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Our Team

We have a great team at Juniper Springs. Stop by anytime so we can connect in person. We would love to meet you.

Colleen Belmontes 
Campus Administrator

Colleen started working in senior living in 2011 after she spent time as a caregiver for her in-laws in 2001. She obtained her Administrator License and joins our community with experience in independent, assisted living and memory care. She sincerely loves working with the senior population and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join our team! “I put heart into what I do every day. I have patience and understanding for residents, staff and families. I have a positive outlook on everything and truly believe there is good in everyone.”

When she’s not working, you’ll find Colleen spending time with her family and exploring Oregon. She really loves to garden, and finds great enjoyment in teaching her children to cook and bake.

Doug Van Gordon
Memory Care Administrator​

Doug, a licensed administrator for the state of Oregon, started his senior living journey in 2015 with a strong background in health services and team management. He quickly found his passion for seniors working as the executive director of two different assisted living communities, one in Redmond and the other in Prineville. Doug is also board certified as a Fellow, by the American College of Medical Professional Executives, F.A.C.M.P.E. When asked what he enjoys most about his role here, Doug stated, “I enjoy working with families, demonstrating our passion, professionalism and care for their loved ones.”

When not at work, you’ll find Doug out in nature enjoying his favorite activity, camping! He is an outdoor enthusiast and a skilled camp chef. He enjoys using a Dutch Oven to make everything from upside down cake to elaborate breakfast casseroles.

Doug Van Gordon
Jessica Green at Juniper Springs Senior Living

Jen Miller
Community Relations Director

Jen started working in senior living in 2016 with a background in customer service, project management and sales. She finds nothing more rewarding than making connections with future residents and their families. "Moving and making a life transition can be an overwhelming process.  I want nothing more than to ensure everyone is feeling heard, and to help create the best solution for each unique situation."

As an outdoor enthusiast, Jen moved from Wisconsin to Oregon in 2011 to enjoy a milder climate and be in closer proximity to the mountains and ocean. In her free time, you'll find her running, hiking, and exploring all the beauty of her new home, Oregon. 

Vanessa Hartman
Business Office Coordinator

Vanessa comes to us with extensive experience in customer service and a background in business management. Most of her working years have been spent managing and running her family business, a local kettle corn company. “It was through my family business that I found my love for people and I truly try to put a smile on everyone’s face.” If you’ve gotten the chance to meet Vanessa, you know how true that statement is.
Vanessa started out at Juniper Springs as our main receptionist but quickly showed us she was willing to take on more. She now holds the position of Business Office Coordinator, and we couldn’t be happier to have such a hard-working, dedicated, and kind member on our team.
When not at work, at Juniper Springs or the kettle corn business, you can find Vanessa spending time with her husband and two children. Born and raised in Central Oregon, there’s nothing she enjoys more than spending time exploring and enjoying the beauty of the place she calls home. Some of her favorite family activities include camping, fishing, and hunting.

Vanessa at Juniper Springs Senior Living

Lisa Fortin 
Wellness Services Director

Lisa started working in senior living in 2013. She has a BS in Nursing and has over five years of experience working as Director of Nursing in assisted living. She has passion and heart behind her work in senior living. “All people deserve respect and I attempt to maintain their independence for as long as possible.”

When Lisa is not at work, you’ll find her in her yard or at the lake. She loves flowers and animals and even dabbles a little with stained glass.

Willow Durant
Recreation Director

Willow started working in senior living in 2013. She has a passion for bringing people together through community building activities such as art, movement, music, group interaction, health and wellness and celebrations of all kinds. Her past training and experience include working as an Enrichment Coordinator in senior living, practicing massage therapist, yoga instructor, expressive art facilitator, grief group leader and artist. 

Willow says “I am happiest when I am in nature and with my sweet dog Finn.  Put a paintbrush in my hand and I get excited! I am hoping some of my artsy and creative enthusiasm will resonate and generate some infectious delight with my Juniper Springs family.”

Tammy at Juniper Springs Senior Living

Angela Boock
Recreation Director—Memory Care​

Angela started her career in senior living in 2006 when she became a caregiver. Since then, she’s held a variety of positions including, medication technician, house manager, resident care coordinator, administrator and now recreation director. She describes her strengths to be honesty, kindness, forgiveness and leadership. We witness those strengths everyday as she connects with staff, residents and family members in such a meaningful way. “My favorite thing about working in senior living is being able to put a smile on a resident’s face when they are having a bad day. I also enjoy every moment of listening and learning from their life stories.”

When not working you’ll find her spending time with her friends and family, going on motorcycle rides in summer, or watching her favorite shows on the food network channel.

Josiah Eckersley
Executive Chef

Josiah graduated from high school in 2003 and shortly after found his passion creating food at Wild River Pizza, his first cooking job. He went on to obtain his Associate in Arts Degree, graduating in 2010. In 2012, he got his first taste of senior living working as a line cook for a reputable independent living company in Bend, Whispering Winds. His hard work and love for creating exciting food with reliable quality paid off, and Josiah became their Executive Chef in 2015. “Elders will tell you when an entrée needs work. I’m always up for the feedback and I personally love the challenge of serving great food to the same audience day after day.”

When not at work you can find Josiah playing soccer, snowboarding or spending quality time with his two children. He also enjoys watching football, playing video games, walking his two cocker spaniels, and writing. Not many know, but he’s actually written three screenplays!

Shannon at Juniper Springs Senior Living

Shannon Carlton
Resident Care Coordinator

Shannon brings to Juniper Springs 18 years of experience in senior living care. She has a passion for helping others and for continued career and personal growth. “My favorite thing about working at Juniper Springs is spending time with people who have vast life experiences and I truly love learning from them.” Shannon has worked in several departments including food service, caregiving, medication technician and now Resident Care Coordinator. She is currently enrolled in the Administrator Training through OHCA to obtain her Administrator license.

Jerry Thomas
Director of Maintenance

Jerry has worked with elders throughout most of his career, including roles in assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, as well as being a pastor. He is excited about his new role at Juniper Springs and states, “It’s great being the maintenance guy because everyone likes it when you fix things! Seriously though, I look forward to creating a fun and safe environment for all our residents and staff here at Juniper Springs!”

Jerry and his wife are long-time Redmond residents and have made a lot of great memories while raising their two sons here. He enjoys exploring the warm island waters of the Caribbean, especially when Central Oregon temperatures begins to dip, and the snow is piling up at home. When he’s not fixing things at work, Jerry stays busy keeping up with his yellow lab, two boxers, and a chiweenie named Dixie.

Katy at Juniper Springs Senior Living