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.
Stacy Lee, CMC
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. Stacy is a Certified Care Manager and Functional Medicine Health Coach. She is also a member of the Aging Life Care Association.
Gena Braman, PTA
Client Care Manager
Gena is from a small town and a large family. As a child, she would frequent the local nursing home with her grandmother, an LNA. Growing up she always wanted to help people, taking on her first caregiver role as a companion to her ailing grandfather at just 12 years old. Gena comes to us with twenty years of experience in physical therapy. Fourteen of those years were spent in skilled nursing where she worked her way from new graduate treating therapist to clinical coordinator, rehab clinical lead, and most recently as director of rehab. Gena is friendly, driven and reliable. Her career goal has been, and will always be, to bring a sense of joy and wellness to her clients and their family. She realizes the importance of being home and how that affects both physical and emotional wellbeing and as such is fully committed to working with you to establish care needs and goals that will improve your or your loved ones’ quality of life. She believes that her knowledge and skillset will bring you a unique and unparalleled level of service.
Employee Care Director
Tammy returns to Home Care Assistance as our Employee Care Director. She has worked in the senior field for 18 years, starting her career as a caregiver, working into the role of scheduler, and evolving into management. This experience allows Tammy to understand caregiver/client dynamics and has given her the tools to successfully lead the team. Tammy has built and continues to maintain strong working relationships with local senior facilities, communities, and industry peers. Outside of work Tammy enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and each year she volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association walk to end Alzeimer’s (a cause that is very close to her heart).
Employee Care Manager
Shantel comes to Home Care Assistance via Upstate, New York where she has had extensive health care experience working for one of Central New York’s premier Assisted Living, and Memory care facilities. From there she relocated to Northern Vermont where she worked as a Home Health Care Aide in a small facility in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont; most of her assignments have been with families throughout the town of Stowe, and primarily Lamoille County. She currently attends graduate school where she is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With HCA some of Shantel’s responsibilities will be scheduling and recruiting among other duties. When not working at HCA, Shantel enjoys outdoor pursuits, with her fiancé and 3-year-old daughter.
Judy comes to Home care Assistance by way of the American Red Cross of Burlington, Vermont. Here she worked as the supervisor for the state of Vermont and was also the hiring manager and supervised her Vermont team, which became her pride and joy. She expected a very high level of professionalism and great customer service from her team. Previously, she worked as a registered nurse in both acute care and long-term care settings at FAHC/UVMMC as an RN III in the areas of surgery, trauma, and infection control. Judy’s passion is working in health care at all stages of life, and has been an advocate for all she serves. Judy is serving as our Office Manager overseeing the Employee Care Management side of the business, including Caregiver recruitment, retention, and scheduling.