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Program Director
Vikki Blanchard, RN

I was born in Portland, Oregon and I have lived in Oregon my whole life. My Career in Healthcare began at the age of 15 with my first job. I started as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Long Term Care while working my way through school. Through school I progressed from a Certified Nursing Assistant to a Licensed Practical Nurse, then to a Registered Nurse. In 1980I left Long Term Care to work at OHSU. Working on 9C I supported Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Trauma, and ENT. I was very proficient at vent weaning and getting patients back to normalcy. I rejoice in positive outcomes and seeing patients regain their health. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and riding my Mustang Horses.

Nursing Instructor
David Pflugrad, RN

I'm a Registered Nurse and Health Educator working with ARK Foundation. Some of my key responsibilities are training students while evaluating their performance in meeting patient needs in a safe and accurate manner. I believe in providing the highest level of skilled and compassionate care while also maintaining patient dignity. I graduated from Walla Walla University with a BSN and received my MPH from Loma Linda University. I have worked in a wide variety of healthcare settings and enjoy the relationships I've developed over the years with colleagues and patients. I have been consistently impressed with the synergy and accomplishments that can be achieved as care personnel work with their charges. In my free time I like to travel and explore new places.

Nursing Instructor
Jay Barone, RN

I grew up on a dairy farm and developed a strong work ethic at an early age. I worked in a butcher shop, paid for my college education, and graduated from Rhode Island College with a BS in Nursing in 1975.  Upon graduation, passing the state boards and RN license in hand, I was off and running to new lands and work life experiences. 

California welcomed me with open arms and multiple job opportunities became immediately available. I loved California and the variety of lifestyles so much, I went on a bicycle trip along the West Coast to find a community to live.  The playful side of me wanted to choose San Diego, but the serious side won over.  I decided to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I worked in a variety of health care settings. My favorite employment was at San Quentin State Prison, where I worked for the last 16 years of my nursing career.  I was the Mental Health Nurse Educator and designated subject-matter expert in several areas.  San Quentin was unique, challenging, and rewarding. 

Upon retirement, my wife and I traveled domestically and internationally for one year. We decided to settle down in Dundee and purchased a small home in August 2020.  Married over 31 years with two beautiful children.  They were raised to be fearless and independent, and yet they both returned from overseas to be near us. In retirement, I have decided to teach and train nurses, which I love doing.  Nursing was good to me and hope to encourage other people to become nurses.  I am active, social, enjoy family activities and participate in yoga and meditation which keeps me grounded and centered.

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Administrative Assistant
Kirsten Rhodes, CNA2

I started in the Care Field a little over 8 1/2 years ago. I worked in a Care Facility for 7 1/2 years. I enjoy helping others making people smile and just simply making a difference in someone's life. I enjoy being a Caregiver. Being a part of ARK Foundation has given me more knowledge about care and how to be a better Caregiver. I still have lots of room to grow and learn new things about providing care. I do enjoy helping the students and working with the Instructor David.

President/Board Member
Lionel Larmanger

I have a decade of experience working within the Health Maintenance field for the Pacific Northwest region. In this time, I’ve provided quality customer service for my patients, while focusing on their needs as clients. More personally I hail from Paris, France, where I learned to appreciate the diversity of people. This has also granted me the unique privilege to have staffed around the world. I'm also the proud father of four and am an avid dog lover. While working in Health Maintenance, I’ve made many connections with local businesses. These include but aren’t limited to local healthcare facilities and hospitals, Veterans Office, Aloha Business Association, Washington County, Yamhill County, and Marion County.  

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