Gabrielle - Owner, Co-Founder
I've actually been working in healthcare since high school! I started as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and medication aide in a long term care facility and loved working with the residents. While attending USD for a business degree in health services administration, I began working in home health care as a caregiver. I also completed an internship with the nation's largest not-for-profit senior care company and they tasked me with starting their first private duty home care agency in Sioux Falls, SD.
I was eventually promoted to the corporate office to design the business model for their private duty home care service line. In this role I wrote operations and training manuals, developed the business infrastructure and workforce model, started new agencies and consulted with existing agencies regarding human resources, marketing and sales, finances, payroll, accounting, and software training and implementation. But through it all, my focus never wavered from the people we served.
After seeing how other companies approached home care, I had a strong desire to start a company that was different. That is how Kore Cares was born. Our primary goal is to treat each of our clients and employees as people; and ultimately, as family. We want to develop relationships with our clients and be involved in their lives in a meaningful way while still providing an exemplary level of professionalism.
Haley - Manager, Community Relations
I have been working in home care for over 5 years! I started as a caregiver while pursuing my BS degree in Advertising/Public Relations at SDSU. I really liked the concept of one-on-one care and the relationships I was able to form with clients and their families. During my last summer of college, I completed an internship with Kore Cares where I got to combine my experience with marketing/advertising and home care. After graduation I accepted a position working for Kore Cares where I have had the opportunity to further my knowledge in advertising, marketing, and the administrative side of home care.
I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work in a field that’s purpose is to help people remain independent in their homes as long as possible. I am excited to continue to grow both in knowledge and experience in my career!
Kara - Manager, Operations
I have always had a passion for healthcare! I started out as a certified nursing assistant at the age of 16 working at skilled nursing facility where I obtained my medication aid certification. I worked in facilities for a few years until I landed a role at a behavioral health hospital in the senior wing working with patients who have a variety of mental illnesses. My position there lead to me working for one of the company’s clinics. In that role I gained customer service skills, learned to work in a fast-paced setting and developed scheduling skills that I use on a daily basis.
I left the clinic and moved my father-in-law into our home to care for him. While having a disabled loved one in your home can be very taxing mentally and physically it can also be very rewarding knowing they are in the comfort of their own home. He had so much independence living with us. After taking care of him for a couple of years he moved in with another family member. When that time came, I was on the hunt for a new position where I could expand my knowledge and use my skills and experiences from the skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health, clinic settings and home care to serve people. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Kore Cares during that transition and I have been working here since November 2016.
Tara - Co-Founder
My home care career began early. While attending SDSU for college, I worked as a direct support professional for people with disabilities. That work inspired me to get a bachelor’s in human development and family studies with a minor in sociology. During college I completed an internship as an employment specialist. My job was to find employment for individuals with mental illness. Through this experience I became passionate about the positive influence of meaningful work on a person's life.
After graduating, I was hired as a care coordinator for a local not-for-profit private duty home care agency. I was later promoted to manager of the agency. I oversaw scheduling, payroll, billing, human resources, and customer and referral source relations. I was then promoted to the corporate office as a consultant. As a consultant, I developed the home care service line model: writing policy and procedures, training manuals, assisting agencies with daily operations, mentoring agency leaders and implementing the business model into new agencies.
I wanted to start a home care company that reflected my passion for better caring for clients by creating a meaningful and caring work environment for employees. I have a passion for helping clients understand that they matter, regardless of how much or little care they require. This is the foundation of the Kore Cares model.