Karen Fabiano, MPAff, NCG, COPF – President
Karen Fabiano has been an ERI fiduciary since 2010 and has led the company as President since 2014. She is a Certified Fiduciary, Guardian, and Conservator. Advocacy for vulnerable persons makes Karen’s work meaningful, especially protecting people from financial fraud, and giving voice to the values of persons who can’t speak for themselves. Karen previously worked for the Joint Budget Committee of the Arizona Legislature as a Senior Fiscal Analyst. Additionally, she owned and operated Gaia Home Renovations for 10 years, and was a foster-mom to youth with mental health challenges. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. San Diego in Cultural Anthropology (focus in cross-cultural psychology) and a Master of Public Affairs degree from U. Texas Austin (focus in fiscal administration). Outside the office, Karen devotes many hours to the practice and teaching of Aikido at the Oregon Ki Society. She also enjoys whitewater kayaking, hiking, and backcountry skiing–all with her two dogs along for the fun; and she serves as a Eucharistic minister. Karen is a member of the National Guardianship Association and she is available as a speaker on guardianship, conservatorship, and advance planning.
“I enjoy communicating with persons who have communication impairments. It’s like inventing and using a unique language for each person. I use all kinds of tools to understand the values and needs of persons who have alter-abilities in speech and cognition. Often, my particular contribution to our clients is to make good fiscal plans and budgets. In making difficult choices on behalf of persons under guardianship and conservatorship, I use both decision analysis tools and listening from the heart. I believe that everyone has the right to have their own values carried out. I have lived in Eugene since 2008. After living in the Southwest for decades, I’ve finally found my forever home here in Eugene! ”
Giselle Fuller – Care Manager/Fiduciary – Vice President
Giselle joined ElderCare Resources in 2014. She is a Professional Fiduciary and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Giselle serves as Guardian, Conservator, Trustee, Personal Representative and care manager. She is a Notary Public, too. Being a family caregiver at a young age helped Giselle learn compassion, patience, kindness and encouragement. She has a special talent for relating well to people and for explaining complex health matters so that they can be easily understood. Giselle has more than ten years’ experience in health care. She has worked as a patient advocate, wellness coordinator, and in-home staffing coordinator, and certified medical assistant. Giselle has an Associates in HealthCare Administration from the University of Phoenix. Outside the office, Giselle enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and working with the high school dance team.
“Maya Angelou said it best: people will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. I am very gratified to see our clients feel good again after getting help from our team. Working for ElderCare Resources allows me to use my acquired skills to advocate for and give back to others in unexpected ways. ”
Ron Perez – Fiduciary
A New York native, Ron has called Oregon home since 2005 and spent a large part of his adult life helping people as a CNA. With a degree in Paralegal Studies, Ron has solid footing in both the legal and human side of ElderCare Resources. As a father, he understands the burden of caring for someone else who depends on him to make the right choices. An avid hiker and photographer, you may spot him along the trails or see some of his work at the fairs or local galleries.
Amber Mongan – Fiduciary Assistant
Amber has lived in Lane County since 2008, raising her three young children here. She has been an advocate for civil rights causes, and persons with disabilities for the last 8 years. Amber has over 19 years of management background in industries such as retail, healthcare, and non-profit law. Amber has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration and Project Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Business Administration. She volunteers as the Treasurer for her son’s Cub Scout Pack, and as the Secretary for the National MPS Society. Amber is incredibly detail-oriented and is happy to make systems that work for a variety of situations. She enjoys cake making and gardening.
“In this advancing world that is becoming more technology driven every day, it is extremely important to me that we keep our business systems relevant to meet the needs of our clients. Advocacy is at my core as I actively care for my child who suffers from a rare genetic disease and my husband who is medically retired from the United States Army. I’m confident that we can help you.”
Jackie Fosback – Care Manager
Jackie was raised in a Navy family which exposed her to different regions of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Married, Jackie has lived and worked in the Eugene area for over 20 years. Jackie has a degree in Human Services with a focus on Adult Development and Aging. She specializes in Transplants and Veteran Affairs. Her prior work experience includes customer service, research, and problem resolution. Jackie volunteers for Donate Life NW and the Association of NW Steelheaders as a Board member. She enjoys fishing, reading, sewing, traveling, and playing with her granddaughter.
“Personal experiences have really shaped and influenced the person I am today. The health challenges of my husband and our parents have opened doors that I never knew I wanted to open or explore. My ability to look at situations from different perspectives has helped me to find solutions that work for everyone involved. I am excited to utilize my unique skill set to meet the needs of others.”
Photos by Richard Roman, Peggy Ilene Johnson, and Wendy Gregory