About Our Staff
Owner and Business Operations
Tom is driven to exceed client expectations and believes that when working with an elder aging in home, communication between the client, family members and HCA needs to be superior. Tom has a 26 year background in executive management roles primarily focused on client account management, customer service, hiring, and training. His role with HCA is to oversee daily business operations as well as assisting in screening, selecting, and training caregivers and continue to build Vermont’s finest team of caregivers. Tom is a graduate of Swarthmore College. Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife Stacy, two teenage daughters and their 3 dogs. Tom has worked as a volunteer ski instructor with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport for the past 5 years and has been active in the Underhill Recreation Committee for over 10 years.
Owner and Client Care Manager
Stacy has worked in both the hospital and home health settings as a Registered Nurse. She gained experience in a wide variety of hospitals including John Hopkins Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and FAHC/UVM Medical Center. Areas of experience include Oncology, Medical/Surgical and Critical Care/Trauma in the hospital setting. She also worked with the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties in the Pediatric high tech program. Over time, she learned to appreciate a holistic view of wellness and her desire is to help clients live happy and healthy lives at home. Stacy’s role is overseeing care plans and ensuring the highest standard of professionalism from all members of the care team. Stacy will work directly with families to make sure clients are happy over the course of our service. Recently, Stacy became a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.
Julie Richards, PhD, LICSW
Director of Cognitive Therapeutics
Julie brings a wide array of clinical and academic experience to her role as Director of Cognitive Therapeutics. She holds both Baccalaureate and Master degrees in Social Work and a PhD in International Family and Community Studies. Julie’s early social work career and research focused on gerontology and end-of-life care, while her graduate work focused on family systems. Julie spent fifteen years in clinical practice and twenty years in academia, both preparing undergraduate and graduate social work students to effect positive change in the world and engaging in international development work. Julie is excited to join HCA to bring cognitive interventions to seniors to Help Change the Way the World Ages.
Employee Care Manager
Kelsey’s desire is to help clients thrive in place by hiring, training, scheduling, staffing, and retaining the best Caregivers the area has to offer. As a veteran of several home care agencies, both as a caregiver and as office staff, she has seen that there is a gap between clients’ basic care needs and the type of care that creates healthy longevity. The client’s she would meet were getting the help they needed to remain in their homes safely, but they were not thriving as the programming and resources were just not there! Kelsey was drawn to Home Care Assistance to help clients thrive using The Balanced Care Method and The Cognitive Therapeutics Method. She has her bachelor’s from Saint Michael’s College in Psychology and Gender Studies and has worked in in-patient psychology at the University of Vermont Medical Center – all of which help her relate to and fulfill a wide range of client needs. She is excited to play a part in helping Home Care Assistance change the way the world ages on a daily basis in the homes of seniors throughout Northern Vermont! When Kelsey is not working she enjoys going for hikes with friends, gardening, drawing, and caring for her 2 dogs, Zeke and Mary. She also enjoys reading and volunteering at community events, anything to get outside!