Candace came to Heart of Hospice in October 2013 after working in memory care for over seven years, where she worked alongside Heart of Hospice and has always had a passion for their philosophy of care. Candace has her Residential Care license in both Oregon and Idaho and is currently a full time student at Warner Pacific working towards her Bachelor in Healthcare Administration. Candace enjoys working at Heart of Hospice because it is a big family that provides very unique care to our communities.
Born and raised in Randle, WA , Candace moved to The Gorge as a teenager with her 6 siblings, where she now raises her two children Justin and Mason with her husband Skyler. Candace enjoys riding horses, outdoor activities, and spending time with family. Candace has lived in SW Oregon and SE Idaho but was drawn back to The Gorge because of family and the beauty of The Gorge.
“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, KISS Slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.”—Mark Twain
Jayne Mederios joined the Heart of Hospice team December 2010. She met Heart of Hospice staff while they were throwing a puppy shower for one of their patients who lived at the facility where she was the activity director. It was shortly after that event that she was encouraged to apply for the Volunteer Coordinator position. She feels honored to work amongst the wonderful people she has come to know and respect.
Jayne has been a coach and unified partner with Special Olympics for several years coaching track and field, bowling, softball throw and recently coached Bocce ball. Jayne likes to hike, travel, and meet new people. She once spent three weeks in Peru with a friend and hiked Machu Pichu in the Andes, met an interesting tribal shaman along the Amazon River and even went swimming with piranha. She has hiked the Grand Canyon and scuba dived at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Jayne’s adult son Craig is an Animator/Motion Graphics Artist; she and Craig are both transplants from the Boston area.
“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.”—Laura Ingalls Wilder