Meet Our Team at Heartwood Place!
Enhancing your loved one’s daily experience is a team of staff who knows that each individual is unique and important. We are proud of our team members, some of which have been committed to caring for our residents for many years. Each provides experience, understanding and a caring touch.
We pride ourselves on the service and commitment that we provide to the seniors in our community. We are proud to call each other family and we look forward to meeting you and welcoming your family member to join us.
Laurie Pomeroy began her career in senior living 10 years ago as an Activity Director in a memory care community. Her father lived in Memory care because of Parkinson’s and dementia, and while investigating the new residential setting opening in town, asked if they were hiring. Her children were in middle and high school so the time seemed right to restart a career. After seven years in Memory Care she transferred to Assisted Living, and positions in the Business Office followed. However, her passion has always been memory care and caring for the most vulnerable. Because of her experience with her father, she identifies strongly with resident needs and the needs of their families and friends.
Laurie enjoys traveling to the Oregon Coast, Bend, Hood River and various day trips. She is married to her husband of 26 years and has a son and daughter. She is a lifelong Oregon resident and lives in Dundee.
Holly was born and raised in Oregon, living on the family century farm, dated back to 1887. The farm is a managed tree farm and also in its 5th year of hosting weddings and events. Heartwood Place residents, friends, and family have been welcomed out to the farm, hosting gatherings, where residents can see the outdoors. Marketing and people have always been part of her life with planning events, scheduling and putting on the parties! Holly has been with Heartwood since they opened in May 2014. She started in activities and then became the marketing director. In the journey of dementia, Holly believes that the warmth, love and support from her residents, families and staff make it endurable.
Michelle has been with Heartwood Place since the beginning. She came to us with over 20 years of experience in senior living communities. She started out working in the dining room as a server and has worked in almost all other departments along the way. Of all the positions she has held, Business Office Manager has been her favorite because she enjoys the relationships built with the families. She has also recently completed the Administrators course to round out her experience.
When she is not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her three children. She has two daughters and a son, and one of their favorite places to go is the beach.
Anna was born in San Diego, California and raised in Oregon. She is the oldest of 11 siblings and always enjoys helping out in any way. Anna started working in Memory Care and Assisted Living when she graduated high school, she really enjoys working in this field. She started as a Med-Aid here at Heartwood back in May 2017 before becoming a Resident Care Coordinator. “Every day is a good day here”
Jennifer Flores was born in Salem, Oregon. I have lived in Oregon all my life. When I am not working at Heartwood I am spending time with my two boys and my family. I started my career in Healthcare 13 years ago as a caregiver and then moved into a med-tech position. I have worked very hard to better my career for myself and my family I am very excited to be in my new role as Resident Care Manager. I enjoy helping other people. “Think whatever makes you truly happy to think”.
Chris Birdsall was born in Pasadena, California and grew up on a farm in Wilsonville, Oregon. She found she had a passion for helping seniors stay active in 2008 while working at a health club teaching senior fitness classes including chair yoga, aqua aerobics, tai chi and sit and fit classes. This lead to teaching chair yoga at a senior living community which turned into a full time Senior Wellness position in Activities. After living in Florida for the past 6 years and working as an Activity Director in two different Senior Living Communities, Chris has returned home to be near friends and family. She has raised two daughters and currently lives in Salem, Oregon. Helping residents feel useful and needed through fun, meaningful activities is important to Chris. Her favorite saying is “if you don’t use it you will lose it.” She has recently been trained in Memories in the Making and Sing Fit. These programs have been very successful in the Memory Care Community.
Chris enjoys the Oregon Coast, hiking, reading and practicing yoga.
I was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Anchorage, Alaska as a young man looking for adventure. During the thirty-two years living there I’ve chased bears, been chased by bears, climbed mountains, hiked through the tundra, saved bald eagles and experienced some of the best salmon fishing ever. All the while, living my passion of working in restaurant/hospitality industry both front and back of the house. I have had the great fortune of providing service to folks from all walks of life. Families and their children, celebrities, and President Bush senior and First Lady. I left Alaska about five years ago and moved to the great northwest to share my culinary expertise and continue my life’s adventure. I’m new to Heartwood Place and it has truly been a wonderful adventure taking care of our residents. My plan is to continue enjoying my position as Dietary Manager and working with the residents and team until I retire. I love my job so that’s a way off!
Travis joined the Heartwood team in February 2017. As a 10 year homeowner, he learned most of his trade skills remodeling his own home for his family of four. From watching and helping his own handyman father as he grew up, to making his shop a place of enjoyment and fascination, this career was meant for him. Becoming the Maintenance Director at Heartwood has been another way for him to continue expanding his skills and interests, while enjoying helping the residents in any way he can. Travis has a lovely wife who works as a nurse and two amazing young daughters he spends every moment possible with. At the age of four, his oldest daughter is already wearing safety glasses and helping dad build her a playhouse and all of the other projects he comes up with. Getting to be a part of the Heartwood family and spend time with all of these amazing people, couldn’t be more of a blessing.
Marissa has been around the senior community her whole life. She started by volunteering at her grandma’s work as a child and then began working as a receptionist right after high school. She absolutely loves working in the memory care setting. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, watching Netflix, and doing make up.