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A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. 

We reward our local CAREGivers with CAREGiver of the Month and CAREGiver of the Year awards to show our appreciation for all they do. Home Instead, Inc. also recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.

This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and service to others.

We are thrilled to introduce our outstanding award winning CAREGivers:​

CAREGiver of the Month – Morgan Sizemore

CAREGiver of the Month – Morgan Sizemore

CAREGiver of the Month Morgan Sizemore will never forget the beautiful scenery, gorgeous blue skies and compelling conversations with her client, an author and artist, during their weekly drives from Anchorage to Wasilla.

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CAREGiver of the Month – Logan Lorance

CAREGiver of the Month – Logan Lorance

Logan Lorance had never worked in professional senior care until he joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage on May 4, 2016, but he does have extensive family caregiving experience. His wife was diagnosed with a congenital neurological brain disorder five years ago. Logan also has four daughters, ages 7, 10, 13 and 15, and he helped take care of a grandmother who died in February.​

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CAREGiver of the Month – Joshua Grossnickle

CAREGiver of the Month – Joshua Grossnickle

​When Joshua Grossnickle was growing up in Massachusetts, he hung around his dad's machine shop and listened to the stories as the men chewed the fat. Joshua picked up nuggets of wisdom about welding, general repairs, construction and life in general. Kids his age, Joshua pointed out, couldn't give him much perspective on life because they had not lived it like those guys. 

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CAREGiver of the Month – Elizabeth White

CAREGiver of the Month – Elizabeth White

Life has moved swiftly for CAREGiver of the Month Elizabeth White during the past eight years. She moved from the northern California community of Red Bluff to Anchorage, found a job, got married and now has three children. Elizabeth, trying to keep up with family challenges, was forced to ditch a job she had held for four years because of its rigid scheduling and joined Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage in December 2014. 

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CAREGiver of the Month – Becky Efird

CAREGiver of the Month – Becky Efird

"Our company is based on Christian values, and that is important to me. I think seniors are here to teach us a lesson in compassion, and that is how to take care of one another. It's just a blessing to be a part of seniors' lives. Every client has a story. I am amazed by them all," said Becky, who was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for August 2016.

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CAREGiver of the Month – Moana Peete

CAREGiver of the Month – Moana Peete

They may not know it, but CAREGiver of the Month Moana Peete's clients always have a little extra support coming their way. Moana's mother prays for each client, asking God to grant them good health and happiness as Moana serves them on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage.

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CAREGiver of the Month – Chrystle White

CAREGiver of the Month – Chrystle White

​Chrystle White has been honored as a CAREGiver of the Month, but assisting seniors is only one of her strenghts. 

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CAREGiver of the Month - Dawn Alexander

CAREGiver of the Month - Dawn Alexander

It is evident that Dawn Alexander is a ball of energy who doesn't mind challenges.​

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CAREGiver of the Month - Carol Shearer

CAREGiver of the Month - Carol Shearer

The November potluck feast for church members and their neighbors in 2013 turned into a pot of gold for Carol Shearer, who had been working at new job for three months but had received few of the promised hours. 


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CAREGiver of the Month - Betty Brinkmeyer

CAREGiver of the Month - Betty Brinkmeyer

The first three months of 2016 have been full of celebratory dates for Betty Ruelo Brinkmeyer.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria Shuravloff

CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria Shuravloff

On certain days, black and red are interchangeable colors. Gloria Shuravloff, the February CAREGiver of the Month, accepts that concept when she's playing checkers with her client. "When she moves my pieces," Gloria confided, "I don't say anything. She is a sweet lady."​​

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CAREGiver of the Month - Leslie Hagerman

CAREGiver of the Month - Leslie Hagerman

CAREGiver of the Month Leslie Hagerman’s heart raced as she watched her 81-year-old client unexpectedly rise during the social hour at the Anchorage Senior Center and join the dance as a two-man band played a country-and-western tune.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Saufaiga “Sau” Aumua

CAREGiver of the Month - Saufaiga “Sau” Aumua

Last year was a season of changes for Saufaiga “Sau” Aumua, who started with Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage five months after the passing of her mother followed by a three-month recovery from a car accident...

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CAREGiver of the Month - Josemay Adufah

CAREGiver of the Month - Josemay Adufah

While her first title was doctor, in December she added "CAREGiver of the Month" at Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage after a little more than three months on the job.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria Manogiamanu

CAREGiver of the Month - Gloria Manogiamanu

CAREGiver of the Month Gloria Manogiamanu works for Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage, but insists she doesn't have a job anything like the ones most people would have.

"I don't consider it a job," Gloria said, "because I enjoy what I do for Home Instead Senior Care. It is not just another paycheck. I've done this kind of work for many years – since 2004 – and always have liked it. What I do feels like a lifestyle."

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CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah Powell

CAREGiver of the Month - Sarah Powell

​"After losing Mom, I was looking for a purpose. I want to make a difference in a person's life," said Sarah, who moved in with her mother and helped her from October 2012 until her passing 26 months later. "Mom was able to stay at home because I was there with her. As a Home Instead CAREGiver, I want to keep my clients in their homes. Although the situations vary for each client, you just want to do the best for them."

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CAREGiver of the Month - Sierra Fuimaono

CAREGiver of the Month - Sierra Fuimaono SD Fuimaono’s wife twisted his arm a little bit nine years ago. He’s glad she did.
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CAREGiver of the Month - Cheryl Keisor-Steinke

CAREGiver of the Month - Cheryl Keisor-Steinke "I have an understanding and respect for my clients that is borne out of personal experience.

I have cerebral palsy, and I work around my challenges to be the best CAREGiver I can be," Cheryl said. "Not everyone can do things exactly the same way in terms of technique. It might take me a little longer to do something than it would someone else, but that is OK as long as the client is safe and happy.


