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Home Care Benefit 

Personalized in-home care can help people age in place safely with dignity and independence. We provide our person-centered “home care” no matter where “home” is. From the family home to senior communities to rehab facilities and beyond, we are able to bring the care aging loved ones need to wherever they call home.
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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

Julie Ann Soukoulis,  Owner

Julie Ann Soukoulis, Owner

As a strong local leader, Julie Ann educates through her column in the Community Voice newspaper in order to assist families and readers with issues such as senior fraud, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, senior in-home safety and much more.

She is active in promoting hospital readmission prevention utilizing 40/70 talk lines, introduction of independence support using new technologies, and sponsorship of the Returning Home Program.

Recognizing the dire need for education, which is not always easily available, Julie Ann sponsors numerous free public events and fundraisers for both our community and for local nonprofit organizations in a manner that delivers Current Education Units for CNA’s and other medical professionals. Some of these events include Alive Inside! (a program utilizing music therapy as a communication tool for deep dementia), the annual Alzheimer’s Memory Walk – an annually occurring event for over 17 years, and the GO Red Event. Julie Ann focuses her passions on delivering results into the areas that typically present the most concern. She is active in the fight against heart disease, and is an Inspired Woman with the American Heart Association.

According to Julie Ann; “it is a humbling privilege and an honor to witness first-hand how quality in-home care delivers encouragement, stimulation and direct assistance in maintaining quality-of-life through the most vulnerable and private stages of our end-of-life process.”

Naudia Ibanez, Human Resources

Naudia Ibanez, Human Resources

Naudia is our staff recruiter and Human Resource’s expert. She has worked in the senior care business for over 13 years providing support to executives and clients alike, often working as staff liaison while interacting with caregivers and administration. She worked for several notable corporations during her 25 years of serving in the Human Resource’s field.

Naudia graduated from Dominican University with a degree in Human Resource’s management. She serves our local community as a board member of the Sonoma County Employers Advisory Council and as President of Redwood Empire Secretariat. Naudia demonstrates her leadership capacity through coaching and development for new and emerging leaders.

When not in the office, she has been found chasing behind any one of her four great grandchildren, joking around with any of her seven grandchildren, or enjoying family time with her two adult children, Melanie and Anthony. Naudia loves cooking, reading, and a good garage sale!

Debbie Murphy, Finance Manager

Debbie Murphy, Finance Manager

Deb comes to us with her “Passion” for the Health and Wellbeing of Sonoma County. She has worked in the Medical and Financial worlds right here in Sonoma County for the past 32 years. She managed several Doctor’s offices and spent time as a Physician Recruiter for the Petaluma Health Care District.

She helped care for her Mother with Vascular Dementia and Macular Degeneration with her sister and daughter in home and through a Senior Living facility. As her Mother transitioned into Hospice Deborah learned the Hospice protocols and helped guide to her passing.

She is married to her Dear husband of 44 years. She has 2 children her Son an Electrician and Daughter beginning Nursing School. She enjoys her 6 Grandchildren, including Twins, 1 Great-grandchild & one on the way. In her free time, she enjoys music, gardening, crafting, walking, loves spending time with her family and pets and making her home a comfortable place to entertain family and friends.

Elizabeth Hale,  Human Resources Specialist / Office Coordinator

Elizabeth Hale, Human Resources Specialist / Office Coordinator

​Elizabeth comes to us with a rich and varied background in corporate quality assurance and program management. Not only has she helped provide care for her own aging mother, she has worked with our clients in the field as a care provider, and understands how our business operates from the foundation up.

A dynamically organized administrator, Elizabeth brings not only her experience with quality control for big corporate offices, she also delivers highly organized approaches to managing our clients and caregivers from scheduling to coordination and over-site of high quality client care.

Creative, resourceful and flexible, Elizabeth adapts quickly to our changing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude that is well-informed by a strong work ethic. When not in the office she enjoys long walks with her mother, singing in the church choir and relaxing at home with her husband.

Daniella Bonovitch,  Home Care Consultant

Daniella Bonovitch, Home Care Consultant

​Daniella has worked in the medical and aging community her entire professional career. Her career path in the medical industry began at Petaluma Valley Hospital. For 13 years she worked for private practice physicians’ offices- specifically in the OB/GYN department. From there, Daniella moved to mental health services for low income residents, followed by the next 15 years working for Lifeline in customer support and sales. In addition she worked at Brookdale Senior Community as a dining room server before coming to Home Instead Senior Care.

