Our Team

WORKING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE WE SERVE

Serving the Columbia Gorge for over 50 years, Columbia Basin Care is the only community-owned, not-for-profit care facility in the region. We operate with a skilled, dedicated staff, a volunteer Board of Directors, and a management company that provies oversight and support. With a resident-centered approach, we emphasize personal attention and continuity of care for each individual.  

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Dr. Stephen McLennon 

MEDICAL DIRECTOR 

Dr. Stephen McLennon has worked as a physician in The Dalles for over 25 years, with a focus on family medicine, occupational medicine and urgent care. He serves as Medical Director for the Deschutes Rim Clinic in Maupin, Hearts of Hospice in Hood River, and is attending physician at Oregon Veterans’ Home.

Stephen is an accomplished drummer and facilitates drum circles for fun and stress reduction. He and his wife, Heidi, enjoy hiking, gardening and cooking.

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Valerie Hiveley-Blatz 

ASSISTANT MEDICAL DIRECTOR
GERIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER 

Columbia Basin Care is the only nursing home in the region with an on-site Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Valerie Hiveley-Blatz. With professional skill and attention, she serves as primary care provider. Val is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Nursing, and holds a master’s degrees in Geriatric Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing. In addition, she's a wound care specialist. She’s lived in The Dalles for 30 years, and enjoys biking, swimming and gardening.

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Aubree Olmstead

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Aubree Olmstead leads our care facility of over 60 residents and more than 100 employees. She attended Oregon State University and holds a degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy and a minor in Business. Born and raised in Hood River, Aubree lives in The Dalles. “My roots are here,” she says. “I returned home to make a difference in the community I cherish.”

Aubree enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, gardening, fishing, hunting and playing with their two pups, Theo and Brody.

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Leana Tennison

DIRECTOR OF NURSING, RN

A long-time resident of The Dalles, Leana provides leadership to our team of caregivers, and oversees the clinical needs of over 65 residents.

She earned a nursing degree from Columbia Gorge Community College and has a unique depth of health care experience, working her way from certified nursing assistant to medical records, to staffing coordinator, to resident care manager, to assistant director of nursing, to director of nursing.

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Joe Fischer

FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR

Joe worked nearly three years as a cook at Columbia Basin Care before transitioning into managing the kitchen as the Food Service Director.

Joe is uniquely equipped for this role, having worked throughout 15 years as a certified nursing assistant and certified medication aide, and eight years with Heart of Hospice. In addition, he is a certified administrator for Assisted Living Facilities/Resident Care facilities.

 

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Gregg Lee

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

Gregg oversees maintenance and operations of our facility. It's a natural role for a hardworker.  He started working at  12 years old, pumping gas and working in the family swimming pool and spa business. A man of many skills, he’s worked as a carpenter, heavy equipment operator, office equipment salesman, and insurance agent. He also served as a Wasco County Search & Rescue volunteer for 10 years, and as a Wasco County Reserve Deputy for five years.

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Janet Sullivan

MEDICAL RECORDS DIRECTOR

Dedicated and loyal, Janet has worked at Columbia Basin Care for nearly 30 years. She holds a unique longterm perspective of our operations and has seen numerous changes and advances over the years. Janet has served in many capacities, from nurse aide to human resources to activities director. 

She enjoys camping, fishing, hunting and likes to dabble in photography. Janet is the proud mother of two daughters and is grandmother to three youngsters.

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Kim Snyder

BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER

With a heart for the elderly and patience for colleagues, Kim keeps our books balanced and business operations running smoothly. She has worked in the long-term care industry for over a decade. When not working, she enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

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Delena Gordon

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR, LPN

Delena She is a Licensed Practical Nurse and has worked in long-term care for more than a decade. She graduated from Pioneer Pacific Community College in 2008 with an associates degree in Nursing. She first joined Columbia Basin Care as a charge nurse before transitioning into the role of Social Services Director. “My work here is rewarding,” she says. “I enjoy the daily interaction with the residents.”

