Pioneer Place Memory Haven is a locally owned, Christian residential home which provides long-term memory care in a dignified, engaging and comfortable living environment for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory impairment.
Established in 1995, our family-owned and operated dementia care community was one of the first of its kind — purpose-built for dementia care — in Pierce County. Through extensive research and staff training, we’ve built a program that is designed to partner with you to provide compassionate and respectful care through the end of life for your loved one.
“My sisters and I were blessed to find Pioneer Place for my mother, who required memory care in the last months of her life. What is often a confusing and challenging time of life for both families and their loved ones turned out to be an unexpected and immense blessing for us all. The staff and leaders at Pioneer Place treated our mother as if she were their own. They worked seamlessly with her hospice providers and saw to all of her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. We are so grateful for their attention to the needs of their residents and their generosity of spirit to all whom they serve.”
Person-centered care that is individualized and joyful is our mission. We are focused on maintaining a resident’s strengths and incorporating their life experiences into daily activities. Continuous observation and adaptation promote successful outcomes for residents. We commit to strong communication with you, to guide you through the challenges and progression of this disease.
Marvin Rogers is the owner and CEO/CFO of Pioneer Place Memory Haven. A veteran, musician, former teacher, insurance representative and assistant administrator, Marvin felt called to move into long-term memory care after an impassioned encounter with a family member seeking help for their loved one.
Pioneer Place Memory Haven was established in 1995 to meet the needs of people and their families diagnosed with dementia.
Marvin has served on several community boards including Tacoma Musical Playhouse, where he also was a musician. Marvin is a current Rotarian in the Parkland/Spanaway Club.
Marvin married Cheryl Carney, a registered nurse, in 1967. They have four children: Nina Banken, Laura Rogers, Sara Rogers and Andrew Rogers. They are proud of their five grandchildren.
Nina joined Pioneer Place Memory Haven in 2010 to work alongside her father, Marvin Rogers — something she considers a privilege. As administrator, Nina oversees the daily operations of Pioneer Place Memory Haven, working closely with all departments to consistently aim for excellence in our service and good communication with our families.
Nina is a University of Washington graduate. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for over 25 years. They have two children. Nina enjoys working in the garden, hiking or reading a book.
Dawn Belote has been in long-term care since 1993. She brings with her over 25 years of long-term care experience working primarily in memory care and in-home care. She has been passionate about working in geriatrics since she was a young child.
Dawn handles the marketing and new admissions for Pioneer Place. She works closely with our staff to ensure that our new residents’ admission process go smoothly. She is also involved in new staff training.
Dawn moved from the Tri Cities to Tacoma in January of 2013. She has two children. She joined the Pioneer Place team back in January, 2013, as the assistant to our Director of Resident Care. She brings a great amount of enthusiasm and knowledge to the Public Relations department!
Monica Otulo serves as health care coordinator. In this role, Monica works directly with families to craft a personalized care plan for each resident. Monica has worked for Pioneer Place Memory Haven since 2008. She is a certified nursing assistant. Monica started as a caregiver, became a MedTech, assistant to the Director of Resident Care and now oversees all health care coordination for our residents. Monica is originally from Kenya. She enjoys interior design, attending church and reading as well as spending time with her two children.
Angela has been with Pioneer Place Memory Haven since 2009 and since 2012 has been the Administrative Assistant. She was first hired on as a housekeeper, quickly moved to care provider and now for almost five years has been the administrative assistant. She has two children, a son and a daughter. Angela loves the outdoors and the sun.
One day, Angela would love to travel to Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, but not by plane because she hates flying. Angela enjoys the beach and pink is her favorite color. Angela shares that one thing that people don’t know about her is that she was in the Ft. Lewis newspaper when she was about two years old. It was a story about military families at Christmastime (she still has the article with the picture).
Serena is our dietary manager. She has been creating delicious, nutritious meals for our residents since 2007. Serena is the mother of three boys. She is a local girl, born and raised in Lakewood. She now resides in Steilacoom. She loves to play BINGO!