In The Office
We find our work extremely rewarding as we match loving caregivers to seniors in need of “a little help,” and provide peace of mind to both seniors and their families.
Read on to find out more about each of the individuals that work in the With a Little Help office, what exactly they do for the company, and how they came to be interested in the field of senior care.
In 2000 Marcia created With a Little Help when she personally discovered great joy from interactions with seniors that encouraged them to stay engaged in life, lessened their isolation, and that assisted with basic daily tasks. She created With a Little Help, became the company’s first caregiver, and is very pleased to be the conduit for a great number of people who have found their way to the rewarding work of caregiving. Marcia feels greatly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be of service to seniors and their families, and is honored to have positively impacted so many lives through simple acts of loving kindness.
Because of the extremely competent and dedicated managers at the With a Little Help office, in 2014 Marcia was able to move to the Methow Valley where she lives an amazing life surrounded by the beauty of nature and in such an amazing outdoor mecca. Marcia and her partner Mel ski, bike, hike, swim, camp, kayak or golf as regular activities, and have become very involved in their new community, especially in regard to working towards supporting seniors as they age in a rural community. Marcia spends a week in the With a Little Help office in Seattle each month, and in 2016 she chose to bring a partner on board as a move toward her plan to retire someday. With a Little Help merged with Sequoia In Home Care, and their owner, Paul Sivesind became her partner.
Providing quality care to those in need as well as offering meaningful and supportive employment to staff are things that bring Paul much pride. He is excited to have joined Marcia, to own and guide With a Little Help, as they will continue these efforts together.
Paul feels blessed to have been born and raised in the Seattle area and though he lives alone, family has always been close by and a big part of his life. Basketball is a lifelong passion of his and he enjoys playing, watching and coaching the game.
Paul’s journey in the home health care field began shortly after graduating college where he studied to become a teacher. In 2005 he took a position at a home health agency in Seattle and it was there that his passion for the senior care industry was sparked. It was the interactions with both the caregivers as well as the clients receiving the care that made him want to pursue a career in this field. After seeking ways to provide higher quality services and employment he joined Sequoia In-Home Care Service in a management position in 2007 and became the owner of the company in 2010. Providing quality care and a supportive environment for his staff was always a priority and that is why he is now so excited to be partnering with Marcia and joining WALH as they have always shared the same values.
Paul has become very involved with several community organizations, holding leadership roles on the board of directors for the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Ballard, Ballard NW Senior Center and Sounds Generations (formerly Senior Services of King County).
Director of Business Development
Washington Home Care Association Vice President
Blooming with the Boomers Conference Chair
EvergreenHealth Seasons of Hope Committee
Before joining With a Little Help, Shawn worked as a private care manager for a client with Alzheimer’s disease. This experience, as well as her ongoing journey with her own mother’s struggles with dementia and various health issues, led her to With a Little Help where she enjoys working with a team of caring professionals dedicated to providing excellent care with the personal touch she values. Shawn enjoys the process of bringing resources and people together, creating relationships that give peace of mind to families and their loved ones.
In her role as the Director of Business Development she is guiding With a Little Help’s growth while keeping Marcia’s & Paul’s vision in sight, making sure that every client and employee is treated with respect and dignity.
Education being a passion for Shawn, she serves on the board for the Washington Home Care Association as the Vice President as well as the Blooming with the Boomers Conference Chair. Shawn also serves on the EvergreenHealth Seasons of Hope Fundraising Committee which raises money to support their Palliative Care and Hospice Programs.
Growing up in the Great Northwest, Shawn enjoys outdoor activities like camping, horseback riding, hiking, river rafting and gardening. She has a passion for combining food, family, friends and fun.
Sandi’s background is in software development for clinical research. After a 25 year stint, she left the corporate world five years ago to pursue something with which she felt more of a “heart connection”. With a Little Help is a great place for Sandi to offer her gifts and talents to an organization that is fundamentally and ultimately about compassion, care, and love. Sandi’s parents are aging-in-place in Pennsylvania, and from afar she has watched them struggle with finding ways to safely stay at home.
Working at With A Little Help allows her to make a difference for other families facing the same challenges.
