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Meet Team TLC

Meet Team TLC, Get to know our staff!

TLC Home Care Team

 

COURTNEY O’BRIEN
ImageCourtney joined the TLC Nursing team in 2012 as the Home Care Schedule Coordinator. She quickly took on more responsibility and became the Scheduling Supervisor, and has now advanced into the Manager of Operations roll.  Having previously worked at Lowes Home Improvement for 4 years, she brings great multi-tasking, management and scheduling experience to the team.

Prior to her time at TLC, she never worked in the elder care field before so she wasn’t sure what to expect, but she truly enjoys working in a profession that helps others and the daily challenges and rewards that it brings. Since starting at TLC, she has began to feel that it is incredibly important to do all she can to keep elders in their home so they can keep as much independence and familiarity as possible in their life.

Born and raised in St. Albans, Vermont, Courtney enjoys riding horses and giving horse ride tours in Jeffersonville Vt. She can be found spending time with her husband, Dustin, and Seven- Year old step son, Hunter. Lastly, she spends every day with her 7 year old Yellow Lab, Harley, who is a regular in the TLC office.

PAMELA ISSENMAN
Pam-PhotoWebPam has been working for TLC Nursing since 2013 and started working as an administrative assistant at the front desk. She was able to transition seamlessly into the Human Resource Manager, where she currently recruits qualified care givers and LNA’s as well as nurses for our partnering facilities. Pam brings 2 years of excellent experience as she worked at the Shelburne Bay Senior Living Facility where she was the concierge and taught senior fitness classes. Working with the senior population is something that runs in her family and she was able to gain insight regarding the demographic she wanted to work with through her time at Shelburne Bay. She believes that the aging population has a lot to offer the community and working for TLC allows her to support the needs of this population as well as the community as a whole.

JEAN JORDAN
ImageJean jumped directly into the role of Case Manager for the North West section of Vermont in May, 2014. As the Case Manager, Jean is one of the main lines of communication between the office staff and the clients in Chittenden County. She works with the schedulers and the Director of Nursing in the office to solve problems and address issues and then with the clients in the field to ensure these problems/issues have been resolved.

She has spent 30 years in a hospital setting, with the majority of her experience stemming for her work as a surgical nurse. Not only does Jean bring valuable hospital experience with her, but she has also worked as a community health nurse for roughly 10 years and this has allowed her to become a critical part of the TLC family. She thought it would be great to work for TLC because of her time at the Burlington VNA where she supervised care givers and provided nursing services.

Although Jean grew up in the Northeast Kingdom, Morgan, VT, she currently lives in Burlington where she is an antique dealer in her spare time. Aside from selling antiques on Ebay and working for TLC, she is also a busy grandmother of 6 granddaughters who are all under 7 years old.

MOHAMED BASHA

ImageMohamed, who is the President, CEO and IT Person, founded TLC in 2006 because he could see that there was a dire need for a homecare provider who took a holistic approach in providing care and there was no other organization that offered supportive staffing services to local healthcare providers.

After numerous side jobs, such as working in the IT department of two small businesses, as a taxi driver on weekends, and a waiter/caterer during the summer, he decided to pursue a Nursing Degree from Castleton State College. While completing these odd jobs, Mohamed also graduated from high school at the age of 16 and received his first college degree when he was 17 years old.

Mohamed holds a Baccalaureate of Arts in Health Science and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Castleton State College and an Associate Degree in Liberal Studies from Community College of Vermont. During his time at school he was recognized with the following awards:

  • Diane McNeil Scholarship, May 2006.
  • Betty Hale Perrin Scholarship in Nursing, September 2005.
  • Burlington Free Press’ Academic All Star, March 2002.
  • President’s Awards for Educational Excellence, May 2002. (Awarded by President George W. Bush)
  • Barbara Gauntlett Scholar, June 2002.

After moving from Chennai, India, as a young child, he lived in New York City and New Orleans for a year, but finally settled in Vermont, where he grew up in Burlington. When Mohamed is not hard at work running TLC, he can be found spending time with his wife, Allyson, and two children, Nina and Zane. He also enjoys long walks in the summer and riding his motorcycle enjoying the beauty that Vermont has to offer.

Mohamed is also a Board Certified Geriatric Care Manger and a member of Aging Life Care Professionals (ALCA), formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Manger.  Mohamed was recognized by Castelton University’s  2015 Convocation and was awarded Outstanding Young Alumni. In the fall of 2016, Vermont Business Magazine selected Mohamed as one of Vermont’s Rising Stars.

WENDY BOMBARD
ImageWendy joined TLC in November of 2015 as the RN Case Manager in charge of overseeing Taft Farm in Williston and Pinecrest in Essex. As the Case Manager at these independent living facilities, she provides education, psycho-social nursing support, vital sign assessments, and acts as a liaison with the health care team members. Since then, Wendy has embraced many other roles at TLC. She teaches PCA classes, provides foot care to her clinic clients, is now a case manager of three independent living facilities, and started and currently leads two support groups for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in South Burlington. She also conducts weekly New Employee Orientation. This fall Wendy built TLC’s first state regulated LNA course and administers and co-teaches the six week class. She hopes to continue teaching at least three LNA courses a year.

