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.

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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 »

EFA Names 2019 Design Champions

Jun 5, 2019
CEO Vassar Byrd is announced as 2019 winner of Environments for Aging magazine’s Design Champions awards program. Read More »

A Breathe of Fresh Air

Mar 13, 2019
Senior Living News covers The Oaks at Rose Villa, the first Zero Energy Neighborhood in the Portland, OR. Read More »

Rose Villa Expands Pocket Neighborhood Model with Zero-Energy Cottages

Feb 26, 2019
Senior Housing News covers The Oaks and future developments. Read More »

High Aspirations for Oak Grove Housing

Feb 15, 2019
The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce takes a look at The Oaks. Read More »

Senior living must be truly inclusive to reflect its mission

Feb 12, 2019
CEO Vassar Byrd weighs in on a Missouri senior living community that denied a lesbian couple residency in this op-ed. Read More »

Seniors go net zero in new Rose Villa homes

Feb 12, 2019
Real Estate report Jon Bell interviews Vassar and Green Hammer about The Oaks, Portland's first net zero energy senior living community. Read More »

Unsung Hero Award

May 23, 2018
Each year at the LeadingAge Oregon Spring Conference, awards are presented in three different categories: The Caring Spirit, The Unsung Hero, and The Innovative Program of the Year. Award recipients a... Read More »