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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 Daytona Beach, 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 Team

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Shiv Puri, President & Owner

Shiv is the new owner of Home Instead, having taken over from Susan Miller, who retired in 2022 after 25 rewarding years. He is extremely proud to have retained the entire Home Instead team that has led to such a trusted and important homecare agency in Volusia County. A longtime advocate of health and wellness, Shiv became interested in Home Instead after facing how to care for his mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

“We wanted to honor my mother-in-law’s wishes to spend more time at home, and less time in the hospital, and it was very challenging for our family members to provide the care she needed. But when we found a team of caregivers to provide professional, dignified and reliable services to her, it was a game changer, and allowed the rest of the family to better cope with this tragedy.”

Previously, Shiv owned restaurants in Manhattan, worked in investment banking on Wall Street and was a professional drummer. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Finance and brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience.

Shiv is happily married and has a 6 year old daughter and a 6 month old son, and is grateful to have settled down in Florida to raise his family. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, cooking and music.

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Theresa Smith, Office Manager & Administrator

Theresa is a natural fit for Home Instead Senior Care. Experience in the nursing home industry has given her a tremendous background in caring for seniors but even more than that, Theresa truly cares about seniors and their families and uses her experience to put everyone at ease

Theresa has many, many stories to tell about how her work has made a difference in the lives of others. Some of her favorite stories revolve around how she and the staff of Home Instead have been able to create peace of mind for families that live far from their senior.

In particular, a daughter called Home Instead from California about arranging care for her father in Florida. Her dad was beginning to show t he signs of Alzheimer's disease and having balance and continence issues which created unease and worry about his safety. Theresa was able to find a Caregiver that was a perfect match (they were both musicians, and he had not lost his musical abilities). With a compatible companion to see to her dad's everyday needs and regular communication from Theresa, the daughter was able to rest easy that her dad was in capable, caring hands.

"This is the wonderful part about my job", Theresa says, "special Caregivers can create peace and hope for seniors and their families and make the winding down of a life a memorable and positive experience".

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Kellee Geiger, RN & Community Educator

Kellee joined the Home Instead team as a Registered Nurse and Community Educator in 2021, where she oversees Caregiver Training and reviews client’s CarePlans. Her background includes EMT, MA, HHA, CNA, LPN, and RN as a Cardiac, ICU, Medical/Surgical, and Home Health Care Nurse. She holds a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree from the University of Central Florida.

Kellee has lived in Volusia County nearly all her life. She has 2 daughters. One lives in North Carolina and the other in California. Both are going to college to pursue degrees in Environmental Science and Architecture. Her youngest daughter has just married a Marine and plans to travel the world. Kellee has 3 grand dogs that she doesn’t get to see much anymore and misses terribly. She enjoys being outdoors, the river, seafood, audiobooks and hanging with friends and family.

Kellee has known since she was a child that her calling was to be in the medical field. From the time she knew what a doctor was she always wanted to be one, but believes God put her on the nursing path for a reason. Kellee is very excited to have the opportunity to teach people skills that can give them confidence in helping to care for others and provide them with the opportunity to pursue a career that is truly rewarding.

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Hallie LaFond, RN, Home Care Consultant

Hallie LaFond, RN is the Home Care Consultant for Home Instead. She has been a practicing nurse for over 20 years with a specialty in Home Health Care, providing skilled nursing in the home setting. This makes her a natural fit to connect with our community to help more seniors age with dignity at home. She earned her nursing degree at Boise State University and moved to Florida in 2004. The best part of Home Health nursing for Hallie was her patients and developing relationships. Hallie's background includes working in the hospital on the medical/surgical and orthopedic floors. She also worked in an office setting for OB/GYN physician.

Hallie lives in Port Orange with her husband and their fur baby. She has a daughter 31, a son 29 and a stepson 20. In Hallie's spare time she enjoys walks on the beach, boating, reading and spending time with family and now most importantly spending time with their three grandchildren. Hallie is excited to begin new career with Home Instead to help families and our senior population continue to live peacefully and comfortably in their own home.

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Kim Runk, Client Care Manager

“I’m not sure if this job was created for me, or if I was created for this job.” Obviously, Kim loves her role as Client Care Manager at Home Instead Senior Care! She truly enjoys seeing her clients bloom under the care of their Caregivers and her own watchful eye. Kim has seen many isolated seniors gain a whole new world of opportunity and activity with the support and relationships that are created when that perfect match of Caregiver and senior happens!

As a part of the sandwich generation – raising children and helping an aging parent – Kim sees firsthand what families encounter in trying to manage their days. She relocated to Florida to be close and available to her mom after her father passed away from frontal lobe dementia. Her son is attending college here in Daytona and her daughter is out-of-state. She came to us from a sister Home Instead Senior Care office in Pennsylvania, where she also served as Client Care Coordinator. Kim also has a background in counseling and assisting people going through major life transitions.

Kim finds the reward of her hard work in seeing her father’s generation aging, with dignity, in their own homes with the comfort and hope found in a supportive relationship with their families and Caregiver.

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Milissa Davis, Client Care Coordinator

Hi, I’m Milissa Davis. My husband and I moved to the Volusia County area in 1997 and began our family. I stayed at home with my children for 10 years. During this time, I spent time assisting the elderly in my church. When it was time for me to restart my career, I knew I wanted to work with the elderly.

