Board Members are elected to the Board of Directors after volunteering at least three months on a committee and completion of the application process. All Board Members are volunteers and dedicate their time to the organization and professionalism of Metropolitan Senior Network.
Board Meetings are held the Friday following the monthly MSN meeting. If would like to attend, we encourage you to contact a board member to confirm time and location.
If you are interested in becoming a board member, we recommend you join a volunteer committee and complete the online application.
Current MSN Board Members
President for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Filzen Sales and Marketing, NW Accounts Manager
Sean has been providing furniture and furnishings to the Senior Housing Industry for five years. He has worked in the contract furniture industry for over 15 years with experience in logistics, manufacturing, sales and marketing. He is currently self-employed and works hand-in-hand with his father as Northwest Accounts Manager for Filzen Sales & Marketing (FSM). He holds a B.A. from Marylhurst University. His personal motto is “lift as we climb.”
Vice President for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Managing Partner, Oregon Neighbors
Lauren has a B.A. from the University of Maine and has worked in the Retirement Industry since 2009 when she began Oregon Neighbors an In-Home Care agency. She is passionate about keeping seniors active and engaged in life as their situations allow. Lauren has compiled a tremendous team of caregivers that all have had experience caring for their own family members and truly love working with seniors. Vacation time for Lauren is most often spent in Kenya volunteering for programs and clinics associated with an orphange begun by her sisters-in-law through Nomad Charities.
Treasurer for Metropolitan Senior Network,
CEO/Managing Member of Champion Adventures
Anne is Co-founder and CEO of Champion Advocates LLC Geriatric Case Management Services, a firm helping seniors meet the goal of aging in place at home. Anne’s early career was as a concert cellist. She became interested in senior services after caring for a disabled parent and has been a senior services professional for over 15 years, serving thousands of seniors and their families. She often looks to collaboration to find solutions for improved care, and has partnered with many organizations and individual services.
Secretary for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Regional Sales & Marketing Director for Retirement Connection Guide
Heidi Rowell has been in the long-term care industry for over 15 years. She has worked in many older adult settings including Senior Housing and In-Home Care. Heidi spent seven years as the Administrator gaining experience with compliance and rules and regulations for In Home care. She then joined the Retirement Connection team in 2016 and is proud to represent a locally owned company. She is very active with the Alzheimer’s Association and other causes that support families dealing with memory loss.
Kara is a Portland area fundraising professional with a background in non-profit fundraising, corporate sponsorship, marketing and outreach. For the past three years Kara has held a position on the development team for the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter. Currently she works as the Walk Director overseeing six Walk to End Alzheimer’s events, the signature fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. She is passionate about working with others and connecting them to various causes and fueling the mission of an organization through fundraising.
Patty is the Community Outreach Manager for Cedar Sinai Park’s Rose Schnitzer Manor, Robison Jewish Health Center, The Harold Schnitzer Center for Living and Adult Day Services. She was drawn to the senior services industry after advocating and caring for her own parents. After a successful career in retail leadership, Patty made the decision to return to school and pursue a new career path. She recently returned to Portland State University and completed a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. She is passionate about advocating for quality care and services for seniors.
Communications Director for Metropolitan Senior Network,
COO at Retirement Connection Guide
Amy Schmidt is the COO of Retirement Connection Guide, and holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in the Retirement Industry since 1996. Before moving to Oregon- she worked as a Regional Sales and Marketing Director in Senior Living; and then as a Publisher in Tennessee she grew two senior publications, before becoming the company’s National Operations Director over 15 markets. Seeing a need for comprehensive retirement resource in Oregon, Amy now publishes four Retirement Connection Guides in Oregon and Washington States. Amy enjoys soccer, camping and traveling with her husband and 2 great kids.
Member at Large for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Free-lance graphic designer and print broker.
