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About the Village Green Retirement Campus Team

You won't find another retirement community like Village Green anywhere within or around Federal Way. From the beginning, we have focused on creating a breathtaking natural setting, and ensuring that our practices are as eco-friendly as possible - offering sustainability, and promoting a healthy green lifestyle. We believe in the healing powers of nature and the peacefulness and tranquility that can only be found by embracing the beauty of the outdoors.

In addition to maintaining our gorgeous grounds, we are constantly searching for ways to become even greener, and that desire is partially manifested in the conscientious gardening. We never give up looking for ways to make Village Green greener.

All of this, in addition to our beautiful homes, staff, and exciting events makes Village Green the natural choice for senior living.

  • Personal gardens and pea patches
  • Eco-friendly
  • Sustainable living
  • Recycling
  • Lush surroundings
  • Serene walking paths

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Meet the Village Green Staff

Kim Salas at Village Green Retirement Campus

Kim Salas


Village Green Executive Director

Kim Salas has been Village Green’s executive Director since March of 2017. Kim has been working in senior housing and post-acute skilled care for more than 30 years. She began her career as an Admissions Director in skilled nursing.  Kim previously held regional, divisional and corporate leadership roles in sales & marketing, program development, business development and operations for more than 17 years. After transitioning back to operations joust over 4 years ago, she quickly discovered that her passion truly is operations because it encompasses every aspect of senior living and allows her to be more involved with the residents and her team on a daily basis.

Kim feels that Powell Communities is truly a unique organization. She enjoys the genuine authenticity of the company, the owners and the senior leadership. The Powell family is truly committed to serving the residents who live in their communities and the individuals who work for them, and they are engaged in the communities.

The most positive way that Kim impacts the lives of the residents in her community is to be present and engaged in activities and events, she feels that it is very important to take the time to be involved. She loves getting to know our residents and their families.

When not at Village Green, Kim and her husband love doing anything outdoors. They enjoy hiking, camping and skiing, and their favorite outdoor activity is kayaking. They also love spending time with their daughters whenever possible.

“Let your faith be stronger than your fear.”

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Katie Krause


Village Green Sales Director

Katie Krause has been at Village Green since 2017, prior to joining us, she was at Daystar for 2 years. Katie’s first jobs were in retirement communities, which led her to the University of Washington where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Art, as well as a certificate in gerontology.

Katie really enjoys getting to know the residents in our community, helping them find the positives, feeling connected, and making sure they are comfortable. She loves engaging everyone, listening to them and hearing their stories.

In her down time, Katie likes finding new restaurants, paddling boarding with her Golden Retriever Penny, and camping with her husband.
“Life is like a camera, focus on the important, capture the good, develop from the negative and if things don’t work out, take another shot.”

Kerren Williams at Village Green Retirement Campus

Kerren Williams


Village Green Sales Director

Kerren Williams has been with Village Green since September of 2010. Kerren joined our team with over 32 years of superior customer service in various positions with a very diverse clientele, and has a background in accounting and human resources.

Kerren very much enjoys the flexibility in decision making that comes with working at a small, family owned company. She finds that listening to our residents has an amazing and positive effect on them, and that they love to share and have some amazing stories tell.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and reading.

"To thine own self be true," said by Polonius in Hamlet.

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Jason Kitchel


Senior Sales Director

Jason Kitchel began working for Powell Communities in May of 2018. He joins us here at Powell with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University, and over 25 years of sales and customer service experience including more than 14 years of experience working in Skilled nursing, senior living, and retirement communities.

Jason really enjoys the culture at Powell. We are a family owned business, and everyone truly is treated like family- with integrity and passion, and always keeping in mind The Golden Rule.

There can often be a lot of anxiety surrounding the decision to move family members into a senior community, and Jason strives to put people’s minds at ease as much as possible by listening to them and showing them that this is not the end of the story- it is simply a new chapter and everyone at Powell Communities is here to help continue the story with them, and that we are not an “old folks home” – we truly ARE a community.

When not working, Jason likes to spend time fishing, playing with his two dogs, and working in his yard. He is also a huge sports fan – “Go Cougs!”

Susan Patnode at Village Green Retirement Campus

Susan Patnode (RN)


Village Green Director of Health Services

Susan Patnode joined the Village Green family in January of 2019. Susan has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. Her background includes skilled nursing, psych. nursing, NICU, teaching, and rehabilitation. Susan earned her LPN in California and her RN in Massachusetts.

She loves working with the senior population and genuinely feels that they have so much to offer the staff. Sharing their life stories and their experiences with those that care for them is wonderful and enriching to all. The greatest way that she impacts the lives of the residents is by listening and giving them the time to voice their needs and concerns, and to just talk to them as friends.

In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves going to the movies and reading. Walking on Alki beach, and travelling are also favorite hobbies.

Susan strives to live by The Golden Rule, and to always be kind.

 

Michael Lesh at Village Green Retirement Campus

Michael Lesh


Village Green Senior Dining Services Director

Michael Lesh has been working at Village Green since 2008. Prior to joining the team at Village Green, Michael had experience working in airports, five-star dining establishments, sports and recreation venues, convention centers, hospitals, as well as skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living.
His favorite thing about Village Green is working with the residents, and he really enjoys the positive impact that communicating and talking with the seniors in our community has on them.
In his free time, he enjoys working in his yard and in his shop.
Michael lives by the motto “Strive for The Best.”

Judy Gray at Village Green Retirement Campus

Judy Gray


Village Green Office Manager

Judy Gray has been with Village Green since June of 2012. She joined us with 15 years of experience, and a background in Skilled Nursing.

Judy most enjoys helping to make each day better and richer for our residents, and helping to keep them as independent as possible for as long as possible.

Some of Judy’s favorite ways to positively impact the lives of our community members are to be there for them when they need support, to help them with daily chores, to lend an ear, and to strive to become a second family to them.

Outside of work, Judy enjoys travelling to warm places, hiking, biking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Erna Hajderevic at Village Green Retirement Campus

Erna Hajderevic


Village Green Activities Director Director

Erna Hajderevic graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies with a focus on Seniors, and a minor in Diversity. She spent her externship at the Pike Market Senior Center where she enjoyed promoting a voice for the seniors in the community.
Before joining Village Green in September 2018, Erna previously worked as both a CNA and Activities Director. She comes to us with many years’ experience working with and for seniors in the area.
Erna relishes her role as Activities Director at Village Green for the opportunity to nurture and enrich the lives of the seniors in our community while also becoming a trusted ear so as to develop activities that meet their individual needs.
Erna appreciates how kind and positive both the residents and staff are at Village Green and feels that there is a really wonderful mix of independent and assisted living residents. She also enjoys how beautiful and green the community is.
When not working, Erna enjoys mellow time with her growing family to recharge and spends time making sure to practice great self-care so that she can bring as much focus and energy to her job as possible.
A favorite quote of Erna’s is “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”

The Village Green Family Story

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Village Green feels like home because it has been created by the love of a family. Since Monte Powell and his father Cecil first stood in the midst of its tall firs, Village Green and its residents have had a place in their family's heart. Four generations of Powell's have worked together to create, maintain and manage some of the finest, award-winning retirement residences in the Northwest.

You'll see beauty wherever you look at Village Green Retirement Community. There are perennial gardens, walking paths and majestic woods nearby. It's the ideal place for comfortable and active senior living

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