50 Howard Street    Fredonia, NY 14063    (716) 679-2250

A Continuing Care Retirement Community in Western New York

When seniors come to live at Fredonia Place, they are considered to be part of the family by our staff members, who all work very hard to create an environment that is very home-like, very friendly and very comfortable. At the same time, we are very conscious of our residents’ health and well-being and watch out for them. We are in direct contact with each resident on a daily basis, and keep an eye out for any changes in condition, eating behavior, etc. We maintain regular contact with family members, whether nearby or far away, to keep them up to date on their loved ones’ status, and we welcome phone calls from concerned family members.


       OUR STAFF

Our staff members are carefully screened, fully trained and absolutely passionate about what they do. They respect our residents’ privacy and afford them the highest courtesy, compassion and respect each and every day. At the same time, they work hard to keep residents active, alert and involved, helping them to make the most of every single day.


Dimitri J. Tzetzo - Managing Partner

“We started Fredonia Place because we believe everyone is entitled to the best quality of life they can have in
an environment that is caring, friendly and supportive.”


Dimitri J. Tzetzo was born in Buffalo, NY and graduated from the University of Buffalo and Harvard Law School.  He served in the United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Department, before beginning his law practice in Buffalo. Mr. Tzetzo is admitted to practice in
New York State, the United States District Court and the United States Supreme Court.


Additionally, Mr. Tzetzo spearheaded the groups involved in the ownership and development of Westfield, Birchwood, Hamburg, Three Rivers, Aurora Park and Heathwood Health Care Centers. He also developed Cathedral Park Tower, a high-rise office condominium building in downtown Buffalo NY.


He and his son, Nicholas B. Tzetzo, developed and operate Fredonia Place in Fredonia, NY.


Mr. Tzetzo is a resident of East Amherst, NY.



Nicholas B. Tzetzo - Managing Partner


“At Fredonia Place, it’s about quality of life and respect, but it’s also very much about family. We consider each and every resident
a member of our family, and we treat them as we would treat our own family members.”



Nicholas B. Tzetzo, the Managing Partner of Fredonia Place, has been a practicing attorney since 1999 and an active developer and manager in the multifamily residential, office and senior care real estate sectors.  Nick received his B.S. degree in Political Science in 1995 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his law degree from Catholic University of America in 1998.


Nick and his wife reside in Williamsville, NY.



Jeremy D'Amaro - Administrator


Jeremy is a high school graduate from Gowanda and graduated with a
Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia in Accounting in 2006.


He enjoyed his Accounting internship at Fredonia Place and decided to stay
after graduation. Over time he slowly took on more responsibilities, first as
Human Resources, then as Assistant Administrator, and lastly the Administrator
in November of 2010. His dedication and tenure at Fredonia Place has created
a culture that welcomes all residents and employees as family.


Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 308

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0008

Fax: (716) 679-2259

Email: jdamaro@fredoniaplace.com


Cheryl Sweet - Resident Care Coordinator

Cheryl Sweet, LPN, Director of Resident Care has been with Fredonia Place
 for 6 years. She started her career at Fredonia Place as an LPN working on the
Memory Care Community.


Cheryl was promoted to Resident Care Coordinator and now oversees
all care for both the Enriched and Memory Care Communities.

Cheryl earned her LPN License from BOCES in 1998. She was employed
as an LPN for Manner Oak Skilled Nursing Facility, Jamestown, NY prior to
its closing.


Before coming to relocating to Chautauqua County and starting at Fredonia Place
in 2009 she was a stay-at-home mom who  operated a Day Care out of her
home in Maryland from 2004 -2009. Cheryl currently lives at home, in
Westfield, NY w/her husband Steve and her two teenage daughters,
Mackenzie and Jordyn.


Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 306

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0006

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Michael J. Ferguson - Community Builder


Mike Ferguson is part of the Leadership Staff at Fredonia Place.
He formerly served as marketing, public relations and event director at
Merritt Estate Winery and Executive Director / General Manager of the
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.


Mike has spent over 25 years in the sports and entertainment world and
his mother, Marilyn is a resident in the Assisted Living section of our
community here at Fredonia Place.


Active in the community, he also serves as on the Board of Directors of
the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau as well as the Chautauqua
County Fair. Ferguson has formerly served on the Lucy / Desi Center for
Comedy Board of Directors as well.


Michael and his wife Dianne are residents of Fredonia, New York.
They are proud parents of five children, Kelly, Rhonda, Andrew, Lindsey
and Olivia. Kelly is a past winner recipient of "Actor of the Year" in Buffalo
by Artvoice Magazine. Rhonda coaches soccer and physical education in
South Carolina. Andrew has recently produced his second CD and performs
regularly on tour on Carnival Cruiselines. Daughter Lindsey is currently on
Broadway in the magical performance of "The Illusionists" and also performs
around the world on Celebrity Cruiselines. Olivia is in her second year of college
and is a tremendous athlete.


