Our Team

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 – Executive Director

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 Hordichok – Marketing Director

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 Dowell – Business Office Manager and HR Manager

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 Amador – Resident Care Coordinator

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 – Resident Care Coordinator

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”.





Travis Cooper – Maintenance Director

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 Lomboy – Receptionist

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.




Lea Safarov – Activity Director

Lea was born in Nurek, Tajikistan and moved to The United State in 1998. She was a stay at home mom for 13 years until she got her first job as an in-home caregiver.  Lea started at Heartwood as a caregiver and  a year later Ias promoted to be the Activity Director. She loves her job and enjoys being with the residents. In her free time she loves to bake, spend time with her family in nature and at the Oregon Coast. Music is Lea’s passion and she can’t wait to share that with our residents.




Erik Bugge – Dietary Manager

Erik has been married for almost 22 years and has 7 kids, 4 girls and 3 boys. He is near fluent in Spanish and loves to travel, especially to Mexico where he can put his Spanish language to the test.  Erik has been in Food Service since he was 14 years old, growing through the restaurant business from washing dishes to the Restaurant General Manager. He has been working as a Food Service Manager in Health Care for almost ten years now and loves it.  During his off time he spends time with family outdoors camping, fishing, & hunting. He also has a hobby working on his family tree-genealogy, which he finds really interesting when he has the time.



Chad Cummings – RN

Chad was born on a small island in Alaska as the youngest of three and moved to Oregon in 2014 to begin his dive into the healthcare field. He knew from a young age that he wanted to care for others as he was often assisting his family and friends in any way that he could. During his first job as a CNA he found that he had an affinity for caring for those in memory care. He has since worked at improving his knowledge and understanding of some our most vulnerable population. After graduating from nursing school, Chad came to heartwood place ready to utilize his skills and knowledge to help not only the residents here but the staff and family members as well. In his free time Chad loves to spend time on the beach or hiking in the mountains. It reminds him of growing up in Alaska where he would spend days camping and exploring the wilderness.