About Us

At Northridge Center, we know growing old isn't as effortless or graceful as we'd like.  Our Assisted Living Services, Adult Day Care, and Adult Foster Home are all designed to encourage our seniors in the Rogue Valley to keep their independence as long as possible. 

Les & Jackie Connell
Owners & Administrator

Les and Jackie Connell were married in 1968 while Les was serving as an officer in the US Army. In 1971, they purchased a small nursing home just outside of Portland. Jackie was an LPN and got her Nursing Home Administrators' license and ran the nursing home until 1974 when they moved to Medford, Oregon.


In 1975, the first of their three daughters was born. In 1980, the Connell’s purchased Rogue Valley Care Center and for the next 14 years, Jackie was an LPN/Administrator of their nursing home. In 1993, they broke ground on Southern Oregon’s first assisted living center. Les retired from his job at the US Forest Service in 1994, got his Administrators' license and began managing Northridge Center. Shortly after, they closed the nursing home and converted it into more assisted living apartments.

Les and Jackie are so blessed to have all 3 of their daughters working at Northridge. Memory is the Executive Director (Administrator), Tamara is the Social Administrator, and Andrea assists in bookkeeping a couple days a month. Andrea and her husband Andy have four children. Andrea is also a school teacher in Medford.

Memory Dent
Executive Director Administrator

Memory, the middle daughter has always loved being a part of Northridge.  Over the years, Memory has done almost every job at Rogue Valley Care Center and Northridge Center. Before she worked for her parents,  Memory was in the military as a policeman, managed an apartment complex, and worked for the government in an administrative position for a large army hospital.  She came to work at Northridge fulltime in 2004 as the bookkeeper/marketing and soon took her administrators' course. Memory has been the Operating Administrator at Northridge ever since and is now the Executive Director overseeing the daily management of the Assisted living, Senior Adult Day Care, and Foster Home.


Memory has three children: Alex, Cassie, and Gabe.  Alex is the oldest and has been working at Northridge off and on for several years.  He is interested in following in his mom's footsteps and running Northridge. He lives with his wife Denisse in Corvallis, as they are both going to college at OSU.  

Tamara Fielding
Business Development Administrator

Tamara Fielding is the oldest of the 3 daughters. Tamara has been actively involved in Northridge most of her life. She really enjoys helping in Activities, calling Bingo, putting on parties and doing crafts. She has also worked in housekeeping, caregiving, as a med tech, and marketing. Tamara lived in California for a few years, where she had her son Isaiah. While living down there, she got a job as the activities director at an Alzheimer's Adult Day Center. On July 7th 2007 Tamara married the love of her life, Roy Fielding.


In 2004, Tamara moved back to Medford where she also got her administrator license, and began working in the activities department. In 2013, Tamara and Memory opened a Senior Adult Day Care at Northridge.  And then in 2015, they opened a Senior Foster home where she is the licensee and oversees the daily routine. Currently Tamara works as the Business Development Administrator and is in the process of opening a brand NEW adult day services center in Grants Pass, Oregon.

The Connell Family

Northridge Center  3737 S. Pacific Hwy Medford  OR  97501

Tel: (541) 535-5497       Fax: (541) 535-1221

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