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About Us

Samantha Wendel

CMC, CSA, CDP, VT AGING LIFE CARE PROFESSIONAL - PRESIDENT

Samantha joined the Armistead Home Care team in 2006 working part time as a caregiver. While her full-time job was in the medical field, she realized that her passion was working directly in the community, and serving the senior population. It was during this time that she realized Senior Care was the field in which she would like to grow and Armistead Home Care offered her that opportunity. Samantha's commitment to Armistead and her ability to continue her education allowed her to transition through many roles. Samantha began her transition in 2010 as a Client Services Coordinator. Soon after, she began her role as Armistead's Care Manager for Washington, Lamoille and parts of Chittenden County which then led to a promotion to Director of Care Management. She has been recognized as an Aging Life Care Professional having previously attained her Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Care Manager Certified (CMC). She became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in 2016. She received her BA from UVM in 2003 and is a member of the South Burlington Rotary. Samantha was promoted to Vice President in January 2017 and became President in July 2017.

Samantha is an avid runner and cyclist and enjoys chasing her two young boys around Chittenden County. Samantha also enjoys baking, spending time with her family and gardening. She is a Footnoter with the UVM Medical Center community outreach program at the Charlotte Foot Clinic, she delivers Meals on Wheels in South Burlington through Armistead, she is a co-facilitator of In-Harmony, a monthly dementia support group, and secretary of the Vermont Association of Homecare Providers.

You can reach Samantha at samantha@armisteadinc.com.

Ann Howard

NH Assistant Care Manager

Ann came to Armistead Home Care as a Caregiver in 2010 with the goal of providing excellent in home care to our area seniors. Growing up next door to her grandparents on her family’s farm instilled a great love and compassion for those further along the aging process than herself. She chose to work for Armistead because the company core values match her own. Now with over five years experience as a Caregiver at Armistead Home Care, Ann will continue to provide excellent in-home care as Assistant Care Manager. Previously, she has worked in higher education as Public Services Specialist at Vermont Technical College’s Hartness Library and also as Adjunct Faculty teaching Spreadsheets. She received a BA in Literature from Castleton State College (now Castleton University) in 2004 where she also studied elementary special education so it is no surprise that Ann reads and serves on her local school district board in her free time.

You can reach Ann at ann@armisteadinc.com.

Dana Smith

CDP, VT Care Manager

Dana was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and first moved to Burlington in 1996. As much as she loved Hawaii, she has always held a flame for Vermont and recently relocated back. She has always had a compassionate nature and decided to pursue a career that would be of service to those in need. She was trained in British Columbia as a Health Care Assistant, graduating in 2011 as class valedictorian, and has loved her career path every step of the way.

Dana worked for 2 years in a dementia facility which only cemented her passion for in home care for seniors. She feels our seniors are a wealth of knowledge & experience that are often overlooked in our busy society – helping them has become her life mission. She loves meeting new people and feeling at the end of the day that she brightened someone’s day and made life a little easier for them.

Dana joined Armistead as a Caregiver in 2014 and quickly moved into the role of Assistant Care Manager. She became a Certified Dementia Practitioner in 2016 and was recently promoted to Care Manager.

Dana has a handsome 18 year old son and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and hiking. She is a self-taught artist who works with acrylics to create unique landscapes and abstract works. Dana delivers Meals on Wheels in South Burlington through Armistead.

You can reach Dana at dana@armisteadinc.com.

Cheryl Helfrich

NH Client Service Coordinator

Raised in the Bay Area and Central Coast of California, Cheryl has lived in New Hampshire for the last 20 years. She's visited all 48 contiguous states in the country, co-owned a restaurant delivery service and homeschooled her two teenage sons. She's an experienced caregiver and trained in midwifery. She's passionate about human growth and development, advocacy and communication. Other interests include simple living, MBTI, painting, swimming and the SCA.  

