We have a great team at Evergreen Memory Care. Check back soon to get to know them and come meet them in person.
Dara Luras, Administrator
Dara has a natural ability when it comes to helping others, specifically caring for the elderly. Dara is a licensed nurse and has been in long-term care since the 1990’s, working in many different capacities. Currently Dara is working towards a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration and Project Management and will graduate in 2020. Prior to working in Memory Care, Dara was a Nursing Director for Assisted Living. One of the main reasons Dara has chosen a career in Memory Care is because she thinks it is an honor to care and serve for people in their most humbling stages of life. When Dara is not at work, she is spending time with her three children. They love any sport related to water and have a long tradition of spending time on the Pacific Coast.
Amber K Frye, Community Relations Director
Amber oversees all outreach, engagement and events for the community. Prior to working in healthcare, Amber was the Community Outreach Advisor for Portland Mayor, Ted Wheeler. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Portland State University. She enjoys working at Evergreen because she advocates for the elderly. When Amber is not at work, she is spending time with her family, cooking delicious meals and exploring new restaurants around Eugene.
Bard Howe, RN, Wellness Director
Bard Howe has been a caregiver and medication aid in assisted living and memory care in Eugene, Oregon since 2009. Before receiving his RN degree at Lane Community College, Bard was the Memory Care Coordinator Assistant at Waterford Grands Memory Care Unit. After completing his RN degree, Bard spent 2 years working for the Short Stay Unit at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center.
Elder care has been a passion of Bard’s for many years. He believes that every resident at Evergreen has a unique story and living history to tell. Not only does he feel rewarded by helping those in need, he also loves learning from their amazing and different experiences and long-lived lives. When Bard is not caring for the elderly community, he is part of a community called LARP, which is a Live Action Role Playing game. He also engages in fire dancing, fire breathing, and loves to sing old Celtic music.
Joana Castro, LPN
Joana has spent most of her career caring for the aging population and is inspired by her mother, a former caregiver. Prior to earning her licensed practical nursing degree in the fall of 2014, Joana worked as a caregiver, medical aid, and CNA. After nursing school, she branched out to nursing positions in the local county jail, and for county and private clinics. When an opportunity arose with Evergreen Memory Care, Joana decided to return to her roots. She now feels that she has found home. Joana enjoys working with our residents and putting smiles on their faces. “When I leave work,” Joana says, “I know that I have made a difference.”
Taylor Culbertson, Dining Services Director
Taylor designs the menu daily and enhances the residents’ lives by serving healthy and delicious food. Prior to working in healthcare, Taylor worked in many high-end restaurants, cooked for many elite events, such as the Billboard awards, and for the award-winning restaurant in Las Vegas, Carson Kitchen. Taylor earned an associate degree in Occupational Services in the Culinary Arts. Taylor loves working in healthcare because he gets to apply his professional experience towards a community that may not necessarily be able to enjoy a restaurant experience. When Taylor is not at work, he is off road racing and considers this hobby to be his biggest passion in life.
Sally Molidor, Life Enrichment Coordinator
Sally enhances our residents’ lives through therapeutic activities such as music therapy and exercise. Prior to coming to Evergreen, she worked in roles including Activities Director, Social Services Designee, Admission and Marketing Coordinator for nursing facilities in California and Nevada. Sally holds an Activity Coordinator Certification from Chabot College and is certified specifically to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Sally works at Evergreen Memory Care because she likes making a difference in the lives of our residents. In her spare time, she loves to sing.
Samuel Bonini, Maintenance Director
Samuel oversees facilities for the Memory Care and West Cottages. He joined the team in November 2017 as a caregiver, working multiple shifts. As the Maintenance Director, Samuel’s main role is to ensure that all maintenance concerns are addressed and completed swiftly so that both properties are clean, safe and well maintained. In addition to his position, Samuel is the Chairman of the Safety Committee at Evergreen Memory Care and has held the position since 2018. One of the main reasons Samuel enjoys working for Evergreen Memory Care is because he feels he has some of the best residents and teammates of any care facility. He also likes working for a company where he knows there is opportunity for growth and personal development. When he is not at work, Samuel is an artist. He loves cooking and spending time with his family.