Meet Our Team
Dennis Garboden co-founded Compass Senior Living in 2013. His career in Senior Housing began when he became an Administrator at a nursing home in 1992. He has been working for the greater good of elders ever since. His philosophy of encouraging our elders to live full lives and direct their own care endears him to both his co-workers and the residents he serves.
Living in Tracktown, USA (also known as Eugene, Oregon) contributes to Dennis’ appreciation of running. As a former 800 meter track runner, he now enjoys running the occasional road or trail race. He and his wife Nancy, enjoy watching their son Gabe compete in his high school cross country and track teams.
Dennis believes in surrounding himself with great employees that follow our True North philosophy of being guided by Goodness. Goodness can’t always be measured – but it can always be felt – and these are the people that Dennis chooses to guide our elders at Compass Senior Living.
Vice President and General Counsel
Will Forsyth, co-founder, VP and General Counsel for Compass, is a graduate of both Notre Dame, where he was an All-American tennis player and the University of Oregon. In 2002 as a young business lawyer, Will was asked to handle an acquisition of an assisted living property and has been working in senior housing ever since. Interacting and having conversations with residents is one of the biggest reasons he enjoys what he does because “the residents are what it’s all about!”
When not in the Compass office, Will can be found watching one of his three children’s sporting events or activities, or enjoying a walk or run with his wife, Christie, and their dogs, Gracie and Mattie. He also volunteers for the School Advisory Council at O’Hara Catholic School in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon.
Will believes that a group of people who work well together can achieve far more than the sum of their parts, and is proud to be a part of that kind of team at Compass Senior Living.
John Follett, General Manager for Compass, lives in Eugene, Oregon and is a graduate of both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. He has worked in senior housing in that capacity since 2007. One of the things he enjoys most about working in this industry is listening to the wisdom and stories of our residents.
When not working, John can be found doing minor home projects and spending time with his wife, son and daughter. He also enjoys golfing, tennis, and playing guitar. He hopes to one day add running to that list!
Co-workers describe John as having a quick wit and great sense of humor, and he often impresses them with his endless knowledge of movie quotes.
Director of Education and Innovation
Jean Garboden, Director of Education and Innovation, elder advocate, and Eden Alternative educator, has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit and for-profit health care organizations. She is honored to lead the mission and culture development for Compass Senior Living. In the assisted living industry since 1999, Jean began as the Director of Marketing for a large senior housing company and later became the Chief Operations Officer for a senior housing company serving communities across the United States.
As a thought leader, Jean leads the development and implementation of innovative programs including electronic medication and care plans; on-line scheduling systems; on-line curriculum and professional development workshops; Compass signature life enrichment initiatives, and more.
Jean lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she enjoys the weather and volunteers with the Nevadans for the Common Good, advocating for caregivers and elders in southern Nevada. She spends her leisure time with her husband Art, her dog Max, her cat Molly, and a 50+-year-old desert tortoise named Myrtle.
Amira T. Fahoum
Director of Marketing | Director of Operations, Northwest Region
Amira T. Fahoum, Director of Marketing and Director of Operations, Northwest Region, spent eight years working her way through a variety of positions for a national senior living management company before spreading her wings at an international not-for-profit association in the education technology field. While she gained valuable experience, she realized her true passions are in senior living.
Amira is a graduate of the University of Washington and lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, Michael. When not working you’ll find her on the golf course, running, volunteering for road runs, volunteering for the board of Oregon Contemporary Theatre (sometimes performing too), guiding college students as Co-Chapter Advisor for the Evans Scholars program, or traveling around the world.
Amira has a passion for experiencing everything life can offer and creating meaningful experiences for others. She’s happiest when she can make others smile. Helping elders be comfortable, have purpose and enjoy life to the fullest is her mission.
Director of Operations, West Region
Candis lives in Redding, California. She started working with seniors in 1995 as a floor nurse and has spent her career working with elders in many different capacities, from admission coordinator to administrator. The best part of this work for her is connecting with our residents and seeing them flourish in life when they thought life would be over because of leaving their homes. She loves having the opportunity each day to give back to them what they have given to so many others. In addition to being a nurse, Candis also holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and is a licensed administrator in California, Idaho, and New Mexico.
