Get to Know Sheldon Park Senior Living

Memory Care and Assisted Living in Eugene

Set in the desirable Ferry Street Bridge neighborhood and conveniently located near Eugene’s world-class shopping, dining, and art attractions, Sheldon Park is an ideal community for Oregon seniors. When our residents aren’t taking advantage of everything the city has to offer, they can enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest while meandering through our walking paths and lush gardens. Sheldon Park attracts residents from throughout Oregon, including Eugene, Springfield, and Cottage Grove, as well as residents from out of state.

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Compassionate Senior Care

Our dedicated staff has years of experience in senior care services, and many members of our team have worked at Sheldon Park for over a decade. We believe that this level of dedication permeates every aspect of Sheldon Park, making it a truly extraordinary senior living community. To encourage our residents to live life to the fullest, we offer our popular Discovery Living Program, which allows our residents to pursue their creative and educational interests, from journaling and poetry to photography and scrapbooking! We also work hard to create memorable WOW! Moments for each individual resident, such as fulfilling a life-long dream of going live on the radio!


Meet Our Senior Care Staff

The Sheldon Park Team

Charisa Coxen

Executive Director

Charisa began working at Sheldon Park in 2004 as a caregiver at age 19. Since then, she has served many roles, including Medication Tech, Health Services Assistant, Memory Care Administrator. In 2009, Charisa earned her LPN license and in 2014, she became Sheldon Park's Executive Director. Charisa and her fiance Alexander love to go fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, and work on home projects. They have a great love of animals and have four dogs between the two of them. Charisa feels blessed everyday to have the support, guidance, and opportunity of Blue Harbor. She says, "After working at Sheldon Park for 12 years, this community is truly my family. Each resident has their own story and we love to celebrate them, hear and share their stories, and continue their independence. Our residents are so special and really help support each other as well."


Jennipher Nelson

Memory Care Coordinator

Jennipher hails from Southern California with a background in child and family welfare. She moved with her husband to Oregon in 2007 and began working at Sheldon Park. With a passion for helping others, Jennipher loves providing education and services to the community of Eugene through Sheldon Park’s outreach program. She says, “I enjoy helping residents navigate through transitions, and overcoming obstacles and improving the quality of life for entire families.”


Jennifer Van De Hey

Memory Care Coordinator

Jennifer has been on the Sheldon Park team since 1998. Prior to this she worked as a volunteer fire fighter and EMT. She has always had a loving heart for seniors. Jennifer has been married to her husband since 1989 and has raised two beautiful girls. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, gardening, and playing guitar at her church. She plans and executes a whole assortment of activities at Sheldon Park, ranging from socials, physical activities and outings. She also teaches CPR and first aid to staff, family members and people in the community. She says her job is “all about bringing joyful, memorable moments to the residents.”


Tim Thurner-Byers

Bridges Program Director

Tim has been working at Sheldon park since 2011. His background includes activity assistant, caregiver and medication tech. Before becoming the Bridges Director, Tim lead the Memory Care activities for three years. As Bridges Director, he helps small groups of residents throughout the day and says he finds the close relationship he builds very rewarding. Tim has always had a special place in his heart for the elderly. If Tim's mother lost track of him as a child all she had to do was look for a group of senior citizens and that is where she would find him. Tim and his wife Jessica enjoy crafting, camping, reading, spending time with their two cats, and frequent trips to Disneyland. His real passion is helping people and making them laugh. “Providing meaningful activities is my way of making sure the residents have a special moment to look forward to every day.”


Gerald Jefferson

Director of Dining Services

Jerry moved to Oregon from California in 1994. In 1999, he joined Sheldon Park as a dishwasher. He was soon given the opportunity to become one of our cooks. He made it a priority to learn as much as possible and became certified in food service management. He has found his passion in cooking. He says now that working at Sheldon Park has taught him a lot about compassion for the elderly.


Colby Work

Assisted Living Coordinator

Colby has worked at Sheldon Park for over 15 years. For 13 years he was a caregiver in our Memory Care followed by a two-year stretch as an Activities Assistant. While working at Sheldon Park Colby has gotten married, had two children, and even finished a bit of school. Colby has gained an immeasurable amount of experience, which goes hand in hand with his favorite aspect of the job: interacting with the Residents. “I’ve lost count,” he says, “of the number of memorable moments I’ve had with Residents. They’re all there though, and they always come out when I’m looking for a pick me up.”


John Bruehl

Building Services Manager

John started at Sheldon Park in August of 2001, and has worked in dining, reception and housekeeping. He has been building services manager since 2005. In his off hours, John’s a passionate supporter of soccer and donates his time to the local soccer community. He’s also an active member on the Alzheimer’s Committee, helping organize fundraisers and raise money for their walk. Getting to know all the residents and their family members is a one of the best parts of John’s job. He says, “Every day when I leave work I can feel good about the community I work for and the job we all do to make a great home for so many wonderful people.”


Jennifer Bodine

Director of Health Care Services

Jennifer began at Sheldon Park in September 2011 as a Wellness Nurse, became the Memory Care Coordinator in April 2014 and is now the Director of Health Care Services. She has been with her husband Ian since 2007 and they have three young children. Jennifer loves to hike, fish, and read. She is passionate about her family and her work. She says, "It is very rewarding to help and educate residents and family members through the transition of needing Memory Care and the rise to the challenges of providing care and managing behaviors. Hospice care for those in the end stages of dementia/Alzheimer’s is also very rewarding because it is such a privilege to be present and provide quality, loving, compassionate care to the resident and their loved one through the end of life."


Sandra Gainor

Community Outreach Director

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Janeal Field

Business Office Manager

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Debbie Waschow

Community Outreach Director

Debbie is the newest addition to the Sheldon Park team, but not so new to serving seniors. Her mother-in-law Gladys lived with her for 16 years. "Gladys was a wonderful asset to my family but there came a time we needed more medical oversight and assistance," Debbie told us. Debbie joined Gladys on her journey into assisted living and later became the Executive Director of the community Gladys lived in. Debbie's passion to serve seniors and help families navigate the unknowns of community-living stems from her first-hand experience. She enjoys sharing all of the positive aspects Sheldon Park Senior Living has to offer. Debbie and her husband, Gary, appreciate the great Pacific Northwest, are avid “wine enthusiasts” and truly enjoy the local culture. Debbie and Gary have four adult children and four grandchildren.


Tailored Senior Living Options

At Sheldon Park, we recognize that each resident has unique needs and preferences. That’s why we offer various senior living options to suit different lifestyles. Our assisted living program grants residents a high degree of independence while allowing them to dictate the level of care they require, from help with meals to medication management. Our respite care program allows seniors to experience our senior living community on a temporary basis, whether they need short-term assistance after a hospital stay or while their primary caregiver is away.

Our memory care program is designed to provide a safe space for residents suffering from progressive memory loss, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Our experienced senior care staff offers engaging activities to strengthen our residents’ memories and to foster close-knit relationships. We also offer a unique Bridges Program, specifically designed to help assisted living residents comfortably transition into our memory care program if needed.

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