Caregiver of the Year Award Past Winners

Caregiver of the Year Award
Visiting Angels provides national recognition through our Caregiver of the Year Award. This annual honor recognizes Visiting Angels caregivers who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to their clients, families, and the Visiting Angels mission.

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Congratulations to Our 2022 Caregiver of the Year and Finalists
Winner: Paula Perez
Franchise Owners:
Tricia & Michael Wingerter

“Paula seeks out opportunities independently and within our organization to educate herself on the needs of her clients and how best to meet their needs. She cares for an individual living with dementia who has emotional challenges. Paula has armed herself with knowledge on how to best address her emotional needs while preserving her dignity, improving her quality of life and inviting her to participate in her own care at her highest level.”

Finalist: Lynn Skidmore
Franchise Owners:
Gail & Bill Lohmann
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“Lynn’s compassion and exceptional care make her clients and their families feel supported. Being an in-home caregiver is part of the fabric of Lynn’s life.”

Finalist: Jessica Manderson
Franchise Owners:
Marilyn & Rob Oswald
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“Jessica is a great communicator, is conscientious, dependable, compassionate and gentle. She actively listens to her clients and helps advocate for them as needed.”

Congratulations to Our 2021 Caregiver of the Year and Finalists
Winner: Joanne Freeman-Blake
Franchise Owners: Beth Bandi, Scott McIver, David & Renee McIver

Joanne has been a caregiver for 30 years, providing love, hope, and comfort to all her clients. She says God has placed her in the lives of seniors and their families for a purpose. Early in life, while helping her mother through an illness, she knew that caregiving was something she needed to pursue. Her job is a true calling.

Beth Bandi, owner of Visiting Angels in Augusta, GA, has worked with Joanne for almost four years. She nominated Joanne, stating: “Joanne deserves this honor because she exudes warmth, kindness and loyalty. She will walk into a room and there is a beautiful aura about her. Joanne works above and beyond to help her clients thrive each day.”

Finalist: Yolanda Lee
Franchise Owners:
Jennifer & Steve Bowhey

Yolanda, a dedicated caregiver for 30 years, is always patient and filled with positive energy. She has worked as a Visiting Angels caregiver for seven years and is adored by her clients, who want her to work for them exclusively. Yolanda’s commitment to her job is unwavering.

Finalist: Cherri Murray
Franchise Owner: Judson Haims

Cherri has worked as a Visiting Angels caregiver for four years. She loves to care for seniors and considers them part of her family...her life. She has a wonderful way of making people feel valued and loved.

Congratulations to Our 2020 Caregiver of the Year and Finalists
Winner: Debbie Moorefield
Franchise Owners: Wayne & Mary Kay Brodnan

Known as the “Mother Teresa” of the elderly, Debbie has lovingly cared for her Visiting Angels clients around the Mentor, OH area for more than 17 years. “Debbie deserves this honor because she has a servant’s attitude and heart. Her resilience, patience, neatness, unselfishness, dedication, and tenderness shine through,” says Mary Kay Brodnan.

Finalist: Sara Smith
Franchise Owners:
Mark & Susan Frenger

When a client was dying, Sara rubbed her back, brushed her hair, and sang “Precious Lord Take My Hand” until the woman passed away. The woman’s daughter said with Sara there, her mom’s passing was “beautiful and peaceful and something she’ll remember for the rest of her life.”

Finalist: Doris Carriere
Franchise Owner: Jaime Maxwell

Grandma, Doris Carriere, who has 20 grandkids of her own, loves to care for seniors. Doris once laid down all night next to her client who had trouble sleeping. The family watched on camera, amazed at Doris’ dedication to their mom.

*Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.