Our Team

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


Andrew Steighner, Administrator

Andrew grew up in a small rural area in Western Pennsylvania. He attended Slippery Rock University and graduated with a BS in Psychology.  Andrew began his career working in a boys residential treatment facility in Western Pennsylvania.  He was involved with daily counseling, family therapy sessions and the creation and implementation of individualized treatment plans. After three and a half years, Andrew relocated with his wife to Portland, Oregon.  There, he began working as a Home Manager for a developmentally disabled group home for adults.  Andrew gained more interpersonal skills, multitasking skills, supervised a large staff, and maintained financial/medical needs for the adults of the home.  In 2009, he changed directions, slightly, and began working at an intermediate care facility as an activities director for a 108-bed community.  His duties included creating the monthly calendars, organizing outings, and supervised staff.  In 2010, Andrew was promoted to Social Services Director.  He continued to supervise staff and new duties included organizing weekly care conference meetings, scheduling assessments, and he was the primary liaison between family members and outside agencies.

When Andrew is away from Prairie House, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, who recently turned one.  He also enjoys spending time with his family while camping, hiking, and participating in other outdoor activities.  Andrew says, "We recently moved to Central Oregon for a quiet and safe community for my son to grow up."


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.


Michelle Carlson, Marketing Coordinator

As our Marketing Coordinator, Michelle is responsible for maintaining our census and building relationships with families, friends and those in our community of La Pine. This is easy for Michelle to do, as she is a very outgoing and all around girl. You might see her working hard at her desk, driving our bus, answering the phones or having an ice cream cone with our residents. She hopes that everyone who enters Prairie House enjoys their experience and will come back to visit us.

Michelle started her career with us back in October 2009 as a resident assistant. Shortly after that, she became a medication aide and then our Life Enrichment Coordinator. There are so many things that she enjoys about her job here at Prairie House, but the one thing she loves the most is making a difference in our Elder’s lives. You will always see her smiling and trying to help out where she can.

She grew up in Orange County, California and ended up moving her family to La Pine in 2008. She recently became a first time home buyer and shares her home with her husband, two daughters, her mother-in-law and two dogs. In her spare time, you’ll find Michelle relaxing, playing with her children/dogs, camping, being outdoors or trying to help others.


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.


Courtney Thornton, Life Enrichment Coordinator

As the Life Enrichment Coordinator, Courtney is responsible for creating programs that promote Joy, Independence and Wellness among the residents at Prairie House. Courtney understands the importance of having many different activities that the elders can participate in. Her goal is to assist elders in the development of their skills so that they may continue to grow, even in late life. Courtney’s Life Enrichment program helps Prairie House carry out its mission of creating environments where moments of joy, independence, and wellness are the focus each and every day. This allows Prairie House to stand out as one of the premier living options for elders here in La Pine.

Courtney relocated to La Pine, OR from Fort Worth, TX in August 2013 to experience a slower pace of life and to be near her sister, brother-in-law and 3 nephews. Her past occupations have included Marketing Assistant, Reports Analyst, Photography Sales and Studio Manager. Although she has never previously served in the care giving industry, she is quickly finding this to be a very fulfilling career. Courtney feels that she is more than just an employee at Prairie House. She truly believes that she is part of a family and is honored to have the opportunity to serve the elders of this community. In her free time, Courtney enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and practicing her photography skills.


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.


Holly Brown, Resident Care Coordinator

As the Resident Care Coordinator, Holly is responsible for the orientation and training of new staff, and is also responsible for the daily, weekly and monthly auditing of health records. In addition, Holly is responsible for scheduling, coaching and supervising Medication Aides, resident assistants and assuring on-going compliance of the medication delivery system.

Holly grew up in Irving, Texas and moved to a small farming community in 1986. After finishing high school, she attended Vernon college and graduated in 1989 with a certificate in nursing. She then moved back to Wichita Falls, Texas, and began working as an LVN. The majority of her nursing career has been spent caring for the geriatric population. Holly has worked in skilled and long-term nursing, wound care, and home health. In 2011, she took a job with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Department and worked as the charge nurse for the Annex Jail.

Holly moved to La Pine September 2013 with her mother and two children and began working at Prairie House as a Medication Aide. She has three daughters, two of whom still live in Texas, and a son who is a student at La Pine High School. Holly also has five grandchildren who are the loves of her life. In her spare time, Holly enjoys hiking, camping, and rock climbing. She also tries to get away at least once a year to spend a week in Mexico scuba diving and enjoying the sun.