Current job: Community relations, Elite Care at Sylvan Park in Vancouver
Proudest professional moment: I’m proud of all the random adventures I get to experience serving the elderly! Thus far, I would have to say I’m most proud of a recent project: the first dementia resource library in Southwest Washington (opened August 2014) located at Elite Care at Sylvan Park. This was a library opened in partnership with HOPE Family Caregiver Support Groups (nonprofit) and donations in the form of books, DVD’s and brochures by several other long-term care community partners in the Clark County Area.
First job: Hostess at Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen in my hometown of Beaverton, Oregon. The restaurant was also known as the “Home of the 72 oz. steak.” The Beaverton location closed several years ago, but the original location off of Stark Street in Portland is still going strong.
Fun fact: Most of my childhood friends refuse to call me Maria. I was known as Marlene until I started college.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Cuddling on the couch with my five-
and seven-year-old boys
Favorite movie: Cinderella Man
Music of choice: Indie Rock
Favorite place to eat: Radar Restaurant on North Mississippi Avenue
Motto/Inspirational quote: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy