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We have a great team at Lakeland Senior Living. Come meet them in person.
Josh started his career in senior living by opening an adult foster home through Jackson County Mental health in 2005. He was the resident manager for almost two years on site, day and night providing every aspect of care. He was offered the position of Administrator for an Assisted Living and Memory Care, which he found to be the perfect career for him and is still doing it today. He has held certificates in California and Oregon and currently still does in Oregon.
When he is not at work he enjoys camping and fishing with his family. The perfect day for him is to be at the coast on the beach with his wife and daughters.
Tara was born and raised in New York. She graduated nursing school and became an LPN in 2001. Tara has worked in different aspects of the medical field since her career started including: Oncology, Home Health and Hospice, Primary Care, Skilled Nursing, Psychiatry and Assisted Living. She enjoys working with seniors and finding ways to improve their lives. Tara is hardworking, dedicated and loves a challenge. She takes pride in being adaptable to changes and tries to always keep an open mind.
Tara is the mother of two amazing children, Rylee and Kenneth, three German Shepherds and two cats. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 2014 in order to raise her children closer to family. Tara loves being a backstage mom and volunteering to help at her daughter’s ballet performances. She has a rare skill of finding four leaf clovers and sand dollars.
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.
John was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where as a young man he worked as a dishwasher and prep cook for an array of establishments. After traveling Europe and living Prague for several years, he settled down in Southern Oregon where he met his wife of over 25 years and together they have raised their two sons. John has been a Chef in a few fine dining restaurants in the Valley since the early 2000s which have included Porters in Medford, The Schoolhaus Brewhaus and the Jacksonville Inn. On his days off he enjoys spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.
Paula comes to Lakeland Senior Living with experience working with many types of people. She moved to Oregon in 2006 to be closer to her mother. Paula graduated from RCC (Medford) at the age of 52. In 2012, she began her career in Life Enrichment and loves everything about it! Paula has mentioned that “I know in my heart that this is what I’m meant to do.” She believes that a positive attitude, dedication, good communication, respect, compassion and a sense of humor are imperative for her position. And of course, lots of energy! Paula’s hobbies include sky diving, water and snow skiing, photography, paddle boarding, hiking and being active. She also has two grown children, Amanda and Bobby, who stay closely connected.