Expert Source

Vassar Byrd is a nationally recognized expert source on the topics of gerontology, innovative senior living and the importance of person-directed care. She has lent her expertise to stories in the L.A. Times, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times, Parents.com, The Oregonian and more. She has also been featured in stories on KXL-FM News/Talk and NPR. 

Rose Villa is regularly featured in local and industry media. If you are a journalist, please contact Jennifer Werdel, Director of Marketing and Communications.

Featured Articles

Evaluating Your Contractor’s COVID-19 Response Plan: A 75-Point Checklist

May 12, 2020If you currently have construction underway, or are contemplating a construction start in the near future, it is critical that your contractor have a comprehensive and detailed COVID-19 response plan ... Read More »

Recent Articles

Activity Ideas for Residents That Maintain Social Distancing

May 4, 2020
With COVID-19 requiring that residents in senior living facilities maintain social distancing, facilities have to re-think and restructure many of the activities that they have designed for residents.... Read More »

Don’t Let Social Distancing Slow Your Seniors Down

Apr 27, 2020
With COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, many senior living facilities face the challenge of needing to find new ways to keep seniors active. Social distancing may mean that gyms and exercise are... Read More »

Creating an Intergenerational Experience in Senior Living

Feb 25, 2020
Rose Villa CEO Vassar Byrd is featured in this white paper by Witz Company  Read More »

McKnight’s announces inductees in Women of Distinction awards

Feb 20, 2020
Rose Villa CEO Vassar Byrd is one of twenty-two women that will be inducted into the McKnight's Senior Living Women of Distinction Hall of Honor as part of the second annual class. Read More »

A Resilient SENIOR Community

Feb 5, 2020
The Oaks at Rose Villa is featured in Passive House Buildings Magazine Read More »

5 lessons we've learned by not segregating memory care residents

Feb 3, 2020
CEO Vassar Byrd is featured in McKnight's Senior Housing News  Read More »

Portland Business Journal CFO Forecast

Jan 29, 2020
Rose Villa CFO, Diane Gibson, is featured as one of five finance chiefs sharing their economic outlooks for 2020 in the Portland Business Journal.  Read More »

Toss the stereotypes: Rose Villa's Wellness Director practices what she preaches

Oct 1, 2019
Rose Villa Wellness Director Rene Swar is featured in Northwest50plus Magazine. Read More »

Building a Net-Zero Neighborhood

Sep 5, 2019
The Oaks at Rose Villa is featured in Builder and Developer Magazine. Read More »

Rose Villa honored by Healthiest Employers of Oregon

Aug 23, 2019
The Portland Business Journal highlights Rose Villa being honored by Healthiest Employers of Oregon. Read More »

Sustainably Savvy Senior

Jul 9, 2019
Oregon Home explores Rose Villa neighborhood, The Oaks and other green initiatives. Read More »

Environments For Aging: 2019 Design Champions

Jul 8, 2019
CEO Vassar Byrd is honored as one of Environments for Aging 2019 Design Champions. See page 28 Read More »