“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
Marilyn is a Kentucky native, who also spent 20+ years in the Nebraska/Iowa area of the Midwest, where she raised two sons. She joins the Life Home Health team with 40 years of healthcare experience, working not only in home care, but in private medical offices, and our local health system. While Marilyn has worked mainly in the administrative support side of healthcare, she has always enjoyed being able to interact with clients, patients, and family members, providing assistance whenever possible or just being there to listen or provide a hug. Living fully to Marilyn means, spending time with her granddaughter and the arrival of her grandson. Marilyn can often be found in her sewing room designing dresses for her little princess or in the kitchen trying a new dish.
“Life is from the inside out. When you shift on the inside, life shifts on the outside.”
Michelle joins the Life Home Health team with 15 years healthcare leadership, marketing, and sales experience. Michelle understands finding the right healthcare services can be very uncertain, especially when your health or the health of a loved one is at stake. Michelle will gently guide you through the process, answer all your questions and offer you the compassionate guidance needed during this transition. Deep rooted in the community, Michelle also assists clients with available resources and solutions in collaboration with other healthcare partners. Michelle is a Buckeye from the great state of Ohio and continues to enjoy her Midwestern roots, as she currently resides with her husband and Shih Tzu in Pittsburgh, PA. When Michelle is not working, she is trying a new restaurant, admiring architecture, locating her next vintage treasure, planning her next vacation, or taking a yoga class.
“Start each day with a grateful heart.”
Zabrina’s introduction to the healthcare industry began when she was a teenager. Her entry-level position in the medical records office of a busy home health agency fostered Zabrina’s ambition to provide care for our senior community. After taking time to pursue her education in Healthcare Administration, she continued her career path, working as a Business Office Manager in a Memory Care Community and thriving as a Scheduling Coordinator within Medicare and Private Home Health. Zabrina has immersed herself into learning as much as she can within the healthcare field, while developing meaningful relationships along the way. Zabrina’s empathy and compassion has shaped her ability to provide high quality care for our staff, clients, and families. Zabrina is a Naples native, whose joy originates from the time spent with her husband and two young children. She loves the beach, a good book, and a complicated puzzle.
“Carpe Diem-Seize the day”
Karen loves her role as Client Care Coordinator at Life Home Health. It is a role that allows her to create meaningful moments of joy for clients and their families. She works alongside our clinical team to ensure life enrichment activities are incorporated into the plan of care. Karen is a natural at developing personal connections with the Life Home Health staff, as well as with the clients and families she is privileged to serve. In her own words: “Making sure our clients get to continue living lives of purpose, by way of activities and engagement, brings me so much joy”. Karen understands, through first-hand experience, how a diagnosis or medical condition might impact the quality of everyday life. Providing comfort and support to clients and their families during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives, is a trust she cherishes and treats with honor and humility. Karen strives to create joy for others – and for herself as well. She knows that she must strive for balance in her work and home life in order to become a better version of herself, thereby being her best for others. Prayer, meditation and yoga on the beach are how Karen lives life fully every day.
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
Kindness, faith and the healing power of music – they’re all part of Sarah’s unique and deeply felt perspective. Having cared for family members with physical and cognitive impairments, Sarah understands the delicate balance of everyday duties, work, and caregiving – and how to sprinkle those days with love and humor, while receiving and sharing the gifts of grace and hope. Grateful for the invaluable support of friends, family, her church, and the Alzheimer’s Support Network, it is her fervent desire that no caregiver go through this difficult season alone. Therefore, Sarah freely shares her supportive and compassionate presence through her diverse roles at LIFE Home Health. Sarah – a talented violinist – often spreads the joy of music through at-home concerts to our clients. A seminary graduate and lay minister, Sarah also brings light-hearted and comforting church services to clients in their homes. Sarah treasures the “Fun with Purpose” award she received for her direct care role at LIFE Home Health, as bringing joy to clients while helping them remain as independent as possible is a priority for Sarah.