Having previously been a VNA employee and Starr Farm charge nurse, Wendy brings incredibly valuable elder care experience with her to TLC. She has always had a desire to work with and support the elder community and TLC has been welcoming, family centered, and supportive in capitalizing her strengths.

As a busy nurse and mother, Wendy can often be also found chauffeuring her two children to soccer, community service events, and play practice. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for nearly 22 years, and turned down an opportunity to become a professional opera singer in order to pursue her passion in geriatric nursing.

BOB ELLIS
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Bob became part of TLC in 2014 as the Regional VP. He is responsible for marketing, sales and client enrollment. Bob is the first voice that most prospective clients hear, as he gives them the information they need about TLC’s services in order to make an educated decision when it comes to home care services. He is also the primary contact for referral sources as well as new clients and families.

Bob precedes TLC HomeCare & Nursing, as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for the VNA & Hospice of VT/NH for 4.5 years before joining our team. During his tenure with the VNA, he was responsible for managing relationships with referral sources across a 4000 square mile territory.

After growing up in Chicago as the oldest of six children, Bob relocated to Vermont and New Hampshire in 1974 and has called it home since. In his spare time, Bob is an avid reader and thoroughly enjoys playing music, sailing, hiking and kayaking. Bob is married to his lovely wife Michele and has three sons; Ethan, Lane and Jonathan.

ALAN SOUSIE

ImageAlan became the Director of Nursing in 2013 and brought invaluable years of experience in both the medical and geriatric fields. Alan is from Vermont and his immediate family consists of his wife, his mother, and 2 younger sisters! He also has 7 nieces and nephews! Alan became a nurse because it was a profession that enabled him to serve his community. Alan was a member of our military services and completed training in the Hospital Corps of the U.S Navy. When he returned home he studied at the University of Vermont School of Nursing where in 1975 he acquired a Baccalaureate in Nursing Science and in 1979 added a Masters in Education to his resume! Alan has 42 years of nursing experience and finds if hard to pinpoint his favorite part of nursing. Alan finds that just being able to impact other’s lives in a positive way has been the most rewarding aspect of his career.

TIM FORTUNE
ImageTim joined TLC in January of 2013 as the Vice President and Community Liaison. Being active in the community is a huge part of Tim’s responsibilities and he also ensures that he stays engaged with other organizations and their services, so he can better serve others to help them make educated decisions. Being an outgoing person, he has no issue stepping out into the forefront to share with everyone why he is so proud to be a part of TLC.

Having previously worked for RJ Reynolds, Lincare and GW Savage; Tim has always been involved in customer service, marketing and business development. After running a respiratory home care company, he spent 2 years in away and this made him realize how much he missed serving and advocating for the elder population.

Tim was born in Burlington and moved to Huntington, VT until his junior year of high school. His family then moved to South Burlington where Tim graduated from.

KELSEY WARNER
facebook_1464962506936My name is Kelsey Warner. Before TLC Homecare and Nursing I had worked for other home care agencies but never heard such a positive reputation from an organization. Currently I am the Community Outreach and Sourcing Coordinator for TLC which means I work closely with Tim and Mohammed as well as other Core Team members in organizing events TLC is involved with, the marketing of our services, and work to find well qualified and passionate caregivers for members of the community who are in need of some extra help or companionship.

I have my Bachelors in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. I really enjoy meeting and connecting with people on a deeper level and finding out what they have to offer the world. I decided to join the TLC team because I wanted to have the opportunity to help those in my community that have worked their whole lives to make some sort of impact on society whether that impact was local or global!

Abi Ambekar

ImageAbi has been with TLC for almost 9 years and has worked in different roles all these years. He is currently the Business Manager for TLC and is responsible for overseeing Group benefits administration and Travel Staffing. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, snowboarding and is an avid follower of Vermont arts and Jazz music.

HARLEY DUNCAN

ImageHarley has been a crucial part of everyday life at TLC for nearly 3 years. He works closely with each member of TLC Nursing; ensuring they get plenty of companionship and exercise by getting them out of their chairs and on to their feet by routinely dropping stink bombs strategically around the office. He is also the TLC Nutritionist, as he will often make sure that each person eats only half to three quarters of the food they bring in for the day.

He was rescued at just 5 weeks and although he did have to endure the tough life of a shelter pup, he did survive numerous medical conditions and came out even stronger. Harley enjoys working with horses on the weekends, swimming in rivers and his orange toy fox that can be spotted in different parts of the office.

VANESSA FORTUNE
ImageVanessa joined TLC in November 2015 as the CFO. Her responsibilities include payroll, billing and all related financial matters. Vanessa was most recently the Director of Finance and Administration for the Burlington Boys and Girls Club. Prior to this, Vanessa spent 5 years in public accounting as an Audit Manager and 10 years in Commercial Banking.

Vanessa looks forward to being part of the TLC team and bringing her financial expertise to the operations. She enjoys getting involved in the community and various fundraising activities.

Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Vanessa earned her Bachelors at UVM’s College of Mathematics and Engineering. Vanessa currently lives in Williston with her husband and four energetic boys.

