We Take Care of Family
At Fedelta, we are known for the personal touch in the care we provide.
"Fedelta is an Italian word that means 'trust, care and compassion,' which honors the memory and heritage of my late grandmother, Theresa. It’s what you can expect from me and the entire Fedelta Home Care family."
Where it all began
As a young boy, Steve watched as his family struggled to care for his beloved, Italian grandmother, Theresa. While everyone wanted to keep her at home, they were simply overwhelmed by the task. Due to a lack of options in home care at that time, my family had no choice but to place Theresa in a nursing home.
"My family and my grandmother were heartbroken. It was not the solution anyone wanted," Steve recalls. "My grandmother and I were very close, and I wish that I could have something to help her stay at home. Sadly, she lived in a nursing home the last 18 months of her life."
Steve graduated Cum Laude from Hamlin University and became an expert in organizational development. Steve built a highly successful career helping Fortune 500 companies with best of breed practices. But he always felt something was missing. "My work was not personally fulfilling," he explains. "My experience with my grandmother had always stuck with me, and I felt strongly pulled toward home care."
Steve took steps toward purchasing a home care franchise. But the company's training program convinced him that a chain was not for him. "The personal and business principles I believe in are at odds with the franchise way of doing things," he explains. "I realized I wanted to start my own company." Steve now knows that his purpose in life is to help others care for their aging family members at home.
Steve Meyer created Fedelta in 2004, with the goal of offering a better way for aging people to live at home for as long as possible, and to live their way. Fedelta has grown steadily since then, expanding its services and offerings providing solutions for all clients. Today, Steve proudly serves as a board member for the Alzheimer’s Association of Washington, The Washington Home Care Association, and NEST.
The company's name, Fedelta, honors Steve's grandmother, Theresa. "Fedelta is an Italian word that means trust, care and compassion," he explains. "It's a tribute to my grandmother, and it describes the way we do business. It's what you can expect from me and the entire Fedelta Home Care family.
Meet our Care Management Team
Christian earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on gerontology from the University of Washington in 2016. Christian is a licensed social worker and a member of the Aging Life Care Association as an Associate Care Manager.
Through his work with a local non-profit and EvergreenHealth outpatient services, Christian has extensive experience serving elders within the community. He has coordinated numerous services across the Greater Seattle Area to promote independence, wellness, socialization, and life-long learning for seniors. Christian understands the crucial role of caregivers and believes when a caregiver works with a client, they are also working with the client’s entire family. After partnering with clients and identifying their life stressors and strengths, Christian strives to connect them with the appropriate community support services that meet their bio-psychosocial needs. In addition to community efforts, he is skilled in navigating the healthcare system and helps clients access free or low-cost health insurance coverage every day.
Christian believes everyone has the right to a dignified, comfortable, and fully self-expressed life, especially those in need of medical and outpatient care. An individual’s self-determination and goals are strong components of that belief, and they structure the unique type of care each person deserves. Aging is a standard part of life and many of us will come to depend on others for care. The way in which we support and care for the older adult population should be one that recognizes their strengths, respects and wishes, warranting a dignified existence through end of life.
Christian is passionate about ensuring seniors age with dignity and respect. He cares deeply about social justice and protecting vulnerable populations, especially the aging LGBTQ community. Christian looks forward to partnering with clients and their families.
In his free time, Christian enjoys cooking (and eating), visiting his parents, siblings and nephews, and spending as much time as he can with his sweetie, Alex.
Anna received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on gerontology from the University of Washington in 2015. She holds several certifications including Certified Case Manager, Chronic Care Professional Health Coach, and Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice provider. She is also a licensed social worker and an Advanced Professional Member with the Aging Life Care Association. Anna's experience in the senior and health care industries is diverse and extensive.
