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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 Export, PA.

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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

David M. Baron,  Owner

David M. Baron, Owner

David Baron acquired the Southeast Allegheny County Home Instead office in August 2007 after a 20 year successful career leading software technology projects for a number of prominent consulting and large corporations. David has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a graduate business degree (M.B.A.) from the Tepper School, Carnegie Mellon University. David has won numerous awards from the Home Instead’s Home Office for business accomplishments and is part of a select group of franchise owners involved in a leadership institute effort for our franchise network.

“I have a passion for ensuring that our seniors are cared for by the best Care Professionals in the industry and my primary focus for ensuring this outcome is recruiting, training and supporting the very best Care Pros and office staff.”

Personal Vision Statement: To create something powerful, ground breaking and sustainable (for the better) that will change the world for the next 50 years.

Desiree Leon,  Office Manager

Desiree Leon, Office Manager

Desiree began working with our office in 2011 as a CAREGiver. She was drawn towards the position when reading the job description - it was the change she was looking for after working as a nanny. In 2016 she began working in the office as the Administrative Assistant, then started in Human Resources before being promoted to Office Manager in 2019.

Her Bachelor's & Master's Degrees in Social Work have helped her share meaningful relationships with our clients and CAREGivers. As Office Manager she helps ensure day-to-day operations run smoothly, and oversees the retention and engagement of our CAREGiver team. She loves our team environment and office culture, which she believes makes Home Instead a great place to be!

At home, Desiree is a proud tortoise mom, enjoys the outdoors, and loves to travel with her husband.

Tina Bieda, Manager of Recruitment

Tina Bieda, Recruitment Coordinator

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Tina enjoyed a long career as a 5th grade teacher in the McKeesport Area School District. In addition to her teaching duties, she worked as a part-time CAREGiver for about three years, beginning in 2017. Upon retirement from the school district, Tina joined the team in the office as Recruitment Coordinator.  

As the Recruitment Coordinator, Tina works to find the most caring and compassionate candidates to serve as Care Pros for our clients. Tina participates in the interviewing, hiring, and orientation process.  

At home, Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, going to the theater, writing, and going out to eat. 

Personal Vision Statement: To succeed in a meaningful way is to help others succeed. 


Olivia Bruening - Service Coordinator

Olivia was a CAREGiver with Home Instead for about two years before joining our office team in 2021 as the Service Coordinator. She had plans to pursue a CNA license, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she was led to a higher position at Home Instead. She still hopes to get her license one day, and says "you never know what the future holds"!

Each day, Olivia works diligently to coordinate client and CAREGiver schedules, making appropriate matches based on personalities and common interests. From the time a new CAREGiver walks into orientation, she works to get to know everyone and ensures their scheduling desires are met.

Outside of work, her spare time is all about her kids! She is also very crafty and enjoys home projects, and loves animals.

Personal Vision Statement: “Always strive to be the best version of myself, so I can provide that helping hand.”

Sarah O'Neil,  Manager of Client Services

Sarah O'Neil, Manager of Client Services

A graduate of SNHU with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources and Business Management, Sarah has served as our Manager of Client Services since 2016. She started earlier that year as a CAREGiver after her experience with her own grandmother, who had rapid onset dementia.

Sarah's efforts ensure that clients and their families have the best possible experience. She conducts quality assurance visits with existing clients and care consultations with those who are interested in our services.

In the community, Sarah is a landlord and is often busy with home projects.

Personal Vision Statement: To provide a helping hand and support to those around me while staying true to my myself.

Patty Littlepage,  Administrative Assistant and Trainer

Patty Littlepage, Administrative Assistant and Trainer

Following a long career working with children, Patty joined our team in 2018 as a CAREGiver. After less than a year, she started in our office and now serves as our Administrative Assistant and Trainer.

Patty supports our office operations by answering phones and assisting with scheduling or wherever is needed. Also she trains our CAREGivers to ensure they are prepared to care for our clients in all situations.

At home, Patty is a cat mom, likes to tend the flowers in her garden, and watches the birds enjoy her feeders.

Personal Vision Statement: While being respectful and staying in my lane, I want to be kind and helpful to people around me. Remembering to listen, not always needing to comment, just listen.

Sue Ickes,  Administrative Assistant / On Call Coordinator

Sue Ickes, Administrative Assistant / On Call Coordinator

Sue joined our team in 2016 as an On Call Coordinator then joined the team in the office the following year. After years of being self-employed, she applied at Home Instead after being referred by another employee.

She describes herself as "everyone's helper", providing assistance wherever is needed including scheduling, answering phones and more. She also is still one of our On Call Coordinators, answering the phones after hours to help with any emergenices that may arise.

Outside of the office, Sue loves animals and reading.

Personal Vision Statement: To be calm in all situations and spread kindness whenever possible.

Amanda Ickes - In Call Coordinator

Amanda joined our team in 2020 as one of our On Call Coordinators. 

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Export, PA 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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