Bethany Gruenfelder - Residential Coordinator - Lee Parker House, Bobby Braziel House
I have been at Sunny Oaks since May of 2008. I had started out at South Fork and worked there for almost 6 years and took care of the customers who lived there. I have some great times and memories there. I then wanted to do more and move on up in the company and wanted to start a new chapter in my work life. In July of 2014 there were a couple of DSP IV positions open so I applied for the DSP IV over at Culver House and a couple of days later I got the job. I worked there till getting the Team Leader position at Jane Duke House. I love doing outings and having adventures with the customers of Sunny Oaks. On my off time I enjoy being with my loving family. I have two sons and a wonderful boyfriend of 8 years. I am truly honored to be a part of this great company.
Rebecca Brandon - Residential Coordinator - Charlie Haus, Monmouth Program
I started babysitting when I was twelve. My neighbors had a child with Autism, a deaf child, and a hyperactive 3 year old. Soon I was babysitting for several families with special needs kids, as word got around. At 17 I started working at the Oregon School for the Blind, where all the children there had some form of I/DD. I also volunteered 1 day a week at FTC, doing a craft session. Most of all my jobs have been working in this field. After I started with Sunny Oaks, I thought, This is it. I have been with SOI since 2003.
Mindy Bishop - QAS/ISP
Hello, I’m Mindy Bishop. I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. I have been a part of Sunny Oaks since April 16th 2013 and have learned, grown and truly enjoyed every moment of it. I started at Anson Bell, transferred with a customer to South Fork, then went back to the excitement that is Anson Bell. In September of 2014 transfferred to Harbaugh. I applied for the Assistant to the Team Leader position for an up and coming home in Silverton (Jane Duke House), I got it! Soon after, I became the Team Leader at Jane Duke House where I learned something new everyday. Everyday is a new experience and I look forward to being here for many years to come!
Patricia Johnson - Residential Coordinator - Culver House, Forsythe House
I love working for Sunny Oaks and I love this job. I am so glad to be working here with people who care so much about what they do and more importantly i love working with this population is so much fun and rewarding!!!
Rahjeen Stalker - Team Leader - Anson Bell House
I have been working for Sunny Oaks Inc for almost 6 years. Over the years I have worked at several homes and have made many friends. I work now as the Team Leader of Anson Bell house where I get the priviledge to lead a team to support wonderful individuals. This has been the most rewarding and fullfilling job where I am constantly learning and improving my skills to make an amazing difference in peoples lives.
Kortnee Pilgrim - Team Leader - Jane Duke House
Nicole Trujillo - Team Leader - South Fork House
My name is Nicole Trujillo, I have worked with Sunny Oaks for 5 years now. I started off working at the Forsyth Home for 6 months and then transferred to South Fork. I started off as a DSP 1 and worked my way up to an assistant for a couple of years before becoming Team Leader at South Fork. I have been very excited and filled with joy for myself, my staff and of course the 5 Ladies who live here, whom have become a part of my life as I have theirs. Living the vision each and everyday!
In my personal time, I enjoy snowboarding in the winter/spring months and being outdoors swimming and sun bathing during the summer as well as going to concerts. I have two 4 year old nieces that have me wrapped around their itty bitty fingers, they are the light of my life. Babysitting them and being the best Aunty ever is what I really do when I’m not at South Fork!
Teri Walker - Residential Director
i have worked for SOI for many years. I have had the pleasure of working in all the homes except Jane Duke. It has been wonderful making friends with the customers along the way. In my spare time I enjoy my family, my dog Sassy ,going to the beach and reading.
Katelin Gillett - Office Manager
I just started with Sunny Oaks, Inc. I really enjoy being here and working with the people at SOI. I have a 3 month old son and he is the most adorable thing on the planet. Just saying.
Karen Sacket - HR Specialist
I’ve been employed by SOI for 15 years now and feel honored and grateful. There are many beautiful people I have met along the way through Sunny Oaks; customers, coworkers, and community members. Thank you SOI!
Joseph MacIsaac - Information Technology
I’ve worked at Sunny Oaks since June 2013. I keep computers and networks up and running for both staff and customers.
Jared Weekly - Community Inclusion Specialist
I grew up with family, friends, and family friends, who experienced mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities; this field has been part of my family and life for at least four generations. I started my own foray into this field in 2005 providing in home care for a friends brother who experiences autism, challenging behaviors, and developmental disabilities. In 2012 I was hired to manage a large ATE program for Spruce Villa called Active Oregon that supported 30 customers. While I was there Governor Kitzhaber issued executive order 13-04 which gave a new injection of life into Oregon’s employment services for people experiencing developmental disabilities, and I embarked on a 4 year journey in supported employment that has continuously evolved. During those 4 years worked with Oregon’s Employment First leadership, as well as local teams, to ensure those who experienced significant barriers to their communities had access to services. I have also had the pleasure of placing people who had long been told they couldn’t work, in their first real jobs where they had a boss and coworkers, instead of staff and peers. Now as a Community Inclusion Supervisor I help facilitate and guide employment services for Sunny Oaks customers as well as working to help our customers move towards greater access, independence, and integration, in their communities.
