Get to Know Sheldon Park Senior Living

Memory Care and Assisted Living in Eugene

Compassion First

Caring for seniors is a vocation for many of our dedicated Sheldon Park staff members. They are committed to creating the best quality of life of our residents. They appreciate and nurture the individual personalities, likes and preferences of each resident. In turn, the residents here make every day a joy for our team.

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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

Community Outreach Director

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

Activity Director

Jennifer has been on the Sheldon Park team as Activities Director 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.”


Sara-Mae Deckhoff

Bridges Program Director

Sara-Mae has spent 11 years working in memory care. As Bridges Program Director, she helps small groups of residents throughout the day and she finds the close relationships she builds rewarding. When she’s not at work, Sara-Mae likes to hike, swim, camp, read and knit. But her position at Sheldon Park brings Sara-Mae real joy, “Getting to work with such an awesome team makes coming to work each day easy and enjoyable!”


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.


Amanda Moss

Assisted Living Coordinator

Amanda was a biology major at Linfield College. After graduation, she logged more than 300 hours of community service with AmeriCorp, volunteering as a mentor to an elementary school student and working with at-risk youth. Outside of work, Amanda loves to stay active—whether working out with a friend, going on outings with her family or playing league volleyball. She says, “Everyone working here has the goal to provide exceptional services to those we come in contact with, and that mentality is important to me.”


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

Memory Care Coordinator

Jennifer began at Sheldon Park in September 2011 as a Wellness Nurse and became the Memory Care Coordinator in April 2014. 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."



Memory Care

Memory care is an important part of what we offer at Sheldon Park. We make sure to help each resident individually—based on their particular needs. Whether it’s offering a brief cue to remind a resident of what to do next or helping a resident through each part of their dressing, bathing, and grooming routine, everything we do is done with love.

Our team is qualified to help with transfer assistance, complex medication assistance, one-to-one feeding and complex nursing services.

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