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Meet Our Team

We believe every family in the area deserves tailor made in-home senior care with a compassionate touch. That's why we established Home Instead® of Overland Park, KS.

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Proudly Serving Aging Adults & Their Families

Our Promise

As a locally owned business, our team offers friendly, responsive service right in your neighborhood. Families love our team because we:
  • Do what we say we’re going to do – each and every time
  • Solve care problems using compassionate, person-centered solutions
  • Engage in thoughtful relationships with the families we serve
  • Give back to our community

About Us

Meet Our Team

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Julie Schelling, Franchise Owner

Caring for others has long been Julie Schelling’s passion. She was a former teacher who taught music education at all grade levels. The personal relationships she formed with her students was her favorite part of teaching.

Julie then made a career change and she and her husband Sheldon spent 7 and half years owning and operating an assisted living facility – this is where her desire to serve seniors was ignited.

Now as the owner of three Home Instead franchises in Kansas City, it is her goal to provide the best possible care to seniors in the Kansas City area and give their families the peace of mind they deserve. It is her goal to provide individualized care to every client served. In her spare time, Julie enjoys an occasional spa day, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Sheldon Schelling, Franchise Owner

Aging at home is a normal concept for Sheldon. Born and raised in a close knit family in rural South Dakota, Sheldon observed firsthand how families work together to care for their elders. Sheldon's maternal Grandmother and his paternal Grandparents lived at home until the very end of life. His maternal Grandmother was a kind and gentle woman who, in retrospect, had Alzheimer’s disease for the last 15 years of her life. She lived with her daughter and her family for as long as Sheldon can remember. The highlight of the year was each summer when Sheldon and his family would take the 300 mile trip to western Nebraska to visit family for a few days, followed by Grandma traveling back home to South Dakota with Sheldon's family for a week or two. When Sheldon was a teenager, these trips began to have a sense that something was wrong with Grandma because she was getting "hardening of the arteries" or "senile". The trips back to South Dakota decreased as towards the end they caused such anxiety for Grandma because of her inability to remember where she was and in the very end, who we were. Sheldon's paternal Grandparents also stayed in their home with significant help from their children. At the end, both families were tired and burnt out on caring for their loved ones and all ended up spending their last days in a facility. In looking back, Home Instead could have significantly eased the toll of caring for his Grandparents and made for a much nicer end of life.

These early experiences were formative in shaping Sheldon's career of caring. Sheldon eventually received a Masters in Counseling and a Master of Social Work degree and found his calling for aging adults. He spent his social work career caring for older adults in the VA Health Care system and in the assisted living he and his wife Julie owned and operated. They are now solely focused providing exceptional in home care for aging adults through their Home Instead Senior Care franchises. In addition to owning the three Home Instead franchises, Sheldon has two Transworld Business Advisor franchises. 

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Casaundra Ernst, Office Manager

Casaundra Ernst was born and raised in Kansas where she still lives with her two wonderful kids. She came to Home Instead Senior Care as a CAREGiver. She quickly was able to adapt to the individualized needs of the clients she served. She was able to quickly learn how to deal with even the toughest clients. Casaundra went from being a CAREGiver to the Administrative Assistant/Lead CAREGiver for the office then was promoted to Service Coordinator. Recently she was promaoted to Office Manager. She continues to do the Service Coordinator position where she works to match our CAREGivers up with our clients but now also has added daily management of the office to her duties. The love and skill she had as a CAREGiver for her clients help her understand the needs of CAREGivers and clients alike. She enjoys helping others and their families in time of need. Her past work in customer service support makes her a great asset to the Home Instead team.

 

Artis Miller, Training Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Artis Miller, Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator

Artis is Training Coordinator for the Home Instead locations in Overland Park and Kansas City and Administrative Assistant for the Kansas City location. Artis has always been a caregiver at heart, so when she saw the Home Instead motto, To Us it's Personal, it really resonated with her. Artis loves taking care of people. Her philosophy is to always try to leave her clients a little better than she found them. She also has cared for several family members with various illness and church members who did not know where to turn. Artis's background in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, school nursing, mental health and administration has helped prepare her to be a Home Instead Team Member. Artis started with Home Instead in 2017 as a Care Professional and was promoted to her current position as Training Coordinator and Administrative Assistant in 2019. Her background as a nurse and her personal experience as a Care Professional made her the perfect person to train new Home Instead Care Professionals. Artis also does some work with our quality assurance program, making sure our clients individualized needs are being met. She loves being a part of the great team in Kansas City.

