Donna Fuller-Archer- Administrator
Donna brings nearly a decade of administrative experience in assisted living and memory care to Marjorie House. Donna states that a person knows “when they step into the memory care environment whether it is a fit or not – it is a calling rather than a choice.”
Given that memory care is her “calling”, Donna is constantly striving to provide the best possible person centered care in a loving and safe environment, while continually staying abreast of the latest dementia research findings. Understanding the difficulties and frustrations families are facing is just one of the many qualities Donna brings to the Marjorie House team and to her residents and their families.
When not spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and dogs, Donna enjoys gardening, hiking/backpacking, bike riding and camping.
Terri Onn- Officer Manager
Terri’s is the smile you see when you first walk into Marjorie House, and hers is the melodic voice you typically hear answering the phone. Active in long term care/ memory care for 16 years, Terri is the recipient of the Oregon Health Care Associations statewide Award for Excellence in Service, and actively shares the Marjorie House philosophy of resident centered care. Terri believes strongly that residents deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity and reflects this belief in her many daily activities on the Marjorie House team as she works to create “home” for our residents.
Terri enjoys any time spent with her husband of 38 years, her daughter, granddaughter and dog, Kendra. When not out and about, Terri is very domestic and loves to read, cook, knit and garden.
Laura Molin, LPN
Laura knew she wanted to be a nurse from the time she was a little girl. Upon graduating high school, Laura immediately began nursing school and has never looked back or second guessed her career path. With over 36 years as a practicing LPN, Laura has gained a broad range of nursing experience including obstetrics, orthopedics, geriatrics, home health and family practice.
Her love for Memory Care began in 2009 when she accepted the position of Evening Charge Nurse at Cypress Springs Memory Care and moved to Oklahoma. The position afforded her the opportunity to not only provide care for the residents but also to work side by side with the Director of Nursing in their efforts to open this brand-new Memory Care Community. During her tenure at Cypress Springs, Laura stressed that careful and frequent follow-up and correspondence with family members, doctors, therapists, home health services and all modalities is essential in maintaining quality care for our residents.
When Laura returned to the Pacific Northwest her love for geriatrics and memory care propelled her to look for “just the right community” in the McMinnville area, where she could be close to her parents. She wanted a community that shared her core value of resident-centered care that was provided in a loving and respectful environment. Where the community was not thought of as a “facility” but rather each resident’s home. She believes that working at Marjorie House Memory Care Community is a privilege and an honor not to be taken lightly. It is humbling to know our resident’s families are entrusting their loved ones to us during this time in their lives.
Born and raised in Washington state, Laura loves the Pacific Northwest. She has 2 adult children, and one grandson. In her spare time, Laura enjoys gardening, antiquing, visiting local wine venues and spending time with her canine friend, Dash.
Nicole Horgan- Resident Care Coordinator
Nicole moved to the town of Lafayette, in Yamhill County, during the summer of 2000. She attended McMinnville High School where she focused her studies on Child Development as much as possible. Throughout high school Nicole volunteered at a day care center and in the classroom at a local elementary school. Upon graduating high school Nicole planned on attending college, focusing her studies in Child Care Education. Prior to the start of her Freshman year, Nicole was lucky enough to find her calling of helping others when she was offered and accepted a position working with handicapped adults. She quickly realized she had a passion for helping others and knew that’s where her career path would lead.
In 2008 she accepted a caregiver position at an Assisted Living Community in Sherwood, Oregon, and was quickly promoted to a Medication Aide. During those 7 years Nicole was able to experience a lot about life through the residents and without a doubt knew what she wanted to do with her future. She believes that making a difference in someone’s day is one of the life’s greatest rewards!
In February 2015, Nicole was contacted by a former co-worker who was employed with Marjorie House Memory Care Community regarding an opening for a Medication Aide position. Nicole applied for the position and feels fortunate to have been hired. Almost immediately she felt right at home and apart of the great team of care staff and management. For Nicole working at Marjorie House is so much more than a job, it is a second home where the staff and residents are like family. Her passion is to care for residents and make their last journey of life as enjoyable, comfortable and fulfilling as possible.
Nicole has a 6-year-old daughter and just last summer she and her high school sweetheart celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary. Together we enjoy camping, hunting, and off-roading with our friends and family.
Vanessa Gutierrez- Life Enrichment Coordinator
The core of any excellent memory care is a vibrant life enrichment program that brings a wide variety of fun and exciting activities to the community daily. Life Enrichment Coordinator Vanessa, spends every day doing just this. Vanessa’s enthusiastic and caring personality invites and welcomes all residents and their friends and families to participate. Whether focused on physical exercises to strengthen and assist residents with activities of daily living, mental exercises – such as puzzles and games – to keep the mind active and challenged, or social moments of entertainment or quiet conversation, Vanessa brings herself completely to the task, being constantly aware of each individual’s needs and abilities. She states, “I like the fact that my residents don’t mind my eccentricities, my shifting sense of humor (from corny to dry) or my lack of physical graces. They appreciate my willingness to dance and sing, even though I’m off-key sometimes. I am proud to be their friend and confidant.” While the program provides socialization and a sense of community among residents, families and the staff, it is always adapting to meet the individual needs of each resident.
Vanessa graduated from Linfield College where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. At Marjorie House Memory Care Community Vanessa has found a meaningful career where she can – and does – make a difference.
Mike Minchew- Maintenance Supervisor
Equally comfortable with a hammer in his hand or a resident on his arm, McMinnville native Mike Minchew brings great skill and close to a decade of elder care experience to Marjorie House in his role as Maintenance Supervisor. Anyone that thinks this type of work isn’t fun has never worked with Mike! A patient and caring person who believes having the chance to assist residents on a daily basis is a wonderful opportunity, Mike takes pride in being the staff member who maintains the resident’s “Home”. It’s never a surprise to see Mike assisting residents and participating in activities, or jumping into the kitchen to cook if needed. His attitude of “I’m here and I’m willing to help” brings excellence and care to all that he does.
Mike studied Computer Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing in college but feels his position at Marjorie House allows him to share not only his skills, but the joy he feels in this special environment. His natural inclination toward problem solving proves useful as he quickly and efficiently identifies issues and finds solutions.
Mike enjoys assisting others with projects, barbequing, spending sunny days on the river and watching super hero movies, which are his favorite form of entertainment. Given the nickname “Sup” by staff, Mike lives up to the name and is the super hero watching over Marjorie House.
Doretta Clark- Dietary Manager/Kitchen Supervisor
To give one title to Doretta is a bit misleading. Although her career in the health field has been primarily directed toward dietary, Doretta has also held positions as housekeeper, Resident Aide, Medication Aide and activities! In her current role as Dietary Manager, Doretta brings every one of these skills into play. She has a sixth sense about the needs of our residents, and brings her deep belief of resident centered care into every decision she makes regarding resident life. You will see a confused face turn to Doretta and there will be an understanding and a sense of peace for that individual – all from the sound of Doretta’s voice and the touch of her smile.
Doretta has been awarded Service Awards by Tuality Hospital and been recognized for outstanding service at the assisted living and memory care where she worked prior to coming to Marjorie House. “I wasn’t looking for a new job, but I walked in the front door of Marjorie House and fell in love.” The rest is a daily gift for our residents and their families! Doretta states that she knew what the owners stood for and she wanted to live that mission for the residents.
Doretta is frequently seen with one of her seven grandchildren in tow – and they have on an apron and a look of no nonsense! She adores these kids and they have grown up in the long term care environment learning to give help where needed and care in a loving manner.
Along with her husband, Terry, Doretta loves to camp and garden. Oh! And of course there are those seven grandkids!