The team at Lakeland Senior Living

Our Team

We have a great team at Lakeland Senior Living. Come meet them in person.

Stephanie Walker - Community Relations Director Lakeland Senior Living in Eagle Point, Oregon

Stephanie Walker: Community Relations Director

Stephanie has a heart for elders, and a beautiful warm spirit, complimenting her ability to connect with people and excel in her role as the Community Relations Director. Stephanie began her career in Senior Living at Lakeland as a Life Enrichment Assistant, taking residents on outings and to appointments. This is where she fell in love with this work and began her career path. Later Stephanie became the Lead Concierge, and it was clear that she had a natural talent for providing an extraordinary customer experience. As the Community Relations Director Stephanie welcomes families and residents to their new home and represents the ‘face and heart’ of Lakeland Senior Living in the Community of Eagle Point.

Stephanie is the proud mother of 4 kids, (2 boys 2 girls) and one dog, Rocky. When she is not at work Stephanie is either spending time at home catching up on housework or outside working with her husband building up their landscaping business.

Kathleen Vandevender - Business Office Coordinator Lakeland Senior Living in Eagle Point, Oregon

Kathleen Vandevender: Business Office Coordinator

Kathleen has worked in the senior industry since 2005 and has served in various roles in the industry including Executive Director; Assistant Manager, Marketing Director and Business Office Coordinator. She holds her MSM (Master of Science in Management) as well as her MBA. While working on her MSM, she completed her thesis on Personality Testing & Assessments and how they can be an asset to a business.

As a child, Kathleen’s heart for serving seniors began through her father’s ministry in the old “Nursing Homes” where they sang and created tray favors. Kathleen enjoys listening to the life stories from seniors as well as encouraging the staff in a positive manner. She believes we all have our destiny to give positively back to our communities.

Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and their families. She has ten grandchildren she enjoys having fun with. Kathleen enjoys the beauty God affords us, scrapbooking, photography, reading and creative writing. Kathleen and her husband, Frank enjoy taking drives to the lakes or the beach and often can be found hunting out a new opportunity for a beautiful view. She loves to laugh and smile – but takes the concerns and needs of the seniors and employees seriously.

Syrel Strozenski - Resident Care Coordinator Lakeland Senior Living in Eagle Point, Oregon

Syrel Strozenski: Resident Care Coordinator

Syrel, who goes by “Si”, started her career at Lakeland in 2015 as a Caregiver, then she became a Medication Technician, and once given the chance, has grown into the role of Resident Care Coordinator. Being at Lakeland gives her the opportunity to serve and build close relationships with the residents, and their families. Si enjoys the rewards of being in our resident’s lives and ensuring they are receiving the best quality of care that can be provided. Being at Lakeland has allowed Si to meet so many wonderful people; residents, families, and staff alike. Si says, “I love being able to collaborate together to provide quality care and compassion to all members of our community.” In her free time, Si enjoys watching movies with her husband Chris, cleaning and doing projects in her home and crocheting.

David Colbert: Dining Services Coordinator at Lakeland Senior Living in Eagle Point, Oregon

David Colbert: Dining Services Coordinator

David got his degree in Culinary Arts from California Culinary Academy. He has been in the culinary field since 1979. He began working in the industry as a dishwasher and eventually worked his way up the ladder landing at Lakeland as our Dining Services Coordinator. David has worked in the Senior Living Industry, combining the culinary arts with Senior wellness. He has found this to be more enjoyable, less stressful and very rewarding.

David and his wife have four Children. David and his family like raising goats, chickens, dogs and cats. When David is not at Lakeland, his passions are gardening, yard work, stain glass and being outdoors.

Jolene Pierce: Life Enrichment Coordinator at Lakeland Senior Living in Eagle Point, Oregon

Jolene Pierce: Life Enrichment Coordinator

Jolene has worked with Seniors since 2017 and has found her calling. She started her role in the community as the bus driver and found such a passion and fun in interacting with the residents that when the opportunity arose, she was promoted to our Life Enrichment Coordinator position. Jolene feels blessed to be able to have this chance to fulfill our senior’s lives with laughter and joy.

Jolene is following in her mother’s footsteps, as she worked with seniors most of her life. Jolene enjoys making everyone’s life around her full of fun and excitement. She is the mother of two beautiful children, one boy and one girl. She enjoys spending every minute she can with her family. She is at home being outdoors, she loves to hunt and fish whenever she gets the chance. Jolene believes that helping others gives her life purpose; and if she can put a smile on one senior’s face, she knows she has made a difference.

Robert McGowan: Maintenance Director Lakeland Senior Living in Eagle Point, Oregon

Robert McGowan - Maintenance Director 

Robert began working as a maintenance manager in 1998 and has been in Senior Living since 2009. Robert has worked at Lakeland Senior Living since 2015.

During his time away from the community Robert enjoys being outdoors. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. Robert thoroughly enjoys camping with his family whenever he can.