ROBIN ASHLEY
ImageRobin joined the TLC Family in November of 2015 as the TLC Home Care Coordinator. Robin has worked in various business organizations, from Medical Practice Support Staff, Corporate Law Firms, Investment Advisory Firm in the Philadelphia and returned into Senior Care, eleven years ago, when she moved to Vermont. Robin has over 10 years of Homecare and Senior care experience, working with two different Senior Care agencies previously.

Robin’s goal in working at TLC is to help contribute her work of experience in growing the positive Senior care relationships of TLC’s Client’s and their Families , through compassionate supportive understanding of each individuals needs, while also working to balance the TLC Care providers needs and meet all at the highest standards possible.

Robin’s personal mission is to help enhance the lives of home bound seniors, to live with Quality and Dignity through respectful and supportive care service. Striving to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals, by continuing the important work, of assisting the senior care/ Homecare client needs, at the highest levels. Robin sees her most important contribution to this company in the following way: “Integrity, reliability, Strong empathetic communication, Dedication in Client Staffing Services and Passion for meeting the growing needs of the Senior and Homecare clients throughout our region.”

In her own words: “My Father was in the Ministry for 60 + years, and I grew up in a family of many older Seniors, who endeared themselves to me at an early age. I’ve always felt strongly to advocate in areas pertaining to Senior needs, and have worked in Senior care for over the past decade, choosing to continue assisting the Elders in our communities to the best of my abilities. I decided by working within an Integrity driven organization, such as TLC, this would allow me to continue contributing toward the ever changing needs of the increasing aging Vermont and New Hampshire population, through respectful care, where Seniors can hopefully live safely and as independently as possible.”

Robin is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, and has lived up and down the East Coast. Robin and her husband moved to Vermont 10 years ago from Philadelphia. She currently resides in A Ski resort community here in Vermont. In her spare time away from TLC, Robin enjoys gardening, kayaking, cooking/baking, taking care of my Spouse, and enjoying her feathered and furry 4 legged family.

LAUREN MORELLI
Image Lauren started with TLC in October 2016 as the On Call Coordinator. She work nights and weekends monitoring the emergency calls that come in from Clients, Caregivers and Facilities.
Lauren has her LNA license and has a history of working in nursing homes. Lauren also has 10 yrs of Cardiology experience. She worked as a Research Coordinator, working with investigational drugs prior to them hitting the market. She thoroughly enjoys working with the elderly and their family members.
Lauren was born and raised in Brookline NH, where she is raising her 4 children and two dogs with her husband of 8 years. In her spare time, she rides four wheeler’s, snowmobiles, goes bike riding and hiking!

JESSICA KALB
ImageJessica has worked in homecare on many levels including being a caregiver as well as a scheduling coordinator, to now being our Regional Vice President in the Rutland area of Vermont!
Her educational background is in history, nursing, and business. She has a BA in history with a minor in business, and completed 3 years of nursing school prior to shifting to liberal arts.
Jessica grew up in Louisville Kentucky but has also lived in Arkansas, and briefly in Europe and now most recently, Vermont!

GLORIA KAMENCIK
ImageGloria coordinates with the lead homecare scheduler, Robin, on scheduling for new and existing clients as well as answering and Caregiver questions and needs. Answering phones and directing calls, supporting the core staff with any help needed such as preparing orientation and helping set up paperwork for interviews.
Gloria grew up in Bristol VT and has quite a green thumb! She loves plants and if you come in the office, be sure to ask about Reggie! Gloria scuba dives with her father and does the underwater pumpkin carving contest through the Waterfront Dive Center. She also enjoys some spear fishing, She has been in the military since January of 2014 and is the first female to pass a physical and mental event through the Cavalry Scouts which is how she earned her Spurs! Gloria: The Adrenaline Junkie!

Paula Buckley
ImagePaula started with TLC in 2016 as the Southern regional Case Manager for Vermont and New Hampshire. She is excited to be with TCL’s incredibly compassionate team. She graduated from VTC in 2016 with her RN associates degree and had her LPN license for two years prior. She enjoys working closely with geriatrics and has been employed in nursing homes and home care.  She is currently an EMT and has owned her own personal training business for 25+ years. She has a holistic approach in nursing and in her personal life. She loves yoga, snowboarding,and  spending time with her daughter and their three dogs.

Tina Moses
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Tina joined TLC in March of 2017 as the Office Manager of the West Lebanon office. She brings with her many years of experience in administration and office management. She is responsible for managing the day to day activities of the West Lebanon office.

Tina lives in Strafford, Vermont and is an avid outdoors person. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and gardening. She currently has an aquaponic indoor garden system set up in her home which allows her family to enjoy fresh vegetables throughout the long Vermont winters. She and her boyfriend are also beekeepers and enjoy fresh honey all year long.

Joshua Bushee
ImageI currently live in Vergennes, Vermont, very active in fitness and health enjoys going on hikes kayaking with my dog Bentley, to the gym with friends, traveling around seeing new place and taking the motorcycle on warm summer days. I am currently enrolled in school taking online classes in Criminal Justice to in the end finish with a Bachelor’s Degree
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