Playing with her grandchildren, watching hockey, and reading a good book are her favorite things to do when not at work. She also enjoys the outdoors, yard work, and hiking but her favorite pastime is being with her family.
Candis believes everything happens for a reason and that even though life isn’t always easy we have the opportunity to learn and grow from each and every experience.
Director of Operations, Midwest Region
Carrie became acquainted with senior living in 2000, when she helped coordinate the marketing of a new-build assisted living community in her hometown of Peru, Indiana. She eventually became the administrator of that same community, and has worked with seniors since. She is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Masters in Liberal Studies with a focus on Gerontology. She is passionate about dementia education, keeping elders inspired and active, and preserving their stories through audio recordings.
Besides her passion for elders, Carrie is a certified yoga teacher and fervently believes in the benefits of yoga for people of all ages. When not working or teaching yoga, Carrie enjoys running and often travels with family to run destination races.
Carrie loves to laugh, have fun, look for reasons to appreciate, and express gratitude, and believes the more we do all of those things the more opportunities the universe gives us to experience them.
Accounts Payable/Receivable Specialist
Susan O’Connell is no stranger to working in great detail—combing through numbers for accuracy and enjoying the satisfaction of making it all balance. She is new to senior living, but not to the love, wisdom and sharing of life stories that come from being around elders. Prior to joining Compass, Susan worked for a company that managed contractors. When you have an insurance claim and need help for repair, you might have benefited from Susan’s work as an office manager, Maryland and Virginia contractor manager, assistant to the President and HR, as well as special projects. Susan is excited to be working with great people and was attracted to the small, family-like feel of the Compass team.
Susan can be found spending her off time playing games, coloring elaborate pictures, or watching movies with her family and friends; loving on her two dogs Buddy and River; or tending to her “farm” of chickens, ducks, and a big garden. She’s spent time volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House in San Francisco and hopes to be involved in the annual Ronald McDonald House walk here in Eugene.
She’s always told her kids to treat people the way you want to be treated and work on today, because today is a gift—that’s why we call it the “present”.
Heather Goodpasture, Payroll Specialist, has a knack and a passion for helping others understand payroll and the complicated procedures behind it. She is new to senior living but not elders—she has had relatives live in communities and experience performing at them with a community band and has enjoyed seeing the joy music brings elders. Heather has her BS in Marketing and Management from the University of Oregon.
Heather moved back to the area with her husband, Reed, where they will live and work her father-in-law’s filbert farm. She loves to garden—and has great plans for their property—and enjoys jogging with her dog, Danni. You’ll be able to find Heather volunteering with her son’s high school band and playing the flute with the UO Alumni band at events around town.
Heather really connects with Compass’ philosophy and core values. She believes family is true. She is happy to be closer to her family in Roseburg and her daughter who is attending the U of O. Heather also enjoys every moment she gets to spend with her kids in the Portland area. She believes it is essential to dedicate even more awareness to relationships to those you love—your family.
Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Specialist
Frankie has an Associate’s degree in Accounting, is a licensed tax preparer and loves working with numbers. She is new to senior living, but brings great skills to the team. She worked as an office manager at a local manufacturing company for 17 years with a focus on the accounts payables, accounts receivables, and sales and shipping logistics.
As a young child, Frankie and her sisters decided it would be nice to go to a local nursing home and sing Christmas songs to the seniors living there. She remembers how happy it made them. Frankie is so excited to be part of a company so caring and genuine.
Frankie has lived in the Eugene area since 1984 and now has two children—one boy and one girl. She is a “big time” animal lover and has five cats and one dog. She’s raised money for the local animal shelter through her participation in their annual run/walk Bark in the Park. She bikes, camps, enjoys movies and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is probably also Tracktown’s favorite: Just do it!
Kory grew up in Eugene, Oregon. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon she knew she wanted to work with good people doing great things in their communities, which is how she found Compass.
After being inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat Pray Love Kory travelled to 15 countries during her college studies.
One of Kory's biggest passions in life is taking care of others. When she isn't working here with the Compass family you can usually find her outside playing with any animal that crosses her path, or taking her little brother to his BMX races.