Meet Our Team

The Spruce Point Management Team

Melissa Lawrence

Melissa Lawrence

Executive Director

Melissa Lawrence Bio

Melissa joined Spruce Point Assisted Living as its Executive Director in November 2019, bringing with her more than two decades of experience in healthcare leadership. As Executive Director, she oversees and directs the day-to-day functions and efficient operations of the community in accordance with all Federal, State, and local regulations as well as all company policies and procedures. In this capacity, she also ensures the highest level of quality care for residents while maintaining the community’s financial stability and creating a harmonious working environment for all caregivers and staff members.

Prior to joining Spruce Point, Melissa was the Executive Director of Five Rivers Retirement Community in Tillamook, Oregon. She has served as Social Services Director in the mental health and human services sector and holds a License of Administration from DHS.

When Melissa isn’t serving her residents and leading her team at Spruce Point, she enjoys traveling near and far. She has been married to her husband for 20 years and has three children: Zach (25), Nathan (19), and Zoe (14).

Judy Elaine Wilson, RN

Judy Elaine Wilson, RN

Resident Care Director

Judy Elaine Wilson Bio

Judy came to Spruce Point Assisted Living as its Resident Care Director in November 2019, bringing with her more than four decades of professional healthcare experience. In the role of RCD, her primary responsibilities are to oversee all patient care by implementing care plans and orders for patient care, as well completing assessments for all residents and ensuring Survey readiness always. In doing so, it is imperative that Judy utilize her knowledge and competency to deliver this top-tier nursing care, using reason and good judgement along the way.

Prior to her arrival to Spruce Point, Judy was the Director of Nursing for an area skilled nursing facility. She is a Registered Nurse, having received her credentials from Lower Columbia College; Longview, Washington. She maintains licensure in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Texas.

In her free-time, Judy enjoys sketching with charcoal, drawing, reading, and engaging in outdoor activities. She is a loving mother to many throughout the United States and is very close with all of them. Judy’s husband was in the Navy affording her to travel and live throughout the United States and overseas. They are retired from the US Navy now. Today, they attend the many marathons he runs.

Jeremy Gray

Jeremy Gray

Resident Care Coordinator

Jeremy Gray Bio

Bio coming soon!

Heidi Bernard

Heidi Bernard

Memory Care Program Director

Heidi Bernard Bio

Bio coming soon!

Joy DeRosa

Joy DeRosa

Dietary Services Manager/Chef

Joy DeRosa Bio

Bio coming soon!

Michelle Young

Michelle Young

Nutritional Services

Michelle Young Bio

Bio coming soon!

Kellie Daugherty

Kellie Daugherty

Life Enrichment Director

Kellie Daugherty Bio

Bio coming soon!

Aliitasi Tupua

Aliitasi Tupua

Business Office Manager

Aliitasi Tupua Bio

Bringing with her more than two decades of professional experience, Aliitasi joined the management team of Spruce Point Assisted Living in December 2018 as its Business Office Manager. In this capacity, her primary responsibilities include payroll, accounts payable / receivable, account reconciliation, new hire compliance training, and human resources.

Prior to joining Spruce Point, Aliitasi gained valuable experience as a Senior Customer Service Representative for Lincare Respiratory Company, as well as various positions in administration management and accounting.

In her free-time, Aliitasi enjoys traveling with her family and supporting her children with sports. To her, family is everything! Aliitasi has been married for 26 years to her husband, Lotu. She has also been blessed with seven beautiful children and two grandsons that hold her heart dearly.

Nora Smith

Nora Smith

Housekeeping Director

Nora Smith Bio

For more than two decades, Nora has managed the housekeeping and laundry services for Spruce Point Assisted Living as its Housekeeping / Laundry Director. She takes great pride in the management of both departments, making sure the facility floors are always well kept, rooms and public spaces are sanitary and tidy, Central Supply is appropriately stocked, and housekeepers are properly trained. Nora is highly valued by her colleagues and the residents and their families that come through the facility.

When Nora is not at work, you can often find her camping and fishing or spending time with her husband, Bruce, and grandchildren. She has two sons, Jesse and Jason.

Mark Atkins

Mark Atkins

Maintenance Projects Director

Mark Atkins Bio

Since joining Spruce Point Assisted Living as its Maintenance Director in July 2018, Mark has proven to be an asset to the management team through diligent monitoring and maintenance of all facility repairs and alterations, keeping in mind regulatory guidelines, deadlines and budgetary restrictions along the way. Included within these duties is maintenance of equipment, utilities, carpet and room cleaning, and supervision of the maintenance assistant.

With three decades of professional experience, over the years, Mark gained valuable experience in a variety of industries including construction, roofing, printing, and restaurants. He has a certificate in electronics.

In his free-time, Mark enjoys playing golf, studying astronomy, and watching comedians. He resides with his wife, Jill, and his son, Kyle.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions at (360) 403-8247.  We understand this journey can be overwhelming and, at times, challenging. We are happy to assist you along the way.