Erik

Erik Berkey
Founder

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 Hubbard with his wife, Kristen.

Kyong LaTourette
Board Member

Kyong grew up in Korea, where she studied and majored in Art. She came to the United States to teach art to underprivileged children. She met her husband, an Officer in the United States Army. Kyong has raised her 2 children. Kyong’s passion is fostering abandoned dogs. In her spare time she volunteers at a local shelter. She found her passion for Alzheimer’s when her mother was diagnosed with dementia at a very young age. She discovered her passion for children when teaching art.

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.

Theresa Pattenaude
Board Member

Theresa affectionately known as Tess is a native Oregonian and has lived in Central Oregon for over 40 years. She has a wonderful husband who she has been married to for 39 years and counting. She has two wonderful grown kids and 4 grandchildren whom she loves to spend most of her time with. Tess comes to the board with a wealth of knowledge and experience with the native American community.

Erin Samueljan
Board Member

Is a stay at home mom and home schools her two children age 15 and 4 in Canby, OR. Erin ran a daycare out of her home for 7 years and is now running an e-commerce business with her husband. Erin has a passion for early childhood development and natural learning. She is excited to be on the board of directors and contribute to the exciting concept of intergenerational learning and relationships for the young and the “young at heart”.