Growing up in the printing business, Jane has loved the sound of the press and the smell of ink since childhood. She started working in her parent’s print shop at age 7. From making paper snowflakes as a child to creating logos and newsletters now, her life has been filled with designing and creating beautiful things. As a graphic designer, Jane owns and operates Jane, Ink, specializing in printed graphic design work such as print advertising, newsletters, brochures, invitations, logos and other collateral materials. Jane also does website design. Visit her website at www.janeink.com for examples. Jane puts her experience to work as Director of Media for Metropolitan Senior Network, where she has enjoyed establishing the look and collaterals of the organization.
Member at Large for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Administrator, Home Instead Senior Care
Matt has worked in senior care for the past 23 years as a Registered Dietitian and then as a Nursi- B.A. from the University of Maine. ng Home Administrator. His last position was as a Regional Vice President covering Oregon and Washington communities for a Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living company. Throughout his career, he continually felt the need and desire of seniors to stay at home. Home Instead Senior Care allows him and his team to provide a much needed service that not only supports the client, but also the client’s family. Working with seniors is an honor and being able to assist them in their goals of aging-in-place safely is a true mission in his office.
Immediate Past-President for Metropolitan Senior Network, Rosewood Park Assisted Living, Executive Director
Dan has had a lengthy career in Retail Merchandising, followed by Sales, Marketing, and Operations management at Nike. Dan worked for 3 years growing a start up franchise In-Home Care agency, serving senior clients at home. As an Assisted Living Administrator since 2012, he is now having great fun and enjoyment as the Executive Director of Rosewood Park, a Frontier Management property. “It feels as though I have spent my previous careers training for this role”.
Join a Committee
Committee members are a vital pert of the MSN leadership. The volunteers may serve on a specific committee, or may choose to volunteer for a specific event or special project. Though the committee members do not have voting rights in board meetings, their contribution and feedback is crucial to the success of MSN.
The Program committee has a vital role in to keeping our membership engaged by ensuring that great speakers, venues, and breakfast sponsors are secured for each monthly meeting. Subcommitee members are can assist with: Helping set-up the room, including AV, Coordinating with our breakfast host to make sure they are ready with all supplies and greeting them on the morning of the meeting, Collecting speaker bios, head-shots, and topic bullet-points from speakers for eCommunications and printed collateral, Helping to secure speakers for monthly meeting, Handout and collect evaluations on each meeting from attendees, Suggestion topic ideas for monthly meeting, Assist with organizing venues for meetings, Coordinating with venues to ensure room set-up and AV needs are met.
The Award Committee is responsible for all aspects of planning for MSN’s Annual Awards Breakfast. (usually2-4 committee members meeting several times between August and November). Committee members need to be organized and have follow through skills and attend all Committee meetings; generate ideas for new and improved Annual Awards Breakfast experience; assist in procuring photographer for event; assist in obtaining trophies for Award Winners; assist in procuring florist for event and ideas for centerpieces; assist in selecting giveaway item for attendees; assist in selecting holiday card from the Board for attendees; assist in procuring entertainment for the event; assist in promoting event at MSN meetings.
MSN Communication Committee (usually 1-2 committee members) responsible for all communication and marketing materials for MSN. This includes but is not limited to website updates, print communications, electronic communications, and other collateral as needed. For the www.MetropolitanSeniorNetwork.org website, update the following pages every month: home, calendar, sponsors; other pages are updated when changes occur. The Monthly meeting reminders are to be distributed via website, electronic communication, print, and posting to the linked-in group. Management of the linked-in group, including accepting new members, posting of updates, and monitoring for spam. Prep, send and consolidate information for the annual survey when applicable. Support the awards nomination and voting process by prep, send and consolidate ballots with the awards committee. Other marketing support includes event flyers, handouts related to the awards breakfasts, quarterly newsletters, Corporate Sponsor materials, MSN information page, and other print collaterals. 2 committee volunteers assist with Linked-in posts, website proofing and edits, and content collection and proofing of print collaterals.