CareFinders is proud to welcome our new CEO to the Total Care family. Jim Robinson brings over 30 years of leadership experience within healthcare – including home healthcare, hospice services, interventional pain management, and physician practice management.
Jim has been on the leading edge of healthcare innovation for his entire career. His successful track record includes executive leadership of several of the most progressive companies in the industry, such as Amedisys and National Spine & Pain Centers. But more than just an industry expert, Jim is a transformational thinker and a visionary with the ability to energize and inspire. As CareFinders’ CEO, he will focus on accelerating the company’s explosive growth and advancing our revolutionary new vision for home care.
Like many executives here at CFTC, Jim’s commitment to home care is deep and personal. When his own mother needed assistance, quality home care made a huge difference to her – and his entire family.
Jim adds, “I look forward to working with our management team, employees and caregivers to advance our culture of innovation, serve the best interests of our patients, and unlock the next level of our Company’s success.”
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.”
John Ellis joined CareFinders in 2019 as its first-ever Chief Operating Officer. An expert in Branch Operations, his focus is on the growth, effectiveness and quality of service offered by our 21 branch locations.
John has extensive Home Healthcare experience. Prior to CareFinders, he worked for ResCare Home Care, serving as Vice President of their East-Central division. He improved the operations of 60 Home Care locations in 14 states, with an annualized revenue in excess of $95M.
Before ResCare, John was the Eastern Region VP at Addus HomeCare, overseeing 38 locations in 12 states with yearly revenue in excess of $70M. He also held multi-site operational leadership positions at Kindred at Home, BioScript Inc, Gentiva Health Services, Apria Healthcare and Coram Health Care.
John cares deeply about providing the highest quality care to each individual. He is a Board-Certified Nuclear Pharmacist by training with a degree from Purdue University. He is also a local NJ-bred resident and lives with his family in Wayne, NJ.
A home healthcare company is all about its people. That is why CareFinders is so happy to have Kathy DiBenedetto on our Executive Leadership team.
Kathy has over 25 years of experience as both a Human Resource Executive and a strategic business leader. As a consultant for Accenture, she worked with world-class companies like American Express, AT&T, and Prudential Insurance. Additionally, her experiences at Givaudan Fragrances, McCann Worldgroup and Walgreens Boots Alliance proved Kathy’s skill in attracting, developing, and retaining great people. Her knowledge in organizational design, team-building, and talent management are critical as CareFinders strives to become the #1 Preferred Employer in the home health industry.
Kathy brings a unique expertise in strategic HR process, policy and procedures to our ever-expanding company. Her experience in Learning & Development, Recruitment Strategies, Culture & Diversity, Career Retention, Growth Management, Workforce Planning, and Technology Integration will help make CareFinders an even more attractive place to work.
Like everyone here, Kathy lives a multi-dimensional life. She has been very active in Oradell, NJ for the past 23 years, where she raised three kids. In the little spare time she has, she is an avid reader, sports enthusiast, and amateur political junkie.
Kathy says, “For me, CareFinders represents the perfect intersection of purposeful work and my passion – helping people."
Peter joined the growing CareFinders family in 2019. As Vice President of Corporate Development, his mission is to drive the company's inorganic growth through strategic partnerships, alternative HMO payment models and corporate M&A.
Peter brings extensive acquisition and business development experience to the CFTC management team. He spent many years in a series of Sales & Marketing, Operational and Corporate Development positions with SeniorBridge Family Companies. Peter located, negotiated, and finalized acquisition purchase agreements with over 40 leading care management and home care companies across the country, generating over 80% of his company's revenues. Then SeniorBridge was sold to Humana, where Peter continued his success as the Business Development & Integration leader, closing on 13 home care transactions worth over $30 million in revenue.
Peter had dedicated his entire career to home health care but his passion for the field goes back much further than that. You see, Peter’s grandmother was a home health aide, and when Peter was a child, he would actually tag along with her on jobs. So, it’s in his blood.
Peter now lives in Connecticut with his family, including three teen-age boys.
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 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.
At CareFinders we are fortunate to call Irma one of our own. An RN with over 23 years of home care experience, Irma worked in hospital settings until she realized “home is where people really needed to be in order to get better.”
Home care took on new meaning when Irma was faced with caring for her ill mother. “I chose to bring her home, where I knew she wanted to be. I truly understand what family members go through when caring for a loved one and the impact a home health aide can make.”
At CareFinders, Irma oversees our Private Duty Nursing Division and focuses on developing the skills of our Certified Home Health Aides. “I believe we must invest in our caregivers and give them the tools, education, and support needed to provide the care people need to stay in the comfort of their own home. This is what homecare is all about”.
Irma sat on the board of the Home Health Services Association for over 10 years, engaging in Industry matters, working with regulatory bodies, and fighting for the rights of individuals in need of home health services. In 2017 she was appointed to the NJ Board of Nursing by the governor. “It is an honor to make decisions that affect consumers, nurses, Certified Home Health Aides and be a voice for the homecare industry”.
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.
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.
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.
As CareFinders grows, so does its talent pool. Welcome our new CFO, David Waltzer.
David joins us from Caring Brands International where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Caring Brands is a $1.2B Home Health, Hospice, and Personal Care Company with over 530 locations across 7 countries. David was responsible for all of the intricate and ever-changing financials inherent to the healthcare industry.
Prior to Caring Brands, David co-led two different Dental Practice Management Companies as both CFO and Chief Operating Officer. At Pinnacle Dental Management, he led the company's fast growth by acquiring and integrating over 20 practices in only 9 months. At Clear Choice, he used his profound financial expertise to help develop this national brand of Dental Implants Centers.
David cares deeply and personally about home healthcare. When his aging father needed care, he witnessed firsthand the difference a good caregiver could make.
David’s other passions include what he calls the three B’s – Broadway, beaches and birds.
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.