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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 Clearwater, FL.

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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 Home Care Team
Julie Castle, Franchise Owner

Julie Castle, Franchise Owner

I was born in Michigan, however moved to Pinellas County in 1980. I was very close to my grandparents growing up and have a special place in my heart for seniors. I feel I have found my life's calling with Home Instead Senior Care. I feel honored to help seniors stay active and safe in their homes, offer rewarding careers to CAREGivers and providing on-going training and support to the staff, CAREGivers, clients and their families. My main goal is for Home Instead Senior Care to be a valuable resource in the community. My husband and I have 5 children and are foster parents. We also find time for our non-profit, Be A Santa To A Senior, Adopt A Mom and Adopt A Dad, which gives gifts to our local seniors for Christmas, Mother's Day and Father's Day. My favorite part about being a Home Instead Senior Care franchise owner is knowing every day, I am actively changing the face of aging. I treat each client as if they were my grandparent, because to me, it is personal.

Colin Castle, VP

Colin Castle, VP

​I was born in Guam, as my father was in the military for 27 years. I am the youngest of six and after I was born, he decided to retire to Florida to raise one child outside of the military. My family moved to Pinellas County in early 1970 and ultimately called Largo home until 2010 when I finally sold the family home. Unfortunately, my father passed in 1981 but he instilled many of my beliefs in me at an early age. My mother, family, and a few key role models helped me succeed. I recently chose to leave my 20-year career to assist my wife, Julie Castle, in achieving her vision of what Home Instead Senior care could ultimately become. My career was client focused and making sure my clients received the best possible customer service and care, so my transition to Home Instead Senior Care has been easy. From a personal perspective, my father received in home care from Hospice while he battled cancer, my brother was my grandmother's primary caregiver for a number of years, and I took care of my mother prior to her passing. For me, making sure we provide the best care possible to our clients is very personal.

JC Crady, Director of CAREGiver Services

JC Crady, Director of CAREGiver Services

Hello, my name is JC Crady. I have lived in Florida since she I was 5 years old, coming from Laurel, MD originally. I was VP of New Century Builders, Inc. working with my husband in the construction industry. I was also the Owner/President of Quality Books of West Florida, Inc. working with the regional school systems until I sold the company in 2004. I enjoy reading, sunsets at the beach, and spending quality time with my husband Bill. I have two grown children that I am extremely proud of (Kyle & Nikki). I began working here at Home Instead Senior Care in 2004, and now as the Director of CAREGiver Services, I work closely with our training and recruiting departments to hire and train the best possible CAREGivers to join our team. I also work closely with the scheduling department to assure all the clients are receiving the quality care they deserve. I take special pride in matching the perfect CAREGiver with each client. It's such a great feeling to bring two people together and form a special friendship and to allow a senior to continue their independence, with just a helping hand.​

Dorothy Chambers, RN, Quality Assurance Manager

Dorothy Chambers, RN, Quality Assurance Manager

I was born and raised in New York but have spent most of my adult life in beautiful Florida. Since the beginning of my nursing career, I have always been drawn to working with older adults. In 1993, I returned to school and obtained a Master's Degree in Community Health Nursing and since then my jobs have focused on dealing with the multiple issues that can plague the aging population. I have a strong belief that people should be able to "age in place" by any means necessary if possible.

I live in St Petersburg with my 2 dogs Remy and Dixie. My time when not at work is taken up with teaching puppy classes at the Dog Training Club of St. Petersburg, showing my Miniature Bullterrier Ch. Remington Steele and going out to listen to music, see plays and movies.

Christina Lodrini, Client Care Manager

Christina Lodrini, Scheduling and Client Care Manager

Hello Everyone! My name is Christina Lodrini and I am a Client Care Coordinator. I have been a part of the Home Instead Family since early 2013 and it has been awesome! I am the mother of 7 children and still standing. I have lived in the St. Petersburg area since 1979 but I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama. I am happily engaged to the love of my life. I am extremely excited about starting a whole new chapter of my life. I love sports...GO Rays...GO Bucs...GO Gators! I spend most of my free time being a taxi cab mom transporting to baseball, soccer, football, cheerleading, etc.. We have grown so much in the last few years and I am grateful to be a part of such a great group of people working toward the common goal of making life a little easier for those in need!​

Maria Carlberg, Home Care Consultant

Maria Carlberg, Home Care Consultant

Hi, Friends! I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida from Georgia in 2004 with my son. I now live in Pass-A-Grille with my husband, who is absolutely my best friend. My hobbies include kayaking, body surfing, crocheting, reading, movies and word puzzles. I love spending time with family and friends, especially my niece. I am passionate about God, and I am very active in teaching as well as learning. I believe in contributing to society by being positive, enthusiastic, motivating, understanding, helpful to those in need and loving towards everyone no matter their background. In 2013 I was drawn to Home Instead Senior Care because of those same highly desirable qualities, and I am so thankful to be employed with a company that truly cares for the clients, CAREGivers and the administrative team!​

Jaclyn Gallagher, Scheduling

Jaclyn Gallagher, Scheduling

My name is Jaclyn and I was born and raised right here in Clearwater. I am a single mom to 3 beautiful children. I enjoy spending time at the beach, kayaking, going to concerts, swimming and trying new restaurants. My home health career started 20 years ago as a caregiver. I have taken care of many elderly clients as well as children with many different disabilities. When the company that I was a caregiver for had an opening in the office as a Scheduler, they offered me the position, and I transitioned into the admin side of Healthcare.  I have spent time in client homes and facilities. I ran the “personalized Living” department of Brookdale in Hyde Park and was able to still provide care to some of our residents. I find joy in being able to make a difference in others’ lives, whether it be from the office or in a client's home.


