I raised three sons in Anchorage while running a business for 21 years. I came to Central Oregon in 2004 where I owned a boutique in Bend with my sisters. I feel that my ownership in two businesses will be a benefit to Thelma’s Place as I serve on their board. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007. It wasn’t until two years before she passed away that I became proactive & knowledgeable about her disease, how to communicate with her and how to help her have the best day possible.
In October 2015 I was hired by Country Side Living, a memory care community in Redmond. My mother moved into Country Side and it was an amazing gift to see how she was cared for and loved by the most wonderful, committed staff. She passed away in May 2016 in the hospice room at Country Side. I remind myself often that our residents may not remember what I say to them but they will always remember how I made them feel.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, going to the gym, hiking and spending time with my three sons, daughter-in-law, Megan, and my three grand dogs.