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.
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.
Treasurer for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Owner/Consultant, Portland Senior Housing
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.
Secratary for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Business & Community Development Manager for Home Instead (E. Multnomah & Clackamas Counties)
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!).
Program Director for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Referral Development Specialist for Providence ElderPlace
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.
Sponsorship Director for Metropolitan Senior Network,
Owner, Care Patrol of Portland; Certified Senior Advisor
Kerry Nelson has been a CarePatrol Franchise Owner for almost two years. CarePatrol is the largest Senior Placement Network in the country with 150 franchisees in 35 states. Families know that they can trust Kerry because he is an active listener. He takes pride in carefully assessing each individual situation before recommending a care community. Kerry specializes in relationships and understanding the offerings of every community that offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care for seniors. As a Certified Senior Advisor he is trusted and empathetic while considering the best interests of families and their loved-ones when it comes to the important decision of senior placement. When he is not assisting families, he enjoys jogging, hiking, golfing and being involved in his community.
Tina Loveless used her relationship and personal connection skills to help protect people’s homes and businesses for 12 years before switching over to protecting our modern aging population through ADT’s Medical Alert Division. Medical Alerts are a quick and easy way to provide 24/7 safety for our seniors and people with disabilities getting them faster emergency response. ADT has been in the business of monitory for over a century and uses special senior sensitivity trained professionals to answer the calls from their medical alert devices. Tina supports private pay, referral partners and Medicaid participants in OR, WA, ID, AK, ND, SD, MN. She also loves to connect people with each other, so please feel free to follow her on LinkedIn.
Past President 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 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 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.