Washington Odd Fellows Home
Meet our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Miguel joined our community in August 2022 and has hit the ground running. He brings a lot of great ideas and has vast experience from working in Acute care health administration and as an Executive in long term care management. With an extensive background working with not for profit, continuing care communities he will continue to serve the Odd Fellows mission well. Miguel strives to exceed expectations in resident care. His emphasis is empowering team members with resources to ensure accountability, solutions, and progress. Miguel has a unique background having served in so many capacities as a military veteran in the Army, a pharmacist, a board member for Galen College of Nursing, and an addictions affiliate with MD Anderson. Miguel is passionate about so many things, including really good coffee, bright socks, traveling with family, and spending time with his rescue dog, Manny.
Chief Financial Officer
Terry was hired as Chief Financial Officer in 2003, overseeing the financial activities of Odd Fellows Home, including budgeting, accounting, and long-term financial planning. Terry is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Central Washington University.
After nearly 20 years with Odd Fellows Home, 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.
EVP of Healthcare Operations
Jet Bartholomew has recently joined Odd Fellows as our Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Jet has run facilities in both Texas and Washington. Jet has had vast experiences in healthcare, including starting up three of her own healthcare companies. She obtained her Masters in Health Service Administration and will utilize these experiences and her expertise to further the services and great mission the Odd Fellows Home provides to its residents. When asked what brought Jet to our community, it was her heart for the Senior population. She wants to give back to the generation that has taught her about love, passion, and serving others. Besides her unique healthcare experiences, Jet is a Navy Veteran and was a DoD contractor in Iraq for 4 years during the Operation Iraqi Freedom War. She lives for adventure including riding Harleys, kayaking, fishing, camping, and spending quality time with family. Jet has an excellent outlook on life and wants to give back to the community that gave so much in their lives and to make sure their needs and healthcare are best met.
Assisted Living Administrator
Kari joined the Odd Fellows home in 2010 bringing with her 14 years of experience in the health care industry. Kari obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1997 and her Master’s Degree in Social work in 1998, both from Walla Walla University. Kari has made her home in our Walla Walla Valley and believes in the sense of community you’ll find here. It is that sense of community that fosters her belief in life’s villages. The phrase “It takes a village” is very meaningful to Kari. She takes great pride in being part of the Odd Fellows village and being a part of the every day lives of the fabulous group of people who call Odd Fellows their home. She learns something new from our residents each and every day. Kari is a wife, mother to two beautiful, but not so little, young adults and two fur babies. Her family is her greatest joy! When not at work, you’ll find Kari and her family enjoying quality time together, often around a bonfire, in the mountains or somewhere near the water. You’ll hear her little family before you see them, laughter always abounds!
EVP of Marketing & 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 worked at Odd Fellows Home for almost 20 years, she has appreciated the sense of community found throughout the Odd Fellows Home. Whether living here, 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 adult children, JC & Jordan. She enjoys traveling with family, hiking, biking, and enjoying the amazing sunsets in Walla Walla.
Director of Nursing
Erica Bloom, RN
Erica Bloom started at Odd Fellows in 1998 working as a CNA. Her passion towards caring for others led her on a path to obtain her nursing degree. She eventually returned to Odd Fellows where she has worked in many different capacities as a nurse. Most recently, Erica was promoted as our Director of Nursing Services. Those that have met Erica through the years, know she has a heart so big that residents and their families become extended family to her. Erica shares “when I walk in the doors, it always feels like home.” Being a nurse allows me to have a strong, emotional connection with the residents and family members I am privileged to take care of. Erica embraces this same attitude with her co-workers, creating an environment where we can all work collaboratively and support each other in growth and opportunities. Outside of work, Erica enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys exercising, playing tennis, and walking her dog, Sugar. Sugar also is a part of the Odd Fellows family, as she comes to work with Erica and enjoys cuddles with the residents.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Nathanial Murphy is currently serving as our EVP of Human Resources. Nathanial graduated from Grand Canyon University with his MBA and Emphasis in Strategic Human Resource Management. Nathanial education and past experiences as a business owner gives him a unique perspective. He states, “Human Resources was once described to me as internal customer service. Simply treat your people the way you want them to treat the customers.” Nathanial strives to develop training programs and a workplace culture that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all, that will help us better serve our residents and families. Nathanial is an avid fisherman. When the weather does not permit fishing, he enjoys videogames as well as shooting sports. His biggest passion is his family whom he spends as much time with as possible.
