Our Team

Next Best Thing to Family

We’ve been caring for our community for over 50 years. In that time we’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with caregivers and supporting team members who genuinely care for others and hope to make a difference in the lives of those they care for. In fact, we view ourselves as an extension of your family. As part of our ElderCare Promise, we will seek to match your family with the right caregiver for your loved one who will provide professional care and companionship with compassion.

Meet Our Team

Jennie Cortese, RN | Executive Director, AssistedCare & Eldercare at Home

Jennie Cortese is a Registered Nurse who brings over 40 years of healthcare experience to her role as the Executive Director of AssistedCare & ElderCare. With an extensive background in home care, leadership and executive management, Jennie has overseen multiple Licensed Home Care Branches in various states. She is well-versed in Private Pay, Medicaid, Managed Care, Personal Care Aide Services and Private Duty Nursing.

Jennie’s accomplishments include successfully leading multiple sites through the accreditation process with Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) and the Joint Commission of Accreditation, with commendation, earning recognition for exceptional training programs and community service. She has developed and led initiatives to enhance patient outcomes and reduce rehospitalizations, demonstrating her commitment to continuous improvement in patient care.

Actively involved in professional organizations, Jennie contributes her expertise to the Home Care Forum’s Mastermind Committee and has held positions within the NYS Association of HealthCare Providers, advocating for home care services at both state and federal levels.

In her current role, Jennie finds fulfillment in working with a dedicated team and serving a rapidly growing community. Mentoring new staff and helping clients and their families create customized care plans bring her much satisfaction. Jennie is very passionate about home care and the ability to be instrumental in keeping people home, where they most want to be. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, boating, and spending time at the beach. Jennie is a music enthusiast and looks forward to playing more golf in the future.

Jennie is a proud mother of two and a first-time grandmother to a grandson in Florida.

Sterling Pope, RN, BSN, QP | Clinical Program Manager

Sterling Pope, RN, BSN, QP, is a highly accomplished healthcare professional with a diverse background and over 10 years of experience in the industry. She currently serves as a Clinical Program Manager, overseeing multiple programs and leading teams to provide exceptional care to individuals in the comfort of their own homes. Sterling’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and the esteemed qualification of Qualified Professional (QP) in the I/DD community.

Sterling’s journey in the healthcare industry began with AssistedCare, where she started as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) just two days before her 20th birthday. This opportunity allowed her to work while pursuing her degree, making it a remarkable birthday gift. After successfully passing her boards, Sterling was promoted to the role of “RN Visit Nurse,” where she supervised CNAs in her previous position.

In recognition of her exceptional skills and dedication, Sterling was promoted to run AssistedCare’s Private Duty Nursing program. This role enabled her to elevate the level of care by transitioning her field staff from a team of aides to a team of fellow nurses. Her contributions were further recognized in 2018 when she assumed leadership of not only the Private Duty Nursing team but also the Empowered (I/DD) program. This experience broadened her understanding of the industry and allowed her to positively impact the lives of diverse populations.

Currently, as a Clinical Program Manager, Sterling continues to excel in her field, managing various programs and teams while expanding her knowledge in financial management, growth strategies, and regulatory compliance within the homecare sector. Her journey of personal and professional growth over the past decade has instilled in her a deep sense of gratitude and motivation to continue learning and making a difference in the lives of those he serves.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Sterling shares a fulfilling life with her middle school sweetheart, Michael, and their beloved chihuahua, Rico. She has cultivated a sense of adventure, having traveled to nine countries and counting. Sterling also finds solace in the tranquility of the beach, indulges in reading, tends to her vegetable garden, and revels in engaging in various DIY projects.

Teddi Nixon, RN | In-Home Aide Supervisor

Teddi Nixon is a highly experienced healthcare professional with over 30 years of diverse experience in nursing. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BSN in 1993. Throughout her career, Teddi has specialized in Oncology, GI/Renal, Orthopedic, Step Down, and Home Health, and has spent two years working in the Operating Room. Her broad expertise enables her to provide exceptional care across various healthcare settings.

Outside of work, Teddi enjoys reading, gardening, visiting the beach, and skiing. She has a passion for literature, nurturing her green thumb, and finding solace in nature. Teddi’s adventurous spirit led her to embrace rock climbing in the past. Additionally, she cherishes her role as a parent to three children and her beloved husky and chiweenie.

Teddi’s dedication to her profession is matched by her commitment to providing compassionate care. With her extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and compassionate approach, Teddi Wilson continues to make a profound impact in the healthcare field, bringing comfort and healing to those in need while finding joy in life’s simple pleasures.

Jenna Berry | Service Coordinator

Jenna Berry is a compassionate and dedicated Service Coordinator with over 3 years of experience in healthcare. Originally from Goldsboro, NC, Jenna spent her childhood at her parent’s local golf shop and was homeschooled until high school. She holds a degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from Pitt Community College, graduating in 2019. After passing her national board exam, Jenna began her career as an Early Intervention Occupational Therapy Assistant, providing crucial support to children with special needs. Later, she transitioned to working in the school system of her hometown, where she made a significant impact on the lives of numerous children.

Seeking new challenges, Jenna moved to Wilmington and currently serves as a Service Coordinator. Jenna uses her background in healthcare to help mentor new caregivers and assists in identifying ways to stimulate the minds of our clients with Alzheimers and Dementia. Happy to accommodate any scheduling changes needed, Jenna also works hard to find the perfect client-caregiver match.

Beyond her work, Jenna enjoys outdoor walks, painting, completing jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with loved ones. She plans to continue her education in the healthcare field with the goal of touching as many lives as possible.

Rebekah Krohn | Recruiter/Service Coordinator

Rebekah Krohn is a dedicated professional in the field of geriatrics, currently serving as a Recruiter/Service Coordinator. Born in Springville, NY, Rebekah pursued her education at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Gerontology in May of 2022.

During her academic journey, Rebekah interned at a Long Term Care facility, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in supporting and advocating for the geriatric population throughout their late-life stages. Inspired by personal experiences, particularly her grandmother’s battle with ALS, Rebekah developed a deep passion for making a positive impact on the lives of older adults.

Rebekah’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for seniors led her to achieve certification in creative storytelling for seniors living with Dementia through TimeSlips. This initiative empowers individuals to express themselves and fosters meaningful connections, revolutionizing the perception and experience of aging.

In her current role, Rebekah finds great satisfaction in identifying the perfect candidates to meet clients’ needs and establishing strong working relationships with caregivers, fostering a sense of community within the team. With a focus on the homecare industry, Rebekah is excited to embark on a fulfilling career dedicated to the well-being of older adults.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Rebekah enjoys various hobbies and interests, including traveling, nurturing her plant collection, attending concerts, going to the beach and even cliff jumping.

Want to Join Our Team?

View available jobs on our Careers page. Please feel free to call 910-395-5003 or email careers@eldercarenc.net for additional information

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