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 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.

Patty Glines
President for Metropolitan Senior Network, Executive Director/Senior Care Advisor, Assisted Living Locators

Patty Glines is an Executive Director and Certified Senior Advisor® in Portland, Oregon with experience advocating and caring for seniors in a variety of care settings. She was drawn to the senior services industry after advocating and caring for her own parents. Patty works for Assisted Living Locators helping seniors and their families find and transition into senior housing. She is a strong believer in quality housing and care for seniors. Patty volunteers as a board member for both the Metropolitan Senior Network and the Oregon Gerontological Association where she can keep a finger on the pulse of the housing, care and academic trends of the senior services industry. She has her undergraduate degree in Public Health with a minor in Business and her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with her family or enjoying a good binge on Netflix.

Kimberly Steele

Vice President for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Owner/Founder, Changing Places

After 17 years as a College Professor, Kimberly continues to bring out the best in people. As her family grew up and began their own lives, she knew she had to do something that made her heart full. A turning point in her search came from an Escrow Officer who shared how difficult it was to be a senior in transition. Drawing upon her own 17 personal moves and a deep connection to her grand and great-grandparents, Kimberly started Changing Places in 2017. Her company focuses on helping seniors downsize, relocate and live safely in their environment. Her team shares her values of respect, dignity and empowerment as they work with clients from all walks of life.

Jenn Buman
Secretary for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Owner/Consultant, Portland Senior Housing

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Since 2007 Jenn Buman been helping seniors and their families simplify their search for senior housing. Over 1,100 families have benefited from her approach in matching seniors to the right facility and care for their unique situation and needs. She’s personally experienced the emotional turmoil of finding the best care for a loved one, and does her best to do that for her clients.

Jennifer Fifer

Program Director for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Business & Community Development Manager for Home Instead (E. Multnomah & Clackamas Counties)

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Jennifer has been in the senior care industry since graduating college with her degree in Social & Human services, roughly 15 years ago. She sits on several senior care focused boards, and has helped facilitate both networking and educational based events for over 15 years. She has been in her current role with Home Instead since 2008. She sits on the leadership team for her franchise and oversees the operations for all business development focused projects. Her passion for seniors started at a young age by spending several days a week with her grandmother, something she continued to do until her Grandmother’s passing in 2015. At the time of her Grandmother’s passing, Jennifer was 5 months pregnant with her son, whom she named Bishop, (in honor of her beloved Grandma). Helping families and colleagues in the field of aging brings her joy. When she is not working she is found dancing, garage & estate sale hopping, re-purposing old furniture, doing anything crafty, camping, hiking or going on adventures with her family, which includes Stella-Nutella, (their hyper active puppy!).

Andrew Nordby
Member at Large for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Principal Broker, Premier Property Group, LLC

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Andrew Nordby is a designated Senior Real Estate Specialist at Premier Property Group. With over 12 years of experience helping seniors downsizing into retirement and assisted living communities, he has developed a network of trusted professionals to assist with repairs, maintenance, landscaping, organizers, and movers to assist seniors and their families. He has the knowledge and experience to counsel you through the major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating or selling your family’s home.

Tory Thompson
Board Member at Large for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Referral Development Specialist for Providence ElderPlace

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Tory Thompson has a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and Community Education. She has worked in all levels of senior housing and care – in-home, SNF, ALF, RCF, ACH and MCU for 35+ years directing Recreation, Volunteer, Chaplaincy, Marketing programs and giving care. Tory has designed trainings for memory care and life enrichment for both professional and family caregivers. She’s led caregiver support groups and has been a volunteer trainer at The Alzheimer’s Association. Tory is currently a Referral Development Specialist for Providence ElderPlace, a national PACE program.

Donna Austin, JD

Communications Director for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Principal Broker Licensed in Oregon at eXp Realty, LLC

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Donna is passionate about guiding seniors and their families through the home preparation and selling process. Donna’s first real estate listing was a couple who had been in their home for 45 years. From then on, Donna was hooked on being part of this significant life transition. Her objective is always to help clients achieve financial and personal goals with as little hassle as possible. As a former attorney and family mediator, she has a wide skill set to bring to her real estate career as a Senior Real Estate Specialist. When Donna helps a senior sell their home, she works with compassion to honor their memories and ease the transition while providing top-level professional real estate advice and resources.

Jim Christian
Board Member at Large for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Reverse Mortgage Specialist at Directors Mortgage

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Jim Christian has over 24 years of financial experience ranging from Branch Manager to Vice President. He started his career at Seafirst Bank of Washington where he worked his way up to VP and Manager of the downtown Vancouver Branch. He remained there for ten years and transitioned to retail mortgage in 2003. Jim has a passion for serving his Vancouver community and has held positions as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Board Identity Clark County, and volunteered at other business and charity organizations.


Matt Preston
Past President for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Administrator, Home Instead Senior Care

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Matt has worked in senior care for the past 23 years as a Registered Dietitian and then as a Nursing 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.

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 Awards Breakfast 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 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.