About Our Staff

Tom Lee, Owner and Business Operations

Tom Lee
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 33-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 Tom enjoys tennis, golf, travel, and has worked as a volunteer ski instructor with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport for the past 12 years.

Stacy Lee, Owner and Client Care Manager

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 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.

Alaina LaPlante, Client Care Manager

Alaina LaPlante, OTR/L
Client Care Manager

Alaina has been serving the senior community as an occupational therapist for over 12 years. She has gained immense experience working within skilled nursing facilities and the home health setting, allowing her to effectively transition into the role of Client Care manager within Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington. As an occupational therapist she is a skilled specialist in assessing the individual and specific needs of daily living activities, promoting the highest level of independence and safety for her clients. Alaina brings her passion for holistic living to the team by focusing her care plans on increasing the quality of life, promoting participation in purposeful and meaningful activities, enhancing the enjoyment of simple moments and living every day to the fullest. Alaina has just moved back to the Greater Burlington area from Oregon to be closer to family as she builds her own. She is excited to enjoy all of the outdoor recreation and farm to table activities that this great community offers.

Tammy Berthiaume, Employee Care Director

Tammy Berthiaume
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).


Niina Aziz, Employee Care Manager

Niina Abu Aziz
Employee Care Manager

JNiina comes to HCA after making the exciting move from the charming town of Montpelier to the vibrant Chittenden County area. With a career spanning several years in the healthcare industry, Niina has cultivated a deep understanding and a genuine connection with those she serves, particularly the elderly. Her journey of discovery began when she worked as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) at Home Health and Hospice, where she provided compassionate care and support to individuals in need. Niina’s dedication and empathy shone brightly in this role, inspiring her to continue her journey in the healthcare sector. Niina’s journey led her to the University of Vermont, where she hopes to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, driven by her unwavering commitment to the field of healthcare. Following her time as a PCA, Niina transitioned to the role of an Administrative Assistant in an Assisted Living facility. Here, she not only displayed exceptional organizational skills but also demonstrated her commitment to enhancing the quality of life for senior residents. Now, as an Employee Care Manager of the HCA team, Niina has taken on the responsibilities of scheduling and recruiting among other duties contributing her expertise to ensure the delivery of high-quality care to those who need it most. Beyond her professional pursuits, Niina finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. When she’s not hard at work at HCA you can often find her in the kitchen, indulging her passion for cooking. Niina also cherishes moments spent with friends and family, valuing the connections that make life truly special.


Judy Green, Employee Care Manager

Judy Green
Employee Care Manager

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 Employee Care Manager overseeing the Employee Care Management side of the business, including Caregiver recruitment, retention, and scheduling.


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