You can reach Cheryl at Cheryl@armisteadinc.com

Jamie Beaulieu

VT Scheduler

Jamie is an active member of the Sandwich Generation (people responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents). She joined Armistead Home Care as the Vermont Administrative Assistant in November of 2015 after three years as a family caregiver. She has experience in long-distance care management, downsizing, locating, hiring, and utilizing elder resources, chronic illness management, and of course, providing compassionate care for her father through every stage of his journey with dementia.

She has a B.S. in Restaurant/Institutional Management and initially worked in hospitality and tourism upon arriving in Vermont in 1992. While raising her daughters, she was a Sales and Service Representative in the Customer Contact Center at Gardener’s Supply Company for 11 years. She was also a parent volunteer with Four Winds Nature Institute for eight years.

Her hobbies include gardening, reading, kayaking, photography, seeing live music, and watching the Red Sox. She volunteers with the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, delivers Meals on Wheels in South Burlington through Armistead and is a co-facilitator of In-Harmony, a monthly dementia support group.

You can reach Jamie at Jamie@armisteadinc.com.

Janet Gaynor

RN, Client Services Director

Janet has been the leading the care team at LAHSC for ten years. Janet joined Living at Home SeniorCare shortly after she enlisted our agency to care for her own father. Although a nurse for many years, there were aspects of caring for her father that were just more comfortable when performed by a professional aide. Her passion for delivering exceptional care resonates through our entire staff. Janet is responsible for client nursing assessments, quality assurance, caregiver training, and regulatory compliance.

In recognition of her passion and advocacy of our elderly patients, Janet is the recipient of Living at Home SeniorCare’s MVP award for 2008. Ms. Gaynor has been very active in community affairs, having served many years on the Souhegan School Board for the town of Amherst, NH.

Rhonda Ledoux

Home Care Nurse

Rhonda has ten years of experience working at Living at Home SeniorCare. Rhonda started as a Licensed Nurse’s Aide and was promoted to Home Care Nurse when she became an LPN in 2009.

A mother of three daughters, she is very active in coaching the local swim team. The care and compassion she devotes to our clients/patients is a great reflection of who we are as an agency.

Dawn Scrofano

Staffing Coordinator

Dawn Scrofano has been our Staffing Coordinator since 2010.  Dawn started working with LAHSC in 2009 as a caregiver. From there she received an opportunity to work in the office as our Administrative Assistant. She proved very competent and when the position of Staffing Coordinator became available, we were happy to have her accept this critical role. Dawn was the recipient of the Living at Home SeniorCare MVP award in 2011.

Previous to working at LAHSC, Dawn had been in the women’s fitness industry since 2001 in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She successfully owned and operated a fitness center for women called Curves. Dawn is a mother of six and a grandmother of five. She and her family enjoy camping, boating and fishing on Lake Ossipee.

Ora Sparks

VT Client Service Coordinator

Ora first realized her interest in senior care while growing up next door to her (now) 97 year old grandparents. She began her work in this area by volunteering as a senior companion during a summer while in high school. After this, Ora secured a job working with Alzheimer’s patients, which she continued for four years  Ora began at UVM with an undecided major within the College of Education and Social Services, and soon decided to pursue an individually designed major concentrating in Gerontology. After working in a senior care facility, Ora switched to home care in 2018, which is when she began with Armistead as a caregiver. Ora’s additional interests include end of life care, and she completed a Doula End of Life certificate program. Ora is also very interested in Energy Healing, having taken several courses at UVM and continues to practice with her grandmother who is a Reiki master.   

Ora can be reached at Ora@armisteadinc.com 

Ellen Brownson

NH Care Coordinator

Ellen began with Armistead Senior Care in 2018. 

Ellen brings a myriad of experiences to Armistead, including time spent as a counselor, social worker, and teacher. Most recently Ellen served as a Liaison and Outreach for the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice.

You can reach Ellen at Ellen@armisteadinc.com 

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