Woodland Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care | Team

Ellen Connes, Administrator

Ellen was born and raised in Southern Illinois. Her family relocated to Tucson in 1987.

Ellen’s mother worked in skilled nursing and had a passion for caring for seniors. She passed this on to her daughter. Ellen has more than 25 years experience in geriatric and dementia care-- working as a caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant and, in 2001, received her Practical Nursing license.  She enjoys working in the more relaxed, home-like atmosphere that assisted living offers. She obtained her Assisted Living Managers License in 2013.  Ellen’s favorite part of her job is laughing and joking with the residents, putting a smile on their faces and helping to brighten their day. When Ellen is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.  

Sherrill Osckai, Wellness Services Director

Sherrill moved to Arizona from Illinois in 1998 and currently resides in Avra Valley. Though she is fairly new to working in assisted living, she has worked in geriatrics for more than 28 years. She started working as a floor nurse in 1988 and was a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) prior to that. She has also worked as a Minimum Data Set (M.D.S.) coordinator in skilled care. She loves caring for people and making a difference in their lives. She likes to make people feel special about themselves.

Sherrill enjoys spending time with her husband, children and family. She loves to laugh, have fun in life, and to make others smile. Her hobbies are drawing, painting and being creative.

Sherrill believes “compassion is the ultimate expression of your highest self.”

Boba Veljkovic, Dining Services Director

Boba moved to Arizona in 2000. She was born in the former Yugoslavia. She came to the United States with her husband and two sons. Boba started working at Skyline Country Club, then found a home in assisted living. She likes to learn everything about food and different ways to make it. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family. Boba’s hobbies are reading and crocheting. She believes in people and loves to cook for them.

Zach Pettit, Maintenance Director

Zach is a Tucson native - born and raised right here in Tucson, Arizona. His father was a local contractor here in Tucson, so Zach grew up learning the building trades from a very young age. He was a card-carrying journeyman for the Carpenters Union Local 1506 for many years. He is also an officer for the Loyal Order of Moose which is involved in many charities that benefit the elderly and orphans. Zach began in the assisted living industry back in the 1990's doing volunteer maintenance work at the now defunct Molly's Christian Care Home. He later went on to supervise the maintenance of four different care homes before finally settling at Woodland Palms Assisted Living. He has a great passion for helping the elderly and just being around them.