Everett, WA (Change Location)

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 Everett, WA.

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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
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Laura Cen, Co-Owner

Prior to joining Home Instead, Laura worked as a financial advisor after graduating from University of Washington with a business degree. She decided to pursue her passion in helping others by going back to school to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Laura worked at Providence in Everett as a staff RN after nursing school. Later she moved to Evergreen in Kirkland to be closer to home. There she worked as a staff RN and later as a home health nurse before starting her venture with Home Instead Senior care. Laura enjoys helping seniors and hearing their stories.

In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and her dog. She loves cooking, hiking, bicycling and gardening.

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Gus Vanderkolk, Co-Owner

Gus is the Co-Owner of Home Instead Everett and comes from a long background in Medical Sales.  In the past he has been focused primarily on introducing new genetic tests to identify patients who may be at high risk of prostate and skin cancer.  Home care has always been an area of interest ever since his grandmother lived with him at his home as a child, rather than being sent to a nursing home.  Gus takes great pride in helping as many people as we can while at the same time providing the highest quality of care. 

Outside of work you might find Gus on the golf course, snowboarding, camping or just spending time with his wife and 2 boys.

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Debe Grinnell, Office Manager

Debe is a dynamic, innovative social service professional with over 35 years of for-profit and non-profit leadership and management experience. She is an accomplished social service manager with a highly successful record of developing, implementing, and maintaining from vision to mission, through planning to service delivery. She has a successful record in supporting community involvement and awareness through public education/communication.  Debe has a unique sense of managing crises in a calm and supportive manner, ensuring all parties have been heard and treated fairly and respectfully.

Debe’s interests include many passion projects….. being a member of the Children’s Hospital Guild, quilting, crafting,  gardening, and being with her loved ones!


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Marquel Basurto, Recruitment and Training Manager

Marquel is a beloved member of the Home Instead -Everett team. His warmth and infectious laugh keep us all in good spirits. Marquel started his career with Home Instead as a caregiver, then quickly moved into the office fulfilling multiple roles…. And now is our Recruitment and Training Manager. Marquel is instrumental in bringing new caregivers on board and giving them a warm introduction through orientation. Among many of Marquel’s assignments, he is our “go-to” person to troubleshoot all things technical.

Marquel is devoted to his family and enjoys spending time with his friends. He has a LOVE of music, especially Jazz. On Marquel's off time, he aspires to do more photography projects, go on nature hikes and learn to scuba dive. 

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Alex Castas, Client Care Coordinator

Alex, a native of Seattle, has spent the better part of his career immersed in sales and management roles, honing his skills over many years. However, when his father was diagnosed with severe Alzheimer's and dementia, Alex made the decision to step away from his career to become his primary caregiver. After his father's passing, Alex felt a calling to support seniors navigating the challenges of aging.

Driven by a desire to make a meaningful difference, Alex joined Home Instead, where he could directly impact the lives of seniors and their families. Outside of work, Alex enjoys reading physics and science books, indulging his curiosity about the mysteries of the universe. He also enjoys embarking on adventures, exploring new corners of the country, and immersing himself in the tranquility of nature through hiking.

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Berta Coogan – Office Administrator

Born and raised in Miami and shaped by its vibrant diversity, Berta brings with her an educational background, advanced creative writing and editing skills, a keen eye for detail, and fluency in Spanish. While raising her daughter in Miami, she cultivated a nurturing home environment and fostered a profound empathy for others. She is also a lover of animals! In her current household, shared with her loving partner, she enjoys the company and entertainment of a cherished menagerie - consisting of a dog, cat, tortoise, and Beta Fish. The light of her life, her daughter, also resides in Seattle.

