering staff members creates a sense of ownership of the facility, ultimately resulting in greater satisfaction and overall care.

Tiffiany Abruzzese MSN, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing

Tiffiany joined The Cottages as Assistant Director of Nursing in December 2021, and was previously an Associate Professor at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, and is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing.

Tiffiany served many roles in her leadership position as a nurse educator which included student advisement, clinical and lab skills instruction, development of simulation experiences, member of the curriculum committee and faculty organization committee, as well as chairperson of the Faculty Scholarship Committee. Prior to nursing education, she served as a charge nurse on a cardiac unit at St. Joseph’s Health.

She is excited to share her expertise in education and health care delivery into the long term care environment.


Adam Fitzgerald PHR
Director of Operations

Adam is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Human Resources and Marketing.  He is also a certified Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute(HRCI) and holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He has worked for 15 years in Long Term Care holding several different positions. As the Director of Operations Adam leads a team that is responsible for Human Resources, Payroll, Scheduling, Marketing, IT services, Process Improvement and leading general business operations.

Michael Loughlin
Director of Therapeutic Recreation

Michael is a graduate of the University of New York at Brockport with a Bachelors degree in Journalism.  He also has a Bachelors in Education from the University of New York at Cortland in Therapeutic Recreation.  He has over 25 years of varied experience within the health care field working with people in long term care, head trauma, and developmentally delayed.  Michael is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as well as holding a certification as an instructor for nonviolent crisis intervention.  While always stressing the importance of meaningful engagement and life long learning for the residents, his own hobbies include fishing, running and reading.

Scott Hoover
Director of Facilities

Scott is a Graduate of the University of New York at Brockport with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration, Economics. He has worked in Long Term Care for over 12 years. He has experience leading many departments, including food service, housekeeping, maintenance, central service and purchasing.  As Director of Facilities, Scott coordinates the smooth functioning of the cottages and grounds and leads a team committed to creating an environment for our residents and guests, so they truly feel at home.

Director of Admission Amy Goldsworthy
Director of Admissions

Amy is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Amy has over 23 years working in the health care field. She has worked as a Social Worker, Director of Social Work, and now transitioned to Admissions. Amy, having worked in long term care for over 20years, understands that it can be very difficult for people to navigate through health care and would love for you to reach out to her or to schedule a tour to help you along the way.

Director of Social Work Melissa Sardella
Director of Social Work

Melissa is a graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She has over 18 years of social work experience, in both Long-Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation. As the Director of Social Work, Melissa leads a team who are dedicated to the well-being of our residents, and help residents and their loved ones navigate their stay at The Cottages.

Director of Rehab Allison Dwyer
Director of Rehab

Alli is the Director of Therapy Services, leading a strong and dedicated team of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists. A Syracuse native, she graduated from Utica College in 2021 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She enjoys running half marathons, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and visiting her family camp in the Adirondacks.