Directors, Board Members and Resident Leadership

At Friendsview in Newberg, Oregon, our dedicated leaders provide the backdrop for service excellence and the highest-quality senior health care. Their longevity and commitment to our community foster a rewarding culture of community among kindred spirits where friends and families have gathered and grown together for generations. Read more on how employees can impact the senior living experience.

Senior Administrative Leadership Team (SALT)

Todd EngleTodd joined Friendsview in 2004 as a health service administrator before taking the role of executive director in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Willamette University, and a Master of Arts in organizational leadership degree and certificate in servant leadership from Gonzaga University. He has also worked as a licensed nursing home administrator and an assisted living administrator. Todd is a proud husband, parent and grandparent. He is also an avid gardener.

NicoleNicole Pruitt has been on staff at Friendsview since August 2019 as a Move-in Coordinator and Residency Planning Counselor prior to becoming the Director of Residency Planning. Previously, Nicole worked for over a decade in higher education in Student Affairs. She has a B.A. in History and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy. Nicole lives in Canby with her husband, two poodles and a lively, little daughter.

RogerRoger has served as the Friendsview Controller since 2019. Before that he had over 20 years serving in the retirement communities as an accountant. He also served as Finance Director for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. He is a graduate of George Fox and Portland State University. Roger’s parents were Friendsview residents for 28 years so he is very familiar with the Friendsview community. He enjoys running, camping, kayaking, music and watching his granddaughters play soccer.

Kathy WatsonKathy has been a member of our board of directors since 2015 and has served as our health services director since 2018. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/social work from George Fox University and a master’s degree in ministry leadership from Portland Seminary. She’s also a certified residential care administrator. Kathy loves to be outdoors and enjoys kayaking the Oregon waterway with her husband.

Nisi SégorNisi joined Friendsview in 2012 and holds a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems and a master’s degree in human development, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping and meditation.

Steph St. CyrSteph became the Director of Community Life in September of 2021. She has developed and managed programs in education for the last 20 years and is passionate about building community and creating spaces for people to belong. She and her husband have 3 kids and they enjoy being outdoors, exploring new places, and biking as much as possible.

CassandraCassandra comes to us with over 15 years of working in the restaurant industry and an MBA in Healthcare Administration. She got her start as a host at age 18, and worked in nearly every position in a restaurant, including owning her own food truck in Portland. She has partnered with chefs like Jean-George at a Michelin starred restaurant in New York City, and in local, staple restaurants like Tina’s in Dundee, Oregon. Her love of food took her all around the world to try cuisine in SE Asia, South America, China, and Europe.

Tim TowersTim has been with Friendsview since 2018. His professional background includes construction superintendent, journeyman carpenter and electrical design drafting education. Tim is the father of four sons and enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hunting and kayaking.

Residency Planning Team

Nicole PruittNicole Pruitt has been on staff at Friendsview since August 2019 as a Move-in Coordinator and Residency Planning Counselor prior to becoming the Director of Residency Planning. Previously, Nicole worked for over a decade in higher education in Student Affairs. She has a B.A. in History and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy. Nicole lives in Canby with her husband, two poodles and a lively, little daughter.

Isaiah Galster is from a small town called Lebanon. He graduated from George Fox in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Christian Ministries. He started at Friendsview as a volunteer in the Community Life Department and later became a student worker helping residents with new technology. Now he is supporting the expansion team and will later be the Information Center administrative assistant. Isaiah recently got married in May of 2020 and enjoys coffee, board games, and camping.

NikkiNikki Deckon has been on staff at Friendsview since 2018 in various roles and in long term care for several years. Before working with seniors, she wrote/produced for talk radio; was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other print publications including The Oregonian, Kids NW, The Sun and more. After twenty years of marriage she feels that she’s still in the “honeymoon” phase and is enjoying raising her teenage boys in Newberg.

Anne Marie JacobAnne Marie has a long history with community in Newberg, and has fond memories of visiting the Manor as a girl. She received her Bachelors of Social Work at George Fox, and is now working in motherhood spirituality ministry in addition to her role at Friendsview. In her spare time, you may find her dabbling in various artistic pursuits, or writing letters or postcards the old-fashioned way. She has three children, and she and her husband are busily parenting the energetic youngest daughter, a late-in-life delight!

Molly LysterMolly grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and married her high school sweetheart. Together they have two boys and a “too smart” border collie dog who loves weekend hiking adventures. While Molly got a BS in Communications from Oregon State University, she decided to go back to school later in life to study Gerontology and Horticultural Therapy. Whether it’s warm or chilly you can find Molly working in the garden or spending time in nature. Her favorite part about being a Residency Planning Counselor is meeting future residents and learning more about them and their journey to Friendsview.

