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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 Pawtucket, RI.

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
Franchise Owner Cristian Dersidan

Cristian D., President

Home Instead's mission is to "change the face of aging" in Rhode Island. Non-medical and personal care services provided by trusted Caregivers and CNAs give families the support they need for elder loved ones to remain at home with dignity and respect.

Since 1997, Home Instead staff has grown to over 100 full and part-time employees serving thousands of families in Rhode Island. "My staff shares in my passion for serving the community and delivering on our promise of excellence. Our values are uncompromising as they are the foundation on which our reputation has been built."  Since 2017, Cris has actively served on the board of the American Parkinson's Disease Association and currently serves at it's Treasurer.

Cris, his management staff, Caregivers, and CNAs are privileged everyday to help families by providing home care solutions to the most challenging and difficult aging-in-place decisions families face today.

Patti Brennan, Home Care Consultant

Patti Brennan

Patti joins the Home Instead office team after serving as a Caregiver and Ambassador for almost 4 years. She worked in the dental field for 35 years as chairside assistant, hygienist, then owner of an orthodontic lab. Early retirement plans included missionary work (foreign and domestic) before morphing into a passion for caring for the elderly.

Jackie 2023

Jackie R., RN - Director of Nursing

​The leader of our dedicated Client Care Team, Jackie brings 15 years 15 years of experience as an Registered Nurse to Home Instead. In addition to Home Care, she has worked in many different settings including ICU, Hospice, and Assisted Living. Outside of work, Jackie enjoys traveling, entertaining, and spending time with her family.


Laina M. Client Care Coordinator (Nurse_

Laina joined Home Instead in October 2023. She received her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Excelsior University. She has over a decade of experience as a nurse and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings. Laina understands the difficult transitions that take place for the aging and those who care for them. She prides herself in reducing the stress and streamlining processes.  She is most happy setting others up for success, through motivation and coaching while coming up with creative ideas. She cherishes the caregivers who do this valuable work. She is grateful to be part of a team that promotes lifelong wellness and dignity and looks forward to prioritizing and nurturing client relationships. 

Noel Castillejos

Noel "JR" C., Client Care /Tech Support

JR earned a degree in Organizational Communication and has extensive experience in customer relations. He is passionate about having meaningful conversations with clients and finding ways to offer them the best options available.  He first experienced the joy of helping others when he took care of his grandmother with her activities of daily living. This satisfaction drove him to search for a career in senior care and is now able to help seniors as a member of the client care team. 

Lauren George, Training Coordinator

Lauren G., Engagement Manager

​Lauren joined the Home Instead team in May of 2018. Lauren received her Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of New Orleans and a Masters of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She has a background in higher education as an Adult Basic Education instructor, where she saw first hand how improving one person's life can improve a whole family. As a military spouse, Lauren understands the unique needs of families separated by geography and fluctuating circumstances. Lauren is grateful to be a part of the caring and supportive team at Home Instead, and excited to share her teaching experience and passion for helping others to improve the lives of seniors and their families.
Courtney M. - Recruiter

Courtney M., Recruiter and Engagement Coordinator

Courtney first joined the Home Instead team in January 2023 as a Recruiter. She has more than 15 years experience in management roles and made the transition from the Entertainment and Restaurant industry, to become a recruiter. For the past few years, she has been successful in connecting people with their next career adventure and is grateful to be a part of that journey with them. Prior to working for Home Instead she was a recruiter specializing in Healthcare and Life Science Professionals. Outside of work Courtney enjoys traveling, board games, and spending time with family and friends.

Brittany M., Staffing Manager

Brittany M., Staffing Manager

Brittany joined the Home Instead team in February 2019 as a Caregiver. She became the on-call supervisor shortly after. For the last 10 years she was a lead preschool teacher at an enrichment program facility. She was the site coordinator of the before and after school program and the staffing scheduler for the whole facility. Brittany was a pass-worker for young teens from 2017-2019. She helped acclimate them into real world situations. About 6 years ago Brittany was a per-diem CNA on the weekends at a nursing home. Her love for helping people has shined bright through out the years. She will be reactivating her CNA license by taking the Home Instead CNA course in May 2019. Brittany loves the idea of letting people age in place and letting things be more personal.

Jenico Esteves

Jenico E., Recruitment Coordinator

Jenico joined our Home Instead team in June 2023.  Prior to working with Home Instead, Jen worked as a Senior Recruiter for 5 years with Nurses and Allied professionals.  Providing compassionate and quality care to others has been important to Jen throughout her career, which has included serving as a Family Health Associate and Registered Nurse in the Department of Health.

Paula Leep, Billing and Payroll Specialist

Paula L., Billing and Payroll Specialist

Paula is a CCRI graduate with an Associate in Business Administration and Accounting. She comes to Home Instead with 22 years experience in business/accounting in the Home Care industry and has always found the work interesting and rewarding. Paula is excited to begin her next chapter in her life at Home Instead.

Tai K. RN - CNA Instructor

Taiwo (Tai) is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience. She is a proud graduate of Rhode Island College and has previously worked as a Director of Nursing as well as a Nursing Home Administrator. She is passionate about working with students that are interested in the field of nursing/ care givers. Tai joined the Home Instead family in October 2023 as a CNA training instructor and looks forward to teaching nursing skills.