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The following regulated profession is overseen by the Long Term Care Administrators Board. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the link below:

About the board

The Long Term Care Administrators Board (LTC) oversees the practice of Nursing Home Administrators and Residential Care Facility Administrators in the State of Oregon.

The board consists of nine members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Oregon Senate. All members of the board must be concerned with the care and treatment of the chronically ill or infirm elderly patients and must be residents of the state of Oregon. Of the members of the board:

  • Three must be licensed nursing home administrators
  • Three must be licensed residential care facility administrators
  • One must be a licensed physician
  • Two must be public members

Terms of office are three years with a maximum of two consecutive terms or until a successor is appointed.

Board members

Nicolette Merino

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 9/30/2020

Nicolette Merino has been actively involved in the Assisted Living profession since 1995. She is currently the VP of Operations with Avamere Health Services in Wilsonville Oregon but has worked in numerous capacities starting as a Business Office Manager, Executive Director, Regional Director and an owner/operator. In her current capacity she oversees all operations of the independent, assisted living and memory care residences in the Avamere portfolio.

Merino was a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the National Center for Assisted Living for over eight years and was the Assisted Living Chair for the Oregon Health Care Association. She currently serves on numerous committees with the Oregon Health Care Association and as a member of the LTC Governors Board in Oregon. She also serves on the Board of Overseers for the AHCA/NCAL Award program.

Merino has a Bachelors in Health Promotion from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Health Care Policy from Rutgers University.
Her focus is on integrating quality care and customer satisfaction while maintaining a strong dedicated workforce. Another main focus is on advancing quality within the CBC properties at Avamere Health Services. Under her leadership, all of Avamere’s CBC properties have received the AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Award and five of my properties have received the AHCA/NCAL Silver Quality Award.

Amy Brown

Term: 1st Partial
Term end: 9/30/2019
Lake Oswego

A native to Oregon, Amy attended Oregon State University and University of Delaware where she studied Health Care Administration and Gerontology. Amy’s background includes over 25 years of experience in senior living communities with a focus on Continuing Care Retirement communities and other broad ranging health systems including skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care. During her time in long term care settings, Amy had the opportunity to serve on various associations and boards including; Leading Age Oregon, the American College of Health Care Administrators, the National Association of Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, and Angels in the Outfield.

Mary Rita Hurley

Term: 1st Partial
Term end: 9/30/2020

Mary Rita Hurley is recognized nationally as a Speaker, Consultant, & Advocate in the long term care industry due to her continued successes in her 30 plus year career. Current appointments include the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services and the National Aids Housing Coalition. She is the immediate Past President of the National Gerontological Nurses Association, was the Vice President of Government Affairs for a national nursing organization advocating for quality health care for seniors on Capitol Hill, was the Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Nursing and is currently the Executive Director for Our House of Portland.

Mary Rita’s career has been dedicated to improving the health and health care of older adults. As a clinician she has extensive experience in chronic disease management. As a healthcare executive she has held a variety of progressive leadership positions in long term care and senior housing facilities in both urban and rural settings throughout the United States. Her successful experience has been in many avenues and has included:
•    Clinical Nurse                                         
•    Regional VP & VP Field Ops
•    Consultant-Profit and Non Profit on regulatory compliance, and policy
      and procedure development.
•    Consultant on nursing operations and leadership/mentoring strategies.
•    University Faculty
•    Author
•    Aging Initiatives Director
•    Director Business Development
•    President National Gerontological Association
•    Director International Leadership Institute

Mary Rita brings much passion and intense drive to her assignments and challenges and has a reputation to get results, but has a talent for building positive relationships and making many friends along the way.

Maggie Hilty

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 9/30/2019

​Maggie Hilty has been in the long term care profession for over five years working as an Administrator in Skilled Nursing facilities as well as campus settings serving both the short stay population as well as memory care residents. In her current role, Maggie is the Director of Leadership Development for Avamere Health Services. She focuses on the Administrator in Training program making sure the future leaders are well equipped to become Administrators, as well as working with any Administrator new to the company to ensure they understand policy and procedures, regulations, and have adequate training.

