About us

Our Start


​Arlene Nanry is a hospice nurse who has devoted her life to helping those around her and showing God's love to others. Arlene decided to begin the long journey of opening a comfort care home in March of 2014.  Our Board of Directors is a group of individuals from varying backgrounds dedicated to bring the mission of Story of Hope to Monroe County.

​Board of Directors


Arlene Nanry, RN, Chairperson

Arlene has been caring for those around her nearly her entire life. She has worked at residential group homes, non-profit organizations, hospitals and numerous volunteer capacities. Arlene became a nurse later in life and has over 10 years of experience in oncology and hospice care. Arlene is committed to fundraising, networking, volunteer recruitment and completing the necessary requirements for the house to open.  Arlene works tirelessly to make her dream of an accessible, welcoming house in the community come true. To learn more about Arlene's efforts, visit the "News and Events" link above.



Sam Savary, BSN, MBA, President

Sam has been an oncology nurse in the Rochester area for 18 years.  His passion for the care of people began with his own battles with childhood illness, experiencing firsthand how the care and love of another can have true healing power, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Throughout his nursing career, Sam has developed a  real sense of honor and felt humbly privileged to all those who have allowed him to care for them during their cancer journey.  His work with Story of Hope and its mission to care for the terminally ill continues his passion and honor to care for those in our community who need hospice care.​



Donna Soles, RN, BSN, Treasurer

Donna comes to the Story of Hope with 12 years experience as a Registered Nurse, and volunteers in a variety of settings within the community.  Her focus is on caring for others and devoting herself to those in need. She is dedicated to reach out and support individuals, as well as their families in such a delicate time. Donna is committed to The Story of Hope and its mission to offer comfort, dignity, and quality of care.



Don Faso, Board Member

​Don joins the board as a retired Cartographer and Northeast Sales Manager for a national aerial mapping firm. He has a wealth of experience working on numerous not-for-profits including past president of the New York Planning Federation, a state wide organization with over 10,000 members. Don has also served on the Chili Town Board and past chairman of the Chili Planning Board.


When I first became aware of Story of Hope, it reminded me of the loving care my sister received while in hospice. The compassion and care shown my sister and our family in making those difficult end of life decisions is an impression that stays with me to this day. Being on the Board of Directors for Story of Hope is my small way of paying it forward.



Diane Celento, Board Member

​Diane has lived in Gates or Chili since she was 6 years old, is a graduate of Gates Chili High School, and has owned her own travel agency (Rochester Travel Group) in the area since 1990.  She is passionate about this community, its citizens and its growth.  Both of Diane’s parents passed away in hospice facilities.  Her Dad died in Florida in a small hospice home.  Her Mom died in comfort care in a nursing home facility here in Rochester.  She saw first hand the difference in the care and compassion in the two experiences.  


Diane has always been involved in volunteering her time and talents including the Boards of Directors for the Rochester Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rochester Youth Hockey and the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce.  When Diane heard Arlene speak at a Gates Lions Club meeting and learned of the Story of Hope Comfort Care Home project, she eagerly became involved.   At first, it was just with donations and attending fundraising events.  When Diane met the rest of the Board of Directors members, she knew they were men and women she wanted to work with to see this project to completion.  This Home will make a difference to the people in this area that she has come to know for the past 63 years.  She is extremely proud to be a working part of the Story of Hope plans and progress. ​


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