"I am continually struck by the professionalism, high level of caring and exemplary caregivers that I have met from Home Instead. My mom couldn't live without them, and neither could I.
In March 2004, Jerry co-founded our franchise and later became the sole owner in July 2014. He has a wealth of small company management experience, particularly in service companies. He has enjoyed a long career as a financial executive in advertising, real estate development and family farming consultancy in the St. Louis area.
When his mother had to have a hip replacement in 2003, he realized that senior care options were lacking in this area. Saddled with making sure his mother was cared for, and working full time an hour in the opposite direction, became a very stressful experience and the inspiration to start a Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Jerseyville, IL. His mother was able to remain in her own home, with the assistance of Home Instead CAREGivers a few days a week.
Owning a Home Instead Senior Care franchise is the most fulfilling job he has had, since each day we can bring happiness to our clients as well as comfort and peace of mind to their families.
As the VP, General Manager of Home Instead Senior Care, Gina brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team. She has been with the company since 2009 and has experience in nearly every facet of the business.
She began her Home Instead career as a CAREGiver while easing back into the workforce after staying home to raise her family. She was drawn to the company because of her own experience providing hospice care to a loved one, but it was clear that her mission was even greater than the one on one impact of her care. She has been rising in the Home Instead ranks ever since and helps to ensure the success of all of our CAREGivers through Leadership and mentoring.
In 2015, Gina became a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. She also volunteers one day a week at a Jacksonville elementary school assisting Kindergarten students become more proficient with their literacy skills and sight words.
Aside from her involvement in the Jacksonville community and supervising our vast network of caregivers, Gina also meets with families who are looking for in home care to find the right solutions for their loved ones.
Nikki is a longtime Litchfield resident and comes to Home Instead with a passion for seniors. She has worked with seniors for several years in the Montgomery and Macoupin area and wants to have Home Instead be the first resource they think of when looking for services.
Nikki is the daughter of Hans and Shirley Mizera and she and her husband, Kyle Bishop, have three sons, Alex, Brady and Clayton. In addition to working with Home Instead, Nikki is involved with her Holy Family Parish, Litchfield Chamber of Commerce, and St. Francis Auxiliary. “I really enjoy getting out into the homes and the community to see what services the our seniors need and how we can help them.”
Dawn found her way to Home Instead Senior Care in June of 2013. She was hired as a CAREGiver and worked in that position for two and a half years before coming into the office as the Service Coordinator for the Jacksonville area. Her experience as a CAREGiver is very beneficial. “I understand CAREGiver needs and client needs for their schedules better because I was in the field and saw it firsthand. Having seen both sides helps me to organize schedules and communicate better with CAREGivers and Clients”.
Dawn has had an amazing career path with Home Instead so far. Not only does she have a strong CNA background, she is also a proud 2nd generation Home Instead CAREGiver. In January 2017, Dawn transitioned into the position of Training Coordinator & CAREGiver Mentor. In November 2017, Dawn was named as the franchise's CAREGiver Development Manager. Dawn has easily transitioned into her roles, and now all of her experience provides her with the knowledge base to deliver a true State-of-the-Home, industry-leading training to our Home Instead CAREGivers.
Kim found her way to Home Instead after moving back to the area from Chicago. She was raised in Carrollton and always loved the sense of community she felt growing up in a small town.
She came to our team as a CAREGiver and then transitioned into the Staff Coordinator position. Kim is responsible for the service coordination of all of our clients and CAREGivers.
Apart from her time with us, Kim also fosters children through DCFS and volunteers through various youth programs.
Photo credit to Tiffany and Steve Warmowski of Warmowski Photography, Jacksonville, Illinois.
Amanda started her career as a CAREGiver with Home Instead in November of 2015. She applied to become a CAREGiver because she loves spending time with aging adults.
The biggest reward Amanda has received in being a CAREgiver is learning life lessons from those she has cared for. She has cared for people who have lived their lives to the fullest and who are teaching her the lessons she needs to learn as she lives, grows and copes with her own life. She loves learning from people who have been through events that she will never experience in order to better prepare herself for her future.
Among her colleagues, Amanda is best known for her compassion, her adaptability, her reliability and her emotional balance, which are all critical aspects of caregiving.
Thank you, Amanda, for all you do for our clients. We admire your characteristics and your skills and we look forward to many more years of working together to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families.
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Photo credit of Tiffany and Steve Warmowski of Warmowski Photography in Jacksonville, IL.
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