Get to know the Aunt
Donna Jacomet aka Auntie Donna

As a Public Affairs Officer, working for the second largest water retailer in Southern California for nearly 30 years, Auntie Donna brings a plethora of knowledge, experience, and skills in the vast realm of public outreach and community relations.

During her career, Donna developed advanced knowledge and skills in graphic design, public speaking, intranet management, planning and holding community and employee events, overseeing multi-million-dollar customer campaigns, cross-promoting, distribution of information and communication through all media platforms, and received numerous awards and recognition for her advanced skills as well as for providing excellent customer service to the communities she represented, water district customers, and her fellow employees.

Donna has been retired from the water district since 2016 but hasn’t slowed down one bit. Not only is she bringing all her knowledge, experience, and skills to 4or Girls Retreat, she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, traveling in her motorhome with her husband Dave, and serves as a seasonal Activities Director at a large RV Resort in Oceanside California.

“Auntie” Donna is our partner in crime, 4or Girls’ mentor, encourager and supporter! Her creativity brings you many of our workshops! She’s the aunt everyone wants and/or needs, and we are blessed to have her in our lives and on our team!!!

Get to know One of the Cousins
Bernadette “Buffy” Wilson

Buffy grew up in Pen Argyl, and graduated from Pen Argyl High School in 1986. Having previously experienced travel and living in California, her journey brought her back to her roots of the Pocono area which strategically placed her near the 4or Girls Retreat. 4or Girls Retreat could not survive without her proximity, which allows her to assist in our guest needs and the needs of the house.

Buffy is familiar with customer service, as she was involved in the retail industry since she graduated from high school. Her customer care carried her from stock-girl to Manager.

After moving to California in 1989, Buffy was quicky promoted to manager of a high-end, million-dollar, popular woman’s clothing chain. As manager she supervised up to 30 people, developed schedules, maintained inventory, performed all accounting and banking tasks, completed detailed reports and worksheets, created employee schedules, interviewed, hired and occasionally fired employees, conducted employee performance evaluations, planned and conducted promotional events, and developed weekly newspaper ads. Buffy has a keen eye for creating attractive merchandise displays and knows the importance of product placement to maximize sales. In other words, she knows how to make things “pretty”, inviting and warm.

In 1998, Buffy became a mother to a beautiful daughter and later to twin boys. She was fortunate enough to leave the world of retail to be a stay-at-home mom where she utilized her organizing skills, planning, scheduling, budgeting and “filling customer demands” for taking care of her family.

4or Girls Retreat and our guests are blessed to have her commitment, her customer-care experience and proximity will bring you most of our “favorite things”. Buffy’s knowledge, experience and finely-honed skills in all facets of the retail industry, coupled with her knowledge and love of the community, love of family, makes her an invaluable and much-loved partner.

Get to Know One of the Cousins
Deana Cerniglia

Deana Cerniglia was an inner-city, high school teacher with her BA in Psychology and Masters in Education. When she became a mother to her daughter, she decided to put her energy and focus into her children and left her career. She and her husband had two more boys and eventually opened a non-profit for teen/young mothers, called The Open Door.

Deana’s passion for educating and showing people ‘a better way’ was prompted by her ability to break her own generational cycles, as she too was born to a teen mother. She created a board of directors, fundraised, networked, wrote life skill curriculum utilizing an REBT approach, learned how to grant write, organize events, pitch the program to prisons, hospitals and the like. This experience led her to write a memoir about her life and how sin is passed through generations. The Open Door is now transitioning into Breaking Cycles, LLC and will have on-line classes.

Deana’s passion for women, organization and cleaning, also prompted her to start a business called OCD-Me. Her love of beautifying rooms, interior design and organizational techniques now helps other women create spaces they love, enjoy and work more effectively.

Today, this author, business owner, wife and mother of three wants to welcome you to 4or Girls, where women take care of women! Along with her aunt, cousin and best friend, they’ve created a space and a retreat that will pamper you, grow you and accommodate all your needs! We at 4or Girls can’t wait to share all of our enthusiasm, creativity, favorite things, workshops, fun things to do in the area and our beautiful space, with you and your “girls”.

Get to know the Best Friend
Tonette Placotaris

As a Senior IP Paralegal for Honeywell International, Tonette has been working in the Corporate world for over 30 years. She started out as an administrative assistant working her way up the corporate ranks to Senior Paralegal in the IP Group. In her current role, she manages multi-million dollar prosecution and legal budgets, a heavy worldwide patent docket, freedom to practice initiatives and many other corporate duties.

Tonette and Deana met in the 3rd grade when Deana moved to Alpha. They met through sisters and instantly became best friends! Over the years, they have shared many memories, trips and experiences. Tonette and Deana continue to have weekly phone calls, bible studies and still enjoy building memories together. With this amazing friendship, cousin Buffy and Aunt Donna came into Tonette’s life.

Tonette has a love for WINE! In 2020, she became a Wine Consultant for Scout & Cellar and has been enjoying every minute of sharing wine with friends, family and anyone else who loves wine through her fun and interactive wine tastings. Scout & Cellar’s commitment to clean-crafted wine means she is not only educating her clients but sharing wine that does not contain any additives, pesticides, sugar or harmful chemicals.

Tonette now lives in PA with her husband Steve and two very active boys! Tonette’s husband plays in a few local bands which are beloved in this area! If you are looking for something fun to do, check out their schedules under the “Things to Do” link.

Tonette’s loyal friendship, her bubbly, electric personality and love for family and friends (and of course wine), make her the perfect partner to our incredible 4or Girls team!
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