Meet the Team - Bakersfield
James Kendall, Founder
James has spent his entire career helping others who could not help themselves. James received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University Fresno and has never stopped serving others. Over the years, James has worked in clinical settings, community settings and in administrative and management capacities. He has continually worked to improve the lives of those he encountered personally and professionally.
When his mother-in-law began to show signs of Alzheimer’s, James experienced the challenges families face when dealing with such a situation. He had many questions without many answers. After this experience, James knew he wanted to help others in the same situation and provide care to those in need. He wanted to provide the best service, using the best caregivers, to ensure a worry free, quality, caring experience. James founded Everlight Care to inform and educate the community while providing quality in home care.
“Everlight Care is committed to education and the highest quality in home care experience.”
Gina Kendall, Owner/Operator
Gina has over 25 years of work experience serving the aging and the disabled. Her extensive experience in care and management began as a Social Services Coordinator in skilled nursing facilities. While working in this capacity, she became aware of the need for, and the importance of, good, quality, home care. Gina worked with families to keep their loved ones home and avoid a return visit to the hospital. As she continued her career of service, she began working with the disabled population helping to expand and improve their independence throughout all aspects of life.
This combination of experiences has afforded Gina a unique view of the needs of the aging and the disabled and how to best serve those needs in a home setting.
Gina’s Central Valley roots run deep. She earned her BA degree from Fresno State in 1993 and has lived and worked in Fresno for the past 20 years. In addition to raising her family in Fresno, she is actively involved in her local church and is a volunteer for various local community organizations.
“Serving the aged and disabled in my community, making a difference, and helping people live full, safe, and active lives is a great honor.”
Dee Romo, Branch Director
As Bakersfield's Branch Director, Dee is responsible for all operational activities within her branch, company growth, and performance while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and care Everlight Care is known to uphold. Dee comes to Everlight Care with 25 years of experience coordinating client and staff satisfaction. Dee started her career in 1994 as a Warehouse Patient Coordinator with Option Care Pharmacy. She processed all enteral supplies and provided training to her staff on enteral feedings. She later transitioned into an Intake Manager at Optimal Home Health where she would oversee the intake department in coordinating skilled medical care for her patients. Dee worked well with her patients, families, and primary physicians to ensure that all of her patients received the highest quality care. “I always treat our clients as if they were my own family.” Dee is a natural born caregiver. She is currently taking care of her elderly father to ensure all of his needs are being met. Dee's background has greatly assisted her into transitioning with Everlight Care.
"It takes special caregivers to care for our aging population. Being with Everlight Care is not just another position to me; I truly want to help our community by giving them the dignity and compassion they deserve.”
In Dee’s spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association, and barbecuing with family and friends.
Cinthya Ramirez-Vasquez, Lead Supervisor
Cinthya comes to Everlight Care with over 10 years of healthcare experience. Growing up in Kern County, Cinthya understood the need to help seniors in her community. Cinthya's passion to assist seniors stemmed from assisting her grandfather and mother with their activities of daily living under hospice care. Cinthya played a pivotal role in translating medical care on behalf of her grandfather and mother who’s native tongue was Spanish. She communicated well with physicians and skilled clinicians to ensure her family was receiving the highest quality of care. Cinthya had expressed interest in being a caregiver from early age. Cinthya demonstrated over the years, that she had a passion to serve others and helped to maintain their independence at home. Most recently, Cinthya was a Quality Control Inspector at Hygiena, a biotechnology company. There, she maintained room inspections, ensuring the rooms were up to safe standards. She also processed incoming raw materials and verified that the materials were safe to ship to consumers. Cinthya’s background as a caregiver and customer service has greatly assisted her with transitioning to Everlight Care.
As a Lead Supervisor, Cinthya schedules clients for care, conducts caregiver and client check-ins, and works with families under the Branch Director to match clients to caregivers. Cinthya holds Everlight Care to the highest standards of care and customer services, as part of Everlight Care’s quality assurance program. In Cinthya’s spare time, her hobbies include spending time with family and shopping.
“My passion is building relationships with our clients and caregivers. I am looking forward to continuing fostering the standards of Everlight Care.”
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