Our Team

Learn more about our great La Pine Assisted Living team at Prairie House Assisted Living and Memory Care!


John Meyer, Administrator

John loves to help people live life to the fullest. He began his career in management at the tender age of 21 and has been serving the senior community for over a decade. John loves interacting with “The Greatest Generation” and serving their needs. He believes their stories should be shared and preserved for the benefit and legacy of generations to follow, due to the wealth of wisdom the senior population carries. 

John enjoys living the Central Oregon area where there is no shortage of outdoor activities, as well as sunshine. He has a lovely wife and a grown son who both enjoy being active in the great outdoors as well. 



Steven T. Mays, Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant, Steven is the first person you see when entering Prairie House.  Steven greets all visitors and assists them as needed. He answers all phone calls with a smile!  Steven also assists our elders in appointment and transportation needs.  He maintains the schedule for Resident Assistants and assures all shifts are covered.  Steven holds monthly Fire Drills and Safety inservices for all Staff.  He Assists the Administrator in many ways and assures the office runs smoothly each day.

Steven graduated from Reedley Community College in Reedley, California with an AS Degree in Natural Science. In 1980, Steven enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He spent 20 years in the service as an Independent Corpsman. During this time, Steven was involved in most aspects of the medical field. This included the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. He was also involved in the administrative side of medicine; he was responsible for running a medical department aboard a ship. In 2000, Steven retired from the Navy in San Diego, California. He continued his medical career while working for an Eye Surgeon, then for a pain specialist. In 2005, Steven and his family left San Diego and moved to La Pine, Oregon to help take care of his mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease.

In November 2006, Steven joined the Prairie House team as a Medication Assistant. In February 2007, he was promoted to Resident Services Coordinator. His twenty years in the Navy, prepared him to multitask, as is a necessary skill for this position. In 2010, Steven worked as the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Prairie House. He returned to the Resident Services Coordinator position as of July 2011.

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Marsha Bryan, RN

Marsha was born and raised in Western Oregon.  She graduated from SW Oregon Community College in 1991, with an Associates of Science, Nursing Degree.  Prior to moving to La Pine in 1993, Marsha was employed at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, OR, on the post-op floor.  Marsha has held various Registered Nurse positions in Central Oregon and most recently at St. Charles Home Health Agency, in Bend, OR, for the past 9 years.  She has cared for residents of Prairie House as a Home Health and Hospice RN since the community opened in 1999. 

Marsha finds satisfaction in assisting others to feel better and achieve optimal health.  Her hobbies include spending time with her husband, three daughters and 7 awesome grandchildren.  She is busy in church activities, outdoor recreation, reading and knitting.  Marsha hopes to contribute to the resident’s pleasant living environment and appreciates being a part of the Prairie House Team.


Linda Miller, Dining Services Coordinator

Being the Dining Services Coordinator is a demanding job. This person is a key member of the leadership team responsible for the proper service of meals to residents in the dining room, creating a meaningful dining experience for residents and guests. This position is responsible to maintain cleanliness of the kitchen service areas and record keeping functions. Responsibilities include assisting staff with cleanliness and sanitation. This person will also act in the role of a cook, and will mentor and train cooks. This position is responsible to order supplies and food, prepare menus, and oversee all dietary staff including the hiring and scheduling. The Dining Services Coordinator must manage a budget as well.

Linda has been working for Prairie House for almost 6 years. She started out as a Resident Assistant and worked in this position for 2 years. From there she became the Dining Services Coordinator. Along with her regular duties, Linda makes a point to meet with residents and hear their input on meals, what they like to eat, how they like it prepared. Cooking for a facility of 60 residents can be trying at times but Linda finds it very rewarding. She also appreciates how the staff at Prairie House interact with each other and the residents, creating a family atmosphere.

Born in Newport, Oregon, Linda moved to Central Oregon in 1969. She did childcare in her home for several years and then started taking care of the elderly in their homes. Linda also has extensive experience in restaurant cooking, which makes her a vital part of our Dining Services team.


Vivian Palmer, Housekeeping

Vivian moved to La Pine in 1982.  In February, 2002, she began working at Prairie House as a Medication Assistant and Resident Assistant.  After 10 years in those positions, Vivian accepted the position of Housekeeper.  Vivian says, "I really enjoy making the residents and families happy with a clean environment."

Vivian has two children, Jake & Cassie.  Her grandson, Evan is a very special part of her life.  In her time away from Prairie House, Vivian enjoys cooking and sewing.  She is currently remodeling her house with the help of her daughter.


Jonathan Mitchell, Maintenance Director

Jonathan is responsible for maintaining the community, inside and outside and assuring everything is in working order.  Jonathan also oversees outside contracts and vendors to assure the community is well maintained.

Jonathan is a native Oregonian.  He has lived in La Pine for the past six years with his wife, Jennifer and son, Mason.  Two Dogs are also part of their family, Duke & Zoey.   

Jonathan has held many positions in construction and repair, and also recently was a Department Manager at G.I. Joe’s in Bend.  He is definitely a people person, and the elders of Prairie House love him.

Jonathan and his family love hunting, fishing, rafting, and anything else that gets them out in the GREAT outdoors of La Pine.