Marcy Lucht, LPN has been with Elite Professionals for over 6 years. She started her career by going to school to better her life and was pleasantly surprised how much she enjoyed helping others.  She continues to be drawn to home health due to the individual care and the closeness to clients and family. Marcy, loves working with the elderly, especially dementia patients. Her other passion is working one on one with children. She finds it very rewarding to watch the children continue to improve and grow with her cares.  Marcy has a love for music. She has been in marching band since Junior High where she played the baritone and valve trombone. During Marcy's days off, she loves to catch up on her favorite TV shows, reading, crocheting, camping, fishing and spending time with her family.  

 

Marcy has been a tremendous asset the the Elite Professionals team and we would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for March.  

 


Jennifer Cope, HHA favorite part about being a CNA in Home Health is the closeness she feels to the clients when working with them one on one. She choose to be a CNA because she love caring for people, she stated “I enjoy the smiles I get when I make someone's day, just by being there for them.” She  previously graduated with an Associates in Medical Assisting and is currently working towards her Bachelors in Health and Wellness. She is a proud parent of a beautiful daughter and loves to sing, read and spend time with her daughter on her days off. Her favorite TV show is Law and Order and her favorite movie is The Notebook. “Jennifer makes our clients and my life easier. She is always willing to help out and go above and beyond what is asked of her,” said Paige Christen, Live-In Program Manager.

Jennifer has been with Elite Professionals for less than a year and  has already proven to be one of the best. We would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for March.


Susie Damm, Care Companion has been with Elite Professionals for over two years and very much enjoys helping others.  Knowing that she is helping others and improving lives is why she is a care companion. Susie enjoys doing crafts and watching movies and also spending time with her two children on her days off.  “Susie is a kind person that goes the extra mile for everyone. Her clients love her and so do we,” said Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour Program Manager.

 

Susie continues to be the best and an asset to the Elite Professionals team.  We would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for April.


Debra Dutcher, HHA loves helping people live a life that they want and giving them a better quality of life makes her quality of life that much better. She goes on to say “I get to help people stay in their home and have the security of knowing they are not alone and I love getting to know them on a more personal level.”  Debra shares a touching story of a past client that she became very close with. “I use to care for a person that had no family, I became her family and her my family. When it was close to the end she told me she loved me and that I made her life so much better and worth living.”  Debra has four children that mean the world to her and a great father that is there for her and her children. She enjoys going out to eat, to the movies and spending time with her family. “Debra has been a rockstar from the start. She sets the bar high for every HHA on staff,” said James Farley, Field Staff Manager.

 

Debra is a very hard worker and Elite Professionals is very lucky to have her part of the team. We would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for April.


Virginia Ulrich, LPN has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for over 3 years.Virginia’s mom noticed at an early age that she had the skills and compassion to be a good nurse and encouraged and supported Virginia through the process to be successful. Virginia’s favorite part about being a LPN in home health is the one-on-one patient cares and being able to interact with her patients and their families. She feels very rewarded with the many wonderful experiences she had and being able to enjoy her patients as much as they enjoy her. “Virginia is a role model for her peers and always goes above and beyond for her patients. We are very lucky to have Virginia as part of our Elite nursing team!” said Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Nursing Administrator. Virginia loves to travel, hunt for morel mushrooms and be with her family. She has two beautiful daughters and enjoys creating junk art and watching the Antique Road Show and The Deadliest Catch.

 

Virginia is very deserving of this award and we would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for April.

 


Dorothy Todd, Care Companion has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for over a year. Dorothy finds such a reward in taking care of her clients and their everyday needs. In fact her favorite thing to do on her day off is cleaning and doing laundry, she stated, “I am a  typical Virgo.”  She loves elephants, has a wonderful family that she enjoys spending time with and is very proud of her two grandkids. “Dorothy is a gem!” said Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager. Keri goes on to say, “She is very sweet and always willing to help. Dorothy is extremely dependable. We are grateful for her and look forward to many more years.”

 

Dorothy is an asset to the Elite Professionals Home Care Company- Care Companion Team and we would like to congratulate her on being a Care Companion Shining Star for May.


