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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. 


Althea Jones - General Manager

Althea Jones - General Manager

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 love 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. 


Mara Carter-Leigh - Client Services Manager

Mara Carter-Leigh - Client Services Manager

Mara was born in Arkansas as a good ole country gal and relocated to the PNW after she graduated college from the University of Arkansas in 1999 with a degree in "Business Administration/Management". She pursued her passion in leadership through many diverse management rolls including becoming a district manager for a local retail chain prior to finding her true calling in health care. In 2008, she joined the Providence Health and Services team and her healthcare journey began.  Since 2008, Mara has managed in a regional business office, in a nursing home, and has been an Administrator and Operator of a home care agency in the state of Oregon. As a mother of 4, Mara has a drive to change lives through impacting outcomes.  She has a go getter mentality and is extremely passionate about her calling. As Mara always says, you can never take the T out TEAM and be successful. Working together to reach a mutual goal is a huge defining factor in creating an environment driven to succeed! When Mara is not at work she enjoys spending time with her children and "living it up" in the great outdoors. There is simply nothing better than enjoying a great book on a beautiful day and letting the beauty of the world have its quiet impact on the rejuvenation of your soul.

  "I want to change lives and keep Seniors in their homes, that is where my heart is at every single day"


Jenny Thornquest - CAREGiver Services Manager

Jenny Thornquest - CAREGiver Services Manager

​Jenny grew up in Twin Falls, ID. Moved to Oregon 15 years ago to experience big city living. She has two amazing teenage boys who are also her best friends. Jenny has been in the caregiving field for almost 20 years. She got into caregiving by helping care for her mom and knew that she was meant to do this. She has a passion for every aspect of helping our beloved seniors stay independent and happy. In her spare time she loves to go to the beach, play her cello, and sing opera (when no one is around)!


Miranda Mitchell - Recruitment & Engagement Manager

Miranda Mitchell - Recruitment & Engagement Manager

​Miranda was born and raised in Portland Oregon. Prior to Home Instead, Miranda worked as a Nurse's Assistant in a post-acute rehab facility. Miranda was also a caregiver for 6 years with the state for clients who are low-income and cannot afford assisted living care. In the future, Miranda hopes to go back to school to pursue a Degree in Nursing. She loves any opportunity to help and encourage others. Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending time with her five siblings, her Mom and her two dogs. 


Laura Engle - Satellite Manager

Laura Engle - Satellite Manager

​Laura grew up in California where she lived with her grandparents. Laura's career in healthcare began when she started making rounds to visit their elderly neighbors. After moving to Oregon 40 years ago she became a nurse's aide in a convalescent home. Some of the roles Laura held since include activity director, resident services director, business owner, clinic manager, and executive director. Her passion has been to fight the tendency of institutional settings to become dehumanizing by creating healing environments that are responsive to and supportive of individual's needs and preferences. Laura is married with two grown daughters who are also married. Laura and her husband now have five grandchildren. Favorite activities outside of work include reading, writing, photography, hiking, and cooking. Most of all, Laura loves people. As the Gospel singer Ethel Waters once said, we are all somebody, because "God don't make no junk".


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.


Robyn Giles - Bookkeeper

Robyn Giles - Bookkeeper

Robyn is a native Oregonian.  She was born and raised in SE Portland and graduated from Marshall High School.  After 20+ years in Customer Service, including restaurant and retail management, she fell in love with Senior Care in 2013.  She has filled multiple roles within the industry before finding her way to Home Instead.  She has a wonderful family consisting of her husband of 20 years, 2 adult children and a 2-year-old fur "baby" that keeps her busy, along with all the "adopted" children that her kids bring home.  She loves to travel to favorite places to visit; Hawaii and Disneyland.  She is an Annual Passholder to Disneyland and visits as often as possible.  She dreams of visiting Disney World and taking a Disney Cruise in the future, as well as a visit to Norway.


Kelly Kohl - Satellite Lead Coordinator

Kelly Kohl - Satellite Lead 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 have 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!


Karen Huddleston - Inquiry Services Coordinator

Karen Huddleston - Inquiry Services Coordinator

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.


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. 


Bradley Allen - Client Care Coordinator

Bradley Allen - Client Care 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. 


Aurora Alonzo - Client Care Coordinator

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 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.


Cecile Siamangiway - Registered Nurse

Cecile Siamangiway - Registered Nurse

​Cecile was born and raised in Zaire, new DRC, central Africa. She moved to Nashville TN in 1984, then to Laramie Wyoming in 1990 when her husband accepted a full-time teaching position at the University of Wyoming. Her husband, Dieudonne and she have 4 grown children, 3 girls and 1 boy. She earned her BSN at UW in 1996, and earned her MSN in Education at Regis University of Denver CO in 2010. She loves practicing nursing. She has worked in almost every department, but concentrated in Geriatrics for more than 25 years and loves it the most. She thinks that she was born with the best gift of loving to care for people of all ages, but especially seniors. She sees seniors as very precious people, intelligent, wise, loving and fun to work with. They are the best living sources of information of the past, because they are real. Her best reward is when she makes her client and their family happy, comfortable and when they trust her to create a bond. She believes in treating everyone with respect and dignity, and she loves treating each of her clients as an individual and as they love to be treated. She loves spending time with her caring husband and her beautiful children, friends, cooking, having fun, laughing, and reading nursing magazines and books. Cecile also loves watching action movies, super heroes movies and martial arts. She is very excited to join the family at Home Instead Senior Care, and is looking forward to providing the highest quality care with love and compassion.


