I am the Community Relations Coordinator for Partners In Care, which means I make sure as many people as possible know about hospice and what it can do for families. I support clinicians to educate other as well, and I focus on making access to services provided by Partners In Care as easy as possible.

What do you enjoy about working in hospice?
I enjoy working in hospice because at end of life our perspective gets very narrowly focused on what we truly value. Like birth changes everything about your life, losing someone you love will rearrange you. The metamorphosis that a family goes through is incredibly special to witness and I feel lucky to be a part of that journey.

What would you like people to understand better about hospice?
The top three things I would like people to understand about hospice is that contacting us sooner is better; hospice is about goals, choices, and comfort; and dying is not a medical condition, it’s a natural part of life.

What do you consider the most important challenges facing older adults today?
Isolation. As we age, our world tends to get smaller and smaller. The work the Redmond Senior Center does in the community creates a lifeline for older adults to reduce that isolation through engagement and connection so they can thrive.

Why did you get involved with the Redmond Senior Center?
I wanted to get involved with the Redmond Senior Center because it’s an opportunity to remind the community that older adults hold our stories, our roots, our foundations, and it’s essential to honor them in order to build a future that’s worth living in.

What excited you about serving on the RSC board?
I’m excited to be on the board to make more connections with the community so that I can further the mission of the Redmond Senior Center.

What is your priority as a board member?
To promote RSC more broadly and deeply to the community. I encourage people to learn about the services and programs better we offer and to use the center as a community hub.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m originally from Alaska. Now I live in Powell Butte with my husband, my grandmother, and my triplet daughters. I like to kayak, hike, and spending time with my family.

Three fun facts about me?
o I ran for city council when I was 23.
o My favorite sport to watch is mixed martial arts (MMA).
o The last season I played I was the MVP for my roller derby league