Gage Hannan, Residency Planning CounselorGage Hannan is a third-generation Newberg resident. He started his career with Friendsview in 2016, in dining services. After stepping away from Friendsview in 2019 to sharpen his skills and grow, he was drawn back because of the relationships developed with residents and staff alike. Gage is newly married and looking forward to starting a family in the Willamette Valley while spending time with his seven-year-old Shiba Inu dog.

Board of Directors

Lisa McMinnLisa is a sociologist with a Ph.D. who taught undergraduate students for 20 years. Before that, she spent 10 years working as a registered nurse, particularly in home health care. Lisa and her husband, Mark, live at Fern Creek, a small orchard and berry farm they tend outside of Newberg. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and six grandchildren.

Nancy AlmquistNancy has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from George Fox University. She’s a local business owner (sales director) with Mary Kay Cosmetics and serves as an ambassador for the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, a mentor mom coordinator for Newberg Moms of Preschoolers, a teacher and ministry coordinator for women and children in her church community, and on Northwest Yearly Meeting administrative council. Previously, she worked at George Fox University for nearly 10 years in university and community relations. Nancy and her husband have three grown sons, and they enjoy time with family, which involves travel as their sons all live out of state. She’s particularly interested in other cultures, creative arts, and the outdoors. Her passion is creating pathways for others to find their unique gifts and put them into practice.

Mark AnkenyMark is currently vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from George Fox University, a Master of Science in education from Portland State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon. He and his wife, Becky, have been married 43 years. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren.

Ginny BirkyGinny holds a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. She recently retired after 18 years as a professor of education at George Fox University where she taught master’s and doctoral students in education. She previously taught in high schools in Jamaica, Ohio, Colorado, and in Albany, Oregon. Ginny is married to Karl and enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening and hosting guests for meals. She grew up in Indiana and Iowa and attended Mennonite churches. She now worships with Friends. Ginny also served on the board of Hesston College (Kansas) for 12 years and Western Mennonite High School (Oregon) for six years.

Marcia BogertMarcia received her Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University in New York, and her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from George Fox University. She has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing at George Fox University since 2015, and worked as a Registered Nurse, primarily in the field of Pediatrics, for 30 years prior to teaching nursing at GFU. She’s been married to her husband Bruce for nearly 30 years and they have four children, two of whom are married. They currently have two grandsons and are expecting their third grandson soon. They love spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Aaron DunlopAaron earned his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University. His background includes software engineering and research, building statistical models and forecasting systems. He currently works as a research scientist at Nuance Communications. He joined the Friendsview board in 2018 and serves on the board’s finance committee. He enjoys travel and time outdoors in almost any form. He’s also been a part of Friends churches for more than 15 years.

Fred GregoryFred holds a Bachelor of Science degree from George Fox University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon. He’s served as George Fox University acting president, and as global development director at Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness (Oregon Health & Science University). He’s an executive with more than 50 years of experience in the private, not-for-profit, public, and higher education sectors with a primary career focus in international humanitarian initiatives working in complex humanitarian crises and developing successful long-term strategies for development challenges.

Steve GulleySteve started life in Newberg, Oregon and attended all his elementary and high school years in Brookings, Oregon. His higher education years were completed at George Fox University and the University of Oregon. His bachelor’s degree was in History, and he received certification for teaching at the secondary level. His master’s degree was completed in Geography and History. He taught at the high school level for 12 years, and was also Head Coach for Track and Field and Assistant coach in Football and Basketball during that time. In 1986, he moved to Newberg with his wife Diana and their two children to begin a career in the investment and life insurance industry. He is currently working with clients through Mass Mutual managing investments and financial planning, and Diana is the best Grandma on earth.

Jim JacksonJim earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from George Fox University in 1974 and served as an administrator there for 32 years. Currently, he’s a real estate broker at Berkshire Hathaway Northwest in Newberg and part-time gift officer at George Fox University.

Dwight KimberlyAs a lifelong Quaker, Dwight attended George Fox College (now George Fox University, GFU) from 1963-1967, where he met and married his wife, Patti. He attended graduate school in Zoology at Oregon State University.  He served in Christian higher education at Warner Pacific College (now WPU) for 17 years as department chair of the Science Department.  In 1994 he joined the Biology Department at GFU. He “retired” in 2011 as Professor Emeritus, Biology, but still teaches two courses.  All five of his siblings graduated from GFU and his three children all attended/graduated from GFU.  He is convinced that George Fox University and Friendsview are part of God’s work in the world.