Toby Ford, CNA began working at Elite Professionals Home Care Company in November of 2006. Toby first started working as a care companion doing overnights when one of his patients was needing more cares, so he moved forward in getting his CNA license so he could continue to care for this patient. One of Toby’s most rewarding experience was when he took a patient to the circus for the first time. Toby said.  “I remember how excited he got, I’ve never seen anyone so happy.”  When Toby is not working he loves spending time with his family, playing video games and reading comic books. “Toby is a trooper! He helps out without hesitation.” Said Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager.

 

Toby is an outstanding employee and Elite Professionals Home Care Company is happy to announce that he is a CNA Shining Star for May.


Trudy Eberhardt , LPN chose to become an LPN to create a better life for herself and her kids. Trudy stated, “I had wanted to do it for a long time, and finally just did it!”  Her favorite part of being an LPN in home health is the personal touches she brings to people's lives. Trudy goes on to say, “I have a patient who is a young child.  When I began working with him, he was unable to walk without a walker.  We worked with him on confidence and stability.  Now only a few months later, he is walking independently with supervision for short distances!  I'm so proud of him!” Trudy has two kids and loves spending time with family and friends on her days off. She is what she calls a “Harry Potter nerd”, her and her daughter love the story and have both read the entire series.  Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Administrator stated, “We appreciate her flexibility and willingness to take on any challenge we throw at her!  We are glad to have her on our team!”

 

Trudy is hardworking and a dedicated individual. Elite Professionals Home Care Company is delighted to announce her as a LPN Shining Star for May


Sheila Lienau, LPN began working at Elite Professionals Home Care Company in June of 2013. When asking Sheila why she became a LPN she stated, “ I thought if I could make one person's day better then that’s what I want to do.” She finds it so rewarding when nonverbal patients light up, like a light bulb, when she talks to them. Sheila loves to quilt, crochet and watch movies on her days off. She has been married for 44 years, has four kids and 11 grandchildren. Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Administrator stated, “Sheila quickly builds trust with her patients and is requested to return! Sheila always goes above and beyond for her patients. We are lucky to have her on our team.”

 

Sheila does an amazing job and Elite Professionals Home Care Company is very excited to announce her as a LPN Shining Star for July.


Katrice Sturdivant, CNA truly enjoys helping others that need assistants. She loves being able to help individuals stay in their homes and get the care they need.  Katrice has been with Elite Professionals for over 7 years and has proven to be an ease to work with.  She loves to read, watch scary movies and watch her son play sports on her days off. Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Administrator stated, “Katrice is the preferred caregiver for two patients.  Those patients speak so highly of her and we appreciate her above and beyond attitude for her patients.”

Katrice is a great asset to the Elite Professionals Home Care team and we are delighted to announce her as a Shining Star for July.


Leauna Lyle, CNA choose to be a CNA as a stepping stone to becoming an RN. She really enjoys being the person that the client relies on for cares. Leauna goes on to say, “ When I find a client who needs special care and attention, I am able to assist their needs, which is very fulfilling to me. I have a special place in my heart for pediatrics.”  Leauna has three kids and loves Hip Hop and watching TV. “Leauna is a fantastic employee, she is dependable, helpful and very respectful to the clients.” said James Farley, Field Staff Manager.


Leauna is a wonderful employee and Elite Professionals Home Care Company is very grateful she is a part of our team.  We are excited to announce her as a Shining Star for July.


Nyasha Anderson, CNA has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company almost a year and her favorite part about being a CNA with Elite Professionals is helping others that are unable to help themselves and seeing smiles on her patient's faces. “Nyasha has a fantastic attitude.” stated Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager.  Keri goes on to say, “She stays pleasant when unforeseen changes affect her schedule, she is reliable and a team player.”  Nyasha is the oldest of 5 kids and is expecting a baby girl in October.  On her days off she loves going to movies, relaxing and watching TV.

 

Nyasha is very deserving of this award and we would like to congratulate her on being a Shining Star for August.


