Executive Director & Health and Wellness Director
Brian Anderson came to Quail Park after working locally for the past few years in two locations with the largest Assisted Living provider in the U.S. He was drawn to the contrast of working for a smaller, locally owned and operated a company, and he loved the philosophy of care at Quail Park. There is nothing in nothing in the realm of Memory Support that Brian cannot do!
He became a nurse during his stint with the U.S. Army, where he served as a nurse in combat zones of Iraq. Though nothing he gets to work within Assisted Living compares to what he dealt with on his tour of duty, he says that what he truly values in this work is the relationship he can develop with each resident, and the support he can offer to families and his team. And perhaps his military experience contributes to his demeanor: He brings a level of composure, calm, and compassion unrivaled among his peers.
He was born and raised in the Central California Valley…where he met his bride, Jamie. She works locally as a Veterinary Tech in an Emergency Clinic. They share a love of caregiving, and of critters: There are currently four dogs, one large orange cat, and one anxious chinchilla living in their West Seattle home. Brian has a quirky sense of humor, an amazing bedside manner, and a passion for managing the health concerns specific to people with a dementia diagnosis…and ensuring the highest quality of life possible from a medical perspective. He also believes in communication with families as the foundation of great care, so if you have ever had a negative experience with an out-of-touch medical team, just know that you’ll be hearing from Brian frequently. You will definitely meet him in the course of joining our community, and we are confident that working with him will be a highlight of your experience with us!
Director of Engineering
As a native son of North Dakota, Doug basically grew up in an episode of little house on the prairie. Mom, Dad and the four little kids spent the first 10 years of Doug’s life on the prairie in a 20 ft. by 20 ft. house with no running water and no indoor plumbing. When Doug was 10, the family moved into town (huge at a pop. of 150). Doug was always a dreamer and once he graduated high school he joined the US Navy–mainly because he wanted to see the ocean and he wanted to see the world. Doug has always been restless and that took him through many diverse occupations, places he would call home and friends and acquaintances with varied backgrounds who would influence his life in many ways.
Out of all the things Doug has done in his life (managing a restaurant, a clothing store, selling insurance, and working in the oil business for many years, etc.) the most gratifying and rewarding was that of being a foster parent for 11 years in North Dakota. As the very first single male foster father in the state, he had the privilege and honor to share in the lives of nine kids who are now wonderful, contributing human beings.
And yes—He did get to see the ocean! He loves to sail and has done so with friends in many locations throughout the world. He loves art, music, animals and people. He would say there is always something to learn about yourself in interacting with others.
One of Doug’s favorite sayings (reportedly an old Native American one) is: “if you stop moving you turn to stone”. He keeps moving in this life, and says he never wants to stop learning, seeing and doing, which is one of the reasons he came to Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle. Always so much to learn, see and do here!
Director of Signature Dining
Sean’s parents moved to Seattle when he was eight years old, and Sean has considered it home ever since. In between college and playing guitar he began his culinary career washing dishes, cooking, and bartending in the Madison Park area. After college Sean worked in computer networking and IT services. This work required extensive travel and allowed him to work and experience the west coast from Mexico to Canada, and even Europe.
After several years Sean decided he wanted to travel less to be with his family and explore other career options. He would find himself spending a rewarding year volunteering as a cook at local foodbanks. During this time Sean re-discovered his love of food and passion for cooking and decided to enroll in culinary school. After graduating he began his professional journey in the culinary world and has held just about every position imaginable from line-cook to head chef at various restaurants, and catering companies throughout the area.
After living in West Seattle for a few years Sean began to search for an opportunity that would allow him to stay close to home and still pursue his passion for cooking. He found the ideal role at Quail Park. “It’s amazing how things come together in life. I moved to West Seattle to be closer to my mother Louise after she had been diagnosed with dementia. Quail Park found my resume at the same time we were moving Louise into a Senior Living facility. Quail Park has helped me better understand what my mother and the members of my family are going through. It has personalized the pleasure and satisfaction I get from providing our amazing residents with the best culinary experience I can deliver”.
Life Engagement Director
After learning, living and traveling coast to coast and internationally, Quail Park of West Seattle Memory Care is excited to have Nicole Painter as our Life Engagement Director.
With a passion for art and photography Nicole spent two years in Sicily with the University of Maryland University College completing her Minor degree in Art History. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Humanities at UMUC, she decided to work for the University in Admissions before coming back to the West Coast. Nicole spent most of her life in San Diego and before heading to D.C., she also attended Cal State in Monterrey Bay.
When her Mom decided to retire in Seattle, Nicole thought it was a perfect opportunity to explore new horizons. She remembers clearly her first moments in the Pacific Northwest. “It was 2008 and there was huge snowstorm. I remember going to a Seahawks game for 11 bucks”. After settling in, she dabbled in 35mm film photography and went to Photographic Center Northwest where she pursued her passion for photography, particularly in black and white film.
