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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Home Instead Senior Care Team

Caring is Personal To US

The need for in-home senior care services doesn't always arise between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. That's why our team stands ready to serve you any day of the week, at any hour of the day or night. You can always reach us by phone at (626) 486-0800 to get help setting up home care team for a family member in Pasadena, CA.

We have come together as a group of dedicated professionals to deliver a home quality care solution that meets your needs. We employ trained, screened and bonded CAREGiversSM​ ​to serve your family's senior loved one with compassion and devotion.
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​​Care Team Pasadena, CA​​​

Carter J. Prescott, Owner and Finance Director

Carter J. Prescott, Owner and Finance Director

Carter Prescott received his BS in accounting in 2006 and has his MBA from the University of La Verne with a concentration in Management and Leadership.  Carter has over 20 years of finance, business management and strategic planning experience.  Prior to joining Home Instead Senior Care, he was the Principal Manager of Corporate Budgets for Southern California Edison (SCE), a California electric utility.  He was with SCE for over 12 years in a variety of financial management roles.  Carter has led the successful implementation of several critical multi-million dollar projects for SCE and has also worked for companies such as Toyota Motor Sales USA, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and TicketMaster, LLC. 

For as long as he can remember, Carter has always had a strong affinity for seniors.  Growing up being really close to his Grandmother, Betty Ann, he spent much of his childhood with her.  Since her passing in 2003, Carter has dreamed of making a career change that would enable him to make a difference in seniors' lives.  When Carter & Greg found an opportunity with Home Instead Senior Care, they knew​​ that it was the right company for them as the values and guiding principals were closely aligned to them personally.  Currently acting in an advisory role, Carter provides his leadership and guidance in several areas including overseeing the business ​​financial operations. 


Gregorio V. Sanchez, Jr., Ph.D., Owner and Operations Director

Gregorio V. Sanchez, Jr., Ph.D., Owner and  Operations Director

Dr. Gregorio V. Sanchez Jr. received his BS in Chemistry from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 2006.  Since graduating Greg has worked in the pharmaceutical industry playing a key role in bringing several therapeutic drug products to market.  In addition to his employment as a Senior Research Scientist, Greg has held adjunct faculty positions at California Polytechnic University at Pomona, Pasadena City College, and Rio Hondo College.

Greg has always had a special place in his heart for the senior community.  Coming from a large Hispanic family, he grew up surrounded by his grandparents, great-aunts and great-uncles.  For a period of time as a young adult, he lived with his maternal grandparents acting as their caregiver while continuing his education.  The time he spent with them and their friends, ​provided him with insight and an appreciation for the needs of the senior community.  It was only natural when an opportunity presented itself to purchase a Home Instead Senior Care franchise, he jumped at it.  Greg is the Director of Home Instead Senior Care Pasadena, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and as well as striving to meet our long-term strategy of becoming the "platinum" home care provider in the San Gabriel Valley.​​​​


Elizabeth Jenyo, General Manager

Elizabeth Jenyo, General Manager

​Elizabeth Jenyo brings 25 years of management experience to Home Instead. She chose to join the Home Instead team because she wants to make a difference in seniors’ lives. Her passion is providing excellent customer service. Elizabeth works closely with the administrative staff managing the day to day operations with scheduling, CAREGiver recruitment and interviews, ensuring quality assurance visits are completed, as well as working with clients and their families providing care consultations to ensure the best care for our clients. 

 In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, making homemade jams and soaps and spending time with her cats.


LaTona Brown, Administrative Assistant

LaTona Brown, Administrative Assistant

LaTona Brown graduated from Tulare Western High and attended Pasadena City College for graphic design studies.  She began her career at Home Instead as a CAREGiver and transitioned into her new role as Administrative Assistance.  Her role includes providing general administrative and clerical support, greeting visitors, answering incoming calls, ordering supplies, and assisting with special administrative projects.

Outside of work, LaTona enjoys baking, fishing, playing basketball, and time with family


Rita Biasi, Client Care Coordinator

Rita Biasi, Client Care Coordinator

​After earning her B.A. in Human Services from Cal State San Bernardino, Rita worked as a Victim Advocate for San Bernardino County for 10 years.  During that time she discovered that she had a passion for making a difference in the lives of seniors.   She received her MSW from University of NV, Reno in 2003 and became a hospice social worker for 13 years.  Rita recently moved back to Southern California after living in Oregon and Nevada.  She joined the Home Instead Senior Care team as a Client Care Coordinator.  Her role focuses on quality assurance and making sure that clients receive the best care possible from our caregivers.  When Rita isn't working with seniors, she enjoys hiking in the San Gabriel's and exploring ghost towns with her husband in their dune buggy in eastern NV.


