Meet The Team

Executive Team

Howard Dunkley | Robin Flower | Lisa Cianni

Howard Dunkley | Executive Director

Howard Dunkley has an extensive background of in-depth industry knowledge and fosters deep a commitment to elevating the senior living experience. Howard’s journey to his current role is as inspiring as the mission for which he advocates.

With a master’s degree in social work, Howard embarked on a multi-faceted professional path before entering the realm of senior living, which happened by chance. Intrigued by a neighbor’s suggestion, he undertook a specialized MBA program at the University of Maryland with a focus on senior living, which in turn altered the direction of his career entirely.

Howard first entered the industry at Sunrise Senior Living, a prominent senior living corporation based on the East Coast with multiple locations. Inspired by the owner’s mission and the sense of purpose, Howard found himself deeply aligned with their empathetic philosophy. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest, he continued his journey in the industry with Emeritus, another large senior living corporation, which then merged with Brookdale, to become the largest senior living provider in the country.

Howard’s dedication to senior care is driven by his personal history, from growing up living with his grandparents to spending extensive time with older adults throughout his adult life. His empathy-driven approach draws inspiration from his social work background, and he weaves the ethical principles of holistic consideration into every decision.

As Executive Director of Laurel Parc, Howard’s genuine empathy for others roots his leadership style, a hallmark of his social work background. Guided by the belief that understanding the “why” behind actions leads to compassionate solutions, Howard approaches challenges with a gentle spirit, fostering a nurturing environment that encourages others to be their best selves. His willingness to lead by example, no matter the task, creates a culture of service and camaraderie emblematic of Laurel Parc.

One of Howard’s most touching encounters underscores his unwavering commitment to our residents’ needs. His connection with a terminally ill resident, also named Howard, epitomizes the depth of care he extends. Enduring medical hardship without family to turn to, Howard’s guidance and companionship with this resident reflected his dedication to ensuring a peaceful journey for a man who had become more than just a resident, but a dear family member.

Rooted in personal experiences, Howard’s passion exudes in his leadership. He embraces the responsibility of being a compassionate advocate and a beacon of kindness for those around him. Through his devotion to enriching the lives of seniors and fostering a sense of family within Laurel Parc, Howard embodies the heart and soul of a leader who recognizes that exceptional care is not just a duty, but a privilege.

To contact Howard, please call (503) 533-7979 ext. 2121 or email

Howard Dunkley, Laurel Parc's Executive Director, posing and smiling for a photo.

Robin Flower | Executive Chef

Robin Flower is a culinary master with a rich heritage in baking and cooking. Hailing from England, Robin’s passion for food began early in life at his granddad’s bakery, which – along with his mother’s exceptional cooking – instilled a deep appreciation for the art of cuisine.

Upon completing a rigorous 5-year apprenticeship at a prominent hotel in England, Robin pursued a 3-year intensive culinary school program from which he earned his City and Guilds certification. This cemented his foundation for a career as skilled professional chef.

After moving to the United States, Robin made his mark as the Corporate Chef for Gustav’s and Rheinlander, overseeing their five famous German restaurants in the Portland/Vancouver region. His creativity shone in the development of numerous recipes, and he gained valuable experience collaborating with store-specific General Managers and Executive Chefs, cementing his reputation as a respected culinary expert.

Despite his success, after many years, Robin sought a more meaningful path in the hospitality industry, one where he could contribute in a deeper way with more manageable working hours. He heard about the experiences of fellow chefs who found fulfillment cooking for seniors, and it eventually led him to Laurel Parc.

At Laurel Parc, Robin’s philosophy revolves around offering residents a wide array of choices, ensuring their dining preferences are met with finesse and thoughtfulness. His diverse menus cater to every palate, with options addressing various dietary needs, all while evoking a sense of delight and satisfaction among residents and their loved ones.

Robin’s culinary expertise, deeply rooted in the French style of cooking in which he trained, imbues many of the dishes at Laurel Parc with a classic touch, supplemented by a myriad of international flavors. However, he believes is the key to Laurel Parc’s food excellence lies in the use of the highest quality ingredients, elevating each dish to an exceptional level of taste, presentation, and nutrition.

Among the many experiences Robin cherishes from Laurel Parc, a standout memory remains when he connected with a very ill resident battling cancer. In responding to the resident’s request for a special meal item not on the menu, Robin created the dish and immortalized it on the Laurel Parc menu with the resident’s name. Their friendship blossomed, and the resident shared poignant stories of his experiences during World War II – a privilege and memory Robin treasures deeply.

For Robin, the true essence of his work lies in uniting residents and family members through the pleasure of good food and fostering an environment where friendships can flourish. He feels that the profound impact and the joy his food brings to residents every day makes his role at Laurel Parc the most fulfilling and rewarding endeavor of his career.

Robin Flower, Laurel Parc's Executive Chef, posing and smiling for a photo in front of a kitchen counter full of pastries.

Lisa Cianni | Marketing Director

Lisa found her calling in senior living after spending significant time in southern Oregon helping her grandparents find suitable living arrangements. While she initially contemplated a career in veterinary medicine due to her love for animals, Lisa’s heart was drawn to seniors and the satisfaction of helping families. Prior to beginning her senior living career path, Lisa worked 16 years as a Sales Manager for Nordstrom, during which she played a vital leadership role, including training new hires on customer service. Her journey into senior living began with a deep connection to the elderly, and she soon realized that her passion lay in providing care and companionship to seniors and their families. 

Lisa’s path into senior living was influenced by her experiences with her own grandparents. She encountered a diverse range of challenges, from her grandfather struggling to find a home due to his smoking habits to the untimely passing of another grandparent during the search for suitable housing. Her grandmother, a visiting angel who built friendships within senior living communities, left a lasting impression on Lisa, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right place for one’s golden years. Lisa witnessed the impact of the waitlist, where individuals had to anticipate their turn for senior living, which fueled her determination to make a positive change.

One of Lisa’s memorable experiences in senior living involved a man who brought in a ceramic frog as one of his first items in his new home. This frog not only provided comfort but also symbolized the bond he shared with Lisa. He had been gifted this frog from his mother that she had made in a ceramic class, and Lisa had that same frog that was gifted to her from her grandmother. After his passing, he entrusted Lisa with the frog, a symbol of the meaningful connections she fostered with residents. These deep connections with residents and their families reinforced Lisa’s commitment to her chosen path.

Lisa has been an integral part of the Laurel Parc team since 2019, where her positive impact among the residents and community shines brightly. In 2022, she briefly explored a new opportunity as an executive director for another community. However, in 2023, she chose to return to Laurel Parc to resume her role as Director of Marketing. Lisa’s decision to return was driven by her dedication to her top priority of assisting families and their loved ones, which she felt aligned perfectly with her role and the culture at Laurel Parc.

Lisa’s dedication and compassion sets her apart. With her warm demeanor and genuine care and love for residents, she creates a welcoming environment that fosters a sense of belonging and comfort. Her extensive knowledge and experience in senior care ensure that she can anticipate and address the needs of the residents with expertise and efficiency. Lisa’s positivity, passion, and enthusiasm are infectious as she is always uplifting the spirits of those around her, and making every day brighter for everyone in this community.

Lisa of Laurel Parc Senior Living in Portland Oregon