Sandi is passionate about human potential and is attracted to all manner of esoteric spiritual topics. She and her husband like to travel to charming little towns and stay for the day or for the weekend. She spends many hours on the sidelines of her daughter’s soccer games and in the audience at her son’s rock music concerts.
Director Client Services
Jeanne started at With A Little Help in 2000 as a caregiver because of her interest in helping people. She loved listening to people’s histories and working with younger clients with disabilities. As the company grew, Jeanne’s sharp memory and organizational excellence found a new home in the administrative office. As the Director of Client Services, Jeanne wears many hats, but her primary focus is always on the happiness of our clients. “My favorite things about my job are my interactions with our seniors and their families and working with our wonderful caregivers,” she says.
As a former travel agent, Jeanne also loves to help clients plan the trip of their dreams. Jeanne was raised in Seattle and graduated from Seattle University. She has always been attracted to jobs that offer a high level of one-on-one contact with people.
Client Services Manager
Layna was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. She worked 10 plus years in the travel industry prior to becoming a mother of two daughters. After being the primary caregiver for her mother in law (who eventually passed away from Parkinson’s), Layna decided to obtain her CNA and continue working as a caregiver. In 2012 Layna became a caregiver for Sequoia In Home, shortly after Layna was offered a position working administratively in Clients Services.
In Layna’s role as the Client Services Manager at With a Little Help she will continue to provide support for caregivers and clients to ensure continuity of care.
Outside of work Layna enjoys spending time with her daughters, her Labrador Luna, biking and doing yoga.
Client Assessment Specialist
Mary’s mother suffered a life changing stroke and needed to move to an assisted living community. In managing her mother’s care, Mary spent a lot of time with her mother and her mother’s friends. They had a lifetime’s worth of experience, wisdom, and good stories. She joined With a Little Help to continue to have her life enriched by meeting and learning from seniors. At With a Little Help, Mary wears two hats: as a Client Assessment Specialist, she meets with new prospective clients and gets to know them and their needs in order to ensure the best possible relationship between client and caregiver. In addition, she leads orientation of our new caregivers along with continuing education classes on current caregiving topics. Mary is a native to the Seattle area. In her leisure time she enjoys shopping for antiques, gardening, and spending time with family.
Client Assessment Specialist
After spending several years in the computer technology industry, Carrie knew she wanted her work to be more meaningful. A mother of 4 boys and a lifetime of caregiving experience, she joined With a Little Help as a caregiver and discovered she truly loved working with seniors and their families. Carrie’s experiences with her own mother have been rich and rewarding. She spends a lot of time discussing and helping her prepare for the next phase of her life, knowing how important it is to her mother that she stays independent in her own home.
Carrie’s family values, knowledge gained through caregiving and her years of business experience in support and management roles provided her with the skills that were important to us to be our Client Assessment Specialist. Carrie’s role is to meet with existing clients, family members and their caregivers to review the care that we are currently providing, support our caregivers and ensure we are providing great care with continuity.
Carrie is an enthusiastic soccer mom, a carpooling extraordinaire and a Sounders fan. She enjoys walking, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Lead Care Coordinator
Before working at With a Little Help Jessi was a preschool teacher by day and moonlit as a caregiver for her grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer. When her grandfather had a couple strokes and ended up on hospice, Jessi was inspired by the care her received. She enjoyed the difference she could make in someone’s life by providing care and began looking to continue the meaningful work she had experienced with her own family. That is how Jessi found With a Little Help. Since Jessi became a caregiver she has never been happier and has added many clients to her “family” and has stayed in touch with them throughout her transition into her new role as a care coordinator for With a Little Help.
Jessi was born and raised in Bothell and has always enjoyed what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She spends her free time with family and friends hiking and camping with her two dogs in tow. She loves a good book, traveling and watching the Seahawks (hopefully) win on Sundays!
After losing her Dad, Mom and kitty Bert in 2007 she began researching different career options. While working at the Kona Wellness Center and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine during the following two years she discovered her new path.
