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Skyler Banta, Administrator
Skyler began his professional career as a business consultant. He later became a project manager at a local engineering firm. While attending Oregon State University he worked at the Boys & Girls Club managing the youth fitness program. After graduation, Skyler began his career in the fitness industry. As a personal trainer, his work centered on those who were recovering from injuries or surgical procedures. Later, he moved into management culminating as a regional manager overseeing facilities in multiple states. His desire to get back to his roots working directly with people has led him to Heron Pointe.
Skyler was born and raised in Oregon and enjoys spending his free time exploring its natural wonders. He and his girlfriend, along with their dog Loki, are often found outside; hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, or hunting. When he is home; Skyler is usually preparing large, family meals in the kitchen or out on the grill. He enjoys frequent visits from his two adult daughters. Skyler's entire family lives in Oregon, including his two brothers and sister.
Kathryn Endecott, Business Office Coordinator
Kathryn Endecott has been an Associate of Heron Pointe since 2013, the second time around. The first time she started in 2006 being trained in multiple departments including Care Giving, Life Enrichment and Administrator Assistant. On her off time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren camping, fishing and hunting.
For Education she did 1 year of Elementary Education in Missoula Montana and 1 year of Municipal Accounting at OSU in Corvallis Oregon. She has owned her own logging company and has always enjoyed working with numbers since junior high school while working with her step mom sharing an office at Independence Machine that her dad and grandpa owned.
Katie Zimmerman, Resident Care Coordinator
Katie is a native Oregonian living in Salem and the surrounding areas. She has worked at Heron Pointe since 2018. She started as a caregiver, moved to med tech, and started her current position in July 2020. Prior to working at Heron Pointe she was a stay at home mom. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending her time with her kids at the beach.
Vernon Reck – Wellness Director
Vernon has been a registered nurse since 2012. Prior to nursing Vernon worked in the circuit board manufacturing industry for fourteen years making computer chips for various tech companies around the world. Ultimately, his desire to serve others gave him the push to go back to school to pursue his RN degree. Vernon enjoys spending time with the older adult population. He is an advocate for aging in place. He believes there is nothing better than caring for folks in their own home. Vernon has worked in skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living, and briefly served as an independent contractor early in his nursing career as an examiner for life insurance policies. Over the years he has found his passion is caring for those in assisted living and memory care environments.
Vernon is a native Oregonian. He grew up in the Oregon City area. He loves family time with his wife, two small children, and his dog Crosby. On his off time, he enjoys family time at the beach, BBQ’s, camping, car shows, woodworking, and home projects. He has five brothers and seven sisters. Four of his siblings live in Oregon while most of them live in Texas. He has one brother who lives in Washington and another brother who lives in Kansas. He loves to laugh, tell jokes, and work hard all at the same time.
Nichelle Azevedo - Dining Services Director
I joined Heron Pointe Senior Living in 2016. I learned to cook great home cooked meals for large groups from my mother over 25 years ago and have loved being in the kitchen ever since. I love to make my residents their favorite comfort food. Nothing is better than having them come to me after and say, “Can we have that every week?!” I also really enjoy having my weekly “menu chat” with my residents. We have a great time discussing food, recipes and they help me plan the menus and holiday dining events.
Bruce Burns – Maintenance Director
I am a native Oregonian, born and raised. I started in Portland and began my journey south before finally ending up in McMinnville. My partner, Shelley, and I have four children, one biological daughter and three step-children. I enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, and working in the yard in my flower beds. Before coming to Heron Pointe, I worked as a handyman, working on carpentry, minor electrical, and plumbing projects. I was also a painter and worked in construction for forty years. I currently work in the community as Maintenance Director, and I have been here since 2015. I enjoy working with the residents, getting the opportunity to perform improvements and repairs, and the versatility that each day brings.