Serving residents for over 50 years, Columbia Basin Care is the only community-owned, not-for-profit, long-term care facility in the region. We operate with highly skilled and dedicated staff, a volunteer Board of Directors, and a management company providing oversight and support. While Wasco County owns the building and grounds, Columbia Basin is an independent company with local control and decision-making. With a resident-centered approach, we emphasize personal attention and continuity of care, and serve a wide range of individuals, from intensive, long-term medical needs to those with short-term rehabilitation care. We feature an on-site geriatric nurse practitioner, and a team of physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Dr. Stephen McLennon, MD
For over 25 years, Dr. Stephen McLennon has worked as a physician in The Dalles, with a focus on family medicine, occupational medicine and urgent care.
In addition to his work at Columbia Basin Care, he serves as Medical Director for the Deschutes Rim Clinic in Maupin, Hearts of Hospice in Hood River, and is attending physician at Oregon Veterans’ Home.
McLennon is a drummer with two local bands, and has facilitated hundreds of drum circles for fun and stress reduction. He and his wife, Heidi, enjoy hiking, gardening and cooking.
Aubree blends heart and mind to successfully lead a facility of over 60 residents and more than 80 employees.
An Oregon native, she is a graduate of Oregon State University where she earned a degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy, and a minor in Business. “I have a passion for geriatrics,” she says. “Long-term care is a critical part of the health system. How we treat our elderly is a direct reflection of who we are, and what we value.”
At Columbia Basin Care, she says, “I get to spend one-on-one time in building relationships with residents, their families, and staff. We get to know each other, and create meaningful connections and experiences.”
Born and raised in Hood River, Aubree lives in The Dalles. “My roots are here,” she says. “I wanted to return home to make a difference in the community I cherish.”
When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, hiking, riding horses, and playing with her two pups, Theo and Brody.
Food Service Director
Joe Fischer was named Food Service Director in 2017, after serving nearly three years as a cook at Columbia Basin Care.
Joe has worked throughout the Columbia Gorge region, including 15 years as a CNA/CMA, and eight years with Heart of Hospice. In addition, he is a certified administrator for Assisted Living Facilities/Resident Care facilities.
With his background, Joe is naturally drawn to improving the lives of others. “I’ll always be an advocate for the Resident,” he says, “and will work to find the nutrition and diet best suited to each person.”
Medical Records Director
Dedicated and loyal, Janet has worked at Columbia Basin Care for nearly 30 years, and has served in many capacities, including nurse aide, human resources, and activities director.
Social Services Director, LPN
Delena joined Columbia Basin in 2011 as a Charge Nurse and was named Social Services Director in 2012.
For over a decade, Drew has headed marketing communications for organizations focused on hunger, homelessness, literacy, and health.
Resident Care Manager, RN
A graduate of Columbia Gorge Community College, Julie has worked in long-term care for nearly a decade.
As a “military child” her family moved frequently, until settling in the Columbia Gorge. She attended Lyle High School and now lives in The Dalles with her husband, Matt (who is also a nurse). When not working, Julie enjoys painting, and spending time with her pets: five dogs and two cats.
RESIDENT CARE MANAGER ASSISTANT, LPN
Priscilla has over 25 years of nursing experience. She worked several years as a traveling nurse and enjoyed spending time among new faces and places.
After crisscrossing the country — living in Florida, California, Missouri and more — she chose to make her home in The Dalles.Prior to joining Columbia Basin Care she worked 10 years as a charge nurse at Oregon Veterans’ Home. Now, as RCM Assistant she integrates her hands-on nursing knowledge with medical management skills. “This role provides a broader view,” she says, “allowing me to see the correlation between jobs and how we can all work together to provide the best care.”Priscilla has two teenage sons and a beloved dog, Chia. While she’s happy to relax at home watching movies and reading true-crime novels, she’s got an eye on her next travel adventure: Italy!
Assistant Medical Director
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Columbia Basin is the only nursing home in the region with an on-site Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
Director of Nursing, RN
A long-time resident of The Dalles, Leana provides leadership to our team of caregivers and oversees the clinical needs of over 60 residents.
She earned a nursing degree from Columbia Gorge Community College and has a unique depth of health care experience, working her way from certified nursing assistant to medical records, to staffing coordinator, to resident care manager, to assistant director of nursing, to director of nursing.
Leana is married to Jasen Tennison, who also works at Columbia Basin Care. You can spot the couple cruising around town in their bright yellow 1963 Austin Healey Roadster.
Environmental Services Director
Gregg joined Columbia Basin Care in 2007, overseeing facility operations and maintenance.
Gregg’s always been a hard worker. At 12 years old he was pumping gas and working in the family swimming pool and spa business. A man of many skills, he’s worked as a carpenter, heavy equipment operator, office equipment salesman, and insurance agent. He served as a Wasco County Search & Rescue volunteer for 10 years and a Wasco County Reserve Deputy for five years.
In addition, Gregg is an avid photographer (and took these great staff photos!) and enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, clamming and exploring backroads.
Business Office Manager
Kim has kept books balanced and business running smoothly for over 30 years.
Alesia was born and raised in The Dalles, and has worked as Activity Director since 2013.
Infection Control, LPN
Erin grew up in Klickitat, and has lived throughout central and eastern Washington and Oregon.
Prior to nursing, she worked as a corrections officer, and a licensed day care provider. A graduate of Columbia Gorge Community College, she’s known as focused, friendly and firm. Erin has empathy for the elderly. “It’s an honor to be a part of their lives,” she says. “You can learn so much from their experiences.”
Erin and her husband live in The Dalles. Her two adult daughters are pursuing careers in law enforcement.
Resident Care Manager, RN
Mario has worked as Charge Nurse since 2015 and a Resident Care Manager since 2017. He is a graduate of Columbia Gorge Community College and is advancing his nursing education with coursework at Linfield College in Portland.
“I enjoy getting to know the people I take care of,” he says. “You form bonds and friendships, and that makes my work meaningful.” Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in The Dalles. In his free time, Mario enjoys hiking, painting, astronomy, and spending time with his daughter.
Resident Care Manager, BSN
Alea joined Columbia Basin Care in 2017, and previously spent over a decade as a psychiatric nurse with an emphasis on geriatrics, working in acute care settings.
She grew up in Virginia and holds a nursing degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. The daughter of a military father, Alea was born in Germany and has lived “everywhere.” In 2017, she moved to The Dalles to be near family.
Nursing runs in her family. “My mother was a nurse, my sister was a nurse,” Alea says. “I believe in care, compassion, and hugs.”
Alea is mother to a teenage daughter and enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring her new community.