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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 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

Laura Cen - Owner

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.


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.


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!


Team member Marquel

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 boar 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. 


Shantelle Ramos, Scheduler

Shantelle joined our vibrant Home Instead-Everett team as a scheduler. Shantelle has been a licensed HCA for over six years and began her caregiving journey as her great-grandmother’s caregiver.

That experience gave her great insight and set the direction for her career path.  Shantelle expresses great pride in her love and devotion to her beloved husband and three beautiful children.

On Shantelle’s off time, she loves to decorate, especially for fall and the Christmas holiday seasons. Most important to Shantelle is spending time with her family and loved ones!!


Courtney Pearson, Office Administrator

Courtney was born in Southern California but moved to Washington in 2011. She has been living in the Shoreline area ever since.  She has been in healthcare for 15 years, working as an EMT in the Everett area, as well as working at Providence Everett as a Health Unit Coordinator. She also worked as an in-home Caregiver for Home Instead back in 2012!  Courtney is a licensed Certified Nurse Assistant with the state of Washington.  Courtney brings her years of home care knowledge to our office!

Music and travel are her biggest passions, so when she is not in the office, you can probably find her out enjoying some live music or traveling anywhere she can get to!  She also is a very proud cat mom and is happily married to an incredible musician.

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Nicole Smith, Client Care Coordinator

Nicole was born in Spokane, Washington but raised locally here in Lake Stevens.

She has strong roots in the Everett area.  Her family lived on the same property since the late 1800s!  She loves history and some of her favorite memories include listening to her grandparents' stories of their past experiences.

Nicole has worked in healthcare for many years as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), but have found her passion as a Client Care Coordinator here at Home Instead. Nicole loves that she is “helping to keep folks at home if possible is important to me and to support clients loved ones”.  She truly enjoys getting to know new people and developing new friendships. 

In her spare time, Nicole likes to spend time with her loving husband and three amazing children. They also have their fur babies, their dog Oreo and their two cats, Callie and Leeka. 


Tricia Raposa, Service Coordinator

Tricia joined Home Instead-Everett’s team with fearless enthusiasm. Her enthusiasm for senior care comes from over five years of caregiving and passion for helping others.  

Tricia's enthusiastic spirit may come to no surprise from her large family as Tricia is the youngest of her siblings (5 brothers and 3 sisters).  She was born in the Philippines. Besides the Philippines, she also lived in Hawaii and California before moving up to Washington. She hopes to go back to visit all those places in the near future.  Some of Tricia's adventurous spirit includes FOOD, she loves to cook, eat and travel. On her off time, if she is not helping her family, she can be found enjoying a good movie, walking on the beach and hanging out with friends.  

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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