Tour Our Office and Meet the Columbia Home Care Team
Charles & Ada Brown, Owners
Charles and Ada’s desire to help others better their lives crossed paths with Right at Home; the relationship that developed between Right at Home and the Brown’s was essential for developing and quality home care company. For the past nine years that is exactly what the Brown's have provided the Columbia community in South Carolina. Right at Home has provided an avenue for Ada’s nursing background as a licensed CNA and Charles’s more than 30 years of business operations and his MA in Economics to unite with their goals of working with others to better the lives of individuals and families as a whole.
Ada enjoys her work with families, visiting and developing relationships, and baking cookies for her home visits. The realization that people’s lives are being improved by Right at Home’s in home care and the reports of the quality care being given is a focal point for Ada. Charles focuses on developing solutions for the needs of others conducting inquiries with clients. Being able to find the best solution for others is a key role for Charles.
Charles and Ada’s roles extend into to the community. Ada is active within the Alzheimer’s Association, as is Charles as he serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina. As an active member he has also chaired the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Charles also serves on the board of the Lourie Center in Columbia and on the committee for the Care Givers Coalition of the Midlands.
A team often reflects the traits of its leadership. Right at Home in Columbia certainly reflects the quality of care and compassion that Charles and Ada Brown have shown in their 10 years of providing in-home care.
Mike Brown, Vice President of Operations
Mike joined the Right at Home team in 2013 and comes to us with an impeccable sales and management track record. Since the time, he joined the Right at Home team Mike’s roles and responsibilities of the business have grown. He is currently the VP of Operations and manages the day to day business operations for the Columbia office. Some of the different roles he has lead involve managing hospital readmission reduction programs funded by the Duke Endowment, Fullerton Foundations and the Lexington Medical Foundations. His desire to work with seniors to provide a better life for them has driven him to work with organizations like Disabled American Veterans, Columbia Parkinson’s Support Group, the Alzheimer’s Association & The ALS Association.
Mike fosters what the future holds for Right at Home, given the time spent the in the Columbia community, and being family owned and operated Mike has a bright future for Right at Home in mind.
Mike has been certified as an End-of-Life Doula through the University of Vermont. Completing this Professional Certificate helps with preparing to meet the growing demand for end-of-life support as people live longer and the course of the average dying process continues to become increasingly gradual and anticipated. It also further develops one's capacity to care for others, help release death anxieties and increase confidence around entering into intense experiences.
Michelle Brown-Richardson, Director of Marketing
After moving to Columbia, SC with her husband, Michelle joined Right at Home in June of 2015. She comes with a diverse background in both for profit and non-profit organizations. Through her career, she has had the opportunity to know exactly what brings her fulfillment and that is to help others. In her short time at Right at Home, Michelle has actively been involved in several groups and organizations in the Midlands. She has enjoyed serving on the Columbia Alzheimer’s Association Walk Committee and participated in the planning committees for several fundraising events and caregiving conferences in the community.
When Michelle is not at Right at Home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family and visiting friends around the country.
Shelley Buckliew, Human Resources Manager
Shelley has been a part of the Right at Home team for over six years. She is a CNA and started with Right at Home as one of our fantastic caregivers. Her desire and enjoyment of answering questions and problem solving moved her into the office where she discovered her joy of finding other quality caregivers like herself. Though she is in the office Shelley still stays up to date with her nursing practices. She has taken steps in preparations for receiving her RN, and has taken courses dedicated senior care, as well as social work programs.
As active as she is with her work, Shelley loves to be involved in her community. She remains active in her church & participates in senior projects that her church has undergone in the past. She also loves being involved in her children’s sports teams.
Shelley has nothing but good things to say about the office she has been a part of for over six years: “We love what we do. Our clients are like family as well as the great caregivers we employ. Our office staff goes beyond! Even after hours, we can turn to each other for assistance. That makes a great team! One thing I particularly love about our Right at Home is that even if the client has issues beyond our realm, we go above and beyond to provide to information and guidance that may be able to assist them, that is a true pleasure.”
Alex Brown, Director of Finance and Compliance
Alex joined Right at Home in April of 2016. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2011 and worked for a major insurance company before joining the RAH family. Her previous experience has given her an extensive understanding of compliance within an organization which she has now been able to implement in her current role.
In her spare time, Alex enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs.
Johnsie Douglas, M.Ed, LPC, Director of Community Outreach and Client Services
Johnsie Douglas is a licensed professional counselor. She graduated from UNC at Wilmington in Health Education, and received her Masters of Education in Counseling from North Carolina State University. She is the Director of Community Outreach and Client Services for Right at Home.
She has worked with geriatric patients and their families since 1989 as a geriatric therapist. She previously worked with Three Rivers Behavioral Health in West Columbia. She also worked with Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health and Trident Area Agency on Aging in Charleston, SC. Her mother was diagnosed with Dementia so she has lived it on a personal level as well as professionally. Her passion is sharing resources and techniques that assist in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, working with families and helping them with the journey of the disease.
She enjoys speaking to State Associations and local governments at their state conferences.
When not working, she can be found gardening, shagging, or just relaxing with her husband, and new Springer Spaniel puppy, Oakley.
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