Meet the Team

We Work for You
Our leadership team enjoys a combined 70-plus years’ experience and is passionate about serving our residents.

Leona Richey

Assisted Living Director

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in the Philippines in 2007, Leona worked as a specialty nurse for two years. Soon after moving to the United States, she accepted a position as a med-aide/caregiver at Courtyard’s retirement community. She was promoted, after just a few years, to assisted living director. Leona’s extensive clinical knowledge is a great asset to the care team.

Geris Appelo

Generations Program Director

Ask anyone at Courtyard and you will hear that Geris is a big part of the reason our Generations community is so well-respected. Her dedication to our memory care residents and their families is felt at every level. Having worked her way to administrator over the years, she couples vast on-the-job experience with the creativity essential to her other passion, photography. Understanding we all have different wants and needs, Geris always finds a unique balance when managing day-to-day operations.

Kevin Churchman

Director of Sales and Marketing

Kevin joined the team after leaving a career in high-tech sales. Whether Kevin’s taking a moment to tickle the ivories for a group of passersby or laughing with a resident, he approaches each interaction with zeal. However, it’s periodically watching Kevin exercise his acting chops on the national television series “Leverage” that can be a kick for each of our residents.

Kevin Braman

Move-in Coordinator and Marketing Assistant

Kevin left his career in banking in search of a position that would utilize his skills to benefit others. Following a stint in government work, advocating for children’s needs, he walked in the door of Courtyard at Mt. Tabor retirement community. Today, he works with our residents and their families to ensure their move-in process is as seamless and comfortable as possible.

Marc Garriepy

Culinary Services Director

Marc took a leap when he accepted his first executive chef position within senior living in 2005. Having worked in food service at OHSU, then following it up with the creation of a local catering company, Marc parlayed his vast culinary skills into an executive chef position. That quickly led to his position as culinary services director at Courtyard at Mt. Tabor’s retirement community.

Gretchen Glass

Business Office Director

Having been an office manager for over 20 years, Gretchen’s passion for organization and attention to detail are great commodities to Courtyard at Mt. Tabor retirement community. Gretchen works to ensure the day-to-day operations keep on ticking for both the Courtyard staff and the hundreds of residents who grace our campus. It is with great commitment that Gretchen has welcomed each day at Courtyard for over a decade.

Laurie Mix

Vibrant Life Director–Plaza

Laurie has been the hub of Plaza’s massive recreation program for half a dozen years. Her educational background, which was dedicated to nursing, prepared her to understand the priorities of today’s seniors. When you witness Laurie interacting with anyone here on campus, it is easy to see the valuable skills she learned in her years spent in social service and nonprofit work.

Rachael Stivers

Vibrant Life Director–Park

Courtyard at Mt. Tabor was incredibly fortunate to find Rachael, a prior gala coordinator, world traveler and private nanny. Rachael, who studied abroad while obtaining her degree, speaks multiple languages and has a passion for the arts. Starting as concierge, Rachael earned her promotion to Vibrant Life director in record time. She has a sincere love for the residents, and it shows every day.

Diana Johnson

Wellness Director

Diana wrote her first fitness program at age 14. Her parents/clients followed the program because, even then, she understood that the best programs are doable, enjoyable and easy to follow. In 2008, a year before receiving the first of her two degrees, Diana developed a medical clinic’s diabetic health program. Couple her vast professional knowledge and many years of fitness training, and Diana is a strong force in each resident’s day.

Annette Anderson

Vibrant Life Assistant–Park

Annette has been a consistent beacon of support for Courtyard’s residents for a decade. Starting as a caregiver in 2007, Annette developed extensive knowledge of the needs of each individual who lives here. She was promoted to Vibrant Life assistant in 2012 and has been a great addition to the team ever since.

Drew Miller

Generations Program Coordinator

Following many visits to see her 103-year-old grandmother at another retirement community, Drew found she had a deep passion for connecting with seniors and began working with memory care residents. She was quickly promoted from server to the activities department. When a spot opened at Courtyard at Mt. Tabor’s Vibrant Life department, we were lucky to have her join our team. Drew brings an energy to her position that brings great life to any room she is in.