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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 Sequim, WA.

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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
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PNW Kupuna Care, LLC dba Home Instead Team

"PNW Kupuna Care, LLC" is a name we chose that reflects a mix of both of our backgrounds and a foundation for our vision. Kupuna is Hawaiian which, when said with much respect, means "grandparent" or "ancestor". Kupu means to grow and bring forth. Puna refers to a spring of water symbolizing our existence. In short, without our Kupuna we are without our own sense of individuality and rich history that helps us form who we are today. As a pharmacist, most of my responsibility was caring for our elders and community by diligently counseling on the management of their health and well-being and most of all to form genuine connections. We both have also been able to witness our grandparents age in our family homes and know the compassion and care it takes to keep our own grandparents comfortable in those precious years. We strive to continue in our mission to provide the most optimal care for our community and help enhance the lives of those we serve.

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Kathleen Amazona Schmidt, Franchise Owner

Kathleen originally paved a path here from Hawaii to attend the University of Washington where she eventually completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree and really developed her love of the Pacific Northwest. It was truly the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula and the closeness in the community here, that she was greeted with the familiar feeling of "home". Kathleen can be reached at

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Laura Christenson, Director of Client Care

For the last twelve years Laura Mary has been visiting with new clients and family members performing needs assessments and recommendations for a person-centered plan of care. Once the client is established and the plan of care is being implemented, she performs regular follow-up evaluations to ensure our high quality of care standards are being met. She also provides support for both the client and CAREGiver when they have concerns or questions. Laura Mary has a degree in Psychology and has worked as both a parent educator and parent coach. Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, she spent 20 years in Switzerland where she taught ESL for all ages, taught a French/English kindergarten class and worked as a family counselor.​​ Laura Mary can be reached at

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Kim Cleary, Training & Engagement Coordinator

After living in Auburn for over 30 years and working for a trucking company for 18 years, Kim and her family moved to the Peninsula and made Sequim their home. After getting settled in their new community, she decided that senior care was the industry she wanted to be a part of. In 2016 Kim was hired as a Caregiver, made the move into the scheduling position a year later, and in 2018 became the Recruitment, Training & Engagement Coordinator. Currently Kim has transitioned to just Training & Engagement. She trains Care Pros in the classes that Home Instead requires and helps non-certified caregivers navigate the state required training making sure they are following all the state deadlines for training and certification. Kim works alongside the rest of the key players to provide a great place for the Caregivers to work by supporting them and showing appreciation throughout their career with Home Instead Senior Care. Kim can be reached at

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Trisha Rodgers, Recruitment Coordinator

Trisha lived in Southern California for 32 years where she worked in Customer Service for over 12 years. That experience shows as she is an expert at making sure everyone is content and managing any situation she meets with compassion and a smile. Trisha started her career with Home Instead as the Office Coordinator. Having been in that position for 7 years, she has made the transition into Recruitment Coordinator along with continuing to do billing and payroll. Moving to the friendly and welcoming community of Sequim was a big but amazing life change and felt like home right from the start. Trisha can be reached at

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Jade Downer, Service Coordinator

I grew up in Southeast Ohio and moved to the Olympic Peninsula four years ago to be with family. I attended Ohio University for Child and Family studies. Before working as a caregiver in Sequim, I worked at a Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Center for Women in rural Ohio for 6 years as a Support Specialist. I also participated as a Team Leader in after school programs for at risk youth. After caregiving for a few years with Home Instead I transitioned to the scheduling team. I enjoy camping, gardening, and spending time with my cats. Jade can be reached at

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Martin Choy, Home Care Consultant

Martin grew up in Hawaii and attended Seattle University for Business Administration and Marketing. After college he started working at a healthcare company assisting patients with obtaining benefits to help pay for their hospital bills and eventually became the VP of Operations. After 14 years, he transitioned to working in the mortgage industry where for 16 years he was the Director of Operations for a local mortgage company. In 2023, he transitioned again to work back in healthcare using his 30+ years of business experience to serve the senior community. Martin can be reached at

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Emma Hines, Office Assistant

At a young age Emma was told her name means “all-embracing”, and she took that quite literally. Being born and raised in the Sequim area, Emma is naturally always sunny even when the clouds inevitably roll in overhead. Her loving disposition and excited nature make her perfect in her role, greeting people with a smile. However, her love for Home Instead began back when her Mom worked there for over 6 years as a CAREGiver. Seeing the joy her Mom radiated and the love pouring out for her job, how could Emma not have love for the people there and the work they do. When she’s trying not to kill her plants, she’s writing for fun and baking something delicious. Her main goals in life are, caring for others (and her plants), and helping people feel heard. :) Emma can be reached at


Clara D. Bawddy, Training Specialist

Clara is the in-house training expert for the team. Her dedication is exemplified by always being the first person at the office in the morning and the last to leave, begging the question, "Does she ever go home?" Her dedication has become almost obsessive. Case in point, when we have a meeting or a party, the office staff would literally have to drag her from the training room.

Clara feels she was just made to help people learn. Rather than lecturing, she focuses on "hands-on" demonstration of techniques to CAREGivers. She has never missed a training class and her consistent involvement in the office has earned her our deepest gratitude and respect. She has developed quite a tough skin as over the years she's been dropped and, sorry to say, shoved aside. She is an example of quiet strength to us all. Thank you, Clara, for your devotion to our team.

Fun fact! When Clara joined us, we were impressed by her credentials and references. But what really caught our eye was that she comes from a family of renown. Her great-grandmother stood proudly at Bloomingdales for many years and her uncle was the first crash test dummy. ;)

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Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Sequim, WA 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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