She enjoys spending time with her family and is frequently busy with arts and craft projects with her children. 

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Alesia O’Brien

ACTIVITY DIRECTOR

Between bingo, baking, manicures and more, Alesia is busy buzzing about to ensure folks have access to fun. Creating engaging activities and events comes naturally to Alesia. “It’s a joy to come to work everyday,” she says.

Alesia was born and raised in The Dalles. She and her husband, Mike, raised three sons. The couple enjoy camping, snowmobiling, grandchildren, and spending time at their family ranch in eastern Oregon.

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Drew Myron

MARKETING DIRECTOR

For over a decade, Drew has headed marketing communications for organizations focused on hunger, homelessness, literacy, and health.

Born in Portland, she is a former newspaper reporter and editor who served as editor of newspapers in both Goldendale and The Dalles, and covered news, arts, entertainment and travel for America Online, Northwest Best Places, and other publications.

Erin Bartz

INFECTION CONTROL & Staff Development, LPN

Erin brings a depth of experience to her work. She's a licensed nurse who previously worked as a corrections officer, and a licensed day care provider. A graduate of Columbia Gorge Community College, she’s focused, friendly and firm — and has empathy for elders. “It’s an honor to be a part of their lives,” she says. “You can learn so much from their experiences.”

Erin grew up in Klickitat, and has lived throughout central and eastern Washington and Oregon. 

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Anneta Crown

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Focused and friendly, Anneta brings a blend of efficiency and warmth. She holds a degree in Family and Social Science from Brigham Young University, and her payroll and staffing experience is matched with first-hand knowledge of the facility — her grandmother resided here. She fondly recalls wheelchair races and attentive staff. "We were here all the time," says Anneta. "She was well taken care of."  

A Hood River native, she lives in The Dalles and enjoys spending time with her husband, Christopher, an English cocker spaniel, Gus, and a cat, Puff. 

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Priscilla Heimsoth

RESIDENT CARE MANAGER ASSISTANT, LPN

Priscilla has over 25 years of nursing experience, and worked several years as a traveling nurse. As RCM Assistant she integrates her hands-on nursing knowledge with medical management skills. “This role provides a broader view,” she says, “allowing me to see the correlation between jobs and how we can all work together to provide the best care.”

Priscilla has two sons and a beloved dog, Chia. She enjoys watching movies and reading true-crime novels.

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Mario Cardenas

RESIDENT CARE MANAGER, RN

Mario joined Columbia Basin Care as a charge nurse before taking on the role of  Resident Care Manager in 2017. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in The Dalles and is a graduate of Columbia Gorge Community College. “I enjoy getting to know the people I take care of,” he says. “You form bonds and friendships, and that makes my work meaningful.”

In his free time, Mario enjoys hiking, painting, astronomy, and spending time with his daughter.

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Alea Paulus

RESIDENT CARE MANAGER, BSN

Prior to joining Columbia Basin Care, Alea spent over a decade as a psychiatric nurse with an emphasis on geriatrics in acute care settings. Nursing runs in her family. “My mother was a nurse, my sister was a nurse,” Alea says. “I believe in care, compassion, and hugs.”

She grew up in Virginia and holds a nursing degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Alea is mother to a teenage daughter and enjoys spending time outdoors.

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Sarah Reser

RESIDEnt care manager

Sarah was just a teenager when she began a career helping others— as a volunteer firefighter.  In that she found a passion to provide critical care to those in need. “I found myself wanting more knowledge, a more refined and complex skill set, and the ability to intervene with absolute confidence in life-threatening situations,” she says.  She graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College, and has experience in both hospital and long-term care settings. 

An Oregon native, Sarah and her fiance enjoy spending time with their three young boys on the water — paddle boarding, jet skiiing, swimming, and visits to the Oregon Coast.