ABOUT

— OUR STORY —

Mt. Hood Adult Day Center is a family owned business that has been operating since 2010. We strive to always provide life-enriching care to our senior community, those affected with memory loss, and individuals with special needs while offering much needed respite to dedicated caregivers. Schedule a free trial day, tour our center and meet our friendly staff.

Judith O'Connell

Founder and Owner

At the young age of 21, Judith began working with seniors as a CNA, which further fueled her passion for working with this population. While raising her children, Judith worked to obtain her Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Portland- moving on to complete Master’s level coursework. When the opportunity arose to serve East Multnomah County’s senior population, Judith seized it. Mt. Hood Adult Day Center, operating since 2010, has been a catalyst for Judith’s true passion of serving her community by always providing “Life Enriching Care”. Judith’s main goal has always been to allow seniors to stay in their homes as long as possible, while providing respite and peace of mind to caregivers.

Judith serves on the board of Mt. Hood Community College’s Mental Health and Human Services program and the Alzheimer’s Association (Oregon Chapter). She is a proud mother and grandmother.

— OUR TEAM —

Mt. Hood Adult Day Center’s dedicated team can help guide you no matter where you are in the process.

Lauren Culwell

Lauren Culwell

Director

 Lauren Culwell was born and raised deep in the heart of Texas.  She holds a BA in Marketing from the University of North Texas.  She moved from her home state to Portland shortly after graduating and has since made her home in the Pacific Northwest.  Lauren started her career in long-term care as a receptionist in a long-term care facility, working her way through many departments.  She easily fell in love with working with seniors.  She enjoys telling jokes, hearing stories, making people smile, and can almost always find the sweetness amidst bitter times.

Lauren has spent the last 14 years working in the Senior Housing industry, primarily skilled nursing.  Community is important to Lauren, and she has a natural gift for bringing people together and is eager to carry this energy with her to Mt. Hood Adult Day Center as Program Director.  She has a comprehensive understanding of skilled nursing and Medicare and continues to be a knowledgeable resource for families or participants who may have questions.  Throughout her time working as a social worker, she gained experience supporting residents and their families during crisis situations to work through barriers in order to create a safe, agreed upon, discharge plan for the individual.

Lauren is a problem solver, a mover, and a shaker.

When she is not at work, you can find her antiquing, thrift store shopping, hosting a themed dinner party or out dancing.  She enjoys car camping, cooking new recipes and spending time with friends.
Lauren loves to travel and lucky for her, she has friends and family spread across the US to encourage this hobby.  Her favorite cities to visit include Seattle, Tucson, San Francisco, Austin, and her hometown, Archer City, Texas.

She is on the board for Senior Provider Information Network (SPIN), an organization dedicated to providing quality continuing education and networking opportunities to senior healthcare professionals.  Their monthly networking meetings allow her the opportunity to stay connected with others working in the industry.  Learning about and utilizing community resources is important to her.

Alisha Van Lom

Alisha Van Lom

Case Manager

Alisha is a graduate of Portland State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. In 2011, Alisha began volunteering at Mt. Hood Adult Day Center and quickly realized that she wanted to stay with the company as a long-term employee. Her main focus is to offer support and information to participants, families, and care homes. She works closely with county and state case workers to ensure quality of services for our participants.

Alisha has been a pillar to our team and her new role reflects the value she brings to us all.

Rebecca Ferté

Rebecca Ferté

Case Manager

Rebecca “Becca” Ferte is a Portland area native, and attended Portland State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies: Community Health Education. While attending school, she worked as a caregiver. She started as a Skills Trainer at our sister program, The Courts Fitness & Enrichment, where she demonstrated a dedication to our goals and a passion for the community we serve. We’re so pleased to have her be a part of our extraordinary team, ensuring we’re providing the best possible care and meeting the needs of our program participants. Welcome, Becca!

Cathy Fallon-Weeg

Cathy Fallon-Weeg

Community Relations

Cathy specializes in community partnerships and networking, which has won her four awards throughout her career- The 2015 Care Award from Metropolitan Senior Network (MSN), the 2011 Marketing Professional of the Year Award (MSN), the 2009 Champion for Seniors Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), and the 2009 Certified Group Sales Award through Brookdale Senior Living. She is also a member of the Kiwanis organization and serves on the SPIN board (Senior Provider Information Network).

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