Born and raised in Oregon, Maggie attended the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations. Since graduation, she has worked in long term care as an Administrator across the state. From the coast, to southern Oregon and back up to Portland where she now resides.

Maggie is an active member in her community and advocate for those in senior living communities. She is passionate about ensuring quality care for our residents and adequate training for those leading the facilities.

Christine Prather

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 9/30/2021
Klamath Falls

​Even before obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration, Christine Prather had already worked in almost every department of a senior care facility, including housekeeping and dietary. As a future leader, it provided an invaluable perspective on how best to support the staff who care for residents and a deep passion to always do the right thing on their behalf.

Christine had previously served for three years on the Nursing Home administrator’s Board and also serves as a mentor to new administrators entering the profession.

For the past 15 years, Christine has supported the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and has been actively involved with Friends of the Children. As a Vital Life Foundation team member at the American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat event in 2018, she climbed 108 floors and 1,455 steps of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas to help raise money for research and to honor the residents she serves who struggle with lung disease.

Malia Ladd

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 9/30/2020

​Malia Ladd is a lifelong advocate for vulnerable populations, from young children to at risk youth, to senior populations. Her career spans work with individuals with special needs, college professor, administrator, and Support Specialist for children and families impacted by chronic trauma, incarceration, and poverty. 

Malia holds degrees from Central Washington University in Special Education and as a Master Teacher. She completed her doctoral work at Oregon State University in Leadership with a focus on how emotional and physical experiences impact the brains learning potential.

Malia currently devotes her time as a Certified Long Term Care Ombudsman, Education Specialist for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of Central Oregon) and a Family Partner for Habitat for Humanity.

Dane Jensen

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2021

As a Native Oregonian and small business owner, Dane is committed to serving the local senior healthcare community in Portland and the surrounding areas.
Dane graduated from Portland State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. From there, he took on various social service roles working with all age groups from children to geriatrics. In 1999 he began work in a geriatric psychiatry unit in Portland, and this experience not only enriched his life forever, but helped him choose his current career as a senior healthcare operations specialist.
Dane runs a small healthcare management and consulting business that currently manages The Holgate Center, a not-for-profit multi-level senior care campus. In addition he co-owns and manages Columbia Care Center, a Skilled Nursing Facility in Scappoose, OR.
Dane is a Nursing Home Administrator Preceptor and has trained four successful leaders. He believes that teaching and training is a fundamental part of his leadership responsibilities and is always looking to help talented people grow.
Dane is married with two children; a 13 year old son, and a daughter that is 11. Dane loves to backpack with his family, go fly fishing, and he pays bluegrass guitar whenever he gets the chance.

Mary Amick

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2021

For more than 35 years Assistant Professor Mary Amick has worked on behalf of the nation’s elders. Most of her career has been as a director of education for large long term care companies. She has also been the director of marketing and speaks nationally on subjects related to long term care. She has written administrator training curriculum for four states. She has been awarded funding for five grants as a way to pay for some of her favorite projects. One of the most exciting of these was a grant where improvisational theatre was used to stimulate Alzheimer’s resident’s memories and verbal skills. In the recent past she was the director of a small nonprofit organization.

Throughout her career Mary’s love of teaching dominated her positions. While working in the corporate world she served as an adjunct professor at Clackamas Community College, Chemeketa Community College and Concordia University. Concordia hired her as a fulltime faculty member in January 2014 where she will fulfill her desire to teach new leaders in healthcare and long-term healthcare. In 2019 she was appointed the Chair of the Health Care Administrator program.

She received teaching degrees in Special Education and Speech and Drama from Idaho State University and a Master’s in Adult Education/Organizational Development from Oregon State University and her Doctorate in Organizational Change/Leadership from the University of Southern California.

The Long Term Care Administrators Board currently has an opening for a Physician (MD or DO). To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply


For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Derek Fultz at 503-934-5009 or

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or

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