“Fredonia Place is truly 'The Gem of the Hill" for so many residents and their
families. It's both a pleasure and an honor to be part of the family.", said Ferguson.


Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 307

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0007

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Gina Behringer - Dietary Director


Gina is our Dietary Director and is well known for her delicious meals.
Gina has also introduced our new highly successful "Holiday Treats from
Fredonia Place" program which allows residents and families to take home
some of Gina's famous offerings. She lives in Angola, NY with husband
Mark, daughter Chelsea and their dog, "Rocky".


Gina attended Emerson Vocational in Buffalo, NY where she received a
Culinary Arts degree along with Restaurant Management and Business
courses. She was previously employed at Lakeshore Hospital as head
Chef and Manager of Production and Catering.


Ms. Behringer has received awards that include: Area 313 (excellent Resident
& Patient Dining) Leading Age of WNY (Employee of the Year) and has produced
many successful catering events throughout her career.



Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 311

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0011

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Brittany Hawkins - Case Manager


Brittany Hawkins is the Case Worker for Fredonia Place. She has been
part of our team as the former Activities Director for the past six years.
Brittany is a native of Fredonia, New York and attended SUNY Fredonia
where she earned her Bachelors Degree in 2008.


Brittany is also active in her community. She has been involved with
the American Cancer Societies "Relay for Life" for the past thirteen
years. During that time she has been a team captain of the Fredonia
Place team for four years. She is also serving her thrid year on the
Northern Chautauqua Relay for Life Committee.



Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 314

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0014

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Jackie Palmer - Human Resources


Jackie has been a part of the Fredonia Place family for over 7 years,
Human Resources Director at Fredonia Place. Born and raised in
Mayville, New York and currently resides in Portland, New York.


Jackie is a huge advocate in the fight against Breast Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer. 
For over 10 years Jackie has been the leader for “Diana’s Warriors and Team Axle”. 
She’s always fighting the cause and helps raise awareness and funds for families in
need. Jackie also plays a big part in the “Volley 4 Cure”.  She is also captain of the
Fredonia Place summer volleyball league.



One of Jackie’s biggest passion and shares with the community is her
photography. When is she is not capturing those special moments she spends
her time with her family. Jackie is a mother of two boys, Tim and Garrett and a
grandmother of two grandchildren, Norah and Connor.


Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 315

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0015

Fax: (716) 679-2259




Shannon Matteson - Activities Director


Shannon is the Director of Activities for Fredonia Place. She has been a

part of Fredonia Place as a Residential Care Aid, in the Memory care unit

for the past 8 years. She was born and raised in Dunkirk, New York and

currently resides in Fredonia, New York. Shannon attended Jamestown

Community College and received her Associate degree in 2014. She is

currently continuing her education through Suny Empire State University

to achieve her Bachelor degree.


Shannon is very active in the community volunteering at our local food

pantry, and have also organized several fundraisers such as car washes,
spaghetti dinners, food drives, toy drives and various other activities to
benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute, along with several children and
families suffering hardship throughout our community.


Being a mother of three, she is continuously active. She enjoys outdoor
activities, with her children and has traveled extensively with them.
Along the way she enjoys picking up ideas to carry on in other aspects
of her life as they will now be incorporated in her position as Activity Director.



Phone: 716-672-2250 x 305

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0005

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Austin Goerke -


Austin was raised in Bemus Point, New York where he plans to raise a family
of his own. He graduated from Fredonia State University in May of 2017 as a
Business Management Major. Currently Austin is the Administrative Assistant
here at Fredonia Place and is working towards receiving his administrator’s

license. He aspires to own and operate his own Assisted Living facility someday.

While not at work, Austin spends most of his time on Chautauqua Lake doing

water sports with friends and family.




Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 316

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0016

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Wendy Riewaldt-


Wendy has been apart of the Fredonia Place family for almost 10 years now
and is here each and everyday to provide a safe and sanitary environment for
our residents.  When not at work Wendy loves spending time at her camp
enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.




Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 309

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0009

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Mark VanZile- Maintenence Director


Mark is a former corrections officer from the Auburn corrections facility. Mark is
a great part of the Fredonia Place family and works hard everyday to ensure
Fredonia Place is kept to the highest standards of quality for our facility while
making sure our residents have a wonderful home to live in. While not at work,
Mark enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife and two children.





Phone: (716) 679-2250 ext. 310

Direct Phone: (716) 672-0010

Fax: (716) 679-2259



Contact Us!

Our journey begins with the desire to create a safe, nurturing community for Seniors who need assistance and People with memory issues, and continues because of a special bond between
a group of people –

The Fredonia Place Family.