As a prominent business advisor to companies in multiple industries, Linda was very familiar with the Home Care Business. “With the aging population, and pressures on cost effective quality care, the home is the preferred place to care for the elderly,” Mintz said. “I have parents in their 80s who have protested for years that they will never go into a nursing home.”
However, she believed home care could offer a better array of services and provide more innovative solutions to care.
So, in 2014, she and Sandy Hausner purchased CareFinders Total Care, with the mission to transform home care so that it provides a better quality life for the elderly.
Ms Mintz is also the managing partner at LCP Advisors, a business advisory firm that provides strategies to companies of all sizes. Prior to forming LCP, she was a corporate lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and a partner at Greenberg Traurig. Ms. Mintz also founded and ran a health-oriented, specialty snack food company throughout the 1990s. Additionally, She has held investment banking and private equity positions with Citibank and Lioness Capital Partners.
Linda is a frequent speaker at business conferences. She is on the Board of Directors of FertilityAuthority.com, and on the Board of Advisors of Atlantis Associates, a private equity firm.
Linda graduated from Tulane University School of Business and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from University of Miami.
For decades, Sandy Hausner has been one of NYC’s most successful and well-known corporate lawyers. And yet, at the same time, he has always been drawn to the home care business. “I wanted to make a difference for those needing care in a dignified manner.”
So, in 2014, he and Linda Mintz purchased CareFinders Total Care. “We believe home care can be so much more,” said Hausner. “With a comprehensive total care approach, our goal is to deliver better quality care more efficiently, avoiding costly hospital re-admissions, improving outcomes and bringing greater comfort to patients and their families.”
Through his legal career, Sandy has counseled domestic and international clients in over 40 countries. He has been affiliated with some of the most prestigious international law firms, helping to lead to the success of their global practices. He has advised governments, tech companies and financial institutions in a variety of privatization transactions, equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and financial restructurings.
Mr. Hausner is a graduate of the New York University School of Business with a double major in accounting and financing, as well as Brooklyn Law School and the New York University School of Law where he earned a second law degree in the area of taxation.
“I want to provide an unmatched level of service,” says Sandy, “the same quality that I would want if I were a patient.”
With over 22 years of industry expertise and success, Kevin joined CareFinders in 2015 as our Chief Executive Officer. The consummate Home Healthcare pro, Kevin came to CFTC from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where as Chief Administrative Officer, he oversaw $2 billion in revenue and the nation’s largest non-profit home care company.
Prior to VNSNY, Kevin served as CFO at the Visiting Nurses Association Health Group, and Patient Care, Inc., both home health services here in New Jersey. A CPA by training, Kevin started his accounting career at Deloitte and Touche. As part of his deep commitment to the home care industry, Kevin has served as a trustee and on the advisory boards of several prominent healthcare organizations.
An avid Villanova alum and father of 4, Kevin has been a long standing resident of Allenhurst, NJ where he has been involved in a variety of civic activities over the years. Kevin’s stellar credentials, deep knowledge, and passion for delivering the best quality patient and family care make him uniquely suited to lead our management team and bring a fresh vision to the Home Healthcare industry.
CareFinders welcomes Frances to her new position as Director of Branch Operations. She is responsible for overseeing CareFinder's extensive network of 16 branch offices across the state.
Frances started her home care career over 25 years ago at Visiting Homemaker Services and quickly realized she had a passion for the industry. An industry professional, she has worked with Unlimited Care, Bayada and Loving Care Agency in various positions. Frances has also been a Board Member of the Home Health Services Association of New Jersey for over 10 years.
She is the proud mother of two daughters, and grandmother of five.
Her understanding and admiration of Home Care Services took on new meaning a few years ago when her own mother needed care. “Without their assistance, I would have been lost and overwhelmed. They were truly a blessing with her care.”
Damiana joined CFTC in 2014 bringing over 20 years of operational experience from prestigious financial companies like Lehman Bros, Guggenheim Investments and Russell Investments.
Her can-do spirit and broad based expertise in everything from technology to facilities to administration and daily operations, can be felt across the company on a daily basis. Damiana is responsible for overseeing central operations that allow the CF network of 16 offices to operate effectively and efficiently.
Born and raised in NYC, Damiana is known for her incredible work ethic, caring spirit, and positive energy. A multi-tasker by nature, Damiana manages to balance her CF responsibilities with being a super-Mom to her daughter Alexa, her son Matthew. While Damiana did not begin her career in homecare, her quest for knowledge and passion for this industry has quickly made her an essential member of our "total care" team.
Mzia has been with CareFinders since 2005. Her diverse medical experience, infectious optimism and ability to overcome challenges make her the perfect Director of Nursing.
Born in Georgia in the USSR, Mzia attended Medical School, specializing in Radiology and later, Neurology. She worked as a Neurologist for 13 years in the city of Tbilisi.
Then in 1996, she and her family moved to the US. After learning the English language, Mzia was halfway to successfully becoming a board certified US physician, when she was derailed by series of family issues and crises.
Ever the optimist, she became a registered nurse. To support her family, she worked in Day Care and a Rehabilitation Center, before eventually being recruited by CareFinders.
Says Mzia, "I Love my job! It is rewarding, satisfying, sometimes sad, but mostly exiting and heartwarming!
CareFinders welcomes Robert Petroro to the CareFinders family as our new Executive Director.
