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At Your Service 24/7 in West Portland & Lake Oswego, Oregon

The need for in-home senior care services doesn't always arise between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. That's why our team stands ready to serve you any day of the week, at any hour of the day or night. You can always reach us by phone at 503.832.7303 to get help setting up home care for a family member.

We have come together as a group of dedicated professionals to deliver a home care solution that meets your needs. We employ trained, screened and bonded CAREGiversSMto serve your family's senior loved one with compassion and devotion.

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Matt Preston - Administrator

Matt Preston -  Administrator

Matt has worked in senior care for the past 23 years as a Registered Dietitian and then as a Nursing Home Administrator.  Throughout his career, he continually felt the need and desire of seniors to stay at home.  Home Instead Senior Care allows us to provide a much needed service that not only supports the client, but also the client's family.  Working with seniors is an honor and being able to assist the​m in their goals of aging-in-place  safely is a true mission of our office.


Charles 'CJ' Johnson - Director of Operations

Charles

Charles is a native of Portland and his work has been heavily involved in business start-ups as well as in the housing industry where his focus was helping clients downsize and age-in-place.   CJ is currently the CAREGiver for his mother and through his personal experience realizes the impact a CAREGiver has on their clients.  CJ also was the medical guardian for his neighbor and coordinated her care team.  Away from the office, CJ enjoys traveling (Hawaii & Disney destinations are top of the list), frequenting his favorite restaurants and playing his baby grand piano. 


Darrin Buckner - General Manager

Darrin Buckner - General Manager

​Darrin grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and has lived in the Portland Metro area since 2001. Darrin's calling in life was formed early, and living in close proximity to both sets of grandparents helped to form his passion for working with seniors and those in need.  To that end, he began working in the field of senior housing and healthcare in 1993, beginning what would become his career path.  Darrin has worked in a variety of capacities within that field, and prior to joining Home Instead he served as the Executive Director of several senior housing communities throughout the Portland area, including West Hills Village, The Springs at Clackamas Woods, and Markham House.  Darrin is a former Board Chair of the Oregon Gerontological Association and served on their Board of Directors from 2002 thru 2011.  He is also a former Board Chair of Housecall Providers, Inc. and served on their Board of Directors from 2011 thru 2017. Darrin attended the University of Utah where he earned an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and Health and a graduate degree in Gerontology/Aging Services Administration. In his free time Darrin enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and exploring in and around Portland.  He also enjoys movies, playing team trivia, and rooting for the Denver Broncos. Darrin and his wife, Lisa, reside in the Boise-Eliot area of North Portland.


Amanda Moser - Executive Assistant

Amanda Moser - Executive Assistant

​Amanda grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, and went to Oregon State University. She studied Art History and eventually moved to Scotland to continue her studies. After returning to Oregon to be closer to her family, Amanda took on various support roles in K-12 and higher education, and through this has always found joy in helping others and being part of a team. Amanda is excited to join the Home Instead team and is looking forward to making a positive impact in the community and the lives of our seniors. Amanda is very close to her family, and in her free time enjoys going on camping trips and finding new places to hike along the Oregon Coast.  


Althea Jones - Director of Finance

Althea Jones - Director of Finance

Althea's career in home care began in 1999, shortly after the birth of her second of three children. Since that time she has worked in every possible capacity relating to senior care and still believes that her service, contributions and drive to provide solutions for our senior populations is her calling. She has been blessed beyond measure to do what she loves every day.

Originally Althea is from the Northwest, born in Forest Grove and raised here until she relocated to Arizona in 1997 and started her family and career. Althea moved back to Portland in 2014. She is a mother to 2 boys and one girl, the youngest of which will graduate the Class of 2019. Some might say she is a mother of four, but my husband would disagree. Her family are avid outdoors people. They never miss an opportunity to camp, hike, bike, boat or engage in any activity that has them outside, enjoying what the Northwest is all about.

Althea's favorite color is green, she loves Cheetos, she cries at movies way too easy and would like to take home every puppy she sees. Althea can be stubborn when she truly believes in something and have been told that her honest nature, compassion for others and convictions make her an excellent friend. She would venture to agree. 😊 Althea is excited to be part of the Home Instead family and is truly grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our seniors. 