Billie Thompson, CNA has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for a short time, but has proven to be a rockstar. “Since day one, she has been a great asset to Elite Professionals Home Care Company,” stated James Farley, Field Staff Manager.  Billie loves to help people and her favorite part about being a CNA in home health is getting close with her clients and their families. Billie recently got married to a wonderful man and between the two of them they have seven children and one grandchild. She loves to watch football, especially the Denver Broncos and being with her family on her days off.

 

 

Billie is relatively new to Elite Professionals Home Care Company, but is already very deserving of the Shining Star Award for September.


Zanabi Lako, CNA has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for almost two years.“Zanabi is always helping out with shifts,” stated Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager.  Keri goes on to say, “She has a great attitude when she is in the office and with her patients. We appreciate her and her commitment to Elite Professionals Home Care Company.” Zanabi became a CNA to help people that are unable to help themselves and her favorite part is cooking for her patients. Zanabi is currently taking classes to get her citizenship.


Zanabi is a wonderful employees that is much deserving of the Shining Star award for October.


Jake Lushinsky, CNA choose to be a CNA to help those less fortunate than myself and to make a noticeable change in someone else's life. Jake says, “My favorite part about being a CNA is the appreciation I get from the patient and their families for a job well done. Honestly, everyday is a rewarding experience. When you do a good job and you get that Thank You and can tell they’re appreciative, that just makes my day.” Jake currently lives and cares for his grandma. He loves refinishing old furniture, working on cars with his dad and enjoys going for hikes on his days off. “Jake is a positive asset to Elite Professional Home Care Company,” stated James Farley, Field Staff Manager. James goes on to say, “Jake is always willing to go above and beyond for his patients.”

 

 

Jake has been a tremendous benefit to the Elite Professionals Home Care team and we would like to congratulate him on being the Shining Star for October


Janet Gillespie, LPN has been with Elite Professional Home Care Company for over a year and a half. “Janet’s positivity is contagious” stated Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Administrator. Rhonda goes on to say, “Office staff and patients are always happy to spend time with Janet. We appreciate her willingness to help when needed and always being a team player.”  Janet took the time to write a personal note to Elite Professionals which is shared below.

 

 

I have grown a lot as a nurse and a person while working for Elite Professionals Home Care Company. Human beings are worthy of love and care despite their physical, intellectual or emotional limitations. Working with clients and their families has increased my knowledge and has helped me develop a more mature appreciation for life.  It is a blessing to transition from views of what’s politically correct to a deeper understanding and heartfelt appreciation of my clients and their families.  I have met some wonderful people and have witnessed miracles.  Our bodies can changes, adapt and heal. As a nurse, I can help make that happen.  I believe these miracles are best realized in an atmosphere of love. I am honored to be welcomed into the homes of our clients. I also know from personal experience the stresses of care taking on family members. As in school we learned that patient cares extends to the families. I am glad that my work can make life a little easier for them.  - Janet Gillespie.


Elite Professionals is also honored to have Janet as part of our team and we could not be happier for her on being a Shining Star for December.


Romaina Royer, Omaha area CNA choose to become a CNA so she could care for people, especially seniors. Her favorite part about being a CNA with Elite Professionals Home Care Company is being able to give one on one care to her patients.  “Romaina is always willing to help when needed” stated Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager. Keri goes on to say, “She is very thorough in her taking care of her patients. Romaina is very professional and treats her patients with respect. We are lucky to have such a dedicated CNA on our Elite team!” Romaina loves to travel and also trying different cultural foods. She is married, has three children, loves reading and taking long walks. On her days off she enjoys binge watching her favorite tv shows and exercising.

 

 

Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Romaina on receiving the Shining Star award for December.  


Heather Adams, Omaha area CNA was inspired to become a CNA when her father was sick and placed in a facility. She spent many hours with her dad and was not impressed with the cares he was receiving. She decided to become a CNA to give people the cares they needed and deserved.  Heather enjoys giving her patients one on one care and feels rewarded when her patients smile. James Farley, Field Staff Manager stated, “Heather helps Elite Professionals when needed. She is a valuable asset to the company.”  Heather loves to write poetry and some of her work has been published. She has three amazing kids and enjoys learning new things. Heather loves spending time with her family and watching her favorite shows on her days off.

