Executive Director – I’m Denise Brown and have been in Senior Living for 10 years. Prior to joining Grants Pass Spring Meadow, I worked as a Pastor’s Assistant where I discovered a true love of working with seniors. When I am not spending time with my Spring Meadow family, I love spending time with my husband of 26 years, our 4 children, two grandchildren, and 9 dogs.
I had no idea how being part of this amazing community would change my life as I feel like this is my second home.. Every day when I leave work there’s a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing your family with me.
John (Tim) Robitz
Business Office Manager – Tim joined senior living this year after working 20 years in university housing and dining at multiple universities. His experience includes time working with food service, budgeting, marketing, business operations, and oversite of maintenance and operations. Tim holds a degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has a great family of three boys (two that have served in the Navy and one in high school) and two dogs.
Life Enrichment Director – Though my passion for this industry began much earlier in life, I have worked in the senior industry since 1996, including Resident Programs/Life Enrichment since 2000. During the last 20 plus years, I have been thrilled to be a part of some incredible moments in the lives of many seniors, including taking a 92 year old man skydiving (which was his life’s dream), flying to New York City with a resident to see a Broadway Show, taking our seniors on trips everywhere including Mexico and of course, our annual tradition of group zip lining! I have a heart that lives for working with seniors and a knack for helping them discover their own passions.
During my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my family of 4 sons (their wives) and 4 grandsons and of course my husband of 22 years, whom I’ve known since 4th grade! We love anything that takes us outdoors of beautiful Southern Oregon.
Kris L. Vandehey
Director of Sales and Marketing – In March of 2000 Kris and her husband packed up 4 kids one dog and one cat and moved to Southern Oregon to follow a dream, to own a golf course. In 2011 when the golfing market crashed, Kris put her BA degree in Communications from Pacific University and her experience working with Seniors at the golf course to work and applied for a job as a Marketing Director for the Senior Industry. Since then she has learned that it is so much more than just a job, it is a passion. “You don’t go into this industry for the paycheck, but you stay because it’s a calling.” Kris joined the Cascade family in August of 2019 as the Director of Sales and Marketing
Kris has been married to her High School Sweetheart since 1985, they have 4 kids, 1 grand child, 2 dogs and 6 grand dogs, none of which weigh under 65 lbs (except the grandson at least for now). In her spare time, she enjoys trips with her family to Mexico and performing Stand Up Comedy. “I am blessed to come to our campus every day and be a part of something like none other in the Grants Pass area.”
Senior Plant Operations Director – Dan has been in Senior Living since 2010. Prior to joining Grants Pass Spring Meadow Dan spent many years as a stone mason after retiring from the Merchant Marines.When Dan isn’t working, he loves cooking Italian food and spending time with his wife and grandchildren.
Meet The Village Assisted Living Team
Executive Director – Eunice is a mother of 6 and grandmother of 2, born and raised on the Islands of Hawaii. Eunice started off in assisted living as a medication aid on the noc shift back in 2009. While working as a caregiver/medication aid she met an RCC who inspired her to continue her growth in assisted living. In the year 2015 that growth was achieved and she became an RCC. She did not stop their and continued on the Journey of helping residents and families. Eunice Then became the Memory Care Director for a small memory care community with 18 beds.
In my free time I enjoy watching listening to the kids laughing and playing, while enjoying a glass of wine.
Business office Manager – I was born in Alaska and grew up in Northern California. I have lived in Oregon the past 4 years, and have over lOyrs of experience working with and taking care of seniors, and over 5yrs of Business Office and Customer Service Experience.
I started here on the floor as a Medication Aide. In getting to know my Residents and their Families, & wanting to learn more about my community I moved up into the Business Office. It was the best of both worlds for me because I could still be a part of their lives, as well as work in the Office which is another passion of mine. Every day here is better than day before & I’m always learning something new. It is such an amazing and rewarding environment to work in!
In my spare time I enjoy fishing, gardening, camping, cooking & being outdoors with my family. “Taking care of others has always been near and dear to my heart.”
Dining Services Director – I moved to Grants Pass in 2005 from my home town of Woodland, CA.
Almost immediately I began my career in cooking in assisted living and
have done so ever since. I am happy in large part because I love my job so
I also enjoy spending time with my family, cooking at home, gardening,
thrift store shopping, and watching crime shows.
Community Relations Director – Bryan is a Native Oregonian and has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing, 10 years working in the senior living industry. It is my belief that understanding and listening to the needs of clients and their families is essential in the transition from home to moving in. Bryan attended Washington State University where he played on the Washington State Cougars Baseball team. He finished his studies and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Southern Oregon University. Bryan has a wife and two sons and resides in Medford, Oregon.
Meet The Pointe of Grants Pass Team
Executive Director – Joy began her career in healthcare 17 years ago as a caregiver in Assisted Living in Grants Pass, OR. Growing up with a mom who was a hard working CNA, she learned the value in caring for seniors. Joy transitioned into Memory Care 12 years ago, starting as a caregiver and moving into different positions along the way. She found her calling in the Business Office in February 2015. She enjoys working with her residents and their families, as well as working with staff and visitors to the community. She continues to grow within her position and received her Administrator’s Certificate in February 2017.