Karen Huddleston - Client Services Manager

Karen Huddleston - Client Services Manager

Karen believes in quality, personal service for clients and their loved ones.  She understands that care issues are stressful and aims to help diffuse as much stress as possible for clients and their families.  Karen has been a resident director of a large care community and she has over 10 years’ experience in senior and disability care.  She holds a degree in Gerontology along with academic certifications in End of Life Care and Support, Advanced Behavioral and Cognition Care, Gerontology Advocacy, and Public Relations. Having lived in Ireland for several years, she has a keen understanding of intercultural communications. Karen is a long-time resident of Oregon and enjoys the outdoors with her senior dog, Maggie.  She loves the water and visits Oregon’s rivers and beaches to “recharge her batteries” in her spare time.  Her hobbies include fashion design as art and garment construction.


Lucie Flood - CAREGiver Services Manager


Evelyn Brush - Training Manager

Evelyn Brush - Training Manager

​Evelyn is from a large family and enjoys people of all ages. Evelyn grew up in Portland but moved to Sisters Oregon in 1995 where she owned a Waldorf-based childcare center for over ten years.  In 2012 she was ready for a change and briefly returned to Portland before heading to Chicago for graduate school. Evelyn holds Master's degrees in Adult Education and an MA in Justice Ministry, as well as a graduate certificate in gerontology. She was a CNA in nursing homes during grad school. Evelyn is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order. After working for two parishes in Portland, she came to Home Instead to make a difference in the life of seniors. That difference starts with outstanding training, both initial and ongoing. Evelyn enjoys volunteering. In her free time, Evelyn is a board member of Consistent Life Network and volunteers for Rahab's Sisters, her church and community events. 


Melissa Vega - Mary's Woods Manager

Melissa Vega - Mary

Melissa was born and raised in Minnesota and relocated to Oregon in 2017. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, experiencing all that Oregon has to offer. They enjoy trips to the coast, visiting Mount Hood, and exploring new hiking trails. Melissa also loves tacos and trying new restaurants or recipes from her favorite restaurants. Close friends and family would describe her as witty, dependable, and a quick problem solver.  Melissa began her healthcare career in Minneapolis, MN. Melissa has experience working with diverse patient populations in varying demographic settings. Her experience ranges from the community, hospital settings, ambulatory care clinics, and private homes. Melissa believes that working with patients/clients and their families is both a calling and an honor, especially while assisting individuals navigate the complexities of medical care. Melissa is passionate about connecting with others and hearing their stories.


Wendy Allison Beyer - Referral Relations Manager

Wendy Allison Beyer - Referral Relations Manager

Wendy is a native Oregonian was raised in NE Portland and went to
Grant High School and the U of O. Go Ducks!  She spent 17 years in advertising and marketing and recently was the Marketing Manager for the Streets of Tanasbourne Shopping Center.  She is a compassionate, loving person and looks forward to making a difference at Home Instead.  On her personal time she enjoys spending time with her adult children, three dogs and wonderful husband.  Her favorite place in the world is Neskowin Beach on the Oregon Coast.


Susan Hill - Human Resources Coordinator

Susan Hill - Human Resources Coordinator

Susan was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as her father, a WWII fighter pilot and Korean War vet, followed his military career as a helicopter pilot serving banana plantation owners there.  Most of her life, however, has been happily spent, hither and thither, here in the beautiful state of Oregon.  Susan enjoys traveling and getaways of all sorts, hiking, reading, and would love to pick up knitting again one day soon.  She cherishes her family and friends and has a soft spot for animals – all living things, really.  But, then, doesn't everyone?  Susan considers her greatest achievement to be successfully home educating her two children from first grade to college entrance.  Following that gratifying endeavor, she was a deposition court reporter, also providing real-time captioning services to deaf and hard-of-hearing high school and college students.  In recent years, she has enjoyed various roles in Human Resources, including general administrative and benefits administration functions.  Susan's strengths are harmony, empathy and connectedness, so people and relationships are her thing!  Having come alongside when her parents needed help, she understands the challenges that seniors and their families face and has great admiration for those choosing to serve others through meaningful careers in caregiving.  Susan looks forward to both supporting and participating in the Home Instead mission to enhance the lives of seniors and those who care for them.


Jessica Rodriguez - Client Care Coordinator

Jessica Rodriguez - Client Care Coordinator

Jessica has worked in the patient care field since 2008. She worked as a medical assistant for almost seven years in Gastroenterology until she decided she wanted to go back to school to advance her career into something more involved with patient care where her voice could make a difference. She has also worked at an Internal Medicine clinic, and provides respite care as a hospice volunteer.  Although nursing was the original choice, a few obstacles directed her to the path of the Gerontology program, so it seems that it was meant to be. In addition to her AAS and completion of the Gerontology program, she also completed certifications in End of Life Care and Support, Advanced Cognitive and Behavioral care, and Gerontology Advocacy.  There would be elderly patients that she would assist with at the clinic who seemed unhappy and/or neglected. It bothered her knowing that there was no one to advocate for them, but unfortunately her position at the time didn't allow her to do much for them.  The combination of her past patient's and her grandma's health decline are what inspire her to provide the same type of care to others, especially those who don't have an advocate or are just lost on what options are available.  Jessica was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, and moved to Los Angeles a few years after high school where she met her husband. They've been married for 19 years, and have four kids together, 2 boys and 2 girls ages 3, 5, 13 and 16. They love to go on tons of camping trips all over the state.  She is very excited to have found a place where she can actively make a positive difference in the lives of others.