Prior to joining CFTC in 2016, Robert was the founder and president of Family First HomeCare. He spent over 8 years building Family First into an exceptional home healthcare agency in the Morris Plains area. “Family First,” says Robert, “was dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of seniors and their families -- which makes it an ideal fit with CareFinders.”
Robert now brings his expertise and hands-on personal service philosophy to CareFinders where he will help expand high quality patient care across the state. Robert is well connected in the homecare industry, having developed strong relationships with hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other service providers who share our desire to deliver seamless Total Care to families.
Prior to starting Family First, Robert was a corporate accountant. However, he always knew he wanted to be associated with an industry that was involved in the delivery of personal services and where his efforts would benefit the lives of other people. Robert, his wife Jill and daughter Emily reside in Randolph and we are delighted to welcome them to the CFTC family!
Amy Willner brings a new level of energy and expetise to the CareFinders’ family. She joins our executive team from Brandywine Senior Living, where she served as the Executive Director for 10 years. Brandywine is a live-in memory care community in Colts Neck, serving people with dementia and their families. Now Amy will transfer her unique management style into the home care side of the industry, where she’ll lead CareFinders efforts in the private pay community. She brings her deep knowledge of patient care to our ever-expanding notion of “Total Care,” providing respect and dignity to those who cannot demand it for themselves.
Previous to Brandywine, Amy worked at a number of senior assisted living organizations, including Chelsea Senior Living and Meriden Assisted Living. She has a lifelong passion for helping the elderly -- and the people who care for them.
A whirlwind of energy, Amy holds multiple college degrees, and is also a CALA (Certified Assistant Living Administrator) and CDAL (Certified Director of Assisted Living.) Amy has 3 grown children, and one grandson. Now, she and her husband Les live in Monmouth County NJ with 2 boxers that keep them busy.
Sheri discovered the importance of Home Health Care when her mother was gravely ill and learned first-hand about the value of a truly caring aide…a lesson she has never forgotten. When the opportunity to join the CareFinders family presented itself, she knew it was meant to be!
Prior to joining CareFinders in 2015, Sheri spent 37 years in advertising. She helped found Gotham Advertising (division of McCann Worldgroup) and served as its President for 21 years, retiring as CEO at the end of 2014.
Sheri brings a deeply intuitive and insightful mind to CareFinders. An expert in brand positioning and strategic thinking, she is working with CF Executive management to build a unique and prominent brand that can support the organizations growth and development today and into the future.
A health and fitness lover, Sheri spends her personal time with husband Alan, son Max ... taking long runs with her dog Elvis.
CareFinders is pleased to welcome Mike to its team as CFO. Mike has an impressive track record as financial leader at a number of growing companies. As a CFO, he has consistently improved financial structuring, reporting, financing, forecasting, investor relations and IT systems. All of which will serve him well at CFTC.
Mike’s experience touches on many aspects of healthcare, especially the pharmaceutical industry. He has worked at a number of New Jersey-based pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Warner-Lambert.
Mike’s background is in accounting with a focus on computer systems. A CPA, he began his career working for top accounting firms like Grant Thornton. Now Mike is happy to be a member of the CareFinders team. “I hope to help make home healthcare more affordable, efficient and beneficial for everyone.”
Karen joins the core CareFinders team as part of the merger with Secura – and we’re happy to have her. She brings with her over twenty-five years of experience and expertise in the home health care industry.
At Secura (previously called the Loving Care Agency) Karen served in a number of critical roles including Vice President of Human Resources, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Secura, she worked for All Metro Health Care and Norrell Health Care in various operational leadership roles. She also directed Caregivers On Call, a backup dependent care solution for large employers handling national contracts, and spent many years active with the New York State Association of Health Care Providers where she held officer positions and served on state and local boards. Karen is an active member of the Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey and sits on their Medicaid and Certified Home Health Aide work groups.
In joining CareFinders, Karen looks forward to not only making a difference in the lives of our clients and their families, but also ensuring that our employees feel a deep sense of fulfillment and job satisfaction. “Being the Employer of Choice is what I strive for, “ say Karen. “I have grown up in this business and it’s what I know and love. Home Health Care is the right solution. “
A tap dance instructor on the side and lover of the arts and sports, Karen spends her family time with husband Sean, son Shea (yes, she’s a big New York Mets fan), and daughter Riley out in eastern Long Island.
At CareFinders, we have learned many things about the art of caring. We ask all CareFinders employees to live by this simple code of care:
Caring is about a lot of little things. A smile. A “good morning.”
Caring is connecting. This can be through words. Or a hug. Or a simple act of kindness.
Caring is being passionate about what you do every day.
Caring is recognizing what is important to each individual. Maybe it is music. Or food. Or family.
Caring is anticipating. Thinking ahead …about needs before they actually happen.
Caring is remembering what people like – or dislike.
Caring is communicating. Keeping everyone informed and in the loop.
Caring is showing concern for the patient’s family -- as well as the patient.
Caring is, if you’re not sure, asking.
Caring is following the Plan of Care. Being on time. Sticking to the schedule and knowing the handbook back and forth.
Caring is about optimism. A positive attitude really is the best medicine.
Caring is contagious. We believe if we take better care of ourselves we can take better care of you.
Caring is matching the right aide with the right patient.
Caring is dignity and respect. It’s remembering that everyone is somebody’s mother, father, child or sibling.