After spending the last decade working with seniors and veterans in Volusia County I understand the importance of providing reliable, professional, compassionate care to keep our seniors in their home.

I am aligned with the mission of Home Instead Senior Care and am excited to work with such an amazing team!!

When not at work I can be found enjoying time with my wonderful husband and children.

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Brooke Diemel, Client Care Coordinator

Brooke is passionate about helping those in need. Her passion for helping others directed her to Home Instead, where she felt she could make a difference in people's lives. Brooke’s grandmother receives care from Home Instead in Wisconsin, and she feels proud to work for a company that has positively impacted her family in many ways. 

Brooke has a degree in counseling and experience in a variety of different helping professions. Brooke also has a Nursing Assistant Certificate and was the team lead for the dementia wing at a nursing home. Brooke has an empathic heart and an ability to connect with her clients. She looks forward to meeting new clients and family members. 

“I look forward to going into work each day”. Brooke is not only motivated to do her job well, but she enjoys interacting with and solving problems for her clients. Brooke’s focus is to provide the best care that she can for every family / client she works with.

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Sarah Holliday, CarePRO Manager

I am a native New Yorker. I moved here to Florida 18 years ago. I met my husband here and we have a beautiful daughter. One of my first jobs in New York was a CNA for a ALF. I loved working with the residents at the facility. I worked the Dementia ward so I am really familiar with what caregivers do for our client's. I moved here when my father became sick and needed help with housework and personal care. While taking care of my father I had decided to go back to school and get my Law degree but I found myself really missing working on personal level with our seniors. I was very happy when offered a chance to come work for HISC and have the chance to help our seniors again.

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Christine Zahornacky, Training & Retention

"I have so many wonderful memories of my Great Grandmother and my Grandma and Grandpap! Spending time at their home for Sunday dinners and having sleep-overs with Grandma and getting up and helping with breakfast. Working here at Home Instead Senior Care, hopefully, will give that one person, just one more memory, of spending time with the elderly memebers of their family."

"There is so much that we can learn, just by talking to and listening to the senior members of our family. Working at Home Instead has given me the opportunity to help families keep their parents and grandparents with them at home, instead of a facility, for a little while longer!"

Christine has worked in the customer service profession for her entire career. At the age of 17 years, Christine's first job was as a server for Pizza Hut. In this position, she was in contact with people of all ages. Years later, Christine worked for an Olan Mills Photography Studio as a photographer. Again, all ages would come through the door, but the emphasis was on the children and documenting their "growing-up". Christine continued with her photography career when she became a wedding photographer. For 15 years she captured the smiles and tears that happen during this happy occasion. Again, Christine worked with all ages trying to capture the perfect family portraits. It's a natural progression to be working with the senior population now. To have the opportunity to give familied a few more years with mom and dad in the home....making one more memory, taking one more pictures and giving one more hug.

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Lyssa Baca, Recruiter

I moved to Florida in 2018 from Colorado. I have 3 beautiful kids, 2 step daughters and a wonderful husband. I am a veteran in the United Stated Marine Corps which I had joined right out of high school. My hobbies are music, singing and photography. I have been in the Geriatric field for 15 years and was a Sous Chef for 2 years, so I do love to cook. I love to make people laugh and like to joke around. I stay fit with Kickboxing and chasing after my kids. We love animals as we have many, I love the outdoors and relaxing by the ocean. I love going to church and singing in the worship band. Home Instead is a wonderful company and I am very happy to be part of the family!

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Katy Lackey, Scheduling Coordinator

Hi, my name is Katy! I grew up all over the country until 2010 when my father saw an opportunity to live closer to our aging family. I've been happy to call Florida "home" ever since. Aside from a few years spent at FSU getting my B.S. in Psychology, I have spent most of the past decade here in Volusia County and am very excited to now be serving our county's seniors. I joined the Home Instead family after spending the last two years as a stay at home mom. In my free time I enjoy going to the beach or exploring new places with my daughter, reading, sewing, and anything that involves history.

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Tiffany Howell, Scheduling Coordinator

Hi my name is Tiffany and I'm a proud member of the Home Instead team as the Scheduling Coordinator. I assist the clients and Caregivers in the Daytona, Ormond and Holly Hill area.

When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family being out in nature hiking, swimming and bicycling.

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Pamela Iler, Human Resources

Hello, I'm Pamela. I have 35+ years in Health Care, 29 on those as a CNA and PCT in Hospitals, Nursing homes and Private care. I switched over to administration 15 years ago and I have enjoyed it very much. 

I am Mom to 2 beautiful women and 3 genius teenagers. I'm a Florida girl, I've been here since I was 8 years old and grew up on the beach. My favorites things to do in my free time are read, cook and play video games. I'm a homebody, I love to stay home and spend time with my family.

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Kaitlyn Mackay, Office Coordinator

Kaitlyn is the Office Coordinator in our office. She assists with a number of duties but concentrates mostly with billing and payroll tasks.

She was born in California but considers herself a Florida native as she grew up in the area. She is a graduate of Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach and currently lives in Saint Johns with her husband and their 2 young children. Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management with a BS in Event Management. Kaitlyn spent the last 7 years in the insurance industry but was ready for a change after the birth of her 2nd child.

On the weekends, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her family at the pool and beach. She also enjoys all outdoor activities, reading, and most of all - being a mom to her littles.

Her family has long been involved in helping seniors – her grandmother owned a local nursing home and founded this Home Instead office back in 1995!

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