Lani Russell - Client Care Coordinator

Lani Russell - Client Care Coordinator

Lani grew up on a Western Pacific island diverse in culture and experience, giving her a unique perspective on human relationships. Her upbringing helped shape her path toward helping others live a more meaningful life.  In 2014, she moved to Portland to further her education at Lewis & Clark College. While a student in college, Lani assumed multiple leadership and volunteer positions which allowed her to engage in community projects and assist those less fortunate and in special need. These roles helped her build a stronger sense of communication, compassion, and problem-solving—traits that aid in her role at Home Instead.  Lani is the recipient of the 2017 Vi Johnson Caregiver of the Year Award. She was attracted to Home Instead because of the closeness and one-on-one interactions with clients.  Lani's career endeavors are set in the healthcare industry, which is what she will continue to pursue and develop as a part of her life to come. Some of her interests include sketching, volleyball, humanitarian and animal volunteer work, taking care of her birds and plants, and paleoanthropology. 


Kelly Kohl - Client Care Coordinator

Kelly Kohl - Client Care Coordinator

Kelly is a native Oregonian. She grew up in SE Portland and graduated from Oregon State University. Kelly initially thought that her calling was going to be in the sports and fitness industry. As life went on, she found that she was drawn more and more towards the seniors and wanting the best for them. She has been working with the senior population since 1997. Kelly is so proud to be a part of Home Instead.  Through them, she has the ability to positively impact the lives of our seniors and give them the quality of life that they deserve each day.  

Kelly has a loving husband and an amazing daughter. She loves soccer and ice skating, as she was involved with both for many years.  Kelly also enjoys going out to different restaurants and trying new foods, seeing movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  Life is good!


Aurora Alonzo - Client Care Coordinator

​Aurora has been passionate about healthcare since she was a child and has been active in the healthcare industry for the last 20 years. She studied International Relations at Hawaii Pacific University as a way to help fulfill on her life goal to assist and promote all people being related to one another. Subsequently, she entered the pharmaceutical industry when she and her family were moved to Connecticut by the US Navy. Upon her return to Oregon, she joined OHSU and their logistics team where she received a scholarship to go back to school for her Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management. After graduation, she moved to CareOregon and managed contract and alternative payment projects as well as co-creating and piloting the Give2Get peer-to-peer support program for Medicaid and Medicare patients. It was during that time that she completed her MBA and became Lean Green Certified. Aurora's interest in senior care came from when her mother had serious back surgery and it seemed to be the time to learn a more hands on approach to care. She became a caregiver part time and took to it very naturally. Creating and maintaining relationships is one of her strengths and it shows in her commitment to her family, friends and the work she does. In her free time, Aurora enjoys soccer (watching, coaching, playing), swimming, singing and being with her teenage children: two girls and a boy, and her three rescue Pitbulls.


Bradley Allen - Intake Coordinator

Bradley Allen - Intake Coordinator

​Brad grew up in Portland, Oregon, in what is now the Mt Scott /Happy Valley area. His parents owned a farm, where they raised and bred both Morgan horses and German Shepherds, along with a variety of other farm animals. Brad went into the Army at age 17, after early graduation. After the Army, he married and had two sons. He moved around, living in California, Washington and Oregon, as well as a variety of jobs, until he found his true love—working with people. Brad has been in the caregiving field for almost 33 years. He spent five years as a CNA, before going back to school to become a Respiratory Therapist for the next 28 years. He also spent 6 years in cardiology, working with acute care patients. He has a passion for helping seniors stay independent and happy. When not at work,  Brad is heavily involved in his church of almost 40 years. His love for people comes from his love for God, and God’s love for people. 


