Why Choose Avamere
Our teams of dedicated healthcare professionals are here to help guide you through your post-acute care journey. The Avamere way means taking a person-centered approach- everything from individualized plans of care to a personal touch in everything we do.
With a mission to enhance the life of every person we service, our team members across Avamere service seniors with compassion and respect. With over 25 years of expertise, the Avamere brand is well versed in supporting your personal lifestyle.
Whether you are a looking for a place for you or your loved one to recover for a post-acute stay, or you’re looking for your next step in your career, we understand that you are unique and so are your lifestyle and healthcare needs. When you join the Avamere family as a patient, resident, or staff member you join a full network of health professionals to meet you in your life journey.
“I formed Avamere with an intrinsic desire and goal to enhance lives. Whether we are serving our patients and residents, their family members, or our own fellow teammates, here at Avamere we’re all about family and creating a home where everyone feels they belong.”
– Rick Miller, Chairman of the Board
& Core Values
Our mission and seven core values guide us in every interaction with our patients, residents, their family members, and our fellow teammates.
We honor our mission by working together to get to know our seniors personally, understand and meet their unique needs, and cultivate an environment of compassion and trust.
to enhance the life of every person we serve
OUR CORE VALUES
- Integrity above all else
- Passion for the quality of people’s lives
- Quality that is obvious
- Innovation, not emulation
- A culture of trust and respect
- Reaching to learn, grow, and embrace change
- Teamwork, camaraderie, and fun
Avamere Living began in 1995, as a single Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsboro, Oregon. Since that small beginning, Avamere Living has grown over the years to become the industry leader in the Pacific Northwest for Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Care. Operating 31 Skilled Nursing Facilities in Oregon and Washington, including 4 campuses with Assisted Living and/or Memory Care onsite, Avamere Living provides those who need extra care a dignified place to rest and recover.
Tim Doman joined the Avamere Family of Companies board in 2019 and remains on each of the boards for Avamere Living, Arete Living, and Signature Health. Tim is the former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Care Capital Properties, Inc. (CCP). He oversaw a portfolio consisting of approximately 350 assets and over 40 tenant and borrower relationships in 36 states that included primarily skilled nursing facilities, as well as senior living communities, hospitals, and other properties. CCP was previously part of Ventas, Inc. in 2015 and merged with Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc. in 2017.
From 2002 to 2015, he held various senior management positions at Ventas, most recently serving as its senior vice president and chief portfolio officer. Prior to the spin-off of CCP, Ventas was approximately a $36 billion company where he oversaw a portfolio consisting of more than 1,650 healthcare assets in 46 states, two Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom. Before his experience with Ventas, Tim was a senior asset manager for GE Capital Real Estate from 1998 to 2002, where he managed a commercial real estate equity and loan portfolio.
From 1992 to 1998 he held various management positions, most recently serving as the vice president of asset management at ZKS Real Estate Partners, LLC, a spin-off from Kemper Corporation. At Kemper Corporation and ZKS, Tim was responsible for evaluating the performance of a diversified national commercial real estate investment portfolio.
Tim received his Bachelor of Business Administration in real estate and finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Indiana University.
Jim served as CEO of the Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA) from 1997 to 2020. He continues to be engaged with OHCA as a strategic advisor and serves on Avamere’s Advisory Board. In addition, he continues to work with the American Health Care Association as a strategic advisor, helping provide technical assistance to state affiliates across the country.
Before joining OHCA as director of government affairs in 1994, Jim served as associate director of government affairs for the Oregon Medical Association. He began his career as a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives.
He is a past member of the board of directors of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and is past-president of the American Society of Health Care Association Executives (ASHCAE). At present he serves as a member of the Oregon Health Science University board of directors, a four-year position he was appointed to by the governor in 2021.
Director of Leadership Development
Troy started with Avamere when he was 16 years old. At the first Avamere facility in Hillsboro, he fell in love with the company and culture while washing dishes. Wanting to continue in the company, he became the Activities Assistant and was promoted to Activities Director as he attended college.
Troy spent time as the Admissions Director before deciding that he wanted to participate in the AIT program and become an Administrator. Troy went into the program in 2015 and in 2016 was assigned his first building, Twin Oaks in Sweet home, Oregon. He spent seven years in five different buildings as an Admin. During the height of the pandemic from 2020-2022, Troy ran the designated COVID Emergency Health Care units in Laurelhurst Village and The Pearl. In April 2022, Troy stepped into his current role as Director of Leadership Development.