Along with her supportive family Daniella has cared for her mom through the various stages of Vascular Dementia and Macular Degeneration. This has sparked a true love of caring and supporting families and seniors navigating their journeys through various stages of aging.

Daniella is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County, proud mother of 4. Her 19 year old son Brenden, Dexter her trusted Labrador Doberman mix and rescue cats Rusty and Tigger. When Daniella isn’t hard at work, she enjoys time spent with family attending local concert venues, volunteering, reading and various arts and crafts.

Michelle Smith,  Home Care Scheduler

Michelle Smith, Home Care Scheduler

When Michelle came to Home Instead, she brought with her a plethora of professional staffing experience, 15 years to be precise. With her experience in the healthcare industry- coupled with exceptional customer service skills she is a dynamo in the staffing department. Michelle presents herself with confidence and has a proven track record of excellent work ethic. She has an unparalleled attention to detail and natural ability to work successfully independently. We are delighted to welcome Michelle to our team!

Melissa Millendez,  Home Care Scheduler

Melissa Millendez, Home Care Scheduler

Melissa comes to Home Instead with a deep background steeped in HR and has very quickly bonded with our CAREGivers and those we serve.

She has gained the trust and confidence of those in our care with her authenticity, compassion and vigorous desire to match client’s needs and personalities with those of our CAREGivers to ensure a compatible match from the get go.

Melissa is highly vested in patient outcomes, and is relentless in her follow up to ensure all needs are met not only of our clients, but of client families and as those on our CAREteams too. Melissa takes the time to check in on clients who may have voiced a concern in a prior conversation, just to ensure it was rectified. She is known in the office to call clients who she knows are struggling in some way, even if it’s with loneness to offer a virtual smile and chat. This behavior is not foreign for her & she does the same for any of our CAREGivers if she picks up on a vibe where she might be of assistance to clarify or support.

She has called Rohnert Park her home for many decades and she had her husband have raised their family here.

Mariclair O’Connell,  Community Outreach Specialist

Mariclair O’Connell, Community Outreach Specialist

​Mariclair came to Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) around 2012. She had lost many members of her family back in 2000-2003, serving them before death in the capacity of primary administrator and as a caregiver for several of them. A "job" that she embraced and loved.

When seeking employment in 2012-2103 she came upon HISC, and due to her extensive personal elder care experience, was immediately welcomed into the Rohnert Park HISC family.

Unfortunately her stay was interrupted by health issues, so, when she came back around - she reached out to our owner, Julieann. Julieann decided that Mariclair’s efforts would be best aligned with special projects - and so she became our Community Outreach Specialist for the Rohnert Park office.

This is when her connection to "Be A Santa To A Senior" (BASTAS) was born. Her first year (2016) was a whirlwind of getting up to speed on the program, working from an amazing base of info and coming to understand the scope of the program. This year she has been genuinely overwhelmed - and more than invested than ever in this program that serves the huge need for Seniors who are alone over the holidays. The most gratifying part of the program is that it could only be done BY the community of Sonoma County.

It would seem that this year - the generosity of the community of Sonoma County is almost greater than the need. We have over 400 seniors from resident facilities throughout the county who are recipients of the BASTAS gifts this year. Every gift will be fulfilled and then some as the people who reach out to fill the gift requests are so generous! #sonomastrong

Jimmy T,  Caregiver Ambassador

Jimmy T, Caregiver Ambassador

​Jim began his work at Home Instead in early 2017. He quickly became a favorite with our clients. Jim was recently given the distinct position of caregiver Ambassador where he has the opportunity to meet with clients, families and caregivers. In this new role Jim (known as Jimmy T) will set standards, encourage a positive workplace and engage with staff on daily activities. Jimmy T is a trained mentor and leader which becomes evident at first contact.

Jimmy T found his calling after caring for his elderly parent in laws. First his mom in law and then his father in law who spent their last days in his home. He loved this phase of caring and got to meet wonderful caregivers who inspired him to find his path in this field.

Jimmy T owned his own woodworking business before he UNretired to work with Home Instead. He is an active member of the community and loves to interact with people on all levels. He is a positive role model for others as well as a talented woodworker. Jimmy T is married to Barbara, raised two daughters and has the privilege of spending lots of time with his two sweet grandkids.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Rohnert Park, CA 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 CAREGivers.

When you or an elderly loved one is ready for help, our caring staff is on call to quickly answer your questions and accommodate your senior services needs.

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