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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.

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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.

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Assistant
Kirsten Rhodes

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.

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President/Board Member
Keri Julian

I have worked in the health and technical field for several years. Working firsthand with clients and direct care providers I was inspired to help others better their education and assist the community in a better light. I believe that with the proper training and determination, everyone can leave the world better than they found it. One of my favorite quotes is ‘Change is the essential process of all existence’ by Spock. In my free time, I enjoy camping, spending time with my son exploring, and rescuing/rehabbing various reptiles.