With a growing family, Troy spends his fleeting free time fixing an ’89 Bronco, playing fantasy football, going on beach adventures with his wife and son, and rooting for the Oregon Ducks! He is also working on finishing a Master’s Program for his MBA.
When asked why Troy loves Avamere, he responded: “Because of the mentors and leadership supporting me over the last 10-12 years. It has shaped me as a person. Many of the morals and values I hold today are because of things I have taken or was given by leaders at Avamere. It’s a great culture I have always wanted to be a part of and it has never let me down!”
Director of Development & DEIB
Some of her efforts include the Partnership for Patients Initiative, Outreach and Enrollment Program, Health Literacy Campaign, and quality improvement projects for the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Much of her work has focused on increasing access to care. Jessica is a recognized subject matter expert on health literacy, rural health, and equity issues in care, and she is as member of the National Diversity Executive Leadership Program.
In 2020 Jessica became the Director of Community and Provider Engagement, and she also leads the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging efforts for Avamere Living. She lives in Seattle, WA, and loves trying Seattle’s best new food spots. She also teaches dance in her spare time.
Compliance & Privacy Officer
In his time with Avamere, Colby has served as a Director of Sales and Marketing, Executive Director of a community, People’s Operations Manager, and Compliance Specialist. With a vast knowledge of HR, Operations, and Compliance, Colby brings an unparallel incite as the Compliance & Privacy Officer. Colby sees himself and the role of compliance as a piece of the puzzle to promote quality care and outcomes for those Avamere serves.
He received his BA in Management and Leadership from PSU and an MBA from Concordia. He is certified in Health Care Compliance and is also an Associate Professional in Human Resources.
When not at work, Colby spends time with his wife Cassandra, son Xander, and English Bulldog Lilo. In his spare time, Colby competes in Strongman competitions, is active in his neighborhood and church community, and has several entrepreneurial endeavors.
VP of Culture and Quality
Sandra Hurd was born and raised in Seattle, WA, and stayed home for college, graduating from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 2005. She then decided to travel to the Palouse to earn her MBA from Washington State University in 2017.
Sandra’s career in Long Term Care began early, washing dishes in a facility at 16. She moved up from there to cooking and became a Certified Dietary Manager at 21. With her sights set on leadership, she completed the Administrator-in-Training program with Avamere in 2006, obtaining her licensure the same year. Her career quickly rose from there. In 2014, she was the Washington State Administrator of the Year, in 2019 she completed the AHCA “Future Leaders” training program, and she is currently a board member of the WHCA.
A passion for long-term care runs in the family – Sandra’s sister is also a licensed Administrator. She currently resides in Mukilteo, WA, and outside of work she is enjoys reading, boating, whale watching, and travel. She currently lives with her husband, Robert Hurd, and stepson, Jacob Hurd.
Maggie Hilty Katz
VP of Market Strategy
Maggie, like many of our leaders, grew up in long term care and skilled nursing. With parents who worked as Activity Directors when she was a child to eventually becoming Administrators and more, those that Avamere serves have always held a special place in her heart.
As the VP of Market Strategy, Maggie works alongside all of Avamere’s facilities to develop strategic plans and partnerships for market growth including contracting, niche programming, and general market and census saturation. Additionally, Maggie oversees Avamere’s business development and community outreach programs as well as the marketing team. Maggie works closely with industry partners from all over the nation to develop plans and practices to better meet the needs of the senior population by allowing them options and the opportunity to receive quality care within Avamere.
Maggie received her Bachelors of Public Relations from the University of Oregon. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the Long Term Care Administrator Board for the State of Oregon and is active in many organizations locally and nationally.
In her free time, Maggie spends time with her two young children, husband, and family. You can usually catch them at the zoo, heading to try a new park, or hanging out having a BBQ no matter the weather.
Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, his MBA at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, and his Juris Doctor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kevin currently resides in Tualatin with his wife and three children. When he’s not working, Kevin enjoys being in the outdoors, watching sports, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Elizabeth Burns, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Advisory Board Member
Dr. Burns has over 20 years of hospital-based clinical care and leadership experience. Her career spans from hospital-based medicine caring for those that are critically ill and at the end of life to the development of a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program with an emphasis on secondary risk reduction. Just before joining Avamere, Dr. Burns served as a physician executive.
