Barbara VanCortlandt - Operations & Human Resource Specialist
Lawrence, Douglas County and Other Areas
Role- To oversee and develop the Caregiver hiring, training, and retention while assisting them to nurture their career aspirations. Assists with onboarding new clients to ensure that the right Caregivers are matched for their specific needs. Also implements Health and Safety procedures, benefits, and other Human Resources activities.
I am a Kansas native who loves living in Lawrence. My mother lives nearby, and I have five amazing grown children and three adorable grandchildren. Decades ago, I enjoyed working as a CNA in multiple settings while attending Newman University in Wichita. In 1986, I took my Sociology degree to a challenging and rewarding career as a Health Educator with the State of Kansas. In 2003, my father became disabled, so we remodeled our home to accommodate him and welcomed him into our household for his final six years. During this time, I stayed close to home and worked as Safety Manager at the local school bus company - hiring, training, and coaching employees. In 2007, I also worked as a caregiver for Home Instead! Ultimately, I was drawn back to the state for 10 more years and ended my Public Health career as a Cancer Program Manager. After my [early] retirement, I wanted to continue the most meaningful parts of my career. This included providing education and training, supporting employees to succeed in their careers, and focusing on quality-of-life issues both for clients and caregivers. Two weeks after I retired from the State in May 2018, I embarked upon my rewarding retirement career with Home Instead!