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Deborah Wright, Client Care Coordinator

Deborah Wright is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.  She is a graduate of Avila and Baker Universities and attended Lillis High School.  In 2009, she retired from Hallmark Cards after 39 years of service in graphics.  In 2017, she began working for Home Instead as a Care Professional and continued that journey until December of 2020.  At the end of 2020, she moved into the Home Instead office and became the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Kansas office and now has moved to the Client Care Coordinator position.  She believes that working with seniors is truly a blessing and a huge learning experience with benefits that most rarely see.  As the Client Care Coordinator she takes initial inquiry calls, signs up new clients and then follows the clients to make sure their needs are met.  She also assists with training Care Professionals in the homes of clients and make sure that we are meeting all of the client’s needs. She strongly believes in the  old cliché that states, treat others like you would want them to treat you.

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Ava Shipley, Lead CAREGiver/Admin Assist

Ava Shipley’s home country is El Salvador, Ava has always loved being around her grandparents and aunts. She enjoyed hearing their stories and the wisdom they shared. This childhood experience led her to a career as a Care Professional at Home Instead in 2019.  She remembers the first time she was faced with Alzheimer’s it was her very own grandmother who was diagnosed along with some of her other relatives. The sons and daughters had to deal with them taking care of them. Her mother started acting different, lacking focus and easily forgetting things. It was hard for her to accept that her mom was not able to take care of herself anymore.  She helped her mom as much as she could before she came to the USA.  After moving to the USA she realized the need for caregivers. Her heart is moved when she watches the aging population driving or trying to do their own grocery shopping, so when she saw the Home Instead TV advertisement, she answered the call to be part of the Home Instead Care Professional team. She have been learning about senior care in theory but also in the field. She gives God all the glory and honor because He is the one who sent her to this country and He helps her to do her job the best way possible. She was promoted to Lead Care Professional/Admin Assistant in 2021 and she really enjoy working for Home Instead. Home Instead has given her the opportunity to help people who have lived their life working or taking care of their families. As a Lead Care Professional she helps our clients and Care Professionals by providing exceptional care and training in each home.

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Elizabeth Clevenger, Recruitment and Enrichment Coordinator

Elizabeth comes to Home Instead with a variety of people-helping training and experience. She graduated from Calvary University with an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate degree in Biblical Counseling. Elizabeth also has had hands-on experience caring for clients through working as a Care Professional with Home Instead since 2019. She also has worked as a Certified Biblical Counselor (IABC) at Reigning Grace Counseling Center in Liberty, MO. She appreciates the flexible scheduling that Home Instead offers, as it helped pay her way through school, and she is excited when Home Instead fits the needs of potential Care Professionals.

Elizabeth was raised in the Kansas City area and in Italy, where her parents are missionaries. She has also been a member of a Hispanic church in the Kansas City area. She speaks English, Italian, and Spanish, and enjoys people from every culture and background. Elizabeth is grateful for her multi-ethnic experiences that enable her to relate more easily with anyone and everyone, a skill that serves her well in her role as Recruitment & Enrichment Coordinator. In her role she meets, hires and then supports the Care Professionals who work with our Home Instead clients.

Elizabeth enjoys being an active member of her church, assisting her church leaders with volunteer counseling, and playing music with friends whenever she gets the chance. She believes that she can never love and forgive others more than God has loved and forgiven her in Christ Jesus, and she is grateful for the opportunity to build and support the Care Professional team in the Home Instead office.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Overland Park, KS possesses a heartfelt desire to work with seniors in the community. It is our ultimate goal to forge extraordinary relationships between our clients and their Care Professionals.

When you are ready for help, our caring staff is on call to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your senior services needs.

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