Dr. Burns has presented at the national level regarding prior authorization transformation and stakeholder experience, as well as published a New York Times article regarding patient safety for investigational procedures in current clinical practice.
Dr. Burns is an active member in her community and serves on the board for ASD Oregon, Bustin Barriers, and Jim’s World ALS Association. She earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Burns enjoys running and cooking but is mostly on the sidelines cheering her teenagers on while they pursue their passions.
VP of Operations
She spent the first 13 years of her career in one building, rising from CNA all the way to Licensed Administrator by the time she left. In 2018, she became a Regional Director of Operations, and then in 2021 she became the VP of Operations for all of Avamere Living. In her role as VP of Operations, Roxy’s goal is to establish strong leaders in all of our facilities, focus and drive a strong company culture, and reinforce Avamere’s Core Values.
In her free time, Roxy enjoys boating, camping, water sports, and paddle boarding with her husband and two teenage daughters. She lives for the sun and warm weather (she loves Las Vegas), and also raises a rare breed of cat – there are currently 5 little ones at her home. Roxy also likes to surprise people with the fact that she only has one kidney!
Chairman of the Board
A highlight of his leadership occurred in 2010 when he wanted to understand, firsthand, the resident and employee experience. Rick moved into and lived full-time, for a year, in three different locations including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. This experience resulted in many operational changes and was an evolutionary time in the history of the company.
In 2010 Rick co-founded the venture capital firm, Rogue Venture Partners. Rogue invests primarily in Oregon-based entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with funding and mentorship.
Rick earned his Master of Business Administrator from Portland State University in 1991. He currently resides in Idaho with his wife Erika and children.
RN, BSN, CWCN, ONHA
Healthcare has been engrained in Carl Tabor’s life since the young age of 12, when he began volunteering in a neighborhood residential care setting in southeast Portland playing cards, writing letters, and listening to residents share their life stories.
His passion for helping others followed him through life, as Carl took a self-study course to become a CNA while in high school and worked as a CNA and CMA for eight years.
Today, Carl has over 47 years of experience in the healthcare field. He has led clinical risk management for over 500 skilled nursing buildings across the nation and was a licensed administrator in several states. He has held roles as a nurse, regional director of operations, vice president of nursing, executive vice president of quality, and today as the Division President of skilled nursing, a role he has held previously.
Carl holds his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University. While earning his bachelor’s, Carl also took post-grad classes in gerontology, counseling, and business administration.
Kevin Tomlinson, MBA
Executive VP & CFO
Kevin Tomlinson joined the Avamere Family of Companies in 2013 as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Kevin is responsible for accounting, the annual budgeting and audit process, third-party reimbursement, and he supports acquisitions and development. Kevin has worked in long-term care since 1997.
Immediately prior to joining the Avamere Family of Companies, Kevin served as vice president and corporate controller for a regional seniors housing company in Oregon. Previous to this, he served as vice president of reimbursement and business planning for a senior housing company in Arizona and as the reimbursement consultant for a large sub-acute care company in Connecticut.
Kevin has an MBA in finance with an emphasis in accounting.
Rich Jolly, PhD, MBA
Chief Information Officer
Today at Avamere, Rich heads the Avamere information group, which is responsible for maintaining an available and secure infrastructure, delivering advanced analytics, enabling the optimization of enterprise applications, and guiding the Avamere Family of Companies towards the development of a winning strategy.
Rich lives in Portland with his wife and two children. When he’s not working, Rich enjoys hiking, backpacking, and fishing.
VP of Human Resources
Andrew’s HR career has incorporated several industries, small business consulting and work with Fortune 500 companies. He also has extensive experience supporting healthcare organizations. Prior to his role as VP, Andrew began his tenure with Avamere as the Director of Employee & Labor Relations.
Andrew earned bachelors’ degrees from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and currently resides in the Portland Metro area. In his free time, Andrew enjoys skiing, paddleboarding and bicycling with his wife Sandra, cheering for his son, Luke, who leads his high school cross country and track teams, catching up with his daughter, Sophia, a student at Arizona State University, or talking shop with his oldest daughter Adena Shea, a graduate of Montana State University and new HR professional.