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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 Luzerne, 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 Team

Jay and Alyssa Maria, Owners

Jay and Alyssa Maria, Owners

Jay and Alyssa Maria opened Home Instead in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2003. Jay was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre and decided it would be a great place to live and raise a family. Jay witnessed the great difficulty his parents faced in caring for his grandfather with Alzheimer's disease. "After my grandmother died, my grandfather declined mentally and emotionally. He stopped by our house all the time. It was clear he was lonely and was looking for company." Seeing the need for companionship first hand motivated Jay to open up his own Home Instead franchise. Alyssa works at Home Instead part-time. Her primary focus is to communicate with referral providers, letting them know about Home Instead's exceptional service.



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Heather Yaron, Service Coordinator

Heather understands the complicated needs of seniors and Caregivers. Heather gets familiar with the unique talents and capabilities of each Caregiver. She carefully matches clients and Caregivers to ensure the best fit! Heather lives in Plains with her boyfriend, James, their two dogs, Loki and Bella and their cat, Lumois.


Peggy Novotka, Office Manager

With great expertise, Peggy takes care of supervising the daily operations of the office. From client care, scheduling, recruiting, and training, Peggy makes sure it's done to the highest degree of quality. Peggy is dedicated to making sure that our clients experience the peace of mind having a compassionate Caregiver brings. Peggy lives in Taylor with her husband, Mike. Together, they have 8 children, 4 of whom live at home



Mackenzie Whiting, Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

Mackenzie's role is so important to Home Instead Senior Care. She is in charge of finding, recruiting, and screening people who will become our Care Professionals. She knows who has a passion for helping seniors. Using careful decision making, Mackenzie ensures that our Care Pros are extraordinary. Mackenzie lives in West Wyoming with her husband, Shawn, and their two cats, Shadow and Willow.

Kelly Rogan

Kelly Rogan, Client Care Coordinator

As a Client Care Coordinator, Kelly ensures that the quality of our service is EXCEPTIONAL. After starting service with Home Instead, Kelly will follow up with you and your family making sure that the quality of our service exceeds your expectations. Kelly lives in Shavertown with her two dogs, Lilly and Bella. 



Kim Cardone, Training Coordinator/Assistant Service Coordinator

Kim is in charge of our multi-phase training program that prepares our Caregivers for their important job. Kim helps Caregivers advance in their careers through Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. Kim performs Caregiver/Client introductions so that service can get started on the right foot. In addition, Kim is also responsible for many human resource functions and office tasks. Kim lives in Nanticoke with her husband, Mark and their two sons, Anthony and Zachary.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Luzerne, 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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