Upon returning to Seattle in 2009, she began seeking a role that would impact peoples’ lives in a positive way. “With a Little Help is the perfect avenue for me to use my customer service skills combined with my compassion for people. I love helping seniors receive nurturing and professional care.” Estee is a Seattle native who has returned after living in Hawaii and Arizona for eight years. Estee’s professional background includes sixteen years of years in management at Seattle’s Best Coffee and Starbucks. Estee loves having potlucks, playing Scrabble and going on walks, rain or shine!
Alana was born and raised in Seattle. She headed to New Zealand for four years to study and spend time with family. Upon returning to Seattle, she was intrigued about working in the caregiving field. Having always spent lots of time with her grandparents and their friends, Alana grew to appreciate the knowledge one can gain from listening to other people’s stories and experiences. She also had some very meaningful personal experience helping multiple family members affected by both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Lucky for us, Alana’s curiosity about caregiving led her to With a Little Help.
Having worked in “Corporate America” all of her life Ellen often times found herself in circumstances that required “extra care” due to the health issues with some of the executives she worked with. Additionally, she had supported different family members and friends with terminal care and worked in hospice over the years. When it came time to transition out of her career she decided that home health care would be a natural evolution. A friend of hers told her about WALH and highly recommended she contact us . . . and here she is! Ellen worked out in the field for a year as one of our Caregivers, and moved into the office as a Care Coordinator in late 2016.
When not at work, Ellen volunteers at the Seattle Symphony, spends time trying out new recipes in the kitchen, is a voracious reader, likes to hike and be outdoors and loves to visit warm places like the Caribbean, Arizona and Hawaii.
Director of Human Resources
Eric joined With a Little Help in 2011 as the Director of Human Resources. He was drawn to With A Little Help because he found the mission a perfect fit. “An organization focused on recognizing and embracing the value of each human life offers a truly unique and immensely fulfilling experience. I am inspired daily by the love and zest for life that is so evident in the people that work here.” As the HR Director, Eric is responsible for recruiting and orienting new caregivers along with other human resource duties. Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and has been working as a human resources professional since 1995. In his spare time you’ll find him playing in the outdoors, riding his bicycle, or cheering his heart out at a Sounders game.
Human Resources Assistant
Kathleen is a member of a large extended family that has afforded her the time to share her life with great grandparents, grandparents and dozens of elderly aunts and uncles. This experience has had a profound and positive effect on her life. Kathleen takes great pleasure doing all she can to support the staff at the home office. “Each member of the team makes a unique contribution that ultimately is responsible for matching the best possible caregivers with each individual client,” Kathleen says. Kathleen is a native New Yorker who moved to Seattle in the mid-sixties and graduated from Western Washington University. She had fifteen years experience in sales and marketing prior to leaving the workforce to raise her son and daughter who are now in their twenties.
Human Resource Recruiter and Coordinator
Even Before Joining Sequoia in March 2011, Ginger Adams’ experience raising a special-needs son gave her a deep appreciation for the patience and empathy necessary for working with vulnerable populations. Now working as a Recruiter/HR Coordinator at With a Little Help, Inc, she uses her personal knowledge of caretaking, as well as her training as a licensed Home Health Aide, to ensure that clients receive the assistance they need.
A lifelong Seattle resident, Ginger now lives in Ballard with her 9 year old son. She is a marathoner, an avid hiker, and enjoys any activity that allows her to engage with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Mary Beth Herold
Mary Beth is an almost-native Seattleite and other than for one, brief year in college, has never live anywhere else. She has crunched numbers for many years working for large and small public accounting firms, private businesses and independently. With A Little Help is lucky to have her expertise.
When not in front of the computer, Mary Beth enjoys reading, knitting, quilting, cooking, baking and visiting her daughters as they move around the country.
As the most senior member of the With a Little Help team, Charger served as the Director of Napping and Well-Being. He was much loved by Marcia and the entire staff for his steady and charismatic personality. Sadly, Charger passed away at the age of 20 in early 2011, but his spirit lives on.
He blinks upon the hearth-rug,
and yawns in deep content,
accepting all the comforts
that Providence has sent.
Louder he purrs, and louder,
in one glad hymn of praise
for all the night’s adventures, for quiet, restful days.
-Sir Alexander Gray