NAHC’s Private Duty Committees Meet

As NAHC’s Private Duty membership has grown, so, too, has the interest from members in getting involved, resulting in the creation of three individual committees. These committees, focusing on Education, Membership, and Policy, will support the Private Duty Advisory Council by submitting recommendations and guidance on priorities.

The current committee members are:


  • Candyce Slusher, Slusher Consulting – Chairperson
  • Cheryl Graham, Qualicare
  • Michael Javitt, LifeCare Home Health Family
  • Maggie Keen, MissionCare Collective
  • Jessica Nobles, Nobility Care Solutions
  • Guy Tommassi, LIFETIME Care at Home
  • Cris Toscano, BAYADA
  • Julie Wolff, MatrixCare


  • Sheila Davis, Always Best Care Senior Services – Chairperson
  • Patti Lewis, Interim Healthcare
  • Sam Smith, BRC Access Care
  • Laura Templeton, Compassus
  • Kim Wilkerson, SimiTree


  • Kathleen Smith, Gentiva – Chairperson
  • Renee Bush, Home Care Association of Florida
  • Tabitha Dowd, MAS Home Care
  • Lisa Ferden, Generations
  • Brandi Kurtyka, MissionCare Collective
  • Jim Melancon, Aveanna
  • Kristen Robison, Angels of Care Pediatric
  • Albert Simien, LHC Group
  • Damon Terzaghi, NAHC

Each of the Committee Chairpersons along with Executive Director of Private Duty, Kristen Wheeler, held their inaugural meeting recently to make introductions, approve the Committee’s Guiding Principles, and discuss this year’s goals and initiatives. The Committees will reconvene at the end of this month to finalize those goals for submission to the Council.

Are you interested in getting involved with one or more of the Committees? Let Kristen Wheeler know at or at (305) 849-1300.