improving family life, 

knowledge and understanding!

Patrick Buffa

President and Chief Executive Officer

In that role he developed and launched both the public and private foundations of this billion dollar corporation. Under his leadership these entities raised and distributed over $12 million to charities both in Central Florida and across the country where Westgate operates resorts, offices and other facilities.

On the fund-raising side the Westgate Foundations broke new ground in their ability to forge partnerships with Westgate owners, guests, employees, vendors and business partners.

On the donation side the charity was equally innovative in developing new programs in fields as diverse as foster care, at-risk families and children, the arts and disaster relief.

Chernoff moved to Winter Park in 1990 from New York City with his wife Denise and initially started an advertising agency/public relations firm. He quickly began volunteering for the fledgling committee working successfully to bring the World Cup soccer matches to Orlando in 1994.

He has also volunteered his time for Florida Citrus Sports, Habitat for Humanity, Heart of Florida United Way and Special Olympics.

Chernoff holds a BA degree from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from New York University.

Allan Chernoff

Chief Operating Officer

Allan joined City of Life in 2007 after 14 years at Central Florida Investments/Westgate Resorts. For the last seven of those years he was the founding Executive Director of the Westgate Resorts Foundations.

As a citizen of Central Florida since the late 1980’s, Nathan has been around to watch the community he lives in blossom into a major commercial and industrial player within our region, state and nation.   His sphere of influence includes both local and statewide policy makers and community leaders.  And with 10 years working in the capital, he knows how to navigate the halls and open the right doors at both local and state levels.

Cook’s exemplary 10 years in Tallahassee, serving as chief of staff for Sen. Lee Constantine and Rep. Randy Johnson, allowed him to serve residents and businesses in Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties.

Cook is the current director of public affairs at Thompson Wesley Wolfe, a downtown Orlando-based public relations and marketing firm. Cook helps clients develop and execute strategic goals. This year, he organized and led a contingency of citizens, business leaders and chambers of commerce members to Tallahassee for Lake County Days, at which time the group was able to meet with key legislators.

Nathan Cook - Secretary

As the former Chief of Staff to two of Florida’s most well-known legislators, Nathan has had a hand in crafting many of the past decade’s largest pieces of legislation. 

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.

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.

Cook, a father of a baby girl and two foster children, volunteers his time to advocate for the rights of foster children and improvement in the system. In addition to serving on the City of Life Foundation, he was honored as the 2010 recipient of the “Ripple of Hope” Award for the National Mentor Network.

He graduated from Seminole State College and got his BA in political science at the University of Central Florida before he entered the world of public affairs and politics. He is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He and his wife were honored as the 2010 recipient of the Ripple of Hope Award for their work with Florida MENOR and for opening their home to a teenager in need and two foster children. Cook has been a tireless advocate for making sure all children in Florida have a safe, loving home.