“You don’t know if you’ll have tomorrow.”
Bethanie has been with Life Home Health since the inception of the organization in 2017, as founding nurse, and has truly discovered her passion and purpose in the process. Bethanie loves helping clients and their families navigate the multiple complexities of health care, while at the same time honoring and valuing their wishes, dreams and goals. Although Bethanie acknowledges the work can be challenging at times, she loves sharing her clinical expertise, educating clients and families and assisting them through all of their healthcare needs. Always keen to experience something new, she embodies our Core Value of Living Fully and enjoys traveling with her husband and young son whenever she can. Some of her most memorable travels were visiting Germany, Austria, and Prague. She hopes one day to have a leisurely drive along the California coast…it would be a true moment of joy for her.
“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel.”
Claudia brings to Life Home Health her extensive nursing experience and a deep commitment to patient and client advocacy. What Claudia has found most rewarding in her career is the sense that she can assist in helping others achieve their best health and best life. She developed a broad clinical experience and knowledge base by starting out as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and working her way to RN (Registered Nurse). Along the way, she has worked in the ICU, medical-surgical hospital floors, home health, and extended care facilities. She joined Life Home Health in 2021 as Director of Clinical Services and is happy to discover that she can continue to pursue her vision of helping others achieve a happier and healthier life in the comfort of their own homes. Claudia grew up in Pennsylvania, but has lived in Florida for almost 15 years, currently living in Ave Maria, Florida. She has traveled throughout the country and outside the United States, but is happiest at home with her husband and three dogs. When she is not working, she enjoys taking long walks in her community of Ave Maria or attending Mass, visiting with family, shopping with friends, or relaxing with a good book. She believes that life is meant to be lived with hope, even in the face of tough challenges.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Matthew has held a business and entrepreneurial spirit from the time he started his own landscaping and property management business. Matthew earned his Business Administration degree and later completed the Advanced Leadership Program at the Gardiner Center at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Matthew’s passion for community service prompted him to serve in not-for-profit community organizations that helped at-risk youth, adults with mental health issues, and those engaged in senior programs. He has worked in various roles ranging from a front-line Youth Care worker through to brand expansion and business development. His commitment to service is also reflected in his service to the military and his leadership involvement with the Chamber of Commerce. As VP of Consumer Health Care and US Operations, Matthew plays a key role in leading Life Home Health and providing strategic oversight to a home health retailer Health Quest based in Canada. Matthew calls his wife Erin and their two children the light of his life, and he finds joy and relaxation when he is camping, hiking, and gardening.
“Compassion in action. Focus on the unique beauty of everyone and meet them where they are.”
Kelly’s mission is to elevate the standard of care partnership for Elders in our community. Having loved three generations of relatives living with Parkinson’s and a grandfather who lived with Alzheimer’s disease, finding the JOY in the journey of care partnership has become her life’s passion. Her extensive training and experience in direct care as well as highly responsible healthcare positions give her multiple insights that help guide the higher purpose in her role as Managing Partner at Life Home Health. Kelly is also a Holistic Practitioner who brings a heart forward approach to everything she does. She is a busy mom of five, wife, entrepreneur, and board member for organizations near to heart. She is a proud Hoosier who loves to be outdoors. Currently Kelly and her family are having a lot of fun growing their homestead of chickens, goats, boxer pups and even a donkey!
“We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Anne Whelan is the founder and CEO of Life Home Health. A nationally recognized entrepreneur with deep experience in health and community care, Anne is a nationally recognized public speaker, board director and a mentor to women entrepreneurs. Anne’s passion for leading businesses that are rooted in core values has led her to found a number of companies including Blue Sky Family Care, Momentum Developmental Support, and of course, Life Home Health. Anne has been named to the board of the Bank of Canada, as well as the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and chairs a regional Canadian power utility. She’s received multiple awards for entrepreneurial success and contribution to community, and in 2019 was named Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year. Anne loves to visit Southwest Florida and connect with our clients and the awesome people who are part of the Life Home Health team.