Congratulations to Executive Chef Maria Dumpit, Winner of the CALA Department Head of the Year Award

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Our Warmest Congratulations!

Executive Chef Maria Dumpit at Cogir on Napa RoadWe recently had the pleasure of watching one of our own, Executive Chef Maria Dumpit at Cogir on Napa Road, win The California Association of Assisted Living (CALA) Award for Department Head of the Year!

Maria began her Cogir Senior Living journey in 2008 as a housekeeping supervisor, and within two years she was supervising dining as well. In addition to serving as Executive Chef, she also oversees the Housekeeping Department. Maria is known for going the extra mile when it comes to supporting her community. When the community was without a Maintenance Director for an extended period, Maria cross-trained her teams and oversaw maintenance and repairs in addition to her other responsibilities. 

Big Heart, Big Ideas!Gingerbread house at Cogir on Napa Road

Maria has a big heart, a big work ethic, and probably most of all big ideas! One big idea Maria is especially well-known for is Cogir on Napa Road’s life-size holiday gingerbread house.

Maria’s house of confection perfection stood 12-feet tall and took 3,000 gingerbread bricks (and many helping hands) to construct. The project required 500 pounds of granulated sugar, 200 pounds of flour, and 18,000 peppermints. The end result was a magical space with a table set for two where residents could invite friends and family to visit for a bit of holiday cheer.

CALA Award Winner Maria Dumpit and Cogir Senior Living TeamTalent Well-Utlized

Maria’s drive, big heart, and natural talents all converge in her exceptional fundraising skills. Maria has raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association and local charities. Her famous gingerbread house was also funded with money she raised for the project herself.

Maria is a treasure to her community and Cogir Senior Living is honored to have her as a part of the team.

Congratulations, Maria!

Learn more about Maria's story here: https://youtu.be/WVmRQY_q9Jg

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