improving family life, 

knowledge and understanding!

Before joining City of Life, Allan was the founding Executive Director of the Westgate Resorts Foundation. During his tenure there, this group raised and distributed over $15 million in grants to over 125 charities that provide services to at-risk Central Florida families.

Before relocating to Orlando, he worked in New York City at Procter & Gamble and at marketing agencies like Ted Bates, Grey Advertising and Saatchi & Saatchi specializing in branding and launching new products and services for companies a diverse as Gannett Publishing, Ocean Spray, Hertz and AT&T.

 He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds an MBA from New York University.  
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Graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Accounting,  then spent three years on active duty in the US Army Corp of Engineers after followed by 20 years in the Army Reserves.

Patrick Buffa

Chief Executive Officer

Pat Graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Accounting,  then spent three years on active duty in the US Army Corp of Engineers after followed by 20 years in the Army Reserves.

Started with the Investment firm, Harris Upham, now Morgan Stanley as a Financial Consultant - moved to Durham in 1985 to manage an office for then Smith Barney Harris Upham, and transferred to Orlando to manage the local Smith Barney office in 1985.  Retired from Smith Barney in 2001 – Currently with NBC Securities in Maitland.

Pat is married to Deborah  and has two Son’s Alex and Chris and three grandsons, Brac and Tucker and Cooper.

He has been active in each community where we has lived primarily with organizations that served at risk kids.
In Orlando; he is the Past President of the Orlando Breakfast Rotary Club - Past board member of Junior Achievement - on the Valencia College Foundation board – have been active with local veterans groups. Founded City of Life in 2000 thanks to Mary Demetree and currently serves as President.

Allan Chernoff

Chief Operating Officer

Allan Chernoff currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the City of Life Foundation. 
In recent years, City of Life has focused its efforts on helping foster youth get jobs and the training they need so they can be self-supporting as they leave the system of care for successful lives in the community.