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April 23, 2020

From the moment people join the Avamere Crestview of Portland team, many can already sense the culture of camaraderie and teamwork. Here’s a glimpse into the life of a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Avamere Crestview of Portland.

From a CNA and on

CNAs begin their nursing career at Avamere Crestview of Portland with free nursing assistant classes – no prior experience needed!

From there, they can grow their career with Avamere. Robb Melcher, Administrator at Avamere Crestview of Portland, said several nurses are working towards beginning nursing school to become a nurse at Avamere.

But no matter their career ambitions, Robb fully supports his staff.

“We are supportive in helping people advance their careers, and I fully support helping them get to where they want to be,” he shared.

A culture of teamwork and respect

Robb strives to create a culture of teamwork and respect amongst his team. This includes spreading positivity and offering support to staff.

The staff, in turn, share this same culture of respect with patients and residents.

Robb noted the CNAs truly care for the patients and residents, even down to learning how they like to be fed and how they like to get into bed.

“They really pay attention to those details,” Robb said. “They make sure our residents are happy and comfortable.”

A strong, long-lasting team

Avamere Crestview of Portland’s strong culture of teamwork stems from its long-tenured team. Several nursing staff have been with the company for many years.

Here are a few of the long-tenured friendly faces you’ll see at Avamere Crestview of Portland, including some who began their career as a CNA at Avamere:

  • Linh Tran, RN, 23 years
  • Jan Towns, CNA, 22 years
  • Hoa Lam, LPN, 20 years
  • Robert Farner, Restorative Aide, 15 years
  • Arli Welch, CNA, 13 years
  • Joni Lydic, Restorative Aide, 13 years
  • David Paynter, LPN, 6 years (started as a CNA)
  • Samantha Ford, Resident Care Manager, 3 years (started as a CNA)


Robb himself has been with Avamere for six years. He expressed how supported he has felt throughout his time at Avamere.

“I love the camaraderie,” Robb shared. “I love being able to reach out and ask anyone for help. I’ve always felt supported.”

Karla Lenow, Director of Nursing Services, is new to the team and already feels the camaraderie the Crestview team knows and loves.

“I could tell this is a great team,” Karla shared. “I got that feeling right away.”

Karla appreciates the strong communication between her team and fellow Avamere staff at surrounding locations.

“Everyone’s doing a good job of sticking together during these times,” she said. “I appreciate everyone here.”

Become a CNA today

You could be part of this team built on teamwork, camaraderie, and respect. Find your calling at Avamere Crestview of Portland.


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