In her early twenties, she was a certified nursing assistant within assisted living communities. While taking a break from direct care, she provided at-home computer training and IT support for elders. When she returned to school to pursue a career in social work, she solidified her passion for elders and became a program assistant at Full Life Adult Day Health. Throughout graduate school, Anna was a research assistant at the Health Promotional Research Center with a primary focus on the development of The Program to Enhance Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS), an at-home depression management intervention effort.
Anna chose Fedelta for the opportunity to connect individually with her clients and their families, as well as assist them in having the most positive aging experience possible, through Fedelta's Care Management program. She feels the current state of the senior medical system is tremendously complex and insufficient—no elder should have to navigate it alone. Anna is also passionate about providing education and support for clients and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. In Anna’s free time, she enjoys scuba diving in Cozumel, rock climbing around the Pacific Northwest, and gardening on her patio.
“Our Fedelta team, headed up by world class care manager Anna Dronen, has been a godsend. Four months ago, my 94 year old mother-in-law with severe dementia fell and needed 24 hour care. Fedelta was recommended to us by a social worker at Evergreen Senior Health. Since we are away from the area much of the year, Anna has coordinated everything from doctors’ appointments, identifying the specific caregiver skills that Fedelta needs their caregivers to provide, home health care oversight, coaching/support info for the family and independent caregiver and even took on an insurance appeal that we won.” – Mary M. 2016
Michelle earned her Bachelors of Science at the University of Washington in 2011, one of the best nursing schools in the country. Michelle has over six years of nursing experience in a variety of settings. She is also a member of the Aging Life Care Association as an Associate Care Manager.
Michelle’s experience started out at a hospital on the cardio-thoracic floor. During her time there, she received advanced training in providing care for patients undergoing heart transplants, heart surgeries, and heart failure, in which patients were receiving a substantial level of care within an intense environment.
Michelle also provided nursing consultations and care for a local residential rehabilitation center. The primary residents were those with developmental disorders of all ages, and Michelle supported their medical care and coordination, and found opportunities to empower the residents’ independence. Michelle gained valuable experience caring for patients with mental health issues, behavioral challenges, and chronic diseases. Many of the residents also had difficulty with verbal expression; however, Michelle was able to address their needs by examining more than verbal language and investigating their surroundings and connecting with residents one-on-one. Michelle aims to empower her patients and provide them with compassionate care. She is a firm believer in chronic disease management.
Michelle will go to great lengths to provide individualized care no matter what obstacles may stand in the way. Whether her clients need a quick wound patch, or an advocate in the doctor’s office, Michelle brings professionalism and passion to her clients and their families.
Michelle grew up in Washington, and in her free time, she enjoys caring for her two young children.
Donna graduated in 1977 from Pacific Union College with an Associates Degree of Science in Nursing. She holds memberships with the American Care Management Association and Aging Life Care Association.
Donna started her career in southern California as an intensive care nurse. Moving from Southern to Northern California in 1984, her focus shifted to raising a family of her own. Once her children were in school, Donna took the opportunity to volunteer as a parish nurse, and was able to serve her local church community, providing resources and health education to older parishioners.
Donna returned to the workforce in 2006 as a recovery nurse at an outpatient surgery center and provided consultation for developmentally disabled children and young adults with special medical needs. In 2008, Donna was hired to work in the Case Management Department in Paradise, California until moving to Washington several years later.
Her passion for working with elders started at an early age when her son’s 73-year-old great grandfather became an active part of her family. Collaborating with the older generation in a church community, circle of friends, and hospital setting has been a passion of hers for many years. Donna heavily values the life experiences of elders and enthusiastically brings that into her care management approach. She also believes people of all ages have the right to a healthy, active, and fulfilling life. She is committed to serving clients, helping them establish short and long-term goals, and ultimately dedicating her efforts toward the support and encouragement of their functional and personal aspirations.
Donna moved to Washington to be close to her grandchildren and adult children. While adapting to Seattle weather, she thrives on being active through jogging, hiking, and biking. Donna also enjoys reading and traveling.
