Erik

Erik Berkey
President

Erik is an entrepreneur and successfully operates several businesses including Country Side Living in Canby which he originally opened in 1999 and Country Side Living in Redmond which opened its doors in December 2015. Erik developed a passion for providing quality care for people with dementia many years ago when he was a small boy visiting nursing homes with his mother. In his spare time he loves the outdoors and especially fishing with his friends and family. He lives in Bend with his wife, Kristen.

TedTed Ahre
Treasurer

I am a CPA with a private practice in Woodburn. I have a degree in accounting from the University of Oregon. I am married to Marla and we have two adult children and three grandchildren. My interest outside work are travel, gardening, reading, U of O football and tending to our cats. My mother suffered with dementia later in her life and that is a contributor to my involvement with Thelma’s Place.

IMG_0218Kristen Berkey
Board Member

A native Oregonian, Kristen fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired at a summer camp led by the YMCA , Kristen quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work and volunteering. This resolve stuck with her through School and through raising her two boys, leading her to get her Associates Arts Degree in Community Development. Over 24 years later, Kristen provides support to Thelma’s Place team and is happy spending her days keeping Oregon an amazing place to live, one program at a time or one horse at a time.

pauline-mjorPauline Mjor
Secretary

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.

cindy-rileyCindy Riley
Board Member

Being a native Oregonian, my husband, Ken, and I raised our family in Canby.  After a fulfilling career in finance and accounting, we enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren and taking road trips in our motorhome.  After watching both my mother and grandmother live with dementia, I care deeply about supporting and improving the lives of others with dementia.  It is so important to provide an atmosphere that promotes dignity and a sense of value in their lives.