Congratulations to Karen Kilgore, Director of Willson House Child Development Center, named 2012 Employee of the Year! Karen received this award in part for her dedication to child development and her innovate ideas for inter-generational activities at Willson House.
Karen is a Montana native but has found home here in Salem, Oregon. She joined the staff at Willson House Child Development Center in 2010, and holds her Bachelor’s degree in Student and Family Ministry and Psychology from Corban University.
Karen has been working with children and families for the past decade in many facets, including founding and directing a successful summer camp for preschool-aged children in Montana. She brings a wealth of experience as director of our center through serving as lead teacher and in administrative roles at several other facilities. As director, Karen ensures that children enjoy a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment, giving all children room to learn, play, and imagine. When asked what she does at work, Karen
replies with a smile, "I get to play all day! Our center serves children 2.5 through 8 years of age with assistance from our volunteer residents ages 62 or better. Our program fosters a mutually beneficial relationship in a home-like environment that offers a holistic approach for children and seniors. This one-on-one interaction helps keep the kids focused while also helping to keep seniors' cognitive abilities sharp. Years 0-5 are the most formative years in a child’s life and Willson House Child Development Center
helps lay the foundation socially, emotionally, physically and mentally for the children who come here."To learn more about
Willson House Child Development Center, email Karen Kilgore
, or call her at 503-363-5812.
Willson House held the first menu planning meeting of 2013. Residents gave feedback to dietary services staff and the Executive Director. The current menu and dining room service provided topics of conversation and residents made suggestions about things that might increase their dining experience.
During the meeting, residents sampled dishes that the chef would like to introduce to the new menus. These included mushroom, garlic and tortellini soups, shrimp with angel hair pasta and pesto sauce, warm chicken pasta salad, chocolate cake with a light and fluffy peanut butter frosting, as well as diabetic desserts of peach and cream cheese turnovers and filo pastry cups filled with home-made pudding.
The residents voted that all three soups should be added to the menu as well as the chocolate cake and filo pastry cups. Bon Appétit!