Nilsen named administrator of Macdonald Residence Assisted Living

Facility is a part of Maybelle Center for Community

Linda Nilsen has accepted the position of administrator of Macdonald Residence, an assisted living facility located at the Maybelle Center for Community in downtown Portland. The announcement came from Bill Sherer, CEO of Mennonite Services Northwest (MSNW) and Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Maybelle Center.

“We are excited to have Linda serving in this important leadership role,” Sherer said. “She brings many years of executive healthcare leadership experience, a commitment to the mission of the Macdonald Residence assisted living facility and a new energy and vision for serving those who call Macdonald Residence their home.”

Prior to coming to Macdonald Residence, Nilsen served as executive director of the Portland-based non-profit, Project Access NOW.

“I am energized and honored to take part in moving Macdonald Residence into its next organizational life-cycle,” said Nilsen. “The last several months have been especially difficult for assisted living facilities across the nation. Macdonald Residence is perfectly poised to come out of this challenging time with better clarity and deeper commitment to the residents it serves. I sincerely believe that the best is always yet to come.”

Macdonald Residence is part of Maybelle Center for Community, a nonprofit in Portland committed to disrupting social isolation since 1991. Maybelle Center collaborates with residents in more than 30 buildings in the downtown area who face barriers to meaningful connection. Macdonald Residence is a 54-room assisted living facility serving some of Portland’s most vulnerable populations with 24/7 care. It is also one of the few 100% Medicaid facilities in the nation. The facility is managed by Mennonite Management Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MSNW. Mennonite Services Northwest is a faith-based, nonprofit management and consulting company with expertise in providing life-enriching health and housing services to the aging and individuals experiencing developmental disabilities.

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