Abby Gershenzon, Community Education Coordinator
Abby is the Community Education Coordinator for Signature Home Health and Hospice. Beginning in 2016, Abby spent four years as Regional Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, in charge of their programs and services.
In her current position with Signature, Abby works to bring education, resources and support to families navigating the dementia journey, and to professionals giving care in care communities. Abby also serves on the Board at Olive Plaza, a 150-unit building that houses low-income seniors in downtown Eugene. She has spent her career as a journalist, educator and Community Health Worker, as well as a committed volunteer for refugee resettlement. Abby earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley, and has an Associate of Science and Community Health Worker certificate from Lane Community College.
Willow Cordain, Owner
Willow is a native Oregonian; she grew up in Eugene and has her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Promotion from Oregon State University.
She has worked in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities in Admissions, as Director and Sales Associate.
She is the owner of Willow Care Consulting, LLC doing what she loves best, guiding families in choosing a senior care community for themselves or their loved one. Clients appreciate her personalized approach, knowledge of the industry, and her compassion when working with them.
Willow is on the Alzheimer’s Association Regional Advisory Committee and was their Chairperson for the 2014 and 2015’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She is a co-facilitator of a 10-week Memory Loss Series class for those with dementia and their care partners. She is also a member of Southtowne Rotary.
Bonnie Cubit, Volunteer Support Group Facilitatior
I cared for my husband Dave for 8 years while he had Alzheimer’s. There’s no question that journey was the hardest thing I have ever done. Upon his passing, I knew I was supposed to start a support group for caretakers of those with memory loss.
My goal was to share my journey in hopes that maybe I could help educate and support others. I also realized the need for a faith-based support group. Please feel free to contact me for more information on the two support groups.
Karyn Baker, Community Education
Karyn Baker has over 30 years experience working with persons with Memory Loss. She started her career at Good Neighbor Care as a CNA/Caregiver in 1990. She worked there for 15 years as a Caregiver, Manager, Human Resource Assistant, Family Services Coordinator and Assistant Administrator.
In 2005 Karyn purchased a 16 bed residential care facility with her business partner in Veneta OR, where Karyn became the Administrator. They turned it into a Memory Care Community in 2007 just as Karyn’s own mother needed care and became a resident in her community.
In 2019 she sold her facility and moved her mother into ElderHealth and Living Memory Village. She has been facilitating or co-facilitating memory support groups for over 15 years and still works with people living with memory loss. Quote from Karyn “Once I began caring for persons with memory loss, I knew this was my calling. I knew I had a talent for getting into their world and bringing them joy. I love what I do.”
Liz von Wellsheim, GNP
Liz has been active at ElderHealth and Living Memory Village from 2006 until 2020 as an owner and is now their Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Liz is available for Memory Loss Coaching. She typically sees new residents for a comprehensive assessment prior to moving into one of the nine memory care homes.
Liz von Wellsheim, MSN, MA, GNP, has two masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: one as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and the other in Social Gerontology. Liz has more than 30 years of experience in the field of geriatrics.
Thomas Farley, Bereavement Coordinator
Tom was born at the old Sacred Heart Hospital in downtown Eugene so he’s an Oregonian through and through. Tom graduated from Corvallis High School, started at Oregon State University and, after a life changing spiritual experience, transferred to a seminary where he completed his formation and was ordained a Catholic priest for western Oregon.
Over many decades of pastoring Tom realized that being a celibate was too debilitating for him so he left the priesthood, fell in love and married. Recently he was a certified chaplain at PeaceHealth RiverBend Medical Center. His rich ministerial experience and his wrestling with his own personal losses has formed an empathic and reflective adult.
John Urness, Elder Law Attorney
John is a shareholder attorney at THORP PURDY JEWETT URNESS & WILKINSON, P.C. Since 1983, John has served his clients and provided personalized solutions that best fit their needs.
John finds nothing more satisfying than helping a client who may be overwhelmed with a difficult situation, breaking it down so the client’s options are understandable, then helping the client decide upon and execute sound solutions, and doing it all with compassion and as efficient as possible. John assists clients in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Guardianships & Conservatorships, and long term care and Medicaid planning.
David Henry, LPN
David has been working as a nurse since 2010, specializing in caring for individuals who are experiencing memory loss issues.
Since 2015, David has been a regular presenter at the Living with Memory Loss Series, discussing Cognitive Health and Wellness for those with memory loss and people as they age. He also teaches classes to all new employees at ElderHealth & Living Memory Village to prepare them to work with those living there.