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A safe place to grow.

Our Administrative Team

Loralei LaVoie
Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Loralei is responsible for the overall operation and well-being of OMRS. She began her career with the organization as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in 1996. 

Admin Staff
Kerisha Smith
Behavior Specialist
B.S. in Psychology

Kerisha develops written Positive Behavior Support Plans and monitors their effectiveness. She is also a Certified Oregon Intervention Systems (OIS) instructor.  Kerisha has been with OMRS since 1995.

Amanda Schindelar
Assistant Behavior Specialist

Amanda assists the Behavior Specialist in reviewing documentation and monitoring the effectiveness of the Positive Behavior Support Plans. Amanda is a certified Oregon Intervention Systems (OIS) instructor and Chair of our Safety Committee.  She has been part of the team since 2011.

Deana Odom
Human Resource Specialist

Deana is responsible for hiring, administering employee benefits and many other things! She has been with OMRS since 2003.

Angela Armstrong
Lead Compliance Specialist

Angela provides quality assurance monitoring, support and training to programs. She assures compliance with licensing. She also assists the Compliance Specialists with any questions or guidance they may need. She has been with OMRS since 2012.

Jenny Terry
Compliance Specialist

Jenny provides quality assurance monitoring, support and training to programs. She assures compliance with licensing. Jenny has been with OMRS since 2007.

Contributing to Our Team

Wellness Committee
Staff members wearing DSP t-shirts

The Wellness Committee helps to foster a sense of community, encourage personal accountability and to empower one another. Their mission is to promote the health and well-being of the staff and individuals served through: inspiring interest in healthier life choices, increasing awareness and promoting the eight dimensions of wellness.

Enrichment Team
Staff members sorting t-shirts

The Enrichment Team is comprised of a representative from each home. They meet monthly to bring feedback from residents and staff on a variety of desired activities, trips, parties and crafts. The team then puts those ideas into motion. A monthly calendar of events is distributed so individuals can pick and choose activities that might interest them.

Stakeholder Meetings

We hold quarterly stakeholder meetings. Residents have an opportunity to talk with the Executive Director about the services and supports they receive at OMRS and in their communities- what is going well, what needs improvement and what may be missing. The group also discusses what traits in staff are important to them on the receiving end of care.

Our Board of Directors

Kathy Howell
Board Chair

Kathy enjoys bringing people together to facilitate communication and problem solve.  She has worked in higher education for several years and has since retired from Oregon State University.  She is involved with a variety of musical groups.

Darren Stauffer
Vice Chair

Darren works in education with an emphasis in  special education.  He has participated in overseas service, and he and his wife hope to have additional opportunities for such service in the future.

Judy Stutzman
Board Secretary

Judy is retired after working 26 years at an Albany elementary school.  She is very involved at her church and enjoys other volunteer activities.  During the appropriate seasons, you will find her and her husband at their grandsons’ sporting events and at OSU women’s basketball games.

Jann Horner
Board Member

Jann worked many years as a partner in a Sweet Home CPA firm.  She comments that God’s blessings have been plentiful, and she wants to give back.  In addition to joining the OMRS Board, she is active in her church and in a variety of community services organizations.

Debbie Pauls
Board Member

Debbie is a retired RN who formerly worked for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. She has also worked as a volunteer nurse at a free health clinic. Other community involvement includes coaching soccer and softball. She and her husband live in Dallas and have two adult children.

Jerry Stutzman
Board Member

Jerry brings to the Board a background in management and service.  He spent 15 years in overseas missions, and has owned his own business.  Hobbies include birding, kayaking, and making musical instruments.

Judy A. Stutzman
Board Member

Judy’s professional experience includes working as a case manager for low income housing. She has developed a deep appreciation for frontline caregivers through her own  experience as a caregiver for family members and through close relationships with others caring for individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Doug Troyer
Board Member

Doug is a journeyman plumber.   He enjoys sports and camping and is very involved in his church and his community.   He and his wife have two children.  Doug brings a helpful perspective as the brother of an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability who lives in an OMRS group home.


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