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LeadingAge Oregon Staff
Ruth Gulyas, MHA, CEO
Ruth has over thirty-five years experience in the field of long-term care and has been CEO of LeadingAge Oregon since May 2002. Prior to this, she was Director of Assisted Living with the LeadingAge (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)) in Washington, DC. Previous to going to DC, Ruth spent thirteen years with the state unit on aging in Alaska planning, developing and implementing home and community-based services (HCBS) for the elderly. Ruth has a Master of Health Administration and Certificate in the Study of Aging from the University of Washington, Seattle as well as a Retirement Housing Professional Certification and Assisted Living Manager Certificate.
Margaret Cervenka, Deputy Director
Margaret joined the LeadingAge Oregon team in March 1988 and has been involved in the development and coordination of many association programs during her tenure. As Deputy Director, she plans, coordinates and directs educational training and conferences. In addition, she oversees production of the assocation newsletter, represents LeadingAge Oregon on task forces and work groups, and serves as a resource for members seeking regulatory or technical assistance. Margaret has a Bachelor’s Degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington.
Denise Wetzel, Manager Membership Services
Denise joined LeadingAge Oregon in 2007 bringing her diverse business background to her role in administration. Stepping into the role of Manager Membership Service in 2016 she looks forward to continuing to develop relationships with provider members, as well as, business associates overseeing Resident Programs and Value First.
Merry Killam, Administrative Coordinator and Bookkeeper
Her responsibilities include working with the Deputy Director on site details related to educational training, registrations, workshops and conferences, coordination of the ALF/RCF Administrator Training Program, website maintenance, as well as accounting and other special projects.