Nicole always had a keen interest in Elderly people. “Since I was 7 years old, I have always been intrigued with seniors”. Her path began to open doors that led her towards that passion for seniors. She became an Activity Assistant at Park West Nursing and Rehab in West Seattle. It was there, Nicole developed a Memory Care Program and quickly became the Manager of that program. Her focus was on Person Centered Care, one-on-one, and small groups based on cognition levels. There were three levels that incorporated things like Aroma Therapy, Hand Massages and Physical Therapies. She also created the Sunshine Club. Everyone in the community had roles that entailed interacting with the residents. Nicole believes engaging our residents with purposeful daily activities and remembering that we are in their home is very important.
“If our residents are happy, everyone’s day is better” she says. “I think about what it would feel like for myself or what I would want for my family. We have to get to know them as a person, both their past and their present and then create meaningful structure in their new home.” It is our job to make them feel as safe and as happy as possible. I like to center activities around our residents, not a predetermined program. Spending time in small groups and one-on-one is important so we can learn important characteristics about each resident”. Nicole is a big supporter of inter-generational programs and therapeutic pets. “Giving people joy and seeing that joy in someone’s face, is priceless and irreplaceable.”
Someday, Nicole would like to further her education in Social Work and get a Masters in Gerontology
Katie Blanchard, LPN
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Hi, I am the Health and Wellness Director, Katie Blanchard. I am married and have a daughter who is 9 and a son who is 6. My husband and I are West Seattle residents and love the fact that we both work for local companies within West Seattle. I have been a geriatric nurse for close to 10 years and I love my job. I have extensive experience in dealing with all different levels of dementia which allows me to navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of memory care with confidence. I love being able to help families navigate them as well. I have also worked in several clinical settings focused on geriatrics and have a lot of experience with post-acute and transitional care situations. It is my greatest pleasure to help the elderly and their families, and I look forward to working with the residents and families of Quail Park.
Community Relations Director
Ed is a native to the Northwest. Raised by his grandparents on Mercer Island he was heavily influenced by the mostly senior population. Ed learned the art of conversation from his Grandparents and spent much of his time growing up listening to the stories and life accomplishments of the neighborhood. The Senior Living industry would eventually be a natural choice; however, the journey would take some surprising and rewarding turns.
Right out of High School and heading to college in Bellevue Ed stumbled into working for family friends who owned a real estate company. He would spend almost 10 years working for them in Bellevue learning the business and using his listening and conversation skills to find early success.
In 1999 while looking for something new and challenging he came across an add to “sell diamonds on the internet”. With the dot.com boom in full swing in Seattle, it seemed like an interesting option. Over the course of the next 18 years, Ed would join the internet start-up and help develop a World-class Customer Service department and hold various senior roles at bluenile.com one of Seattle’s most successful internet companies.
As with many people who reach a certain point in their career it was time to look for the next chapter. The next step needed to be rewarding, engaging, challenging and deeply personal. By chance, a recruiter one day would ask if he had ever considered the Senior Living industry. A light bulb went off! Having cared for his grandmother with dementia for over 20 years and seeing the effects of aging on the ones he loved it was a natural fit!
In Ed’s own words: “Making the move to Senior Living has been the most rewarding decision. Helping residents, families, and friends find comfort in their care decisions is incredibly rewarding. I love to listen and remove concerns and address questions throughout the process. Representing a community as amazing as Quail Park and all that it offers makes my role even more enjoyable. There is something very special here!”
Business Office Manager
Eli Duban was born and raised in the city that never sleeps! While living in Brooklyn, NY he worked for Edison Home Health Care as an Account Manager. Eli was in contact with insurance companies daily, completed billing for the assisted living, and trained and managed several colleagues. Eli met Ilana who is a native Seattleite while she was studying Early Childhood Education in NY. Currently she works as a Preschool Teacher at a Jewish Montessori. After getting married, they moved back to her hometown, had two beautiful children and cherish their outdoorsy weekends together on Alki Beach! You can find the Duban’s teaching locals how to braid traditional Challah at the West Seattle Farmers Market, leading Story Hour at the High Point Library and socializing with neighbors at Torah on Tap at the West Seattle Brewing Co. Eli honed his critical accounting skills while working as a Junior Accountant alongside his brother Moshe at Duban Accounting. Eli joined Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle in May 2022 and is an organized Business Office Manager. He has a strong ability to manage office functions and direct administrative personnel to meet needs of executives.
Community Liaison Director
Kristie was introduced to senior living when she helped a dear friend look for a local community. After learning more about senior living, she decided it was time for a rewarding career change. Starting out in memory care in 2019 for a large national senior living provider she also worked in independent and assisted living here in West Seattle. When the opportunity was available to join the Quail Park West Seattle team and partner with Ed Taylor in the marketing office she jumped at the chance. Kristie is thrilled to be focused solely on assisting families with memory care needs for a local company known for its high quality of care and compassion. Helping families navigate care for their loved ones is an honor and responsibility she doesn’t take lightly.
Originally from Spokane, Washington, Kristie moved to Seattle shortly after graduating from WSU with a degree in Fine Arts. What was going to be a short relocation quickly became permanent as she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She started her career as a gallery director in downtown Seattle and honed her consultative and relationship building skills through years of local and regional sales management. She lives nearby and enjoys local West Seattle restaurants, spending time with family and any opportunity to work in the garden.