When Joy is not working with our seniors, she enjoys spending time with her two boys. As well as going on motorcycle trips with her friends, preferably to the ocean. That is her happy place! Joy is excited to be a part of an excellent team and looks forward to what the future has in store.
One of her favorite quotes is “If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.”
Terry Parlee, RN
Wellness Director – I grew up in the Central Valley of California. My parents worked hard to give us a good life. At the age of 15 I chose to volunteer at the local county hospital. I found that I loved working with people. When I became a Certified Nursing Assistant, I found my passion with our elderly folks. I love caring for the elderly. They give us so much joy, insight into the past as well as love and acceptance. Caring for the elderly is indeed an honor.
As time passed, I felt I wanted to care for the elderly and others as licensed nurse. I completed college and became an RN. I have now worked as an RN for over 22 years. During this time, I have worked in long term care nursing homes, home health, hospice, acute rehab nursing, subacute rehab nursing, assisted living and memory care.
I have enjoyed traveling around this wonderful and amazing country throughout my life. When I visited Oregon in the late 1980’s I knew that I would want to live here someday. Someday occurred in 2001. I came to visit my family and ended up moving here. I love being this close to the Rogue river and just a short drive to the mountains or the ocean.
I have a few activities I enjoy in my spare time. I adore my 3 shih tzus. Anyone who knows them and knows me will tell you I have spoiled them rotten. We love the outdoors such as going for walks in the park, walks along the river and trips to the coast. I enjoy going to and being a part of special Olympics events with my family. I enjoy anytime when I curl up to read a book or watch a good murder/mystery on television. There are also those times when my family gets together whether it is a holiday or just to be together that I love and treasure.
Resident Services Director – I have lived in Oregon my whole life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I began my career 4.5 years ago as a caregiver in memory care. I had little experience and did not know what to expect. I instantly fell in love with the work and my residents. I was offered Med Tech position and found my passion and interest in the nursing side of senior care. After 2 years as a Lead Med Tech I was offered the RCC/RSD position. I love working closely with our nurses and expanding my knowledge. I enjoy coming into work every day knowing that every day will be different and unexpected, part of why I love memory care. My favorite part of the day is when I make a resident smile. I am starting nursing school in the fail to expand my knowledge and career.
When I am not enjoying time with our residents I am at home with my husband Erik, our two children Hunter and Alyssa and our pets which include a Siberian Husky, 2 cats, and a Bearded Dragon. We love the outdoors and love camping and traveling. We are a music-loving family and travel to go to live concerts as much as possible.
Enrichment Coordinator – Kim Kasiah has studied and worked with individuals living with dementia and their families for many years. She became a certified dementia trainer through Teepa Snow’s Positive Approaches to Care (PAC) 4 years ago and is the hands-on dementia trainer for Oregon Care Partners for Southern Oregon. She founded a family member and caregiver support group through the Alzheimer’s Association 6 years ago, as well as education presenter.
Kim strives to build understanding and awareness of dementia through the lives she has touched and to pass the lessons on that she has learned from her greatest teachers, the individuals themselves.
“There is someone behind those eyes still. Sometimes, just a little glimmer but it’s a glimmer. Even though this disease is taking over and they may not have much left to control, they aren’t stupid and can still give insight, you might have to listen closer. This is a person that still deserves respect.” Kim Kasiah
Dining Services Director – After almost a decade of running ship galleys and cooking for fishermen at sea, Jacob has chosen to pursue a career as a Dining Services Director with Cascade Living Group. Passionate about food and family, Jacob loves a challenge and is always wanting to learn new things. With no formal education in food, life experience has been an important factor in his development. He has successfully managed the kitchen at the Wolf Creek Inn and been a Chief Steward for multiple commercial fishing vessels. Running the galley for F/T Katie Ann, F/T American Dynasty, and F/T Northern Eagle, Jacob has acquired skills in foodservice logistics and international cuisine.
Loving his family time in Grant’s Pass and enjoying his new family at Cascades the Pointe, Jacob truly enjoys what he does for his residents.
Plant Operations Director – Chad Fisher began this amazing journey with maintenance 2 years ago at memory care. Before that, he was working as a server and maintenance assistant across the street at the Independent living building. Growing up, his father was a very hands on “fix it” kind of guy, so he got to experience a variety of different skills. If he runs into an obstacle that he is stumped on, doesn’t take him long to figure it out and always makes him feel that much more accomplished. He looks for challenges and always tries to be ahead of the game. Even though he is here to keep our building safe and keep everything running right, the most important thing to him is the residents and making sure there safe and have everything they need to live in a great place with our amazing team.
When Chad is not working with our residents, he loves spending time with his 3 year old son Landen, and his wife Meckenzie. we love to go on camping trips and really enjoy trips to the coast. The beach is an amazing place! Also he has a passion for fitness and staying in shape. He calls it his getaway place after a rough day or just need to get some stress out.
Chad is very excited to work with and be a part of this new excellent team! Cant wait to see what our team can do and how far we can all come together!
One of Chad’s favorite’s quotes is, “Do whatever it takes to get the job done!” “Team work is everything!”