Berta came to us with many years of knowledge from a diverse background. She has always had the heart to care for others - such as those who are experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, and battling addiction. Berta naturally fits right into her current role as an Office Administrator and wears quite a few hats while in the office. An impassioned team player, she helps with scheduling, new hire documentation, covering after-hours on-call shifts, answering phones, and is a communication liaison between our clients and care professionals. Berta's unwavering compassion and empathy drive her advocacy efforts in caring for our vulnerable adult clients.

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Eve Nichols – Service Coordinator

Eve Nichols, a first-generation Hispanic from Washington, finds joy in the state's natural beauty. She and Her Husband enjoy time with their Pitbull, Zeus, she explores Washington's diverse terrains, camping under starlit skies. Eve is committed to positively impacting others, influenced by both personal choice and family tradition. Rooted in her heritage, being first-generation Hispanic with a mother from Mexico, Eve's approach to healthcare is filled with responsibility and empathy.

With over 8 years in healthcare, Eve has worked in various positions. She started as a caregiver at Pacifica Senior Living, and over the years of working there, she became a lead Med Tech. She loved working with the seniors who became almost like family to her. After leaving Pacifica where she worked for almost 8 years, she ventured into a scheduler position at a different facility for almost a year before coming to work for Home Instead. As a scheduler, you will hear from Eve about all things related to scheduling.

Beyond work, Eve cherishes simple joys and loves vacations for new experiences, whether on a beach or hiking trails. Balancing outdoor passion with a healthcare career, Eve's journey is marked by compassion and a deep appreciation for life's wonders.

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Alex Snyder – Lead Care Professional

Alex is a vibrant and compassionate caregiver, born in Pensacola, Florida, and raised as the oldest of two daughters in a Military household. After traveling for most of her childhood and graduating from Copperas Cove High School in Texas in 2012, Alex pursued a career in culinary arts, attending culinary school. However, personal circumstances led Alex to drop out and provide support to her spouse and their ailing mother-in-law. For several years, Alex worked as a cook at popular establishments like Texas Roadhouse and Cracker Barrel. Tragically, her spouse's mother passed away in 2019, prompting Alex and her spouse to relocate to Washington State to be closer to Alex's family.

Alex began her journey, in Washington, as a dental assistant but soon discovered her passion for helping others at Home Instead as a caregiver. Alex joined the Home Instead team on February 9, 2021. She excelled as a caregiver and due to her dedication, compassion for care, and skills was promoted to the position of Lead Caregiver on August 26, 2022. Alex’s role as Lead Caregiver includes training and supporting new caregivers, checking up on our current clients, filling in for shifts if a caregiver called out and helping in the office. In her free time, Alex enjoys exploring new culinary creations, painting, spending quality time with their loved ones, and embracing the beauty of nature in her picturesque surroundings.

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Amanda Portsmouth - Lead Care Professional

Amanda comes to us with over 24 years in the medical field. She is a licensed Certified Nurse Assistance (CNA) with a Nurse Delegation Certification and a WA licensed HCA Trainer/ Instructor. She's worked in various medical settings; Assisted Living, Adult Family Home, In-home Care, Hospitals and Pharmaceutical. Amanda's role as Lead Care Pro includes training, teaching, educating and supporting caregivers through state licensure and in the fields, conducting quality checks with clients and their families and filling emergency shifts when needed.

Amanda is big on family. She loves to spend her free time creating memories with her husband and two children. She is full of energy and has a vibrant and contagious personality that our clients and caregivers absolutely love. She enjoys nature, meeting new people, loves animals and exploring the beauty of the PNW and the world.

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Jamie Hamer - Afterhours On-call Coordinator

Jamie is our after-hours On-call Coordinator. If you have any issues or questions after hours and on weekends, she is the one who will solve it for you. Jamie has over 10 years of experience in home care. She’s done everything from being the caregiver, providing direct care to seniors, to working in an office as a care manager. She loves seniors and enjoys doing her best to help them in any way she can.

When Jamie’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her 1-year-old daughter and husband. She loves the beach and warm weather, yet here she is in Washington.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Everett, 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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