Michael "Mikey" Porter - Registered Nurse

Michael "Mikey" Porter - Registered Nurse

​Mikey grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, and had his first caregiving job when he was 17 at a senior group home. Mikey moved down to Phoenix, Arizona for four years to acquire his BSN. He came back to Oregon and started working for Home Instead as a caregiver while pursuing licensure in Oregon.  He believes working with Home Instead was a great opportunity to grow as a person and was a great way to help people who needed it. Mikey has a true passion for helping people and loves the senior population. He enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and fishing.  Mikey loves watching all sports and played basketball and lacrosse through high school.


Halie Hansel - Recruitment Coordinator

Halie Hansel - Recruitment Coordinator

H​alie grew up in Camas Washington. Before Home Instead, Halie worked as a CNA for three years at an assisted living facility as well as for a home care agency. Halie graduated from Washington State University in 2019 with a degree in Human Development and certificates in Gerontology and Case Management Administration. Outside of work she loves to play volleyball, travel, and spend time with her family. She is excited to join the Home Instead family here in West Portland.


Recruitment Coordinator


Sophia Qureshi - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Sophia Qureshi - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

​Sophia is a voice you very well may hear when you call after hours.  She holds one of our On-Call Coordinator positions and loves to help our clients and CAREGivers when they have an urgent need when the office is not open.  Sophia is from Seattle and finds her way up there every opportunity she gets.  Her visits include spending time with her Mom, 2 older brothers and her niece.  In addition to her work with Home Instead, Sophia is also a dental assistant.  In her spare time, Sophia enjoys binge watching her favorite shows on TV and watching basketball.


Sharlene Nalley - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Sharlene Nalley - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Sharlene is the third of six children in her family. She was born in Oregon but raised in Central City, Nebraska. Sharlene moved back to Oregon in 2007 and has been living in Canby for the last two years. When she's not at work, she's studying towards her BSN degree to reach her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Sharlene completed her first year of college and has another year to go before she applies to nursing school. Sharlene discovered her passion for helping people while working in Alzheimer's care for two years. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and his daughter on the weekends, as well as taking her younger siblings to go and see new places. She loves camping and being outdoors more than anything. Sharlene also loves traveling and would like to visit every continent in the world at least once in her lifetime.


Patti Balzer - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Patti Balzer - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Patti describers herself by saying...."I do not have a formal degree in anything, but a Masters in Life."

Patti enjoy family, friends, long walks on the beach, the outdoors, camping and social events.  She is a huge animal lover and currently has 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 bird in her home.  Her greatest love are the big cats, lions, tigers, etc.

Patti has worked in the medical industry for approximately 40 years as a Staffing Coordinator for several hospitals in the Portland Metro area, as well as Bend.  She has also helped a Staffing Agency from Florida get established in the Portland Metro area, worked for a non profit health care clinic, and spent some time scheduling several disciplines for home bound patients.  The medical field is her passion. 

Patti has recently purchased a home that her son's and she are remodeling and is enjoying the process of doing that. 

Her future plans are to work until she can't, retire when she can and then travel and camp within the U.S. with friends and family.


Samantha Saunders - Staff Scheduling Coordinator


Alloa Jessee - Administrative Assistant - Client Services

Alloa Jessee - Administrative Assistant - Client Services

Alloa has lived in Oregon for 26 years. She has lived all over the United States, including Alaska. Alloa has four children three girls, one boy and four wonderful grandchildren. You will often find her spending time with her family and extended family as they love doing everything together. Alloa loves exploring the outdoors by road trips, hiking, camping and canoeing! In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, watching movies, remaking furniture and cooking.

Alloa volunteers in the community by helping with the Family Promise program which is a program helping homeless families get back on their feet through teaching them self-reliance, finding jobs, getting children in schools, helping with homework and meal preparation. Alloa also sings with the "Westside Singers" choir  

Recently she became interested in the homecare business as her mother's health has declined and she needed to step into the position of caregiver for her. 


Erin Chambers - Administrative Assistant/CAREGiver Services

Erin Chambers - Administrative Assistant/CAREGiver Services

Erin was born and raised in Portland Oregon. She has been in the healthcare industry for over 12 years.  Erin's background is in medical billing and collections and during that time, she has enjoyed helping families with their finances to ease their stress. She is a proud mom of 4 and has been married for 10 years. Her kids give Erin life every day!  She loves to cook, dance, going to the beach and hanging out with her now teenage children. A fun fact about Erin is she is a a fully licensed cosmetologist and absolutely has an obsession with buying eye shadows and lip glosses.  Every day she looks forward to what life will bring her and she is glad that it brought her to Home Instead Senior Care. 


