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Parkrose Chateau welcomes new managers
Gale, from Portland, spent seven years in the Air Force after graduating from Washington High School in 1965. After the military, Simpson was a real estate agent, a factory representative for the mobile home industry and spent four years with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Judie, a San Diego native, met and married Gale - they recently celebrated their twentieth anniversary - when she was living in Port Orchard, Wash. Her background was in office supply sales and the furniture industry. Between them, the Simpsons have four children, ranging in age from 30 to 40 years old.
Moving back (in Gale's case) to Portland in the 90s, Simpson spent nineteen years as an automotive service department manager for various domestic and foreign manufacturers.
Hired last October by Holiday Retirement - over 300 communities nationwide and in Canada - the Simpsons, who were fast tracked to resident management after extensive training and a co-managing stint at the Edgewood in Beaverton are happy to be at the Chateau. We love what we do, Simpson said. We're 100 percent committed to making our residents lives as comfortable and unencumbered as possible; they've earned it. They've worked hard all their lives and now it's their turn to relax.
The Simpsons extend an invitation to their Mid-county neighbors to attend their Summer Luau and Health Series Saturday, Aug. 14. A fun luau, an eclectic wine tasting, lifestyle and health seminars and Parkrose Château tours take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Summer Luau and Health Series is part of the open house weekend Aug. 13-15.
The Chateau provides residents three meals a day prepared by trained chefs and offers a variety of daily activities, excursions and special events. Managers live on-site and supervise a staff of housekeepers, wait staff and activity directors while maintaining close relationships with residents.
Take a tour between now and Sept. 30 and you could win free rent for five years. To learn more, call 503-257-6777.
Or, tour their Web site for more information: www.holidaytouch.com/Our-Communities/parkrose-chateau.aspx.
Counseling center names new executive director
After an extensive search, the nonprofit The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center has named Erin Reynolds Peters as its new Executive Director.
Peters brings more than 16 years of professional nonprofit experience to her new role. Formerly at the nonprofit SOLV, Peters developed community environmental programs engaging thousands of volunteers around Oregon each year. Most recently, she served as SOLV's associate director, overseeing staff, programs and operations at the organization. Her varied background also includes serving as special advisor on community environmental projects to the Kingdom of Bhutan, news production at KGW-TV in Portland, and teaching in Kenya. She is a graduate of Willamette University.
We are so pleased to welcome Erin as our new executive director, said Jerry Bitz, president of the NCC board of directors. She brings a great combination of extensive nonprofit experience and youthful energy.
I am simply thrilled to be at NCC, says Peters. The clients and counselors are working together every day to repair the damage done by poverty, addiction, abuse and depression. It's exciting to further this work and help bring our services to the many people who need them.
For almost 25 years, NCC has offered behavioral health care to all regardless of faith or finances. The thousand people served annually are drawn from all corners of the Portland metro area and beyond. Forty percent of clients are uninsured and 97 percent of counseling sessions are subsidized by fees, donations and grants. The Center is particularly devoted to caring for low-income women and children, who often shoulder the greatest emotional and financial burdens.
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