Team

Emily Schafer

Emily Schafer

Executive Director

Emily is Bloom at Belfair’s Executive Director responsible for overseeing daily operations of the community, ensuring quality care and services are provided to residents and achieving high resident satisfaction. Unlike other providers in the area, Bloom is fortunate to have two dedicated leaders. Emily graduated from Ohio University with a degree from the Long-Term Healthcare Administration Program -- a program accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Nursing Home Administration (NAB). During her time at Ohio University, Emily also worked as a dietary aid, life enrichment coordinator and administrative assistant at various senior living communities in Ohio. After graduation, she completed her Administrator in Training program with Sprenger Health Care Systems where she later worked as the Director of Social Services, Admissions and Marketing Director and ultimately Assisted Living Administrator at Sprenger Health Care Bluffton. Emily shares Bloom’s vision, core values and is committed to creating a living environment that fosters self-growth and self-actualization for our residents by providing them with the tools and support to flourish.

John Blalock

John Blalock

Wellness Director

John is the Wellness Director responsible for overseeing resident health care services, the medication delivery system, in-service training of the Health Services Department and conducting assessments. He comes to Bloom from St. Joseph’s/Candler Healthcare System where he was a Staff Nurse in the Rehabilitation Unit. John previously served as Nursing Director, Executive Director and Clinical Liaison and various home health/hospice and senior living companies. He has various professional licenses and certifications, including Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Esthetician, Community Residential Care Facility Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner. John volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association and Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging.

Sara Geiger

Sara Geiger

Community Relations Director

Sara is the Community Relations Director responsible for sales and marketing and has helped numerous families find placement for their loved ones. He is here to help you navigate the process and find the best fit for you and your loved one.

Herb Wilkins

Herb Wilkins

Area Culinary Director

Herb is the Area Culinary Director responsible for overseeing the Dietary Department of Bloom communities and making sure that their delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals are made from scratch for our residents using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Our residents enjoy a five-star dining experience lead by Herb filled with a rich assortment of menu options. In collaboration with our Registered Dietician, Herb incorporates resident’s personal recipes, special requests, old time favorites and specific dietary needs so our well-balanced gourmet menus are designed with their health, personal tastes and preferences in mind. Understanding how important great food is to our residents, Herb is consistently introducing exciting new cuisines for the communities to enjoy. Herb has had a long career in the food industry as Food Service Manager, Food Production Manager, Executive Chef, Foood Service Director, Director of Culinary Services and Food & Beverage Director for various health care and other organizations. He received degrees in Food Service Management and Culinary Arts, received the highest marks for customer satisfaction and won numerous awards.

Shirley Zeoli

Shirley Zeoli

Life Enrichment Coordinator (Memory Care)

Shirley is the Life Enrichment Coordinator responsible for planning and coordinating community-sponsored activity, exercise and wellness programs for Memory Care residents, as well as, ensuring our residents continue to live life to their fullest potential, enjoying their favorite activities while discovering new ones, and blooming into their best selves through growth and discovery. Alzheimer’s and dementia does not stop an artist from wanting to paint, a fisherman from wanting to fish or a dancer from wanting to dance. While some residents may have lost their short term memories, Ashton's mission, through our specialized programming and full calendar of activities and wellness programs, is to stimulate the long term memories that remain intact allowing our residents to continue being who they have always been.

Ron Midence

Ron Midence

Director of Maintenance

Ron is the Director of Maintenance responsible for maintenance, repairs and improvements to the community and keeping our residents' homes and surroundings in a clean, comfortable and safe condition. Ron began his career as Bloom at Belfair's Maintanence Assistant before being promoted. He has an extensive experience in painting, construction, and masonry. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and a native of Hilton Head Island. He lives in Bluffton with his wife and has 3 children. In his spare time, Ron enjoys fishing.

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