Laura Ramirez - Front Desk Coordinator

Laura Ramirez - Front Desk Coordinator

​Laura was born in Michoacán Mexico. She came to the United States when she was 6 years old and lived in the San Fernando Valley until 1993. Laura came to Oregon in 1993. She has four wonderful kids; three girls and one boy, as well as two grand babies; one girl and one boy. Laura loves spending time with her family. Family is very important to her, so when Laura's mom moves, she moves also to be close to her. She is the reason why Laura came into the caregiving family of Home Instead. When she gets a few minutes for herself Laura loves to read and watch movies/TV shows. 


Dee Cook - Satellite Scheduling Coordinator

Dee Cook - Satellite Scheduling Coordinator
Dee is a transplant from sunny southern California. She always thought she would work in the forestry industry and Oregon had lots of trees. But while waiting for the perfect job to come along, Dee started a family, which led her into a very different career. She was a full time mom to 4 wonderful children and loved every minute of it. Dee thinks her greatest achievement is her family. She enjoys gardening, sewing and spending time with her now adult children. Dee can often be found camping in the woods, with her family and 2 dogs. She was also a full time daughter/caregiver to her Mom. She received lots of love and support from
family and care providers. Their help made all the difference to her and that’s when she made the decision to give back to the senior community. Dee began her second career as a volunteer aide for a hospice center and found the work so rewarding that she became a certified caregiver. Wanting to return to hospice, Dee obtained her CNA certificate and worked with hospice patients and their families. She is now part of an amazing team who are as passionate about serving the senior community as she is.

Nikki Haring - Satellite Scheduling Coordinator

Nikki Haring - Satellite Scheduling Coordinator

Nikki was born in Okinawa Japan and moved to Central Oregon when she was 3. Her husband and she have three (almost 4- coming Jan 2020) very active children.

Nikki and her family are big sports fans. Whether it's watching their children, family members or professional.  She especially likes to see how her children have grown and how their skills have improved year to year with their dad as their coach.

Nikki became interested in the medical field after she graduated from high school and began working as a caregiver. She attended Central Oregon Community College, receiving her certificate in Medical Assistance. With a move to the Portland area and two young children, she couldn't use her certificate as she was a full-time mother.

Returning to work has always been Nikki's goal. Now she is able to help those that need us the most and have a great work-life balance.


Bianca Peterson - Satellite Coordinator

Bianca Peterson - Satellite Coordinator

​Bianca was born and raised in San Diego, California and moved to the Portland area 7 years ago for school.  After graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Health Studies/Health Science, Bianca wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field before going to graduate school. She applied to Home Instead as a caregiver and has been with them for over 3 years. She feels passionate about helping seniors and likes to ensure that they are getting the best quality of care that our company can provide. Outside of work, she is spending time preparing for her wedding with her fiance, taking hikes with her dog, going to concerts, movies and eating at all of the great restaurants Portland has to offer. She likes to go down to San Diego at least once a year to visit her family, the sun and beaches.


Ray Berardinelli - Satellite Coordinator

Ray Berardinelli - Satellite Coordinator

​Ray came to the elder care community from the field of marketing. As a people person and forever curious, Ray has worked the majority of his career in the technology arena, has managed and owned public relations firms, and has served clients in specialties ranging from sustainability and environmental services to lifestyle medicine, cider production and homebrewing. He came to the field of senior care after helping family members through transitions, then working as a caregiver and activities program assistant, serving individuals with memory loss. In his free time, Ray likes to hike the trails of the Pacific Northwest and hang out with family and friends.


Christina Haight - Satellite Coordinator

Christina Haight - Satellite Coordinator

Christina was born in Eugene OR. She is the oldest of 5 siblings.  Christina started caregiving when she was 18 and worked in a small community of 15 residents with a focus on Alzheimer's/dementia.  She has been caregiving ever since.  She currently has over 10 years experience and she couldn't see herself doing anything else.  Christina moved to Portland last year to work for HISC and to be close to friends. She is a mother of 2 and likes to be outdoors, going on adventures with my girls and they really enjoy going on hikes and going camping.  If she's lucky and gets some spare time to herself, she loves to paint and catch up on her favorite shows.


Vi Johnson - Office Volunteer

Vi Johnson - Office Volunteer

​Vi not only volunteers her time to assist us with various office projects, she is our in-house baker extradorinaire; spoiling us with her amazing muffins each and every week!   We are honored to have her inspiration shine through our CAREGiver of the Year Award, which is named after her.  Vi grew up in Eastern Washington before relocating to Portland in the 50s.  After raising three boys, Vi retired from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center where she worked in the ICU, assisting families while their loved ones who were in the hospital.  Vi enjoys gardening, walking and the Oregon coast.


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