 

 

Heather continues to be a fantastic employee and we would like to congratulate her on receiving the Shining Star Award for December


Svitlana Smal, Lincoln area CNA has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for almost a year. Svitlana stated, “Being in home health is the best, you get to be part of your patient's family.” Svitlana’s favorite part about being a CNA in home health is laughing, smiling and really getting to know her patients. She enjoys communicating with them one on one and sharing special times with her patients. Paige Christen, Live-In Program  Manager said, “Svitlana is an extremely hard worker, she is always willing to take on any task for her patients.” Svitlana has grown up in a very big family. She is the middle child of 12 children. Svitlana takes time on her days of to pray for people who need support. She treasures the time that she gets to spend with her family and going to church. Svitlana also loves taking time to be with her friends and traveling to beautiful places.


Svitlana is very deserving of this award and Elite Professionals would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for January.  


Ann Pearson, Omaha area RN has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for almost two years. Ann first started out wanting to be a medical missionary when she started her career as an RN. “Ann is always willing to help and is one of the strongest patients advocates I have met,” stated Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Administrator. Rhonda goes on to say, “We appreciate her dedication to our patients and our company.” Ann truly enjoys working in home health and getting to know her patients in their own environment, while being able to be independent. She did hospice nursing for many years and started, “Helping and supporting familie through the dying process and relieving their pain is truly a rewarding experience.”  Ann enjoys cross stitching, music and playing the French Horn.  On her days off she likes to do as little as possible as long as she is with her grandchildren.

 

 

Ann is a very hard worker and very much deserves this award.  Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for January.


Jasmine Rios, Omaha area CNA favorite part about being a CNA in home health is knowing that she can perform the tasks and cares for the patient with them being in the comfort of their own home. Jasmine goes on to say, “There is a patient I work with everyday, I feel rewarded and I genuinely enjoy taking care of them and watching them grow.”  She loves to spend time with her family and experimenting with make-up on her days off. “Jasmine has only been with Elite Professionals a couple of months and has made an instant impact.” Stated James Farley, Field Staff Manager. James goes on to say, “ I look forward to many years working with Jasmine.

 

 

Jasmine is a wonderful employee and Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate her on being the Shining Star for February.


Kim Hunt, Lincoln area LPN has been with Elite Professionals Home Care Company for over three years. When asking Kim on why she choose to become a LPN in home health she stated, “To care for the sick, and people that are more challenged. I feel a compassion for my patients.” She goes on to say, “ It’s less stressful taking care of one person at a time.  You get to know the patient much better and provide better cares.” Kim served three years in the Army and was able to travel to Germany, which was a great experience for her. “Kim quickly builds trust and professional relationships with patients and their families--they know they can count on Kim to provide the best care possible!  We are lucky to have her,” stated Rhonda Krivda, HHA/Administrator. Kim enjoys relaxing at home, taking care of chores and being with her family on her days off.


Kim has been a very dedicated employee and Elite Professionals Home Care Company is honored to have her part of our team.  Please help us in congratulating Kim on being the Shining Star for February.


Kirk Phillips, Omaha area CNA prides himself on giving cares to a wide range of individuals with respect and dignity. Kirk’s favorite part about being a CNA in home health is interacting with his clients on a personal level. Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager stated, “Kirk is very reliable and takes good care of his clients. We appreciate his dedication to his job.”  When Kirk is not working he enjoys listening to music, watch movies and doing chores around his house.

 

 

Keri would like to personally thank Kirk and congratulate him on receiving the Shining Star for March.


Clayton Biggerstaff, Omaha area CNA, favorite part about being a CNA in home health is being able to give back to the generation, that he states”fought to give us what we have today.” Clayton very much enjoys caring for people that are unable to care for themselves. He prides himself on going the extra mile for his clients by making sure they always have the essentials that they need. “Clayton has been respectful and hardworking from day one and it’s a pleasure to have him on our staff,”  stated James Farley, Field Staff Manager. On Clayton's’ days off he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

 

 

Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Clayton on being the Shining Star for March.


