Karen Fabiano, MPAff, NCG, COPF – President
Karen Fabiano has been the President of ERI since 2014 and served as an ERI fiduciary since 2012. She is a Certified Fiduciary, Guardian, and Conservator. Karen previously owned and operated Gaia Home Renovations in Phoenix, Arizona for 10 years, and was a foster-mom to youth with mental health diagnoses. Additionally, Karen served as a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the Joint Budget Committee of the Arizona Legislature. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C. San Diego in Cultural Anthropology – cross-cultural psychology, cognitive studies, myth and symbolism, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from U. Texas Austin – public policy and administration. Karen is a member of the National Guardianship Association. Outside the office, Karen devotes many hours to the practice of Aikido at the Oregon Ki Society. She holds the rank of Shodan (1st black belt) and assists with instruction. Karen is fluent in Italian and reads in Spanish and French. She is also a Eucharistic minister at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Karen enjoys teaching and public speaking on guardianship, conservatorship, and advance planning for decision making. Her hobbies include whitewater kayaking, hiking, and backcountry skiing–all with her two dogs along for the fun.
“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
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 they are easily understood. Giselle has more than ten years’ experience in health care. She has worked as a patient advocate and as an in-home staffing coordinator, and got her start as a certified medical assistant. Giselle is an Oregon notary. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services (expected 2016) and has an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix in Healthcare Administration. Giselle is a National Certified Guardian.
“Working for ElderCare Resources allows me to use my acquired skills to advocate and give back to others in unexpected ways. I appreciate something my mother taught me: ‘It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.’ ”
Diana Goodman, MS
In 1990 Diana co-founded the business model that is now ElderCare Resources. She has worked in public and private geriatric care management since 1980. She is a guardian, conservator, trustee, and care manager. Diana values her long-term relationships with clients and wants to be by her clients’ side whenever they need her. She still assists her first Guardian/Conservator client, with whom she has worked for over 20 years. Diana has an extensive community leadership record, including service on the Laurel Hill Center Board of Directors and on the Lane Council of Government’s Senior Services Advisory Council. She was honored in 2015, along with ElderCare Resources Co-Founder, Letty Morgan, with the SPIN (Senior Provider Information Network of Lane County) Award for her service to elderly and disabled persons in our community and for mentoring our senior professionals. Diana is a National Certified Guardian.
“It’s the personal relationships and a commitment to, hopefully, improving the quality of one’s life that provide me with a purpose.”
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’s 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 San Diego military 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. She attends LCC as an NSCS Honor Student, working towards a degree in Human Services. She specializes in Transplants and Veteran Affairs, and her prior work experience includes customer service, research, and problem resolution. Jackie volunteers for Donate Life NW and a nonprofit fish hatchery, is a Board member for the Association of NW Steelheaders, and enjoys fishing, reading, sewing, 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 to 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 and Peggy Iileen Johnson