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High Lookee Lodge has new director

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - High Lookee Lodge Director Carol Funk.


   It was quite an adjustment from what she had been doing, but High Lookee Lodge Director Carol Funk, hired Dec. 9, has completed training and is enjoying her job.
   Previously the cashiers manager for Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Casino, Funk admitted, "This is pretty different than anything I've done before. Working strictly with elders is different than the fast pace of the casino."
   Funk replaces Amy Carlson, who was hired as a regional manager for Concepts in Community Living, the company that manages High Lookee Lodge. Carlson now lives in Clackamas and oversees six elder care facilities in the region.
   Funk, a resident of Culver, has the business, personnel and medical experience necessary to direct an assisted living center. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D., was an Emergency Medical Technician for the Culver Volunteer Fire Department and a First Responder with CPR training while at Kah-Nee-Ta. In Portland, she also completed 40 hours of training through the State of Oregon for directors of assisted living centers.
   Her previous experience includes working for an investment company in Colorado Springs, Colo., analyzing and selling mutual funds and life insurance. She did loans, auditing, and teller training at U.S. Bank for 3 1/2 years; was in charge of cashier employees and all revenue from the different departments at Kah-Nee-Ta Casino for 7 1/2 years; and worked as the classified manager at The Madras Pioneer just prior to accepting the Warm Springs position.
   At High Lookee, Funk is in charge of 18 employees, several of which are part-time.
   "I'm responsible for the cooks, caregivers, housekeeping, lawn service, janitors, payroll. There are a lot of different hats a person wears, but I like the challenges of the different roles I have," Funk said.
   The large facility, built in 2000, has 35 apartments and 25 tenants at present. It is open to both tribal and non-tribal elders and is a not-for-profit operation, subsidized by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
   Caregiving staff is on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and nursing staff is available 24-hours a day at the state-licensed facility.
   The attractive lodge offers rooms that are larger than many other care centers, and a lot of extra activities, including trips for residents to go shopping, to movies in Bend, the Rose Garden in Portland every few months, to swim at Kah-Nee-Ta, or to play Bingo at the Madras Elks Lodge.
   Although she lives in Culver, Funk said she doesn't mind the daily commute which is 28-miles one-way, noting for seven years she drove much further to Kah-Nee-Ta.
   "It just gives me time to unwind at the end of the day," she said.