Dennis LewisDennis started Lewis Audio Video in 1981 in Newberg and has served on various community boards over the past 37 years. He joined the Friendsview board in the mid-1980s and currently chairs the personnel committee. He’s married to Heather, a retired NICU nurse, and they have two children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Truman StoneTruman Stone has a BA in History from Bethel University (MN) and a JD from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He has practiced law for 29 years in Oregon and Washington, the last seven as the city attorney for the City of Newberg. He has served on numerous boards and committees. He has been married to Celeste for 33 years and together they have two sons.

Debby ThomasDebby has her Ph.D. in organizational leadership and has worked as an assistant professor of management at George Fox University, and as a facilitator and coach for leadership training programs at the Professional Development Academy, and at Mind Gym. She spent 10 years as a missionary with Evangelical Friends Mission in Rwanda specializing in holistic community development. Debby and her husband moved back to Newberg with their four children in 2015.

Kelley WongKelley has her graduate certificate in biblical studies and a Bachelor of Arts in human services. She spent 25 years in educational and nonprofit advancement. She and her husband, Andy, share a passion for all things international and enjoy traveling and opening their home to the world. Their two adult sons are the pride of their lives. Their Christian faith is central in their lives. They’ve enjoyed years among the Friends community and with other believers. Kelley’s personal delight is celebrating seniors. She also loves to bake, read, garden and host afternoon tea.

Dale WelcomeDale holds a BA in accounting from the University of Washington and currently serves as senior director for business transformation, global supply chain and operations for Relief International, an international non-governmental organization (NGO).  Dale has spent the last ten years working in various leadership roles in the global humanitarian sector, previously with World Vision International.    Dale has traveled extensively visiting over 50 countries with many in very fragile and underdeveloped contexts.  Prior to working with NGOs, Dale worked for over twenty years in the corporate sector in public accounting, healthcare and high tech.  Dale resides in Newberg, and is faithful to his local church home as a teacher and small group leader.  Dale and his wife of 35 years, Joy, have three adult children and three loved grandchildren.

Darlene ZickefooseDarlene worked for years as an educator, counselor, and administrator for various institutions. She holds a doctorate in educational administration and supervision and currently is an adjunct professor at George Fox University. One of her favorite adventures was volunteering for the Peace Corps in exotic locales. She’s also served on the National Board of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization. Darlene married her husband Chuck several decades ago and has adopted his two sons. They moved to the Friendsview Meadow Way neighborhood from Hawaii in 2004. It was the shared values and proximity to GFU and family that drew them here. Darlene has been an active member of the Friendsview community, having served on numerous committees since her move here. In January 2020 Darlene completed a two-year term as chair of the Residents’ Association. Her interests include collecting glass and spending quality time with family.

Residents Council

All Friendsview residents are encouraged to participate in shaping the culture and future of our community. Together with the Friendsview board of directors and the executive director and staff, the Residents Council helps balance that support. Our 34 resident-driven committees, funded by the Residents Council, foster active involvement and provide a place of service. On the Residents Council, 15 individuals are authorized to vote on behalf of residents — 11 from area neighborhoods, and four elected officers. However, a total of 25 residents and two staff members regularly attend meetings.

Ron StansellRon is a 1965 graduate of George Fox University with a doctoral degree in missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He spent 18 years in Bolivia working with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends missionary, and 25 years as a professor of Bible and missions at George Fox University. Ron and his wife, Carolyn, have three adult daughters and two grandsons. They became residents of Friendsview in 2013, and they hold dear the spiritual life at their local church and the promotion of world missions.

Carol SherwoodCarol retired from teaching at George Fox University in 2012. She received her BSN in nursing from Villanova University in 1975, her Masters in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Texas, and became a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She met her husband David at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN which she attended after high school. A native of Ohio she and her husband David have lived in many parts of the United States following primarily his career as a Social Work educator. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren are currently students at George Fox. Carol enjoys reading, gardening, and being with family and friends. She and David moved to Friendsview in 2016. Carol is completing her second year as Vice-Chair of Resident Council and will become Chair in January of 2022.

Harold BrownHarold is a 1959 graduate of George Fox University and earned his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1963. He has served the church in pastoral and nonpastoral positions and has held management positions for the State of Oregon, the last 15 years as professional relations officer. Harold is an Oregon native. He married his college sweetheart, Roma, the week after graduation in 1959. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Chuck and Roma became residents of Friendsview in 2009, originally in Springbrook and now in Creekside.

Kathy TriKathy was born and raised in and around New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s at University of Oregon.  She worked for the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Bureau of Governmental Research and Service and the City of Springfield, Oregon. In 1989, she became the City Finance Director of the City of Newberg and retired in 2006. She serves on the Yamhill County Investment Committee, the Newberg Kiwanis Club,  Newberg City Club, PEO, and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, along with being active in Friendsview’s Springbrook Meadows neighborhood. Kathy has been married to Nick for over 45 years, has two married children and four grandchildren.

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