Sophia Hawkins, Service Manager

Sophia Hawkins, Service Manager

Sophia was a CNA, and has her BS in Health Care Management, with a strong interest in Geriatrics and her MS in Health Service Administration.  Sophia has been in senior care and community outreach since 2009 working with several organizations including an assisted living community.  Sophia was promoted from Client Care Coordinator to Service Manager in March 2018.  Sophia manages the Scheduling Coordiators and is in charge of ensuring Home Instead's high level of customer service.

In her spare time, Sophia enjoys spending time relaxing with her son and family going to the movies, dance, and listening to music.


Brenda F. Sanchez, Scheduling Coordinator

Brenda F. Sanchez, Scheduling Coordinator

Brenda has a BS in Criminal Justice from California State University of Los Angeles and an AA in Liberal Arts and Science. Ever since she was very young, Brenda knew she wanted to work in a field which brought services to others. After graduating college, she began working with Whittier Police Department as a Public Safety Officer conducting criminal investigations and assisting with documentation of varies types of police Reports. After leaving Whittier she was employed with Los Angeles County Probation providing services for at risk youth. Recently God called her name once more and has brought her to Home Instead to work with the wonderful Seniors they service. Her main objective is to create high quality matches between their clients and CARE Givers that will develop into extraordinary relationships.  Brenda is excited to in the opportunity to be part of the Home Instead Family.

Brenda's favorite time of year is football season. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading but most importantly spending time with her husband, two daughters and her family.


Rosa Ruiz, Scheduling Coordinator

Rosa Ruiz, Scheduling Coordinator

Rosa was a stay at home mom before she decided to go back to school in 2007.  She received her BS in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. After graduating she knew she had a passion for assisting others. She began by volunteering for a hospice which later turned into a full-time position. Rose's experience in hospice care made her realize that she had a passion for helping seniors.


Rosa enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter travelling and trying new restaurants.


Lisa Blanchard, Home Care Coordinator & Community Educator

​Lisa has 25 years of sales and marketing experience. She joined the home care industry several years ago as a care giver and saw first-hand the positive impact it had on seniors and their families. She then put her sales and leadership skills to use doing marketing for a home care company in the Pasadena area. Her dedication and commitment to client care is unsurpassed as she comes to Home Instead Senior Care as a Home Care Consultant & Community Educator.
When she is not working, Lisa enjoys watching movies, going to the gym and travelling all over the world.


Nick Lourenco, Human Resources Manager

Nick Lourenco, Human Resources Manager

Nick Lourenco studied Automation Systems Engineering at the prestigious Jose A. Echeverria University in Havana, Cuba and has a certification in corporate training. He is fluent in two other languages, Spanish and Portuguese.  His background includes recruitment and employee relations management and HR consulting. He brings over fourteen years of experience in human resources management to Home Instead Senior Care.  He has worked in HR and recruitment with Mega Staffing, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Alibev, Pressed Right, and Deco American.  Nick is responsible for leading our recruitment and engagement efforts along with our Trainer and Engagement Coordinator, Brenda Kernell and our Recruitment Manager and HR Generalist, Nitisha Shah.  His duties also include employee onboarding, development, needs assessment and training, employee relations and safety, and benefits administration.

In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.  He also has a love of sports and literature. He is a huge fan of voyaging and has been to 22 different countries experiencing various cultures and lifestyle.


Brenda Kernell, LVN, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Brenda Kernell, LVN, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Brenda Kernell is a Licensed Vocational Nurse.  She completed her LVN education at Northwest College in Pasadena.  She has ten plus years of experience in retail, customer service, nursing, CAREGiving, recruitment and training.  She comes from a family of caregivers which inspired her to join the home care field. She began working with Home Instead Senior Care as a CAREGiver℠ and was promoted to Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator.  Her primary role is to find amazing CAREGivers℠ to be part of the Home Instead family, assist with the  CAREGiver℠ licensure process as well as conducting CAREGiver℠ training and assisting with quality assurance visits to ensure our Clients' needs are met.

Brenda is very excited in her new role and looks forward to continued success with Home Instead Senior Care.  ​


Nitisha Shah, Recruitment Manager and HR Generalist

Nitisha Shah, Recruitment Manager and HR Generalist

Nitisha Shah has an MBA in Human Resource.  She has three years of work experience in HR.  Previously, she managed a team and kept close track on their performance and development. Her expertise lies in sourcing, client management, niche leadership roles and market research for new recruitment tools.  Presently, she is focused and determined to find the perfect CAREGiver for those closest to you. Nitisha is committed to enriching the lives of each CAREGiver she meets by providing them with the knowledge and the confidence to make a difference in the lives of seniors.  Every day is a good day for Nitisha because she gets to do what she loves most; which is recruiting compassionate CAREGivers and helping others.  Apart from her work, she loves to travel, read and exercise! 



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