Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training is a 2019 finalist for the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics and the 2020 recipient of the BBB Spark Award for Oregon.
Meet the Team
Alyssa Elting McGuire
Consulting and Training Director
Alyssa Elting McGuire
Isaac Elting McGuire
Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA
Founder, Consulting and Training Director
While working for the State of Oregon - Aging & People with Disabilities (APD) as the adult foster home licensing lead for Washington and Columbia Counties, I listened to providers when they voiced a need for more guidance and support. I worked for the State for 12 years and spent close to eight of those years working with adult foster care homes. In my licensing role, I especially enjoyed working with newly-licensed providers and was encouraged by their enthusiasm, yet I also understood many of the challenges providers faced with little support. Due to this, I decided to pursue my passion of supporting adult foster care home providers through my own business.
In 2017, I accepted a program manager position with the Alzheimer's Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter. As part of my role with the Association, I developed evidence-informed training and facilitated dementia-related training around the state in partnership with Oregon Care Partners.
After a year of contemplation and planning, I decided to take a big leap of faith and establish Oregon Care Home Consulting in October of 2018.
I want to see systemic change, so I work toward positive change for both individual providers and the adult foster home profession. I advocate on behalf of providers at the State level, and work collaboratively to provide wraparound support and services to help providers be successful.
On an individual level, I support adult foster care home providers and operators to come into and stay in compliance with State and county regulatory requirements. I also provide coaching and training to help providers have a business mindset. Additionally, I'm a State-certified Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) instructor and provide highly rated, online EQC training. I also co-developed and co-facilitate our Pre-Service Dementia Training and develop and facilitate continuing education training for providers.
I hold a Master of Public Administration degree with specialization in public management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership with specialization in adult education and training from Portland State University.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, reading, and spending time with family.
Awards & Honors
Isaac Elting McGuire
Co-owner, Advisor to the Team
I'm passionate about building safety, and I have over 25 years of experience in the construction field.
In addition to providing consulting to Oregon Care Home Consulting on construction-related topics, I am a construction inspector for an engineering firm in Portland. Prior to these roles, I worked for 10 years as a building inspector for the City of Hillsboro where I inspected both commercial/industrial buildings and residential homes, including adult foster homes. I was also a specialty carpenter for close to 15 years specializing in ramps, decks and home remodels. Additionally, I have experience as an accessibility specialist and inspector for the Department of Veteran Affairs where I inspected residential homes for accessibility for veterans with disabilities.
I have an associates degree in building inspection technology and a plans examiner certificate. Additionally, I have training in ADA requirements and fire and life safety.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, gardening, riding my motorcycle, teaching motorcycle safety classes through Team Oregon/Oregon State, and spending time in the outdoors.
Oregon Building Codes Division & International Code Council certifications
Communications Coordinator & Trainer
I am honored to have joined the Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training team in January 2021, where I can work with a team whose mission aligns directly with my values in the efforts to support providers' success and ensure quality care for residents. When I was approached by the founder in 2019 to participate in creating and presenting the Pre-Service Dementia training program - I was thrilled. Co-creating and co-presenting with Alyssa has been such a great experience, I am even more excited now to be officially on the team.
I am a family man, and I am a caregiver. I have been a professional caregiver since 2003, and I had the honor of caring for my wife's grandmother in our family home for 2.5 years, the last year of which she was on hospice. Caregiver service is my mission in life.
After serving in the Navy as a first responder on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, I began working in long-term care and fell in love with dementia care. I spent six years as a CNA working in memory care. Since 2005, I have worked as an independent caregiver specializing in providing care for individuals living with dementia and developmental disabilities, and have provided care in memory care, assisted living, skilled nursing, and in adult foster home settings.
I spent four years with the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter as a program coordinator. In this role, I coordinated the Memories in the Making program, provided regular consultation to families facing dementia, and conducted dementia-related training around the state for both caregivers and first responders, and also worked directly with OHSU neurologists in clinic to provide direct consult to patients and families diagnosed with different dementias. At different times in my career I managed teams of 100 caregivers/staff for assisted living and memory care, and for in-home care.
From 2010 - 2012 I was an instructor of the dementia care practice course at Portland Community College and I was instructor for the care and service coordination class (GRN 240) at PCC during fall term, 2021.
I have an undergraduate degree in human studies and gerontology from Marylhurst University. Additionally, I studied at the Marylhurst University Graduate School of Gerontology. I am a former board member of the Oregon Gerontological Association.
I am originally from Marblehead, Ohio and I have lived in the Pacific NW since 1999.
Past Leadership Positions
Awards and Nominations
Executive Support Specialist
Hi, my name is Kim Sunderlin. I'm a Pacific Northwest Native from Washington and have spent the last 17 years here in Oregon with my wonderful husband and daughter.
I joined the Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training team after working over 15 years for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) where I served our community in a number of different areas. I worked closely with the TVF&R public education team throughout the District and all the cities served by TVF&R on educating the community on fire dangers and safety. I spent a number of years supporting their Logistics and IT departments at the TVF&R command center in Tigard. I continued as an executive assistant for the CFO and executive team; managing complex scheduling, daily tasks and organization, along with communications between upper management were just a few of my daily tasks.
I come to the Oregon Care Home Consulting team with a great attitude and a heart to help others. I'm very excited to work with a group of individuals that I have so much respect for and proud of the difference they are making. With the level of integrity and care they provide, they continue to truly make a difference in lives. I'm happy to come on board and excited to be a part of a great team!