Lisa has over eight years of experience in the medical field. Working in medicine has given Lisa much insight into the struggles people face when navigating the medical system, especially when using complex insurance policies.
Lisa’s concentration during graduate school was working with older adults and their families or support systems. She’s seen a growing need to have services catered to older adults. Lisa’s passionate about helping her clients age with dignity and autonomy. She knows that older adults hold amazing experiences and perspectives, and honoring them in their later years is essential for a happy and healthy society.
Lisa spent two years volunteering at the Crisis Clinic, where a large percentage of callers were older adults feeling isolated. Supporting them by phone sometimes was the only socialization they had, and hearing stories about their experiences and hurdles gave Lisa deep empathy and compassion for what older adults face. She has also spent one year working at a skilled nursing facility and one year as a Care Manager intern.
She spent three years at the University of Washington in the Family Medical Residency Network, three years at Harborview at the Sleep and ENT/Sleep Surgery Clinic, and over two years at Group Health (now Kaiser Permanente) in the Behavioral Health Clinic. At Harborview, Lisa worked with highly diverse populations from adolescents to older adults, people who used interpreters, individuals who were incarcerated, and indigent populations, which exposed her to a wide array of life experiences and perspectives.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys musical events, theatre, and soaking in the beautiful sights Washington has to offer.
Esther holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington with a focus on health and is a Licensed Social Work Associate & Independent Clinical Social Worker. She's also a fellow of the Northwest Leaders Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) NL-SBIRT training program.
Esther has experience addressing the concerns of chronic health conditions, mental health diagnoses, and substance use disorders of vulnerable older adults at organizations such as Group Health and Kaiser Permanente, as well as numerous other agencies that serve seniors affected by homelessness. She is a member of the WA State Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, as well as the WA State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Esther has served as a Board Member for the Lambda LGBT Community Center and as a Latino Council Member for the Northside Aztlan Community Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Esther’s mother was a Certified Nurse’s Aid and spent her life working with the senior community. Like her mother, Esther is passionate about caring for aging adults and especially feels passionate about advocating for aging adults to age with dignity and with access to the highest quality of care. Esther is proud to be continuing her mother’s love for caring for aging adults and feels honored that Fedelta has given her the means and the opportunity to do so.
Esther is an artist in many capacities and in her free time she sings karaoke, draws, paints, and does photography. Esther used to be a professional cake decorator and continues to bake and decorate in her spare time. Esther loves to garden, hike, swim at the beach, and she even loves the Seattle cloudy and rainy days. Esther habla Español, si necesitas alguien que puede entender Español.
Sheri has over 23 years of experience in long term care, home care, care management, and nursing. She is a specialist in Dementia care, Diabetes care, wound management, Heart Disease care, end-of-life comfort and care, bowel care, medication administration, IV care, and infection control. She is dedicated to educating clientele about disease management and prevention, as well as supporting families through the process of end-of-life care. Her ultimate goal is to keep clients healthy, safe, and in the comfort of their own homes. Sheri also provides Fedelta’s caregivers with further education and training.
TracyJo has many years of experience in the healthcare and management industries. She has held a variety of esteemed positions within Fedelta, including starting out as a caregiver, as well as care coordination. Empathy, compassion, and loyalty are three traits which TracyJo would use to describe herself, and she strives to ensure those attributes are reflected in the work she does with caregivers and clients. She seizes the opportunity to endure any challenge that may confront her, and her independent initiative allows her to achieve success and satisfaction. One of TracyJo’s favorite aspects of Fedelta is that it feels like an intimate, family environment in which she enjoys “treating everyone with the same respect as she would with her own family members.” TracyJo was born and raised in Washington, loves animals and children, and rides her motorcycle on weekends.
