Our People - The Dedicated Staff & Exceptional Residents Of Willamette Oaks
Longtime staff and residents give Willamette Oaks a sense of place. They work, play and live in a senior community that fosters friendships, and, over time, becomes family. Come and experience the difference.
Years ago, Chandra visited us from Ohio, experienced the LifeMinded difference, and knew she never wanted to leave. Now a fully tie-dyed-in-the-wool, hiking, biking Eugenian, she’s also our manager, leading us in helping residents nurture their passions and make the most of every day. Ask this passionate advocate for the elderly how she earned her nickname, “Chuckles”—or ask her daughter, who’s often here spending time with all of her honorary “grandparents.”
LIFE IN MOTION.
Janet Hollander began leading our exercise classes in 1987, when her children had reached school age and she was looking to put her studies in gerontology and fitness to use. Today, Janet's children are grown and she is a nationally recognized leader in senior fitness. You can still find her leading our classes and developing exercise programs that help our residents—and seniors across the country—stay healthy. "This is a special place," Janet says of Willamette Oaks. "Once you're part of this community, you can't imagine being anywhere else." She points to her silver locks as evidence of the time that has passed since she joined our team: "As you can see," she says with a laugh, "gray hair is contagious."
SUCH A JOY HERE."
Bernice Homan can speak with authority about life at Willamette Oaks, because she’s made her home here for almost three decades. “There is so much to keep your mind and body active here,” the nonagenarian says. “Living here absolutely keeps us young.” Bernice counts pinochle, lecture courses, fitness classes and the people around her among her favorite things here. “Here you participate if you want to, and if you don’t, no one pressures you,” she says. “It’s the perfect balance.”
Louise Carlson joined our community in 1999. Since then, she’s been an energetic and active member of our community, holding every office in our Residents’ Association. She has made meaningful social connections as well. She met her late husband, Lyle, here, and once, over coffee, discovered that she’d grown up in the same Brooklyn neighborhood as another resident.
LIFE IN BLOOM.
“One of the things we enjoy about living here is that we can continue to pursue our interests, and gardening is at the top of my wife’s list.”
At Willamette Oaks you not only get to keep doing the things you love but you can make what is often a solitary endeavor a social one if you choose. Meeting your neighbors while you tend your garden is the perfect example.
We think you'll enjoy the people here, too.