Our People: Bellewood's Dedicated Staff & Exceptional Residents
Longtime staff and residents give Bellewood a sense of place. They work, play and live in a senior community that fosters friendships, and, over time, becomes family. Come and experience the difference.
MEET OUR MANAGER.
Setting the tone and steering the ship at Bellewood is Alona Horner, an experienced manager whose first and last job is ensuring that your experience here is safe, enjoyable, and engaging. The daughter of two U.S. Army personnel, Alona grew up in a number of states and overseas before making the Pacific Northwest home with her husband, two children, and their cat and two dogs. When she’s not here leading our staff and finding new ways to delight residents, Alona enjoys puzzles, a good glass of wine, and two-stepping with her husband. Huskies take notice: Alona is a diehard Coug (is there any other kind?).
FRESH IN EVERY WAY.
In our dining room, Executive Chef Frank Blanchard and his staff create their own menus (with plenty of input from residents) and prepare all meals from scratch, on-site. They use seasonal herbs from our garden to add flavor and flair. And they tailor meals to residents' preferences and individual dietary needs. "Nothing here is dictated by some big corporation," says Frank, who has been with Bellewood for over a decade. "Not our dining service, and not the way we treat our residents."
WHAT “LIFEMINDED” LOOKS LIKE.
After moving to the Northwest from Pittsburg, resident Edith Kish has embraced our LifeMinded approach. She loves our exercise program, takes part in as many outings as possible, and somehow finds time to knit scarves as part of our volunteer program. “I have always believed that life is what you make it,” says Edith. “Living here helps me make the most of every day.”
RAISING A GLASS TO THE GOOD LIFE.
Along with a good glass of wine... All we can say to that is “cheers.”
WHEN “RETIREMENT” IS RELATIVE.
Arlene Militech has been a familiar face at Bellewood since 2008. A former social worker, her passion for helping the underserved hasn’t cooled. Arlene stays connected with her profession by staying in touch with former colleagues and hosts a monthly book group focused on social justice. An avid reader, she also hosts our Tea Lover’s Talk book group.
LIFE IN BLOOM.
“One of the things we enjoy about living here is that we can continue to pursue our interests, and gardening is at the top of my wife’s list.”
At Bellewood you not only get to keep doing the things you love but you can make what is often a solitary endeavor a social one if you choose. Meeting your neighbors while you tend your garden is the perfect example.