Meet our Community Relations Team
Danielle has over 18 years of experience in the senior care and home care industry, and has found her passion through helping those in crisis. She earned a BA in Sociology as well as a Certificate in Social Work from Washington State University. Danielle has been recognized within the industry for her efforts in community outreach, case management, social work, crisis intervention, home health, hospice care, hospital liaison work, and assisted living at skilled nursing facilities. Danielle's extensive background also includes time as a hospital discharge planner, SNF and medical social worker, director of social work, admissions coordinator, Washington State agency-affiliated counselor, hospice liaison, and Medicare-certified home health liaison.
|Katie studied nursing at Everett Community College and has over eight years of medical industry experience working at Providence Hospital in their Transitional Care Unit. During her time with the Hospital, Katie realized her passion for home care and started working for Providence Hospice of Seattle. Katie's most recent experience includes working for a home medical equipment company as Clinical Liaison. Her personal mission is to serve the local community and advocate for patients to stay in their homes. Katie is largely driven by the opportunities that home care can bring for patient independence, which equally resemble Fedelta’s core values.|
|Minji was born and raised in Federal Way, WA and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She was a CNA at Mission Healthcare and has several years of clinical experience, including direct patient care. Minji was drawn to Fedelta because of the unique opportunity to interact at a personal level and partner with clientele as well as caregivers. Wanting to help people in need, especially those in the aging community is something Minji feels very passionate about, and she hopes she can use her positivity, empathy, and active listening skills to ensure clients and caregivers have the most individualized and exceptional experience with Fedelta. In her spare time, Minji enjoys cuddling with her puppy, Amor, hanging out with friends, and going on exciting adventures around the Pacific Northwest.|
Meet our Care Coordination Team
Steven has over 10 years of management experience, as well as a background in private caregiving and home care. He was drawn to the home care industry after realizing his passion for helping others.
Yvette has over 10 years of experience in the Staffing and Recruiting industry and has always had a passion for helping others. At Fedelta, Yvette oversees all coordination and staffing efforts between clients, caregivers, and care managers in the Greater Seattle Area. Just a few of Yvette’s many capabilities include finding the right fit for our clientele and caregivers, as well as ensuring all clients receive outstanding care.
Katy has over five years of experience as a CNA and an extensive background in home care. She specializes in Dementia care, caregiver training, human resources, and scheduling. Katy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double minor in Exercise Physiology and Child Development before becoming a CNA. She plans to pursue a Nursing degree in the near future.
Deborah has over 19 years of staffing experience in the health care industry. She earned a certificate in Medical Office Management from Concorde Career Institute.
Iris was a CNA caregiver with Fedelta Home Care before joining our Care Coordination team. Iris holds a CNA Certificate and a Masters in Healthcare Administration.
Kailey has spent the better half of the last decade as a CNA. She believes that caregiving is about giving unconditional love, care and support to those in need. Kailey's family history includes a long line of nurses, stating "compassion is in my blood."
Meet our Human Resources Team
Scott has over 10 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from City University of Seattle. He is working toward becoming a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and expects to be certified by Fall 2017. Scott ensures Fedelta Home Care continues to attract and retain the best employees in the industry.
Allison earned her MPA from the University of Washington and has over three years of Human Resources and administration experience. She has worked with several home care agencies as well as a low-income healthcare clinic. Allison ensures Fedelta Home Care complies with the most rigorous local and federal healthcare standards, and values being part of a company committed to quality care.
Raquel is an experienced HR professional who is passionate about the home care industry. She has experienced family members and friends in need of caregiving or hospice and knows how important it is to show love, genuine kindness, compassion, and respect. Raquel enjoys being able to bring a smile to someone’s day.
Meet our Accounting Team
Jerry brings decades of experience in both health care and accounting to Fedelta Home Care. He earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Puget Sound. Jerry also serves on several non-profit organizational boards.
Ariana has over ten years of payroll experience and earned a certificate from Lake Washington Tech. She chose Fedelta Home Care because she values being part of an organization which truly cares about its clients, families, and the community.