Enhancing your loved one’s daily experience is our team at Heartwood Place, a group of staff who know that each individual is unique and important. We are proud of our team members, some of whom have been committed to caring for our residents for many years. These individuals provide experience, understanding, and a caring touch.

Our team at Heartwood Place prides itself in the service and commitment we provide for 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. The city of Woodburn is a fabulous place to call home.

Get to Know Our Team!

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 she was investigating the new residential setting opening in town, she 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.

Jeni Marks-  Marketing/Community Relations Director

Jeni is passionate about bringing community together. She finds it suiting that Woodburn, Oregon has an amazing senior community! Her goal is to be a positive resource to families and local businesses alike.  She aims to offer support for seniors and their families at every stage of the aging journey.  We are so grateful to have Jeni on the Heartwood Place team.


Carla Perez – Resident Care Manager

Carla’s passion for helping the elderly blossomed at the age of 15 years old. Her first job was at an assisted living facility as a server.  Since 2007, her journey and experience in Long Term Care has included roles such as caregiver and medication aide.  Carla has owned and operated 3 businesses but her heart continually pulls her back to senior care.  According to Carla, caring for our elderly is tough, it’s rewarding, it’s life changing. She finds purpose in understanding each person’s unique interests, desires and empowerment and the provision of support to preserve each persons dignity, independence and autonomy. We are so happy to have Carla join our team here at Heartwood Place.

Mandy– Resident Care Coordinator

Mandy has been a CNA for over 20 years, working in Skilled Nursing facilities, and 10 years working in the Hospital. Caring for seniors is her passion and calling. She believes working as an Resident Care Manager merges the best of the healthcare worlds; she provides care for our residents as well as coordinates and advocates for their care.  Her role in the community brings her immense happiness. Mandy is a natural at building relationships with resident’s as well as their families.  She is an integral part of our team here at Heartwood Place.



Blanca Ramirez – Business Office Manager and HR Manager


Blanca helps keep Heartwood Place in motion each and every day.  She brings with her accounting experience, the desire to continually learn, as well as a passion for helping others.  She is always a kind and happy energy, looking to provide assistance to staff, residents, and the Heartwood community at large.  Blanca notes, “Woodburn is a beautiful community.  I look forward to becoming a valuable asset to my coworkers and our community here at Heartwood Place.” It is safe to say she is already doing just that!

Travis Cooper – Maintenance DirectorTravis 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 the amazing people on and off of our team couldn’t be more of a blessing.

Kaylyn Dushkin – Receptionist

Kaylyn Dushkin began her career in senior living 10 years ago as a caregiver.  She advanced in her previous community, becoming the activity director. She started volunteering at assisting living at the age of 5, where she supported seniors in

 various crafts. Volunteering is where her passion for helping seniors in her community began. Her presence continues to bring a smile to residents’ faces.  

Kaylyn enjoys attending church with her husband and her two boys. When she has down time, she enjoys baking with her kids. She has lived in Oregon for 11 years and is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. She is very excited to start her journey at Heartwood Place.

Lea Safarov – Activity DirectorLea Safarov – Activity Director

Lea was born in Nurek, Tajikistan, and moved to the United States 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 was promoted to 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 relax at the Oregon coast. Music is Lea’s passion, and she loves to share that with our residents.



Mike – Food Services DirectorMike Dowell – Food Services Director

Mike joins Heartwood Place Memory Care with over 30 years of culinary experience. He started his career as a dishwasher and prep cook when he was only 14 years old.  He gradually working his way up the ranks and became a line cook. Mike attended culinary school at the age of 19, where he specialized in proteins and sauces. Upon completing his education, he has worked in many different types of kitchens, from fine dining and cafes to catering. Mike’s passion for cooking is undeniable. Between the care he has for our residents and his rich culinary background, Mike strives to ensure your loved ones have a well-balanced and enjoyable dining experience at Heartwood Place.