DAVID VANCE, OWNER AND MANAGER
David and his late wife Cindy answered the call to serve seniors with quality home care in the fall of 2008. David, who previously practiced law as a healthcare attorney, and Cindy, a lifelong homemaker, both lost parents to cancer and faced significant caregiving issues along the course of the disease. An appreciation for the challenges family members face when seeking to provide reliable home care for their loved ones led David and Cindy to start Senior Helpers of the Bluegrass in January of 2009. David loves being part of an organization that meets this need for Lexington, Frankfort and the greater Bluegrass Region.
LYNN CHILCOAT- CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER/ASSISTANT AGENCY MANAGER
Lynn has been a Client Services Manger since Senior Helpers of the Bluegrass opened its doors in January of 2009. Lynn has Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and worked for the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources for 14 years. Her years at home raising her daughter allowed her the time to provide homecare to a grandmother that was recovering from a hip replacement as well as caring for her own mother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The personal family experience prior to Senior Helpers gave her an awareness of the need of dependable and quality homecare and made the decision to join the owners, longtime friends David and Cindy Vance, an easy decision. Her experience in the last five years with Senior Helpers have broadened her awareness of the many aspects of providing excellent in home care giving, allowing her to place and manage caregivers with clients from all walks of life, needing a wide array of assistance.
MICHELLE RUDZIK - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER -FRANKFORT AREA
With heart for helping people and compassion towards the elderly, Michelle enjoys working with both caregivers and clients. Michelle's close relationship with her grandmother created a respect and concern for the aging. Her grandmother was self-sufficient until the dementia diagnosis at age 94. Michelle and her family witnessed the changes caused by the disease along with hiring caregivers to help preserve her grandmother's independence. This produced in Michelle a deep appreciation towards caregiving professionals. She also understands firsthand the need for physical, emotional support and respite care due to the obstacles produced by memory loss diseases. Michelle has a BA degree from the University of Kentucky.
LORRI MILLS - COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR
Lorri Mills has worked in community relations in eldercare since 2002. She has served on the conference committees for the Next Best Years and The Challenges and Opportunities of Aging for many years. She also has been a Board member for Faith in Action and LexCare and is a member of Bluegrass Aging Consortium, Bluegrass Continuity of Care Association and the Professional Women’s Forum. She has also served on the Fayette County Elder Abuse Council, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Central KY Providers and the Women’s Club of Central KY.
MELANIE QUALLS - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
Melanie has lived in Lexington all her life and has 17 years of social and community service experience with Homelessness, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and at-risk youth. Melanie also enjoys providing arts, music and gardening activities to Senior Adults. Melanie has a BA in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and has been a state registered nurse aide since 2002.
DEBBIE OVERSTREET - SCHEDULING COORDINATOR
Debbie Overstreet joined Senior Helpers as Scheduling coordinator after spending several years working as an Administrative Assistant. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Debbie graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Education. She relishes the challenge of finding the perfect caregiver for each client and “Just loves it when a plan comes together”. Debbie has three grown sons, ages 28, 26 and 25. Outside of Senior Helpers, Debbie enjoys movies, thrifting and Butter Pecan Ice Cream.
LISA CORIO- SCHEDULING COORDINATOR
Lisa has personal experience caring for seniors in her family for about 4 years. She also has training as a nurse aide and has worked in that capacity with Senior Helpers for 3 years. She now serves as a scheduling coordinator helping to find the right caregiver for each client. Lisa firmly believes that a person’s later years of their life should be their best years.
Lisa has two wonderful sons, Paul (“PJ”-18) and Michael (15).
CAROLYN FRIDRICH – OFFICE ASSISTANT
Carolyn has had a soft spot in her heart for the elderly since I was about three years old. Later in life, she had the opportunity to work for 14 years in Sun City, Arizona, a retirement community for Senior Citizens. In 1995, she moved to Kentucky and in 2011 was hired by Senior Helpers as a caregiver. Again she is back working with the elderly and loving it. In the fall of 2013, Carolyn was asked to join the Senior Helpers office staff as receptionist.
SARAH SHELY – BOOKKEEPER/OFFICE ASSISTANT
Sarah went to Georgetown College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. She worked in public accounting for several years before returning to the University of Kentucky to get her Master’s in Business Administration. She started working for Senior Helper’s in November of 2013, where she performs bookkeeping and accounting functions.
Senior Helpers has taken a bold step by telling the world that age does not erase hopes and dreams. And by implementing the Virtual Dementia Tour companywide, Senior Helpers has further demonstrated its commitment to those it serves. Senior Helpers is proud to support Second Wind Dreams® on this mission by encouraging donations, raising awareness, and sensitizing the world to dementia as a corporate partner.
What is the Virtual Dementia Tour?
Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this valuable, easy to follow experiential tour is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients.
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