Tara Applegate, Scheduling

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be someone who worked to serve and care for people. Working here at Home Instead has allowed me to be that person. I take great pride in getting to know each caregiver and client both on a professional and personal level. I want to make a difference in others lives and by listening and being a person who understands what they need and want. I have grown tremendously working for Home Instead in many ways and it feels amazing knowing that what we do here truly does help so many families and their loved ones. We have a great team here and I feel so blessed to be part of it.

Linda Snell, Scheduling

My name is Linda Snell a native of Alabama.  I live in St. Petersburg with my husband, and I enjoys and love spending time with my children and grandchildren.  I have spent many years in senior care in both caregiving and administrative roles. I`ve been a CNA for over 38 years with caregiving experience in Nursing Homes. Assisted Livings, and private homes. I have also held Staffing/Human Resources/Recruiting positions in Homecare Agencies for over 22 years.

Throughout my career as a caregiver, I`ve been named “hero” to my clients and their families for giving them the peace of mind by providing loving and compassionate care when the families couldn’t do it themselves. My goal has always been to bring some “normalcy” to what can be difficult times in the family’s lives.

As a recruiter and Staffing Coordinator, I looked for the same qualities and values in hiring and staffing Caregivers. My experience on “both sides of the fence” gives me a useful perspective of knowing the importance of matching the right Care Pro for each client based on their individual need (s).

Tina Hart, Billing

Tina Hart, Billing

Hello, my name is Tina Hart. I was born and raised in Livingston, Ill., population 900. I lived in that area most of my life. Two years ago, a job opportunity came available in Clearwater, and, since both of my boys were grown, I took advantage of the opportunity & moved down here. Unfortunately, the company that I moved down here to work for chose to close their doors after a year. The opportunity with Home Instead was a blessing. My previous experience in the home care field was as the Homecare Supervisor for a non-profit organization. I worked for them for 5 years before moving to Florida. I was in the Illinois Air National Guard for 21 years, retiring as the Nursing Services Manager, Chief Master Sergeant. I also have experience in the restaurant industry, the trucking industry, and of course, the medical field with the Air Guard. My two sons, Jacob and Adam, still live in Illinois & I miss them dearly. Jacob, the oldest, has Asperger’s Disorder and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in art. Adam, the youngest, graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree last year, and is currently working for a manufacturing company in Fenton, MO. I am very proud of both of them. My best friend & partner, JD, moved down here with me. He works at the Roosterfish Grill on Missouri in Largo. Great food if you have the opportunity to go there.

I am passionate about home care. The opportunity to help people stay in their homes means a great deal to me. I love the clients & enjoy building relationships with them. I look forward to continuing to do so.

Jasmine Brown, Billing Assistant

Jasmine Brown, Billing Assistant

My name is Jasmine Brown. I was born and raised here in Pinellas County. When I found out about Home Instead and was given an opportunity to work here, I took it. When I was younger, I used to go with my chorus class to Assisted Living Facilities and would sing to the seniors there. It always made my day to see them smile. My mother was also a CNA many years ago and she is now a caregiver with Home Instead too. To know this company makes a difference in the lives of the seniors in our community is very important to me. I look forward to taking everything I learn while with this company to my future in nursing.

Terri Gibson, LPN

Terri Gibson, LPN


Annette Pakus, LPN

My name is Annette Pakus, born in New York. Went to Nursing School on Long Island New York. Graduated in 1972 with honors. I have worked in  several different settings Inpatient and Out Patient. To this day I am still working as a nurse. I moved to Connecticut Married my wonderful husband, we have been married for 44years and we have two wonderful children and four great grandchildren. Our family moved to Florida in 1997 to get away form the cold harsh winters.  We love the warmth the beach and boating. I have been with Home Instead for 3 years ,started as a care giver and now in the office doing Care Management. I have met so many wonderful Clients and the staff in the office is magnificent!!


Rachel Mribiha, Recruiting

I was born in London England,  I came to the United States in 1980 with my parents, my first job here was in a Hospital in St Petersburg, that began my life long career in the health Field, I was a CNA for 10 years with a Skilled Home Care company, I moved into the office to become a scheduler, then office Manager and when it closed I had been there for 26 years, I moved on to be a Branch Manager with 2 different Home Care Companies, after COVID I joined Home Instead as the Hiring manager, I feel very passionate about home care as I took care of both of my parents until they passed and to me every person should be treated as if they are your parent/grandparent , it is personal to me.

Tanya Gill, Recruiting and Retention Coordinator

Tanya Gill, Recruiting and Retention Coordinator

My name is Tanya Gill. We recently moved here from Ohio. I worked as a scheduler for 3 years, then was billing director for 4 years in a home health agency, in Proctorville, Ohio. I was raised in Proctorville, Ohio my whole life. My husband, daughter, and I decided to live in Florida because our family had vacationed in the Gulf Coast for the past six years, and fell in love with it. My interests are boating, sea shelling, swimming and camping.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Clearwater, FL 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.

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