Created in the spring of 2020, the Portland Elder Care Council is one of its kind in the great state of Oregon. It was created to serve the community in a holistic way by providing a circle of support around the aging population that calls this beautiful region home.
This council serves the Northwestern Oregon Counties of Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill.
To be the gold standard of eldercare planning councils in the state of Oregon and create a model to be adopted across the state.
To provide education, resources, and support to the aging population and their families, and to caregivers in the Metropolitan Portland area.
MEET OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS
Get to know us!
Senior Placement Specialist at Living Well- A Senior Home Referral Service, LLC
Bess has spent most of her life supporting and caring for seniors. And now, as a senior placement advisor, she gets to help people embark on a new chapter in life, confident in the choice they have made. When seniors and families have questions about moving to a care community or what their options are, Bess is there to guide and support everyone through the process. And this service is at no cost to seniors and their families.
Bess is originally from Montana and has lived in Oregon for six years. She is grateful to get to live in this beautiful place. She enjoys hiking with her husband, who is an OR native, and cooking for friends and family. She has enjoyed living in several places throughout the USA and internationally, and have loved every location.
PECC Vice President
Realtor®, SRES®- The Lark Realty Group, LLC
Kelsey moved to Oregon in 2007 and quickly found out that the Pacific Northwest was one of the greatest places to live. Throughout the years, she has enjoyed living, working, and volunteering in the community.
Kelsey is the co-founder of The Lark Realty Group with John L. Scott Real Estate. She is currently a Realtor®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®), and participates in multiple senior networking groups in the community. Kelsey previously owned a specialized senior home care service business before switching to real estate. Her medical and senior home care background gives her the patience and empathy needed to help guide seniors through the next phase of homeownership.
She loves to make custom-designed cakes, photography and hiking with her family and corgi in her free time.
Social Engagement Specialist- Conversation & Company
As an aging specialist and former psychotherapist, Jamie Levin has been helping older adults navigate periods of transition, loss, and loneliness for over 10 years. She is deeply committed to working with the elderly – which stems from the close relationship she had with her maternal grandmother, Beulah.
In 2019, Jamie founded an organization that provides one-on-one social visits and meaningful connections with older adults in their homes and communities. These visits – often one to three times a week - are centered around conversation and social connection, where the client is engaged, validated, supported, and understood.
Jamie also serves on the board for the Beaverton Committee on Aging as an advocate for the city's aging population.
Prior to moving to Portland, Jamie lived throughout France, where she immersed herself in French culture and learned how best to serve clients in a virtual setting – skills that she continues to draw upon during COVID-19.
Financial Advisor- New York Life Insurance Company
Mariah loves working with people. Her goal is to be a valuable resource for the clients she works with and their families. With a special focus in aging adults, she understands some of the unique challenges that come with getting older and the importance of not running out of money before you run out of life. She loves to connect, and would enjoy getting to know you. A fun fact about Mariah is that she is a competitive west coast swing dancer & an avid fisherwoman!
Occupational Therapist & Aging Life Care Manager ®- Passionate Healthcare Advocacy & Wellness, LLC
Melissa is passionate about helping seniors age in place, prevent falls, and live their best life. As a care manager for seniors, she focuses on helping adult children and spouses identify the optimal care needs for their loved ones. She specializes in caregiver training, medical equipment, and problem-solving to help seniors stay independent, safe, and follow their aging goals.
Melissa is a mother of two elementary-age boys and has managed to relocate her extended family to the Portland area from the east coast. She is an avid outdoors lover- enjoys camping, fishing, and drift boat floating every river the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Professional Organizer + Rightsizing Coach- Big Rocks Organizing, LLC
Whitney Zeigler is passionate about helping others align their spaces to their values and needs so they can thrive. Her approach is one of compassion, respect, and professionalism with no judgment.
She is the founder of a professional organizing company and leads a team of seven amazing people. Her team specializes in assisting older adults through life transitions and thriving in their homes. They have added training in brain-based conditions, hoarding disorder, and rightsizing/downsizing.