Shannon Marr - Supportive Role Project Coordinator/Behavior Specialist
Shannon has been doing behavior support in Oregon for the past 16 years. She specializes in collaborating with team members to create supports that focus on quality life, a sense of well being, and positive relationships
Shauna Clark - Medical Liaison/Mental Health Liaison
Sunny Oaks is really a great company to work for, who really takes care of their staff and customers we support, we have some of the best benefits around, we may not make bank but it’s really about loving what you do. I am blessed to be a part of this little “Family”, that’s what it feels like after so many years. I have work for SOI for about 15 year’s total, I have worked in several of the programs, I have never work at the day programs. I have been a DSP, an ATL and currently Medical Liaison for the second time. This is a perfect job for me and I love doing it. I handle medical appointments, phone calls, paperwork and transportation. I work closely with staff, team leaders, doctors and their assistants and of course the individuals we support. I never worked in the I/DD field prior to coming to Sunny Oaks, but have spent many years caring for people. Although my best friend all through grade school was in a wheelchair, non-verbal, boy with cerebral palsy. I always protected him from people who were mean and still see him to this day. I love working in this field that clearly makes such a difference in people’s life’s and to bring a smile to their faces. I have 2 beautiful girls who have grown up volunteering for the company, they love to be a part of this wonderful organization.
Marjorie Gilliam - Medical Liaison/Mental Health Liaison
I have been employed with Sunny Oaks Inc. since November of 2010. I first started as a DSP for the South Fork home and later transferred to Charlie Haus. At Charlie Haus I became the ATL and safety committee representative. Now, after working two different houses, with many different customers, and increasing amounts of responsibility I can now say that I have grown to be an experienced and confident worker. I enjoy spending time with our customers and being a part of enriching their lives as they enrich mine. I’m excited to be a medical liaison since I will get to know and support many more customers.
Sharlene Meakins - Registered Nurse
I enjoy being a part of the SOI Team as the RN as we’re Making A Difference Together!
Cecilia Wagner - QAS
Hello! Let me introduce myself. I have a degree (BSW) in social work and have worked in many different areas in the social work field over the years. Beginning in 1998, I spent the next 15 years as a service coordinator/case manager/abuse investigator in both Marion and Linn Counties.
During my years at Marion County, my caseload included Sunny Oaks homes. I quickly learned out of all the agencies I worked with, Sunny Oaks was the only agency I would ever place a family member with. When I retired from case management, I looked forward to joining the Sunny Oaks team.
I joined the Sunny Oaks family in August 2013 but Sunny Oaks had a new position of Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS) that was a good fit for me. I became the QA in January 2014. Thanks for letting me join the Sunny Oaks family.
Char Herrold - Budget/Personnel Director
I have been with Sunny Oaks since 1989. I handle all things related to hiring employees, administering employee benefits, mediation for staff, and back up payroll as the Personnel Director.
As the Budget Director, I assist in developing and overseeing the agency budget.
As the Safety Officer, I oversee the safety of the organization in conjunction with the Safety Committee
As the vacation coordinator, I plan affordable vacations for both Sunny Oaks and other agency customers to destinations such as Hawaii, Disneyland, Caribbean cruise, Alaska cruise, Mexican Rivera cruises, San Diego beach trips, and other destinations.
I have been truly blessed to be a part of the Sunny Oaks’ family.
Lori Kenney - Community Access & Training Director
I started working in this field in 1988 and started working for Sunny Oaks Inc. March 2008, as the Team Leader at Anson Bell. My current position is the CAT Director. I feel fortunate to have learned a lot from both customer and staff and continue to learn more every day. I truly enjoy working with all the customers and staff at Sunny Oaks.
Cathy Clark - Residental Director
I started working for Sunny Oaks in December 2000. I have worked as a DSP, DSP IV, Team Leader and now in my current position as Residential Director. I have learned a lot along the way and continue to learn more every day. I am blessed to have a job where it is clear that I make a difference in other peoples lives.
Brian Varley - Executive Director
Born and raised on the Oregon Coast, I came from a large, extended working class family where many were care givers (both paid and unpaid, both related and unrelated to the person they were supporting). By the time I was a teen, I was volunteering for Special Olympics, in a highschool Cadet Teaching Progam for Special Education, and helping with my grand parents and great grand parents. It’s been such a gift, a wonderful experience to be a helper. I would have never imagined the amazing things I would learn about others and myself. With a few exceptions, such as my time in the Army and leaving the field for a couple years, the overwhelming majority of my volunteer and working life has been supporting people with developmental disability. I’ve been grateful for the experience. I can’t imagine doing anything else!”
Board of Directors
Jennifer Brundidge – President
Deborah Day – Vice President
Aaron Brown – Treasurer
Carole Shavere – Secretary