Get to know the friendly faces behind Raleigh Hills Assisted Living.
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.
Trang Khamphilavong, Registered Nurse
Trang was born in Saigon, Vietnam and moved to the United States when the war ended. Her family was sponsored by a church in California and within a few months her dad found a job in Oregon. She grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Aloha High School.
Having always been fascinated by the human body and science, she immediately starting working toward her nursing degree and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Walla Walla College of Nursing.
She and her husband are parents to two teenagers. The family really enjoys food and plans trips that revolve around food. Trang also enjoys movies and television and has an uncanny knack for retaining useless celebrity information!
Yesica Zaragoza, ECU Administrator
Yesica was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Oregon with her family when she was seven years old.
After graduating from high school, Yesica came to work at Raleigh Hills Assisted Living as a caregiver. It was her first job ever, and in those six years she has worked up to Med Aide and Resident Care Coordinator before being promoted to ECU Administrator. She loves working in memory care where she gets to know the residents on a more personal level and enjoys reconnecting with them each day.
She has a daughter who she loves to spend time watching movies and reading with. She loves baking cookies and cupcakes but admits that she only cooks meals so she doesn’t starve as she never really learned to cook.
Keika Ruttan, ECU Registered Nurse
Keika was born in Tokyo, Japan and is the youngest of three girls. At age 18 she packed her bags and moved to Clatskanie, Oregon and started community college in Longview, Washington. Keika then attended PSU where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She returned to Japan for two years where she taught English to 1st-6th graders. She then returned to Longview where she studied nursing and worked toward an RN license and then a BSN from Linfield College.
Keika has been married for nine years and has two small boys. While she doesn’t have much free time, Keika volunteers at her sons’ school and enjoys 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 and sing Edelweiss on a mountaintop.
Michelle Satter, Marketing Director
Michelle was born in Watsonville, California and spent time in Idaho before moving to Oregon during her teens. She graduated from Thurston High School and earned a Marketing Degree from Southern Oregon University. After college, she settled in the Beavercreek area and worked in sales and customer service. She found her true calling when a friend suggested she apply for the Marketing position at Raleigh Hills Assisted Living. She enjoys helping families navigate the transition to senior living.
Michelle is married to her college sweetheart and has two children in college. In her spare time she enjoys camping, gardening and watching sports, especially the Ducks. She is also very involved in the planning of the Oregon Cancer Ski Out, a two day fundraising event held every March.
Blair Brock, Activities Director
Blair was born in Portland and spent most of her childhood in Redmond, Oregon. Always one to stay active, she kept busy playing multiple sports, including basketball, soccer, and water polo.
She loves creating bonds with the residents and their families and keeping residents engaged. She is known for her creativity when it comes to organizing events and her baking skills are appreciated all over the building! Her efforts are rewarded when everyone’s eyes light up for an activity
She has lived many places along the west coast and has accumulated skills including plumbing and caregiving! Blair spends as much time outdoors as possible. She loves camping, hiking, and playing with her two dogs, Marley and Daisy Mae.
Kevin Miller, Maintenance Director
Kevin was raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon and graduated from Lake Oswego High School. He went to work for Image Control systems and quickly became the warehouse manager. With his mechanical aptitude he was soon repairing and installing the high tech photographic cameras and processors. He traveled all over the U.S. in that capacity for many years until he tired of being on the go. He went to work for WyEast to work on their equipment in-house and worked there for 14 years before going on to Northwest College as their maintenance director.
He met his wife Carla when he responded to an ad in the paper for a travel trailer for sale. They started dating and he got both the girl and the trailer! They have two children and two grandchildren. Kevin enjoys taking care of his dog, Sheldon, an Australian Terrier, and running a local Remote Control Airplane Club. He also spends time on his dirt bikes, hiking, camping, and gardening, but smoking meats is a true passion of his: “Barbeque is his middle name”.
Max Tieger, Dietary Manager
Max was born in Chicago and moved to Shreveport, Louisiana when he was 13. That was where his appreciation for Jazz, Blues, and food developed. He credits his dad for sparking his interest in cooking.
After graduating from high school, Max started working in the food industry. He did everything from food prep and bar back to waiting tables and bartending. After he married, he took a job at a Cajun restaurant and absorbed everything the chefs were crafting. After their son was born, Max’s wife got a job in Portland and they relocated here. He met Don Younger, a local beer industry icon, and Max was introduced to the world of brewing. He worked his way from assistant brewer to head brewer and worked for several breweries in the area.
When his father moved into an assisted living facility, he received wonderful care until his passing. Max determined the best way to honor his father would be to cook for a local assisted living. He has now been here for nearly ten years excelling at pleasing the palates of the entire community. Max also likes to work out, play music, and continues to brew beer.