The staff at Raleigh Hills understands the needs of our residents. We are staffed with two RNs and an LPN. Like a close-knit family, you can be assured of the personal attention your loved one will receive. Meet the members of the team:
Lynda Brown, Executive Director - An Oregon native, Lynda was born and raised in Salem. She relocated to Portland in 2007 to advance her career in healthcare. A passion for helping others runs deep in Lynda’s family – her mother is an RN. Not long after receiving her CNA certification and working with seniors, especially Alzheimer’s residents, Lynda was recognized for a strength in business management. For the next 20 years she continued her education and climbed the ranks in Skilled Nursing.
In early 2011 a chance encounter resulted in an offer to become the Executive Director for Raleigh Hills Assisted Living. The timing was right and Lynda has not looked back. Ensuring residents have a high quality of life is Lynda’s mission. On top of managing operations for the reputable community and over-seeing a team of 70 dedicated employees, you will often find Lynda visiting with residents. Listening to fascinating life stories and interacting with the residents is Lynda’s favorite part of the job.
Boating, camping, hiking, tennis — basically anything outdoors is where you will find Lynda in her free time, making the Pacific Northwest the perfect home. You’ll also likely find her at every Oregon State Beaver’s football home game.
Sandy Morgan, Registered Nurse – Sandy was born in Omaha, Nebraska where she lived through Junior High School. Her parents are immigrants from Germany and Italy. She has four sisters and one brother. The family moved to San Diego, California where Sandy met her husband, and had two children. She then moved to Oregon and attended Linn Benton where she graduated from nursing school.
Sandy enjoys cycling, running, hiking, college football (she lived by the Corvallis campus at naturally became a Beaver). She is also a big Portland Timbers fan and attends games often. Her now grown children live out-of-state which gives Sandy a great reason to travel as often as she can to see them. Sandy has been working within Assisted Living environments for the past 13 years and enjoys it immensely.
Keika Ruttan, Registered Nurse – Keika was born in Tokyo, Japan. She is the youngest of three girls. At age 19 she packed her bags and moved to Clatskanie, Oregon and did her last year of high school in Longview, Washington. Keika first studied psychology at Portland State University where she earned her first Bachelor’s degree. She then returned to Japan for two years where she taught English to 1st-6th graders. Keika then came back to Longview where she studied nursing and worked toward an RN license and then earned a BSN from Linfield college.
Keika has been married for five years and has two small boys. While she doesn’t have much free time, Keika enjoys creating pottery and cooking traditional Japanese meals, including sushi. She also loves to travel and has been to England, Turkey, and Mexico. She returns to Tokyo regularly to see her family and meet new nieces and nephews. She would one day love to visit Austria.
Anca Daniels, ECU Administrator - Anca was born and raised in Romania before fleeing the country during the revolution. Once in the United States, Anca began working for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and then got her Medical Assistant certificate. She worked in a local Alzheimer’s facility for 3 years. It was there that she fell in love with working with seniors. Listening to their stories and helping to make a difference in their lives is where Anca finds fulfillment. She came to Raleigh Hills as a Med Assistant for 3 years before being promoted to ECU Administrator.
In 2007, Anca’s best friend and soulmate, proposed and they were married. Anca enjoys traveling dreams of returning to Paris and ultimately retiring to Australia. She also spends time reading, watching movies and trying new things. One of her favorite pleasures is hosting family gatherings.
Sara LaPore, LPN/RCC – Sara was born in Vancouver, WA. She is the youngest of three and comes from a self-proclaimed “big, loud Italian family.” Like many caregivers, Sara had a calling to healthcare. It came one day while she was visiting her grandfather in the hospital. He had a heart-attack in front of her very eyes, which left Sara feeling helpless and stunned. At that moment she promised herself she would never be in a position where she would not be able to help again. Sara attended Concordia University and then transferred to Pioneer Pacific where she received a Licensed Practical Nurse certification. She is licensed in both Oregon and Washington.
Sara has always had a great love for all animals, especially dogs and for years she wanted to become a veterinarian. She is actively involved in her church and loves dancing – swing dancing is her favorite. Sara is a humanitarian at heart and she volunteers many hours to causes like Habitat for Humanity. She is also a CPR instructor for the red cross.
Meghan Laughlin, Activities Director - Meghan was born in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to the mainland to attend college at Southern Oregon University. After returning to Hawaii for graduate school, she earned a degree in Kinesiology, which is the scientific study of human movement.
In her free time, Meghan enjoys everything outdoors… the beach, camping and hiking. She is also a sports buff and coaches softball at Lincoln High School.
Meghan’s activities philosophy is simple: By getting to know our residents personally, she can find engaging activities for each individual and add new ones to fulfill emerging interests. Meghan takes great joy in helping people improve their health and quality of life.
Tom Werdmuller, Facilities – Hands down the resident favorite, Tom has been with Raleigh Hills Assisted Living almost since the ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2001. Before joining the team, he owned and operated a construction and remodeling company, but economic volatility caused him to reinvent himself and he embarked on a new path.
Tom not only manages building maintenance and fixes most anything, he knows everything about everyone and he may even read minds. It’s Tom’s protective and caring demeanor that make him extra special. Residents will often forego help that is offered from other staff to wait for personal attention from Tom.
Tom’s energy is endless. He enjoys participating in extreme relays like the Warrior Dash and Race the Reaper and he is a car and motorcycle enthusiast. When he finally takes a little down time you’ll find him hanging out with his wife and kids.