We have a great team at Heron Pointe Senior Living. Stop By anytime so we can connect in person. We would love to meet you.
Heidi Miranda, Administrator
Heidi started her career in healthcare in 1997. She worked as a Caregiver on the night shift and began her career supporting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She grew with her first company, becoming a Program Manager for an Independent Living Community. In 2005, Heidi continued growing in Senior Care, becoming a Human Resource Director for two long term care Assisted Living Communities. She enjoyed the culture of HR and working with team members, though wanted to be able to connect on a deeper level. In 2016, Heidi became an Administrator and worked for a family-owned community in the Heart of North Portland. In 2019, Heidi and her husband purchased a home and moved to Maine. The year was a reflection for her son to graduate high school and set future goals. In 2019, Heidi was an HR consultant for a few different health care agencies on the East Coast. Her roots have always been in the Pacific Northwest, and she is thrilled about the opportunity to lead Heron Pointe. Heidi strives in her daily life to use the “Fish Philosophy," which consists of “Being Present in the Moment", “Choosing Your Attitude", “Have Fun" and “Making People’s Day”.
When Heidi is not working, you'll find her with family and friends. She has a teenage son who graduated high school recently, whom she enjoys spending time with. Heidi loves to bake just about anything, from chocolate chip banana bread to brownies and more while, her husband loves to cook spicy flavors! Her family loves trying new recipes and establishments. She loves to travel, she's been to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and much more upon road tripping across the U.S. Traveling and time with family brings a smile to her face!
Skyler Banta, Community Relations Director
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.
Kori Wagner – Life Enrichment Director
I received my Associates Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2010. I have worked in the senior living field most of my career, from in home care to memory care and now assisted living. I have worked at Heron Pointe since 2016. I enjoy working at this community because we have a very good team relationship unlike other places I have worked at. I feel like everyone here is part of my family, including the residents. When I am not working I enjoy hunting, camping, and fishing - I really enjoy doing anything outdoors.
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.