Hired four years ago as a caregiver, Violette Galan-Rodriguez worked her way up to house manager, assistant administrator, then Oct. 1, became the new administrator of East Cascade Assisted Living Center.
As administrator, she is in charge of the four-building facility's daily operations, a staff of 21 employees, their training and delegation of duties, accounts receivable, purchasing and advertising. She is also bilingual.
"I've really worked hard and wanted this for a long time," Galan-Rodriguez said.
Her promotion is a local success story in itself. She attended Madras High School, then got a GED in 1995 through the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) program, and previously worked in the child care field.
A lifelong resident of Madras, Galan-Rodriguez and her husband, Pedro, who works at Leathers Fuel, have two sons, Ronald, 9, and Jesse, 7, a daughter, Santana, 8, and a baby on the way. Her personal interests include reading, cooking, fishing and spending time with her family.
After learning all aspects of the living center from the ground up, Galan-Rodriguez took an administrative training course in Wilsonville and obtained her administrative certification in July from Oregon Health Care Association.
"I'm going back to school for 1 1/2 weeks in February to get an Alzheimer's endorsement," she said, noting East Cascade will soon be converting Building A into an Alzheimer's unit.
She will continue to work in March when her baby is due, because business owners Larry and Marie Easter said she could bring the baby to work with her for two months. "We had another employee who did that and the residents really enjoyed it," she said.
This year Galan-Rodriguez has been helping promote East Cascade's new respite care and adult day care programs, and its new independent senior living apartment units.
"I'd like to invite the community to come up and meet us, meet the residents and have lunch with us," she said.
Galan-Rodriguez can be contacted at 475-5303.