We strive to work with everyone, regardless of their budget or location. We want to understand your needs, constraints, and timeline and then work together to find the right situation that best meets your requirements.
Derek Esses, Founder
As Olympic Senior Advisors’ founder, Derek enjoys building a collaborative team that significantly contributes to his community. As well as leading the team, he focuses on marketing, business development, and engaging with clients. In addition to 15+ years in the healthcare field – with over ten years in home health business development and operations – Derek’s certifications include Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) from the National Placement & Referral Alliance and an MBA from Gonzaga University.
Outside of work, Derek thrives on outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and spending time at the lake. He loves reading or listening to historical fiction, international travel to learn about different cultures, and spending time with his family, including attending the games and performances of his two daughters. Connect with Derek on LinkedIn.
“I enjoy the fact that the work we do makes an impact on our clients, families, and providers.”
Tina Bendermacher, Senior Living Advisor & Outreach Coordinator
Tina brings 23+ years of experience in the senior living industry, starting as an in-home caregiver in 1999. Her broad experience includes work with clients in skilled nursing, independent living, assisted living, and memory care, and she is a Certified Nursing Assistant. In addition, she has managed sales, memory care facilities, and activities for large senior communities, which helped her better understand the type of engagement seniors are looking for in their new homes.
When not helping seniors find their next residence, she enjoys walking, crocheting, participating in PTSA, and spending time with her daughter, including attending dance and Karate classes. Connect with Tina on LinkedIn.
“Creating an environment where seniors can still enjoy the things they want to do and things they have yet to try, despite the challenges, is such an honor! Senior living options can be so much more than about the care your loved one needs. I look forward to showing you the fun and engaging side of senior living and helping make the hard stuff easier.”
Chandra Hoover, Administrator & Senior Living Advisor
Chandra handles many tasks under the Olympic Senior Advisors umbrella, including researching facilities, organizing and accompanying clients on tours, coordinating between clients and providers, day-to-day operations, and marketing (strategizing, visiting with social workers, planning and attending events).
A University of Washington graduate, Chandra was a homecare manager and caregiver before joining Olympic Senior Advisors. Her introduction to home care came at a very young age, accompanying her mother when she helped care for an older woman a couple of evenings per week. Even then, she recognized the joy of simply being available to help.
Outside of this role she loves, Chandra enjoys swimming, reading, cooking, spending time with her husband and two children, and chauffeuring her kids around town to their activities.
“This is a job and career that fills my soul and is gratifying knowing that I am helping families when they feel stuck and overwhelmed with navigating this crazy senior care landscape.”
Sue Augustin, Senior Living Advisor
Sue brings 39+ years of nursing experience to Olympic Senior Advisors. As an advisor, she specializes in assessing individual care needs and identifying suitable housing options and recommendations that enable clients to live their best lives.
Her career experience covers a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospital units, long-term care facilities, and home health. Focusing on the whole person allows her to provide a richer care experience. Sue’s passion for providing quality care retains at its core the mindfulness of patient and client preferences and needs.
When not providing nursing care and thoughtful guidance to her clients, Sue loves travel, family time, outdoor activities, and quilting. Her quilting creations demonstrate her true spirit of generosity, including quilts donated to fundraising auctions to benefit deserving hospital programs supporting children, and Quilts of Valor which honor and comfort Veterans in our community.
“One of my favorite quotes is ‘Even miracles take a little time.’ I feel privileged to work in a position giving me the opportunity to create ‘miracles’ for our clients who are searching for solutions and recommendations enabling them to live their best lives.”
Lisa Ann Steward, Compliance Specialist
As the first point of contact, Lisa enjoys being the compassionate and empathetic ear when clients call, and focuses on making clients and providers alike feel listened to, understood, and cared for. With experience in retail management and large church system management, Lisa’s behind-the-scenes projects ensure all systems run smoothly and that underlying processes are efficient and effective.
When not organizing and improving the backbone systems that make Olympic Senior Advisors work so well, she loves scuba diving – especially in Belize! – enjoys yarn crafts such as knitting and crocheting, and homeschools her three children.
“Glinda the Good Witch said, ‘You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.’ I see our mission at Olympic as helping our clients learn about the options for themselves, giving them the power to make the best decisions for their loved one’s needs and circumstances.”
Owen Heit, Intern
Serving as an intern at Olympic Senior Advisors, Owen is tasked with managing and updating our resource database, ensuring that all information from providers remains relevant and current. Owen is also a student at South Seattle College, where he is working towards becoming a registered nurse.
Owen is a sports enthusiast, particularly passionate about basketball. In his free time, he loves giving back to his community through active engagement in local sports programs. He runs summer sports camps and acts as a coach for the youth basketball team at his alma mater, Hope Lutheran Middle School. Connect with Owen on LinkedIn.