Our Team

Our Team:

Linda Elder, Administrator
I excitedly joined the Woodland Heights team in December of 2013. I grew up on the West Coast living in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. I attended college at the University of Oregon and received my nursing degree in Eugene as well. There is no doubt that I am a DUCK. I have worked as a Registered Nurse for over eighteen years in different settings of health care management including hospital, rehabilitation, assisted living and memory care communities. With 15 years of experience as an Administrator or Director of Health Services I hope I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my role as RN/Administrator. My husband and I moved back to Portland recently to be closer to our children and 5 grandchildren- three in Lake Oswego, one in Denver.and the newest grand baby in McMinnville.  In my personal time, I love to paint, sew, and learn anything new. Here at Woodland Heights, I have been blessed with the best management and ownership team you could ever imagine. Our doors, minds, and hearts are open.

Al Cruz, Resident Care Coordinator
Al arrived at Woodland Heights in April of 2005 bringing an abundance of experience to his role as Resident Care Coordinator.  He began his career in healthcare, as a caregiver, while still in high school and was later promoted to med tech position. Al has developed a passion for helping seniors and providing high quality care for his residents. Al sees himself as an educator, providing ongoing training and oversight for the care staff.  As a Health Services manager he monitors practices within the medication department and coordinates care with physicians, residents, and families. He provides monitoring to assure that appropriate care services are given to our residents.  Al is also a CPR/Basic Life Support and First Aid instructor and is certified by the American Heart Association.

Shelley Kendle, Business Office Manager
Shelley joined the Woodland Heights team in 2015.  A native Oregonian, Shelley has also lived in Oklahoma and Texas for 12 1/2 years before moving back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Shelley brings a wealth of accounting and human resource experience and knowledge to the Business Office. Her compassion and caring for people is what drew her to become part of the team.  When Shelley is not here, you can normally find her doing something with her 2 daughters and grandson.  She is an “outdoor” person at heart. Whether Shelley is at the beach, hunting, fishing, camping, or attending the rodeo; you can always find her outdoors.

Taylor Holt – Life Enrichment Director

Taylor Holt joined the Woodland Heights team in 2016. She recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Aging Services. Taylor worked as a CNA and volunteered with Hospice Northwest while in school. She loves to travel and be outdoors. In 2012 she spent 7 months backpacking and working on organic farms in Australia. She loves the elderly, having fun and new experiences. She has been innovative in creating specialized and varied activities to meet the requests of our residents.

Wade Sinclair, Maintenance Supervisor
Wade Sinclair joined the Woodland Heights team in 2012 as our outside maintenance staff person.  In 2013 he accepted a promotion as Director of Maintenance for the entire facility.  Wade has broad experience in the food service industry, customer service, landscaping, remodeling, and roofing.Wade attended Lane Community College in Eugene studying aviation technology.  He earned his private helicopter pilot license. Wade enjoys riding bicycles, exploring the urban and rural “great outdoors” and once rode solo from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine on a four month adventure.

Larry Luce, Executive Chef
Larry Luce joined Woodland Heights team in 2012. Mr. Luce has been cooking professionally for 35 years in a variety of settings. He attended Horst Mager’s Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon. Larry worked at Jones Farm, at Intel, in Dining Operations for I.B.M in Beaverton and as a Deli Manager at Bales Thriftway. Larry is passionate about cooking, providing our residents with a unique cuisine every week. Larry grew up in San Francisco, CA. He enjoys the company of his cat ” Mouse”.

Rigmore Cooper, Housekeeping Supervisor
Rigmore  recently celebrated over 13 years at Woodland Heights.  She is a native Norwegian who came to the United States in 1963 and started working as a nanny, caring for younger children. She later attended classes  and received her Certified Nursing Assistant certification in 1990.  She began working at Woodland as a caregiver and later became the Housekeeping Supervisor. Our resident’s look forward to her  smiles, good nature and storytelling whether she is cleaning their rooms, helping with their laundry or serving coffee in the dining room.  Rigmore is passionate about the services she provides and is always willing to “go the extra mile”- to do the little things that mean so much.  Her favorite pass-time is reading especially Westerns which were a novelty in her native country.

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