Michelle Vasek, RNDirector
Michelle has had a long and varied nursing career, first in long-term care, and for the past 24 years in home health care. Education is also very important to her as she climbed the career ladder starting out as an aide while going to nursing school, attaining her LPN, 2-year RN, Baccalaureate RN, and finally her Master of Science degree in Nursing Education. She has been a nursing instructor and State examiner for over 20 years. She believes that teaching the next generation of nurses is critical so older adults continue to get the proper care they need and deserve. She loves the one-to-one aspect of home health care. Seeing clients in their own homes, where they want to be, and meeting them where they are at in their life’s journey is very rewarding. It is the epitome of resident-centered care and the hallmark of home health care!
“Serving older adults gives me great pleasure, fills my bucket, and gives me the energy to succeed in life.”
Tiffany Enriquez, RN
Tiffany began her career as an aide in assisted living while going to nursing school. After becoming a Registered Nurse, she worked a short time in pediatrics before joining Good Shepherd Home Health Care, nearly 14 years ago.
"I love working with home care clients! Helping them to stay in their own homes, where they want to be, is so important. Creating great connections and having meaningful conversations is the best part of serving them."
Sam Tschida, RN
Sam made a career change to nursing at the suggestion of his wife. He spent the first couple years in long-term care and has been working in home health care for the past six months. He really enjoys the flexibility and slower pace of home health care as well as having more time to address the social and psychological needs of his clients.
“I love the social aspect of home health care. Attending to my client’s every need is important and very fulfilling!”
Sheryl Karpinski, RN
Sheryl has spent her entire 40+ year nursing career serving older adults in the hospital, nursing home short stay, and home health care (both skilled and custodial care) settings. She really enjoys home health care because she can use all her skills as she works individually with her clients for their greater good. She has worked on the Good Shepherd Home Health Care team for the past seven years.
“At Good Shepherd Home Health Care, we work as a team, and I make a difference!”
Mary Heinen, RN
Mary started her nursing career in hospital and long term care settings before migrating to Home Health care, assisted living and then back to her true passion working in home health care. She has worked for Good Shepherd for the past two and a half years. She loves how home health care, along with family support, maintains our client’s sense of community by staying in their homes and neighborhoods for as long as possible. Mary is from this local area and understands the importance of maintaining these connections or bridges with the community and how that keeps her client’s lives meaningful. This common ground helps clients feel at ease and builds trust through her connections.
“Knowing that the services I provide through home health care gives clients what they need, in their own home, gives me such joy. “I love helping clients achieve their goals! The trust my clients have in me means everything!”
Caren Heinen, RN
Caren has been a Registered Nurse for nearly 28 years, spending several in home care. She counts herself privileged and blessed to meet people at their sacred dwelling, their home. After working 9 years in a clinic setting, she realized that she was missing a grand part of what impacts patient health; the way they live. She decided to start in a casual home care position, while working at the clinic, to see if she could make a difference. She feels Good Shepherd is set apart from other agencies as we encourage Jesus’ teachings. She is a Christian and views this job as a beautiful way of depositing unconditional love and acceptance while providing professional home health care.
“I view each home health care visit as an opportunity to extend a non-judgmental look at my client’s way of living, and to influence and support it in a positive way. The Good Shepherd Home Health Care team shares my same passion; therefore, we function as a “well-oiled machine” in our client’s best interest.
Jackie Schuerman, HHA
Jackie became a Certified Nursing Assistant after technology changed her path. She joined the Good Shepherd Home Health Care team in 2010. She loves our clients and enjoys hearing about their life stories and meeting their families.
“My co-workers are awesome and fun! The flexible hours and no weekends are a bonus.”
Jennifer Rau, HHA
Jennifer has spent her 18-year career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Home Health Care. She enjoys the variety in her days being outside traveling to her client’s homes and inside providing their care. She is a very compassionate person who loves to listen to the stories her client’s share about their lives.
“I just love working with older adults.”
Kathleen Noble – Administrative Assistant
Kathy has spent over 20 years of her career in healthcare in many areas within the realm of health insurance. She is currently our administrative assistant in home health care, but also does homemaking with client visits 4-5 times per week. The change to hands-on healthcare has been a refreshing surprise to her. She has really enjoyed getting to know the clients, visiting with them in-person or on the phone, and helping them with household tasks.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our clients and feeling close to them. This is a lot more than a job, it’s a calling!”