Our Team Members

Commitment to Service Above and Beyond

Whispering Winds in Bend, OR, has a staff of caring and compassionate professionals who are fully-trained and have extensive experience providing exceptional services to seniors.

Carrie Kasch

Carrie Kasch

Carrie Kasch is the General Manager of Whispering Winds. She has worked for us since 2005. She is honored to be a part of a team that shares the same philosophy and dedication to enriching the lives of our residents. The sense of family that is shared between our residents, their families, and our employees is why Carrie loves coming to work every day!

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Shannon Bennett, Assistant Manager

Shannon Bennett started her career with Whispering Winds as the Assistant Manager in 2023. Her favorite part of the job is her relationships and connections with the residents and staff. She has been in Bend since 2004. She has spent most of her career in Central Oregon in Marketing in the Health Care and Senior Industry. In addition, Shannon is a very active member of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend and served as President of the Club for two terms. She has been nominated as Woman of the Year through the Bend Chamber and won the Most Accomplished Under 40 Award in 2018. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Bend Class of 2019.

Shannon enjoys volunteering and helping with fundraisers and sits on her Rotary Club’s board of Directors. When not working and volunteering, she spends her free time reading, painting, and exploring Central Oregon with her two dogs and fiancée Nick.

Angela Vanderpool, Marketing Director

Angela Vanderpool, Director of Culture Engagement

Angela Vanderpool is the director of culture and engagement at Whispering Winds. She has spent the last 15 years working for our company. She is a certified life coach and an advanced grief recovery specialist. She is passionate about empowering our employees to live their best lives and experience tremendous personal and professional fulfillment. She also leads a support group for people struggling with parents who are aging or struggling with any health issues.

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Judy Duggan, Assistant Manager

Judy Duggan, Marketing Director

Judy Duggan is the Community Relations Director of Whispering Winds. She started her career with us in 2013. She loves working here because everyone is a part of one, big, extended, happy family. She loves that part of her job duties is to have fun and make people smile. Call her today, and she will show you everything Whispering Winds has to offer.

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Ron Hillard, Housekeeping Manager

Ron Hillard, Hospitality Director

Ron Hillard is the Hospitality Director for Whispering Winds. He started working with us in 2010. The thing he loves most about his job is the residents. Being able to share their stories and memories is truly special.

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Amber Mcglynn, Executive Chef

Amber Mcglynn joined the Whispering Winds community as an executive chef in 2020. She loves working here because she gets to travel the world through food. She enjoys bringing her passion and creativity to create culinary delights for the residents and staff. Amber is excellent at working with the residents who have dietary restrictions and helping them find delicious food that will fit into their diets.

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Talitha Pendergrass, Activity Director

Talitha started as our activity director in 2020. She moved to the area from Fairbanks, Alaska. Talitha is a firm believer of “home is where the heart is” and has undoubtably found a home right here at Whispering Winds. She loves the atmosphere and seizes every opportunity to engage with our residents. She is no stranger to customer service and entertainment; she finds her position the perfect opportunity to utilize her skillset and ensure everyone is having a top-notch time here at Whispering Winds!

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Lisa Gentz, Fitness Director

Lisa Gentz started as the Fitness Director for Whispering Winds in 2016. Expanding the Fitness Program to include two Fitness Directors. Lisa is a Certified Personal Trainer and has a degree in Healthy Older Adults Fitness/Fitness Technology. Lisa is looking forward to using her past experience to help expand the Fitness Program at Whispering Winds.

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Erin Oliveira, Service and Development Manager

Erin started her career with Whispering Winds in 2013. During this time, Erin has worked with almost every department. This experience makes her the perfect person to be our Service and Development Manager; you will likely find Erin all over the building, helping all departments wherever she is needed. Erin also loves working with our employees and creating an inclusive culture.