John Brigham – CEO
John Brigham has worked at the Washington Odd Fellows Home for the past twenty-eight years. Prior to his move to Washington, he held administrative positions at several long term care facilities in Ohio. John is committed to the nonprofit model of long term care. He believes that by taking the profit motive out of the industry, the residents are much better served. He is also committed to creating an atmosphere at the Odd Fellows Home where employees are happy and enjoy their work.
John holds a BA in Philosophy from Wittenberg University, and an MHA with a concentration in gerontology, from Xavier University. John lives in Walla Walla with his wife, Heidi, and their two children. In his spare time, John plays horn with several orchestras in Washington and Oregon. He enjoys road and mountain biking, rock climbing, and squash.
Terry Nix – CFO
In 2003, after a sixteen year career in public accounting, Terry Nix, began the next phase of his working life at the Washington Odd Fellows Home. He was hired as the Director of Finance, overseeing the financial activities of the organization, including budgeting, accounting, and long-term financial planning. Terry is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
After 13 years with Odd Fellows he feels a strong commitment to the benevolent mission of the organization. He enjoys the atmosphere of working in a non-profit setting, where the focus of the financial operations is to provide for the residents themselves. Working with a strong team of caring people is important to Terry and he believes that the Odd Fellows employees are among the best.
Terry also enjoys his family, including his children and grandchildren. As much as possible he likes to be outdoors and enjoys staying fit. After living in Walla Walla for 26 years and raising his children here, he looks forward to being associated with Odd Fellows in the years to come.
Joani Wicklund – Director of Admissions
Joani Wicklund graduated from Walla Walla University in 1994 with her Master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in medical social work and geriatrics. Since then, she has devoted her entire career to working in senior healthcare. Having spent the last 13 years at the Odd Fellows Home, Joani appreciates the sense of community that she finds when she walks through the doors each day. Whether living here, visiting, volunteering, or working as an employee we all have a common goal and that’s making the Odd Fellows a “nice place to call home.” Working for a non-profit facility really allows us to embrace the mission of caring for those who call Odd Fellows their home. We truly become a part of each other’s lives and that’s such a blessing for all of the residents, families, and employees.
Joani is married to Jason and they have two children, JC and Jordan. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling as a family, watching their children in athletics, and walking their dog.
Katelynn Houck, RN, BSN – Director of Nursing Services
Katie has spent her entire career at the Odd Fellows Home, starting as a nurse aide right out of high school and working her way up to various nursing and management roles. She obtained her nursing degree from Walla Walla Community College.
Katie shares that “the Odd Fellows Home is truly unique. I feel I have grown up here and the staff and the residents have helped to make me who I am today. I am blessed with great mentors and I look forward to being able to carry on the tradition of doing what it takes to meet the residents’ needs and provide the highest quality of life. We have a great team here and people who are truly passionate about caring for our residents and their families.”
Katie enjoys reading, mountain biking, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Kathy Spencer, RN, BSN – Director of Assisted Living
Kathy Spencer graduated from Washington State University in 1991 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her nursing career has been diverse with experience in oncology, critical care, urology, hospice and senior health care. She has held management positions over the past 10 years and has had 5 years of directing Assisted Living experience. Her passion is providing service excellence and developing strong relationships in our community. She is excited to be a part of the Odd Fellows and work beside the team to embrace the mission in making Odd Fellows “a nice place to call home.”
Kathy moved back home to Walla Walla over 10 years ago to raise her son and daughter near her family and to enjoy all the valley has to offer. In her free time you can find Kathy snow skiing, water skiing, horseback riding, working in the yard, and cheering on the Cougs!
Michelle Grove, RDN – Director of Dietary Services
Michelle Grove graduated from Penn State University in 2010 with her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She started her career working in clinical nutrition in both hospitals and long-term care/skilled nursing settings and then returned to graduate school to complete her clinical residency to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University. She went on to work for a large healthcare organization in Central Pennsylvania as an RDN in the clinical setting and also consulted for both a nursing home and short-term rehab hospital. Michelle and her husband Chris made the leap to move to Washington in 2016 to pursue an opportunity within her company as a Clinical Nutrition Manager at Adventist Health- Walla Walla General Hospital. After their unexpected closure was announced in 2017, she decided to join the team at Odd Fellows as our Director of Dietary Services.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and dog Brownie. She has taken up hiking since moving out West and loves to travel and explore. Her greatest passion is (of course) discovering new foods, so you may bump into her savoring a meal at one of the many food establishments in town.
Lisa Whited – Director of Human Resources
Before joining the Washington Odd Fellows Home in 2007, Lisa Whited held human resources and staffing positions in engineering and government for twenty years. Responsible for Human Resources and Payroll, she feels very enriched at the Home. “When you step into our Home you see a whole team that celebrates and honors the residents. I believe our value system is what creates an environment of compassion, kindness, and the retirement option of choice.”
Lisa obtained her BA in Human Resources Management from Washington State University, and she attained her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 2009. Raised in Canada and Richland, Lisa moved to Walla Walla in 1997. She is married to Paul, and they enjoy spending time with their two dogs, traveling and cooking.
Mariah Matthews – Director of Activities
Mariah Matthews graduated from Whitman College in 2015, having studied biology and art. During her senior year at Whitman, Mariah was the Adopt-A-Grandparent Community Service Intern for Whitman’s Student Engagement Center and worked closely with Odd Fellows as her community partner. In this position, she grew to love the camaraderie and energy found in the staff at Odd Fellows and came to form many cherished relationships with residents.
Mariah enjoys teaching Sunday school and being an active volunteer in her community. In her free time, she loves to bike, rock climb, play volleyball, and read.
Rob Grandstaff – Director of Environmental Services
Robert Grandstaff loves making Walla Walla his home. Rob attended BYU to pursue a BS in Construction Management. Rob has 20 years of experience as a project manager for a commercial & residential construction firm managing smaller volume to multi-million dollar projects for homeowners, government agencies, and private enterprise. Rob’s first experience with the Odd Fellows Home was as the Project Manager during the construction of the Merriam Street Apartments.
Looking around the Odd Fellows Home, you can spot his vision of the future. Rob has been instrumental in envisioning, designing, and implementing a new look for the Odd Fellows Home. This work reflects his passion for making our community a place for which residents and families can be excited and proud.
Rob enjoys opportunities to spend time with his family and church. He is a graduate of Leadership Walla Walla and serves to better the community by helping individuals and families meet their basic needs through community resources, charitable organizations, and giving of his own time. He is an active outdoorsman who enjoys biking, hiking and canoeing. He also appreciates time at home with his family, where they live in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.