Josiah Akol, Omaha area CNA truly enjoys working one-on-one with his clients and helping them with their day to day activities. Josiah was born in South Sudan and came to the United States as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He is married, has one son and is currently going to school for International Security. Josiah like to read and watch basketball and while he is not at work he enjoys spending time with his friends, working outside and riding his bike. “Josiah is very reliable and takes good care of his clients,”stated  Keri Pittenger, 24-Hour/Care Companion Program Manager. Keri goes on to say, “We appreciate his dedication and positive attitude.”


Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulation Josiah on being the Shining Star for March.


Carrie Williamson, Omaha area CNA, favorite part about being a CNA in home health is the ability to take care of people and knowing that the clients love her care. Carrie states, "When my patients tell me I'm the best CNA ever, it makes my day. That has to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job!"

Jessica loves spending time with her family. She has two boys 8 and 5 years old. When Carrie is not taking care of them or working, she enjoys soaking up some sun and relaxing outside.

 

“Carrie is a model employee, we are very lucky to have her as a part of the Elite Family.”  stated James Farley, Field Staff Manager.

 


Jessica Goodwater, Omaha area CNA, favorite part about being a CNA in home health is being able to help our patients in their homes and being able to make a differnce in their lives. Jessica states, "I have a patient that I care for and when I can make him smile and laugh it makes my day knowing I have made him happy." When Jessica has some free time she enjoys going on walks and reading, Jessica also likes to indulge herself in a scary movie from time to time.

 

“We are very lucky to have Jessica on our staff. I look forward to 35 more yeaars with Jessica at Elite!”  stated James Farley, Field Staff Manager.

 

Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Jessica on being the Shining Star for June.


Agnes Fobie, Lincoln area CNA, favorite part about being a CNA in home health is the ability to take care of people. Agnes states, "When I can make my patients happy weather it be from getting them dinner to helping them in life, has to be one of my favorite and rewarding parts of being a CNA." When Agnes is off form work she loves watching her favorite TV show, Saturday Night Live, even on her days off she likes to take care of people.

"Agnes puts her full heart into everything she does. Agnes goes above and beyond for each of her patients to make them feel special. We are very lucky to have her on our team." Stated Rhonda Krivda, Field Staff Manager.

 

Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Agnes on being the Shining Star for May


Wendy Kiesel, Omaha area CNA, Enjoys being a CNA in home health and loves to meet her clients needs and seeing them smile. Wendy states, " I had a patient that was not adjusting to his new place very well, I felt that before I left he was feeling like he was at home, that has to be one of my favorite and rewarding experiences of being a CNA."  When Wendy is not taking care of her patients she likes to play football, working out and spending time with her five children and eight grandchildren.

“Wendy is doing an amazing job with her clients, She has not missed work since she started and always is willing to pick up visits when asked.” James Farley Omaha CNA Administrator


Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Wendy on being the Shining Star for July.


Ann Duval, Omaha area CNA, Loves being a CNA in home health because she has the ability to take care of people in their homes and getting a little history lesson from the stories her patients tell her just adds to the reasons she loves being a CNA. Ann states, "When a patient or the patient's family is excited for me to be in their homes, has to be one of my favorite and rewarding parts of being a CNA."  When Ann is off from work she loves to spend time with her 3 amazing sons and her husband and high school sweetheart of 25 years.

“Ann is always willing to step up and help out Elite when needed. She is a true team player.” James Farley Omaha CNA Administrator


Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Ann on being the Shining Star for August..


Kristen Bornhoft, Lincoln area CNA, Enjoys working in the medical field and helping her clients meet their daily needs. Kristen states, "My favorite part of being a CNA in home health is the one on one time you get to spend with your client. I have one particular Client that loves her head scratched before I leave for the day. She gets the biggest smile on her face and that makes me happy as well."  When Kristen is not taking care of her patients she likes to catch up on running her errands, spend time with her daughter who is in the third grade and her boyfriend Brett. She has a love for panda bears and does admit her personal weakness is bacon.

“Kristen is an outstanding employee and a good role model for her peers. Kristen has accepted every challenge home care has sent her way - and excelled. Kristen shows every day this is not just a “job”  for her, but a true person for caring for others.” Rhonda Krivda Lincoln CNA Administrator


Elite Professionals Home Care Company would like to congratulate Kristen on being the Shining Star for July.