EVP of Environmental Services
Pete Harsin came to Odd Fellows in June of 2020. Prior to taking this new position, Pete had been working as a Superintendent and Project Manager in Commercial construction for the past 20+ years, all in northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. In fact, it was a construction project here at Odd Fellows that introduced Pete to the organization. When approached with the opportunity, he already knew it was a nice place to be and decided to stay. The friendly culture here at Odd Fellows was the main attraction to this position, “The Residents here are so appreciative of all that we do”. As well as continuing with creative re-models around the campus, Pete overseas the maintenance department as well as the grounds department. And serves as the facilities safety officer. Outside of work, Pete enjoys restoring and riding old motorcycles, shooting sports, camping, skiing and discovering new wineries and restaurants.
Director of Activities
Lisa’s roots are deep in the Walla Walla Valley, being a 5th Generation resident of this beautiful, friendly city. Growing up in a family of twelve, she credits that as to why she loves people and the value of family. She began her career at the Odd Fellows in 2006, as an Activity Coordinator in West Care Center, and is now elated to be the Director of Activities. Prior to work here on our campus, Lisa stayed very busy with home-schooling her two girls, as well as overseeing the home-based therapy programming for her son. She then worked outside the home as a real estate agent for a couple years before settling her feet into the work that her heart has always been drawn to. After three years of working as an Activity Director at another local Assisted Living Facility, Lisa was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in one of our care centers. Lisa is excited to continue her love of bringing fun into the lives of others, sharing smiles with all of our residents, and continuing the teamwork and family-like atmosphere that makes this place a nice place to call home.
Director of Dietary Services
Evelyn moved to the Walla Walla Valley after commuting from Tri-Cities for the first 3 years of employment at the Home. She has enjoyed becoming a part of the Walla Walla and Odd Fellows community. She has a bachelor's degree in food and nutrition and is a certified dietary manager, certified food protection professional. She enjoys working with the dietary team and other departments to provide quality care and nutrition to the residents that come and live at the Odd Fellows Home. In her free time, she enjoys time in nature which includes camping and hiking with her husband and pets. She is grateful for the opportunity to work in long term care where she feels that dining is essential to a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Director of Laundry Services
Selma Castillo has been an integral part of our team at the Odd Fellows Home for 32 years and is excited when she describes the services we are able to provide for our residents. In 2013, the Washington Odd Fellows Home became the first facility in the Walla Walla Valley to invest in a new, state of the art Ozone washing machine. to provide even more protection to our residents, to reduce chemical usage, to ensure cleaner water, and reduce utilities such as water and gas. Selma strives to create an environment where laundry team members show good work ethic and loyalty to the residents, staff, and mission of the Odd Fellows Home. Selma shares there is nothing more rewarding than hearing positive feedback from residents and family members about the wonderful care we provide. Outside of work, Selma loves cooking, throwing parties, and potlucks. She is married to Jesse and a proud mother of 4 children and grandmother of 8.
Director of Housekeeping
Maria Contreras has been serving as our Director of Housekeeping for 18 years. Maria takes great pride in ensuring her team effectively disinfects and sanitizes every room, hallway, and common area on the Odd Fellows Campus. The historic brick building is reveled by many for the condition it remains in after nearly 100 years. It’s a true testament of the years of dedicated housekeeping service provided to maintain the beauty and eloquence in this part of our facility. Maria is also passionate and sincere about ensuring each room is ready when residents move in. Maria talks about how rewarding it is to be a part of the lives of those who come for a rehab stay or others that live in our facility. I enjoy working with residents and bringing a little happiness to their day. Simply being able to say “how are you” and seeing a smile on their face is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Maria is a devoted mother who spends a lot of her spare time caring for her disabled son. She also enjoys doing activities with her grandchildren.