LeadingAge Oregon Staff

Ruth Gulyas, MHA, CEO
503.684.3788 Ext. 302
rgulyas@leadingageoregon.org

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.

Merry Killam, Education and Communications Director
503.684.3788 Ext. 303
mkillam@leadingageoregon.org

Merry joined the LeadingAge Oregon team in March 2016. As Education and Communications 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.

Denise Wetzel, Manager Membership Services
503.684.3788 Ext. 304
dwetzel@leadingageoregon.org

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.

Derrinda Van Der Linden, Administrative Coordinator and Bookkeeper
503.684.3788 Ext. 305
mkillam@leadingageoregon.org

Derrinda joined LeadingAge Oregon in October 2017. Her responsibilities include working with the Education and Communications 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.