Guardian & Fiduciary Specialist- Summit Fiduciary Services, LLC
Suzanne is a champion for seniors. In 2019 Suzanne began her professional fiduciary business. As a former paralegal and assistant to the Public Guardian Offices in Illinois where she was able to combine her passion for the law with advocating for seniors and the disabled. Her experience in both the legal field and as a professional fiduciary provide a comprehensive understanding of informed and compassionate services to her clients. As a National Certified Guardian, she can be appointed by the courts to act as guardian or conservator for those unable to make personal or financial decisions for themselves.
Suzanne is a native of the Chicago area where she spent her life until moving to Portland in 2017. She has two adult children, and loves spending time with her newborn grandson, Owen. In her spare time, she loves playing with her dog, Gracie, exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest and gardening.
Medicare Plan Specialist- Nora King Insurance Services
Nora is a local agent/broker based in Hillsboro, Oregon. She began offering Medicare plans over 25 years ago and is licensed in Oregon, Washington and California. Helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and Medicare Plans is her area of expertise. She provides a no cost, no obligation service to help you with your Medicare plan decisions.
Elder Law Attorney- Rose Elder Law, LLC
As a third-generation Pacific Northwest native, Jennifer understands the importance of family, legacy, and roots. Her family is important, she has two amazing grown daughters, five smart and adventurous young nephews, and enjoys the chaos of family events.
Her professional background is in Real Estate, Hospitality, and Non-Profit and she’s currently a Municipal Planning Commissioner.
She earned degrees from the University of Oregon and Willamette University College of Law. Her mission in the practice of law is to honor, educate, and protect the rights of her clients through her focus on estate planning, long-term care planning, and Medicaid qualification.
She spends her downtime laughing at her Irish terrier, gardening, reading, volunteering, cooking, and working on various projects. Her current project is the rehab of a vintage travel trailer. She loves to travel and SCUBA dive and tries to combine the two whenever possible.
As a former military spouse, she “speaks acronym” with the best of them and has been certified as an HSA disability dive buddy and volunteered with Wounded Warrior SCUBA programs.
President, Abra, In-Home Care Registry
DR. ALIA ALHUMAID
Internal & Geriatric Medicine Physician
Alia Alhumaid, MD is the founder of Evergreen Geriatrics, LLC, a private geriatric medicine consultative practice located in Lake Oswego, OR. At Evergreen Geriatrics, Dr Alhumaid strives to provide patients with the high-quality, comprehensive, holistic care that is necessary to promote optimal and healthy aging! Unlike most healthcare clinics which function “reactively” – that is, waiting for a problem to develop before it is identified and treated – Evergreen strives to be “proactive” in its care. Through thorough evidence-based evaluation, lifestyle modification, and appropriate use of medications and therapies, Evergreen strives to catch decline before it happens, thereby maintaining health and vibrancy through every decade! By keeping patient numbers low, Dr Alhumaid is able to be readily available to her patients and to provide unrushed, extended appointments during which all aspects of health can be evaluated and treated.
Dr Alhumaid completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 2010. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at Lahey Clinic in Boston, MA in 2009 after graduating from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 2006. Dr Alhumaid resides in Lake Oswego with her husband, and three children. Alia worked in primary care and geriatrics prior to opening Evergreen Geriatrics, LLC in 2022.
Maryann has enjoyed a rewarding career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and practices in the Skilled Nursing rehab settings throughout the Portland Metro and Willamette Valley region since 2011. She is skilled in gently stepping into someone’s healing process & empowering her patients’ return to as safe and independent a life as possible.
The unexpected terminal diagnosis of her father, resulting in his death at home 15 months later, offered Maryann the opportunity to utilize her therapeutic skills beyond the “curative” realm of the medical world. Being bedside for her loved one during active dying, she discovered her ability to be present during end of life transition.
Maryann became certified as an EOL Doula in 2016, alongside volunteering with Hospice and the End of Life Care Collaborative in which she was a core member. She is a co-founder of Evening Star End-of-Life Doula Services, LLC which has been serving the Portland area since 2018.
Born and raised outside of New York City, Maryann is grateful for her early exposure to diversity of people, cultures and lifestyles. Now rooted in Oregon, she is also grateful for the abundant exposure to nature and exploring it with her family.