John Brigham – CEO
John Brigham has worked at the Washington Odd Fellows Home for the past thirty 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.
Kari Randall, MSW – Director of Assisted Living
Kari earned her MSW from Walla Walla University in 1998 specializing in Medical Social Work, and has done everything from Business Office Management to electrical work to Hospital Social Work to Skilled Nursing.
It is her greatest privilege to be a part of our residents’ lives and to help them through their life transitions. It truly takes a village and she is greatly blessed to be a part of their village. Not only does she consider it an honor to be part of the team that cares for our residents, she gets to learn from them each and every day. There is no greater blessing!
Kari has a wonderful husband and 2 beautiful children who are her greatest joy. They enjoy good old fashioned family time, trips to the mountains, a good bonfire, and some time beside the water.
Evelyn Alvarado – Director of Dietary Services
Evelyn graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition in 2008. Since then, she has worked in the healthcare industry and the non-profit sector. Evelyn grew up with her grandparents and is passionate about providing quality care and special attention to seniors. She recently obtained her CDM (Certified Dietary Manager) certification to further develop her career. She enjoys living in Washington state with her husband, dog, and cat. In her free time, she likes to be in the great outdoors hiking or biking.
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.
Maria Amaya – Director of Activities
Maria has spent many years in customer service and management roles and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the Odd Fellows Family. Growing up in Walla Walla and now raising three boys of her own, Maria appreciates all the beauty and close community atmosphere that Walla Walla and the Odd Fellows Home have to offer.
Maria enjoys coordinating and planning activities that build new memories and provide happiness to all. She enjoys the outdoors, sports, and anything that involves music and a family atmosphere. “I am committed to growing with the Odd Fellows Family and continuing to carry out the mission and making Odd Fellows a nice place to call home”
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.