About Us

Meet Our Home Care Team

Shannon Carithers, RN, Owner

Shannon Carithers, RN, Franchise Owner

​Shannon Carithers and his wife Melody are the owners of Home Instead Senior Care of Charleston. Shannon is a Registered Nurse and previously worked at the Medical University of South Carolina. Melody's background includes marketing and sales in senior communities and the medical industry. He and his wife are South Carolina natives, and together they have 40 years combined healthcare experience. Shannon is responsible for the day to day operations of the business. He works closely with both clients and CAREGivers to ensure the best care.

Team Member - Elizabeth

Elizabeth Felder McDermott, Community Relations Liaison

A native Charlestonian, Elizabeth came to Home Instead in 2012 after 20 years in Health Insurance and pharmaceuticals. Elizabeth says she came “home” when coming to work at Home Instead. As the Community Relations Liaison, it is her responsibility to form relationships in the community and to be a resource to our families and team. She is committed to problem solving and finding resolutions for families with the assistance of rehab, hospitals, home health, financial, geriatric and senior community partners.

Elizabeth enjoys her personal time with her husband, John, and daughter, Ellie, and lucky to have her 90 year old mother that they love to spend time with. Her free time is spent cooking, exploring her “happy place” at Pawleys Island, skiing and traveling. Elizabeth is an avid volunteer at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church and Ashley Hall.

Melinda Aranda, Community Relations Liaison

Melinda Aranda, Community Relations Liaison

​Melinda was born in Augusta, Ga but has called Charleston home for over 18 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in speech from Augusta State University. Melinda has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing with the majority of it in the healthcare field.

In her spare time she enjoys watching college football, gardening, and spending time with her husband and 6 year old twins.​

Anne Morefield, Client Care Director

Anne Morefield, Client Care Director

​Anne was born into a military family and was raised in Germany. She moved to the United States in 1989. She studied Business Administration and Management, Computer Information System Analysis's and Medical Terminology at Lake Sumter Community College in Central Florida. She started working in the medical field in 1998.  Anne started working for Home Instead in 2017 as a Client Care Coordinator and was promoted to Client Care Director in 2019. She provides our client's and their families a warm smile and a shoulder to lean on.  Anne enjoys the outdoors, exploring historical sites and traveling. Her oldest son is in the Navy and she is a proud Navy Mom. In addition to him, she has 2 other children and 2 step children with her husband Travis.

Team Member Donna

Donna Dunmeyer, Inquiry Specialist

After retiring from the school system where she worked for over 33 years, Donna sat at home for seven months and knew she had more to offer. She wanted to embark on something new, different and rewarding. That's when she found Home Instead Senior Care. As the Inquiry Specialist, Donna educates our families on the many facets of home care. Donna is warm and compassionate, so it's no wonder that families express time and time again how at ease they feel when speaking with her. In her spare time, Donna loves working out and spending time with her family and fur baby.
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Jessica Merlo, Lead Scheduling Coordinator

​Jessica Merlo was born in Guam. Growing up, she traveled the world with her father who served as a airman for the United Air Force. In 2017, Jessica moved to Georgetown, SC and began working as a CAREGiver for the Murrells Inlet Home Instead office. She loved her job as a CAREGiver so much, that she asked to join our team when she relocated to Summerville, SC a year later. Jessica excelled as a CAREGiver and was quickly promoted to Scheduling Coordinator in 2019. As a Scheduling Coordinator, Jessica ensures our clients are matched with exceptional caregivers. Her patience and caring demeanor are traits that allow clients to feel safe and comfortable. In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to the gym, playing video games and spending time with her boyfriend and friends.
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Carlesse Barnes, Scheduling Coordinator

Carlesse was born and raised in York, PA with a twin brother and older sister.  Carlesse decided to make the big move to Charleston to enjoy the warmer weather and beautiful beaches. She started out as a Home-Health Aide then became a CNA. Carlesse has worked in nursing homes as well as hospitals. She began her journey with Home Instead as a Caregiver, was promoted to Lead Caregiver and is now a Scheduling Coordinator. In her spare time, Carlesse loves to travel  and spend time with her family and friends.

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Alaina Brown, Administrative Coordinator

Alaina was raised all over the world as her parents were both in the Air Force.  Anytime her mother was stationed somewhere her and her siblings could not go, she lived with her grandmother in Charleston.  After graduation, she moved from Georgia back to Charleston where she worked in the hospitality field for 23 years.  Alaina decided to make a change in her career and came to Home Instead of Charleston as our Administrative Coordinator managing billing, payroll and long term care insurance claims.  She also assists our human resources team with recruitment and orientation.  In her free time, Alaina loves to travel and spend time with her husband Cleve, daughters Jada, Jordan and Jurnee, and stepson Trindon.  
Pam Bartenfield, Human Resources Assistant

Pam Bartenfield, Administrative Assistant

​In 2011 Pam became a CAREGiver for Home Instead, after caring for multiple family members. In 2013 she was recruited to join our office staff. Pam performs multiple administrative responsibilities, including assisting Human Resources. Pam is a Clemson Graduate and has a Masters of Education from Converse College. After 29 years as an elementary teacher, she volunteered at MUSC Holling's Cancer Center and started a wedding and a floral design business. Pam enjoys gardening, college football and entertaining family and friends.​

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

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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 Charleston, SC.

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Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Charleston, SC 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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