Kelly Cornelius grew up in a small town in western Nebraska, where her father runs a successful farm and ranch operation. She grew up appreciating family and the close knit community she lived in. Kelly spent her summers in high school and college caring for the elderly in nursing homes and later as a home health aide. Through her experience, she developed a passion to honor our aging population. As her own grandmother declined, she saw the toll it took on her mother. Without home care options, Kelly's mom was the primary caregiver day in and day out. Her mom's relentless compassion and enduring love inspired Kelly to open a Home Instead franchise.
Coming from a small community, Kelly and her husband were drawn to the local feel of the Central Phoenix Corridor, where they have lived now for over 10 years. She hopes to honor and enhance the life of every client served by her dedicated, experienced team in the Phoenix area.
Dettra has lived most of her life right here in Phoenix, Arizona. Her very first job as a young girl was with a hospice provider. She knew immediately her heart was in caregiving. In sharing her heart and building relationships with families, she could see the difference she was making during a critical point in their lives. Dettra has been involved in caregiving now for 11 years! She joined our Home Instead family as a CAREGiver in April of 2018, demonstrating quickly that she is compassionate, dedicated, and passionate about seniors! She joined the office staff as our Office Coordinator in July 2018 and was promoted to our Training & Engagement Coordinator in 2019. She is now our Field Training Coordinator, ensuring our CAREGivers have the skills they need to provide the highest quality care. Dettra says, “My boss, Kelly, changed my life. She believes in me. She pushes me to grow, gave me this opportunity to better myself and my family, and I am doing it one day at a time. I am so happy to support our team. This is what Home Instead Senior Care is all about!” In her spare time, Dettra enjoys painting, drawing, and sculpting. She also loves fashion and expresses it with her beautiful nails and hair styles! Her all time favorite thing to do is spend time with her children and her new Home Instead family!!!
Kristina grew up in Michigan in a very small town where everyone knew everyone. After high school she moved to Missouri where she began working with adults with developmental disabilities for several years. After starting a family and relocating to Arizona, she spent several years teaching junior high math. Kristina's father-in-law began declining and needed home care and hospice. Through this process, she saw how quality home care could help keep loved ones at home. In 2019, looking for something more meaningful, Kristina applied at Home Instead! In this role she can use her hard-earned business degree, while knowing every day that she is helping families keep their loved ones at home. Kristina combines her analytical mind and compassionate heart to create magical client/CAREGiver matches! Outside of work Kristina and her husband care for her mother-in law, who has Alzheimer's. They are also the parents of a teenage son, actively involved in athletics.
Debbie is originally from Seattle. She moved to Arizona ten years ago to start a children's charity that is still going strong today. While working for the charity she met her husband, Adam, and they have been married for three years. She is a proud Mom to her two step-kiddos and her adorable puppy, Leia. Debbie has a background in ASD Therapy and office administration. She brings her extensive knowledge and organizational skills to help keep the office humming along! She chose to join Home Instead because she experienced a very difficult time when both of her parents were put into nursing homes. It was not a pleasant experience, and she wants to help families keep their loved ones at home where they are safe, loved, and provided the best care possible. Debbie loves speaking to the clients and caregivers every day and provides excellent client care and customer service!
Dionna is from Michigan and graduated from Howard
University. She has worked as a manager in retail customer service for over 10
years. She moved to Arizona to be closer to her mother and found Home Instead! Dionna has always had a heart of service, and now has a place to share her
gifts. Dionna says “Home Instead provides an opportunity for those who
have the heart to help others, even though they may not have the years of
supporting education.” She loves that
Home Instead is a great place for caring people to be authentically themselves
and get paid for it! Dionna is spontaneous and will try almost anything once.
She loves dancing, singing, music, laughing, and a good card game.
is from Lompoc California, a small city on the central coast. Being around the ocean her whole life led her to becoming a lifeguard and a swim
instructor. She later coached her high school swim team. Alia’s love of the water and passion for
teaching drove her to become the aquatic supervisor for the Lompoc Aquatic
Center. In this position she trained lifeguards and swim instructors. Her love
for teaching and helping people pushed her to attain her EMT and phlebotomy
certifications. After moving to Arizona
in December of 2019 to continue her nursing education, Alia found Home Instead!
Assisting others is her passion, and
Home Instead has given her the opportunity to make a difference in people’s
lives. Initially hired as CAREGiver in the beginning of 2020, Alia earned the
opportunity to become part of the office staff as the Training Coordinator. In
this role she is training our CAREGivers to be the best in Phoenix! When Alia isn’t training, she enjoys teaching
young children how to swim, spending time with her family, dancing, and
With the experience of raising 3 children, two of them having special needs, Christy discovered she needed to find a job where she could put her heart into her work and began working as a caregiver for the developmentally disabled. With time, education and dedication, she became the H.R. Manager and Trainer for an agency that provided caregiving to those with developmental disabilities. It was there that Christy discovered her love for helping others. Knowing that she was impacting the quality of care being provided to those in need was very rewarding. As her grandparents aged, Christy realized she wanted to make a difference in the senior community. This brought her to Home Instead Senior Care, where she continues to hire the absolute best CAREGivers. She firmly believes that you never know where life will take you or the path you must take to get there, but when you wake up every day loving what you do, you know your path has led you to the right place!
"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.