Meet the Spruce Point Team

Nikki Saunders

Nikki Saunders

Campus Executive Director

Nikki Saunders Bio

Nikki Saunders joined Spruce Point Assisted Living and Memory Care in 2021 as the Senior Executive Director. In this capacity, 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. As Senior Executive Director, 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 her arrival to Spruce Point, Nikki helped launch and execute the PACE Program for seniors in Southern Oregon as Director of the Day Center.

Originally from Arizona, Nikki loves the ocean, outdoors, and working with seniors. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing with her husband on their boat and hiking the many trails that the PNW has to offer. She has three grown children, including one who will leave home at the end of this year.

Traci Waiss, RN

Traci Waiss, RN

Director of Nursing

Traci Waiss Bio

Bringing with her more than two decades of related experience, Traci has joined the management team at Spruce Point Assisted Living and Memory Care as its Health and Wellness Director where she is able to utilize her extensive medical knowledge and expertise to ensure each resident is well cared for and living their best life.

Prior to her arrival at Spruce Point, Traci was most recently a Dialysis Area Team Lead for four years.

Traci received her initial start in healthcare as an EMT in the Washington DC area while she worked through high school and college, later obtaining her LPN and eventually her RN. She worked mainly in Hospice in Oncology until moving to the west coast and taking on the Health Services Director position at Spruce Point, which she held from 2014-2017.

Her favorite thing in the world is her family. Traci and her husband have blended their beautiful family and, in addition to their own children, they are currently in the process of becoming permanent guardians of two foster children. Together, they share three children still at home, one at the Naval Academy, one at West Point, and three settled into adult life in the Florence area. Through her marriage, she enjoys two “bonus” grandsons and one “bonus” granddaughter. And to add to her already well-blended family, they also have four dogs and four cats. In her free-time, she enjoys going kayaking with her family, taking nice walks on the beach, and simply being a mom.

Kellie Daugherty

Kellie Daugherty

Memory Care Director

Kellie Daugherty Bio

Kellie is the Executive Director for Spruce Point’s memory care community overseeing all day-to-day operations, safety, and well-being for the memory care residents. Before this role, Kellie originally joined the Spruce Point Assisted Living team as a Med Tech, then was promoted to its Life Enrichment Director in October of 2019. In this capacity, she was responsible for developing and coordinating successful, engaging, and entertaining activities and volunteer programs while also assessing each residents’ unique interests, managing the department’s resources and the program’s ongoing needs.

Prior to her time at Spruce Point and the state of Oregon, Kellie spent many years in the medical field working as a medical assistant for a very large OBG-YN based in sunny southern California.

In her free time, Kellie can be found reading, gardening, rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oregon Ducks as well as taking care of her five dogs. She currently lives in Florence, Oregon alongside her husband of over 10 years.

Cassandra Sprague

Cassandra Sprague

Campus Resident Care Manager

Cassandra Sprague Bio

Cassandra Sprague is currently the Resident Care Coordinator in Spruce Point’s Memory Care community, a seamless transition from her original role as the Memory Care Activities Director. In that capacity, she was responsible for developing and coordinating a successful activities program through regular and conscientious assessments of each resident’s unique interests, planning and managing resources to support the Activities program needs, and creating a monthly activities calendar full of robust enrichment opportunities for each individual residing within the Spruce Point community.

Cassandra has demonstrated continual professional growth at Spruce Point, originally being introduced to the Assisted Living community as a Med-Aide responsible for the timely and accurate distribution of resident medication at Spruce Point.

In her free-time, you can often find Cassandra traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family. She has two beautiful children, sons Nicholas and baby Jaxton.

Jenni Bierce

Jenni Bierce

Business Office Director

Jenni Bierce Bio

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We understand this journey can be overwhelming and, at times, challenging. We are happy to assist you along the way.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions at (541) 997-6111.