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. ”
Linh Taylor – Fiduciary
With a B.S. in Healthcare Administration, Linh joined ElderCare Resources in 2016 with a strong background in international medical coordination, healthcare quality control, scientific research, and business process improvement. Linh believes in simplifying care processes for the benefit of the care receiver. Linh enjoys reading the Economist, going to Shakespeare plays, getting in touch with her friends from overseas, traveling, and doing Zumba.
“Working in a team where everyone wants to support one another to work toward our clients’ best interests has been one of my career goals. With ElderCare Resources, I found just the place. Every day that goes by at ElderCare Resources is a day when I know that I have made a positive impact. For that, I am honored and proud to be a part of the ERI team.”
Teresa Taylor – Care Manager
Teresa joined our team in 2016 as a Care Manager. Teresa comes to ERI with many years of experience serving elders and their families. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology, she spent five years managing a home health agency, and many years managing nonprofit programs for families living in poverty and escaping domestic violence. Most recently, Teresa served for twelve years as Administrator of a continuing care community with retirement living, assisted living, and memory care programs.
“I grew up on a cattle ranch in a very remote area of southeast Oregon. My wonderful childhood included a very close relationship with my grandmother. This relationship, and my time in the Gerontology program at the University of Oregon, led to my passion for alternative and respectful living solutions for elders. Working with the team at ERI allows me to serve from the heart, confident in the professionalism and integrity of our work.”
Jackie Fosback – Assistant 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.”
Cindy Cobb – Administrative Coordinator
A native of the Northwest, Cindy’s background in the legal and finance industries is a benefit to those who are navigating the insurance and healthcare systems. She is excited to be part of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of others. Cindy joined the ElderCare team in 2016. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cycling, live music, and the great outdoors.
“I appreciate the diverse backgrounds of the ElderCare team and the compassionate, collaborative, and supportive problem solving that we are able to bring to our clients as a result.”
Photos by Richard Roman, Peggy Ilene Johnson, and Makayla McKinney