Field Operations Manager
Duhmad Smith is the Field Operations Manager. Within the position he is responsible for the hiring and recruiting of Caregivers. Born and raised in Rialto, CA Duhmad has a passion for providing efficient care to needing individuals. Duhmad worked with as a behavioral health specialist with Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center for 6 years. While working for Loma Linda he was committed to providing care that is safe, reliable, efficient and patient centered. His ambition is to reflect the love of God through caring, respecting and empathy. Duhmad is a current student at Oakwood University focusing in organizational management. Duhmad plans to live up to Oakwood University motto which is: "Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve."
LaQuiner Y. Griffin
LaQuiner (Tina) Y. Griffin is the Scheduling Coordinator. She has been in the medical field for 16 years. Tina worked in North Carolina as a group home manager and med tech for mentally challenged children for 6 years. She moved to Huntsville in 2007 where she has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Staff Coordinator for 7 and a half years in rehab and skilled facilities for the elderly.
Karen Moody Ammons
Community Relations Coordinator
Karen began her career in healthcare marketing in 1999. Her experience has been focused on senior care and hospice for the majority of the last 17 years. Originally from northeast Mississippi, she lived on the Alabama Gulf Coast for 20 years. With relocation to North Alabama in the fall of 2014 she has gained a love for the senior community this area supports. Karen has experienced the personal side of caregiving through the illnesses and passing of both parents. Having firsthand knowledge of the daily challenges and emotions caregiving encompasses nurtures her compassion for helping those in need. She has taken a dedicated interest in learning about the obstacles senior citizens face and utilizes that knowledge to assist others facing difficult decisions. "Living on the Gulf Coast at the time, I truly wish we had the availability of Senior Helpers during my parents' illnesses," she says. "I view the peace of mind we provide in our services at Senior Helpers of Huntsville as a gift. The gift of quality time with our loved ones versus quantity time is much more valuable." Karen enjoys many adventures with her two nieces and nephew. She and Buddy-Dog call Hartselle home. She also works closely with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on a variety of fund raising efforts, including a 391mile relay run from Memphis to Mobile, AL she participates in each year.
Home Care Consultant/Owner
Mary M. Jackson R.N., B.S.N. is a registered nurse with over 25 years experience. She is a graduate of UAB School of Nursing. Her career has spanned from NICU at Huntsville Hospital to almost 20 years experience at the Surgery Center of Huntsville. In March of 2006 Mary was diagnosed with Melanoma stage III. She became the patient that she was used to taking care of. Her journey took her to a scary place and back. She decided that she would like to ‘give back’ to the community. In May 2009 Mary proudly opened Senior Helpers. She loves people and believes in the ‘golden rule’. It is important to Mary that all of her staff share her values as well.
Client Service Manager
Julie was born and raised in Minnesota. After high school Julie enlisted into the Army. It wasn’t until after she completed her military service and had her children that she had the opportunity to study nursing. She graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse from a Minnesota program in 2002.
Julie and her family then moved to Wisconsin. She worked at an Assisted Living (Dementia Specific) Community for almost 6 years. She started as a Health Coordinator and became the District Manager before moving. Julie’s personal experience with her own grandparents has had a big impact on her relationship with clients. “I see the clients as grandparents – members of the family,” says Julie. “I treat them with respect.” When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Julie says she loves just talking with the clients and getting to know them. “The hugs and the thank you from the clients are really meaningful,” she says. Julie and her family moved to Alabama in 2008. She worked for a Huntsville Gerontologist for 2 ½ years before coming to Senior Helpers. She has been with Senior Helpers for over four years.
Julie truly enjoys her relationship with the clients and their families. She wants clients and families to call whenever they have questions or concerns. As to the clients, Julie says “they’re just part of the family.”
Business Office Manager
Crystal G. Copney has been in the medical field for 20 years. She has worked several years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also worked as a dialysis tech for a couple of years. Most of her experience has been working with the elderly in rehab, assisted living, and skilled facilities. Crystal is about to graduate from Breckinridge School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree. She decided to pursue the nursing profession after caring for her grandmother for several years when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She loves helping others and really enjoys working with our senior citizens. Crystal looks forward to furthering her nursing career with Senior Helpers.
Meghan was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. She attended the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama to pursue a nursing career. Two years later, Meghan moved back to Huntsville due to a change in her major. She is currently attending Calhoun Community College pursing a Business degree with a minor in healthcare management. Meghan became interested in working for Senior Helpers when her mother, Mary Jackson opened Senior Helpers in 2009 (as she would often visit her and the office staff after school). Meghan enjoys working with the caregivers and the clients. Her favorite part of her job is the ability to put a smile on someone’s face. “I know if I am the reason for a smile on one person’s face it has been a great day.” Meghan has been the Administrative Assistant at Senior Helpers for two and a half years now and is very excited about the knowledge and experience she has gained from working at Senior Helpers and looks forward to the future and growing with the company!
Lisa Mendyke was originally hired in January of 2011 as a Client Service Manager for the Huntsville, Alabama Senior Helpers franchise but found herself in the role of Bookkeeper instead. As the Bookkeeper, Lisa manages the payroll, billing and the financials for Senior Helpers.
Lisa was born and raised in Northwest Indiana where she attended Purdue University and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Lisa’s professional experience includes various medical specialties and business administration roles.
Lisa and her family relocated to the Huntsville area nine years ago. She is married and has two daughters, a son-in-law, a grandson and granddaughter.
Frances Moore is a diploma registered nurse. She got her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. Frances has 24 years administrative experience in an acute care hospital setting. She has years of experience in problem solving and staffing interaction with both clients and caregivers. Frances joined Senior Helpers in a part time role after meeting Julie and Mary at a continuing education class. She has become part of our Senior Helpers family in more ways than one. Her official job title is weekend on-call.