Cynthia Rabideau - Registered Nurse

Cynthia Rabideau - Registered Nurse

​Cynthia joined our team in February 2016 as our Registered Nurse.  Cynthia has worked many years in the Portland area in various roles, with her main focus in Hospice care.  Cynthia enjoys traveling, both in the US and internationally.  She recently enjoyed a trip through Spain.  Cynthia also is an avid gardener and enjoys cooking from her home-grown bounty.


Claire Llewellyn - Registered Nurse

Claire Llewellyn - Registered Nurse

Claire's career as a caregiver started in 1971 with the birth of her little sister who was born with Down Syndrome.  Her work with in-home care started in 1983 while working as a caregiver while going to nursing school at San Jose State University. 

Today Claire has three decades of experience in nursing and a decade of experience in clinical case management.  She has developed a passion for middle class America in making sure that their long term care is what it should be.  Claire has been working with the senior population for the last two years.  She has lived in the Portland, Oregon area for 16 years and spends her free time hiking, camping and traveling.  She has both a cat and dog at home and considers them to be her four-legged family.

Claire believes that learning in life never stops and has an education in alternative medicine, herbology and acupuncture.  It is her desire to make a difference in the senior market by either providing care coordination, by assisting them in getting their insurance in place for their golden years or by simply being present for what our seniors need.


Erik Petersen - Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator

Erik Petersen - Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator

​Erik grew up in Southern California and moved to Oregon in 1991.  Prior to Home Instead, he worked for a couple local colleges for the past 11 years in Admissions.  Prior to that Erik worked for Nordstrom for many years, learning to provide excellent customer service and serving others.   He is married with two adult step-daughters, who are fantastic.  Erik and his wife caregive for his  mother-in-law, who lives with us, and has for the past 18 years.  He believes one-on-one caregiving is the way to go and provides a more enjoyable experience for the Seniors in our lives.  They need to feel special and dignified as they age, and not just pushed aside.  Erik loves to help people achieve their goals and be successful.  He works part-time for a mobile DJ company, performing at weddings and partyies.  He also enjoys traveling, reading and spending quality time with his wife.


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.


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.


Angela Buxman - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Angela Buxman - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Angela works in our Scheduling department as a Support Coordinator.  Angela studies Gerontology at Portland Community College, and first learned she had a passion to help people with daily living when she started out as a caregiver taking care of her mother when she was diagnosed with MS.  Angela then started to work in the Memory Care industry and worked as a caretaker as well as an activities coordinator.  When Angela relocated to Portland, she found Home Instead and started working as a caregiver.  Angela then got promoted to work in the Scheduling Department and often refers to the office as her office family.  In her spare time, Angela enjoys painting and writing poetry. Angela and her husband spend most of their time with their baby girl, who just recently turned 6 months old. They also love watching and going to Blazers games, visiting art events, going to the ballet, and anything else fun going on in Portland.


Machaela Bennett - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Machaela Bennett - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

​Machaela grew up in the Portland area and has lived here her whole life. Her daughter is the light of her life along with her two fur babies. She got her CNA license fresh out of high school and has been working in many different types of care settings. Once she started her career as a CNA, she knew it was her passion and she never wanted to stop helping others. Recently Machaela got her CNA II and found Home Instead Senior Care. She hopes to go  back to school now to pursue a degree in medical business. In her free time she will be hanging out with her family or running out of town to the coast for the weekend. 


Ashleigh Gilliam - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Ashleigh Gilliam - Staff Scheduling Coordinator

Rebecca Anderson - Administrative Assistant - Client Services

Rebecca Anderson - Administrative Assistant - Client Services

​Rebecca is a native Oregonian who grew up in Portland and surrounding areas. She was a cosmetology instructor for many years before going back to school for Business and Human Resources Management. She has always loved business and recently worked for a home health agency. She loves to help others and work as a team with her peers. Rebecca has always enjoyed multi-cultural,  diverse environments and engaging in other cultures.  In her free time, she enjoys going on adventures with her husband through the Gorge, along the coast, and anywhere they can get to and enjoy nature.


Alloa Jessee - Administrative Assistant - CAREGiver Services

Alloa Jessee - Administrative Assistant - CAREGiver 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. 


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 movesIshe 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. 


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.


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 Alzheimers/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 shes 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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