Leadership Team

Marita Smith, Administrator

I have been in long term care for over 30 years, beginning as a nursing assistant and working in every department before becoming an administrator.  I love working with people and I am honored to be able to provide care to our residents and to help them get to their highest quality of life, usually after they have experienced a traumatic event that brought them to us. Saint Anne provides outstanding nursing and rehabilitation care. We also provide good food and fun to make the healing process much more enjoyable then it otherwise would be.


Ellen Snyder, Director of Nursing Services

I have been an RN for over 30 years and have worked in numerous fields such as medical/surgical nursing, traumatic brain injury, drug and alcohol dependency and the psychiatric field.  I have been in the skilled nursing industry for a number of those years and have achieved several deficiency-free surveys.  I was previously a member of the vocational technical college in Kirkland as well as an active present board member of the Washington State Chapter for Huntington’s Disease.  I love to read and enjoy hiking and taking long walks with my dogs.

Gabriela Ordona, Social Services Director

I started working in long-term care after my MSW program from Walla Walla University. I’ve worked in a skilled nursing facility, home health and hospice before coming to Saint Anne Nursing and Rehab center. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with colleagues that share the same passion for skilled nursing and long-term care. I love being a resource, guide, and support for all the residents. I’m excited to grow as a social worker. On my free time, I enjoy being with friends, family, and my adorable black lab mix.


Jean Rooen, Business Office Manager

I enjoy working in long term care because of the wonderful and interesting residents and families that I get the opportunity to know. Interacting with the residents is a very fun part of my job, whether through activities or individual visiting. I love to go on long walks on my days off, preferably by the water!


Rodney Whiddon, Dietary Manager

I’ have been in long-term care for over 4 years where I started in Georgia then moved here to Washington.  Before that I worked in or around the restaurant business for over 30 years. My wife and I owned our own restaurant in the mountains of Northeast Georgia that specialized in “all you could eat southern buffet”.  We also served German dishes and had our own bakery.  We made everything fresh and from scratch.


Haymi Bekele, Health Information Manager 

I really enjoy working in long term care with the elderly and have learned a lot from them. Our residents have very interesting stories to tell and I love listening to them. I have gained a lot of respect for them. On my off time I love to walk and spend time with friends and family.
Kailash Patel, Payroll/HR Specialist 

I oversee payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and human resources. I have been at Saint Anne for 11 years and enjoy getting to know the residents. I have become very close to the residents and care about them very much. I enjoy yoga, walking and shopping.

Paula Kingsley, Activity Director

I enjoy working at Saint Anne for so many reasons. I love seeing the quick progress our rehab guests achieve and to see their excitement when they are well enough to return home.  Our long-term residents call Saint Anne their home and they really take pleasure in the many activities, their relationships with the staff and other residents, as well as eating great food!  As Activity Director I have the benefit of providing great stimulation and fun for our residents.  When I’m not at Saint Anne, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing on the Oregon Coast, camping and reading.


Minachi Pillay, Laundry Supervisor

I have worked at Saint Anne for over 18 years and feel like it is my home.  I love working with the residents.  When we have special dinners for staff and residents, I will cook food from my native country, the Fiji Islands, which everyone enjoys.  I also enjoy dressing up in my native costume for the residents for these special occasions.