Mandy Black

Director of Signature Dining

It might be fair to say that Mandy is a study in contrasts–creative by nature, and also LOVES creating order from chaos. (That is especially challenging since she became a mom to Iris, age four!) By the age of 17, Mandy had volunteered to join the United States Navy and was beginning her role there as a chef. She was immersed in several new cultures and a ton of new food preparation techniques–and she just loved creating food that people enjoyed and appreciated. In addition, there was a great sense of mission in serving our soldiers. Mandy had no doubt that she had found her passion. She said it almost felt as if she was everyone’s personal chef.

After Mandy’s military service ended, she did what most folks with her background do…She opened, worked and managed different restaurants, but she never felt quite like she did in the Navy. Four years ago Mandy’s husband and she decided to move from Ohio to Washington. She thought her life needed more meaning than just working in a restaurant. As she searched for that new role, she came across openings in something called ‘Senior Living’. Bam–that was it for her. She took a position working with Dawn Schaper at an Assisted Living community. She found that sense of purpose and fulfillment–creating great food for people who appreciated what she can offer.

Mandy is grateful for this opportunity to show what she can do in a Memory Care setting. Those with dementia can still enjoy fine dining, and she says she is “thrilled to be the person who will raise the bar for this group of residents and their families!”

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