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CAREGiver of the Month - Jose Alvarez

CAREGiver of the Month - Jose Alvarez

​“My main rule in life,” Jose said, “is to be a beacon of love and compassion, especially for those who are prone to loneliness.” He was the CAREGiver of the Month in June, the second time in his nine-year Home Instead Senior Care career after having been honored in February 2007.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Tinoi Faalogoifo

CAREGiver of the Month - Tinoi Faalogoifo

​Tinoi Faalogoifo would go anywhere in the world to help a senior. Literally.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Lois Pointer

CAREGiver of the Month - Lois Pointer

​Award-winning CAREGiver Lois Pointer’s life consists of three solid anchors: faith, family and a job that is family- and faith-oriented. There are no neatly drawn boundary lines between each.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Brynda Markiewicz

CAREGiver of the Month - Brynda Markiewicz

​Brynda Markiewicz was honored as the CAREGiver of the Month in May 2014. But she hasn't stopped learning even more about caregiving or soaking in different experiences that have impacted her life. If it is possible, she might care even more deeply about what she does than when she started with Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage early last year.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Rose Ruley

CAREGiver of the Month - Rose Ruley

Question: Rose Ruley, what is the best thing about being a CAREGiver?
Rose: “My client herself. I love my client – she is just like a dear aunt. My client is a little piece of heaven. She’s a warm, compassionate person who has been a continual blessing.”

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CAREGiver of the Month - Kendra Lunstrum

CAREGiver of the Month - Kendra Lunstrum

​It’s no surprise that Kendra Lunstrum was honored as CAREGiver of the Month for Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage in December, less than seven weeks after joining owner Stacee Frost Kleinsmith’s franchise Oct. 29, 2014.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Doris Kirschbaum

CAREGiver of the Month - Doris Kirschbaum

​It’s nearly impossible to get November CAREGiver of the Month Doris Kirschbaum to say something good about herself. “I don’t know why I have been honored,” Doris said, “because I do what I do because I love to make people happy and give them a better day than they had expected. It’s nothing special. There have got to be others who have been doing this longer and better.”

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CAREGiver of the Month - Ted Guild

CAREGiver of the Month - Ted Guild

​Award-winning CAREGiver Ted Guild is known for executing his assignments successfully and efficiently, including those that come up on short notice. After all, the former Air Force officer spent 37 years as a Defense Department employee. When an 83-year-old client threw him a curveball – more like a figurative brush-off pitch – he compassionately finished his task, dusted himself off and chuckled.

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CAREGiver of the Month - Emmanuella

CAREGiver of the Month - Emmanuella

​Emmanuella: A Hebrew woman’s name that means “faith.” Sometimes the name is described as a variant for “Emmanuelle,” which means “God is with us.” Women with this name have a deep desire to work with others. They are excellent at analyzing, understanding and learning. Emmanuella's​​​ stroy...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Glenn

CAREGiver of the Month - Glenn

​Home Instead franchise owner Stacee Frost Kleinsmith was stalking big game in August 2013 when she ventured above the Arctic Circle with family members during a hunting trip. But Stacee, the only woman to have bagged all four North American bears with a bow, deftly shifted into CAREGiver recruitment mode when an opportunity arose. Glenn's story...​


CAREGiver of the Month - John

CAREGiver of the Month - John

​Award-winning CAREGiver John Gaughan isn’t offended when clients refuse help because they don’t think they need it. The pride factor for fiercely independent Alaskans isn’t difficult to understand. John's story...​ ​


CAREGiver of the Month - Joseph

CAREGiver of the Month - Joseph

​Award-winning CAREGiver Joseph McMahon was looking sharp in a blazer and tie when he hustled from a previous commitment to the assisted living facility to begin a shift with his client. It was a day when he turned the tide to win over the man “in his late 80s or early 90s.” Joseph's story...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Khadijah

CAREGiver of the Month - Khadijah

​ There’s no doubt that Khadijah Nabaa is an eloquent award-winning CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage. And she understands more than the spoken word. Khadijah's story...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Leslie

CAREGiver of the Month - Leslie

​ Some pretty solid evidence indicates that award-winning CAREGiver Leslie Pridgen is a miracle worker. ​Leslie's story...​​​​


CAREGiver of the Month - Milagros

CAREGiver of the Month - Milagros

​ Award-winning CAREGiver Milagros Jennings never gives up trying to please a client. And family caregivers trying to coax an older adult to eat might want to take note of her innovative methods. Milagros' story...​​


CAREGiver of the Month - Myrline Pierre

CAREGiver of the Month - Myrline Pierre

Those are award-winning CAREGiver Myrline Pierre’s favorite words when she talks about working for Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage. The Haitian native knows how to say “dignity and respect” in all four languages. Most important, she emphasizes and lives those qualities when she’s working with her clients in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Myrline's story...


CAREGiver of the Month - Alex

CAREGiver of the Month - Alex

​ Award-winning CAREGiver Alex Graham couldn’t stop thinking of his client. Alex was at the Anchorage International Airport preparing to embark on an 11-hour flight to the Cook Islands on a family vacation. Alex's story...​​


CAREGiver of the Month - Teresa

CAREGiver of the Month - Teresa

​Difficult and sad times long ago prepared Teresa Slats for her role of award-winning CAREGiver for Home Instead Senior Care® of Anchorage. Teresa's story...​


CAREGiver of the Month - Teri

CAREGiver of the Month - Teri
“Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s command, ‘You must love and help your neighbors just as much as you love and take care of yourself.’ ”

– James 2:8, the Living Bible
Ask Teri Reynolds why she’s a CAREGiver at Home Instead Senior Care of Anchorage, and she gets right to the point: Teri's story...​​​

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