Meet the Team at Right at Home Hackettstown Newton
Erika Ackerman, Owner
Erika graduated from the Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She began her career in advertising, working in-house for a financial executive magazine in Morristown, New Jersey. But her passion for art led her to become an Art Therapist working with seniors.
She works extensively with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in assisted living facilities. The experience is humbling and rewarding. Erika decides that serving the elderly population is what she wants. She went back to college in 2014 to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare administration at the Centenary College.
“My research paper was on the aging population in the US and how the ‘silver wave,’ or ‘baby boomers,’ would affect the healthcare delivery system,” said Erika. “And home care arises as the answer to successful aging in place.” Eventually Erika brought Right at Home to Hackettstown and Newton to provide home care services for her local community.
Erika and her husband have four children. They love bike riding, travelling and watching sports.
Marie Barry, RN BSN, Director of Nursing
Marie received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University in May of 1995. While in school, Marie worked as a CNA and HHA gain experience and insights to the client experience. Just after passing the state boards, she began her career as a registered nurse on the Medical Surgical and Oncology floors of St. Clares in Dover. It was there that she developed the skills that would last a lifetime. In 2001, she fell in love with home care and what the impact of remaining safely in the home can do for clients health and well being! Most recently, she was employed with BAYADA Home health care as a Clinical Manager until joining Right at Home in July of 2018 as the Director of Nursing. In this role she develops customized care plans for each client, trains and supervises the CHHA staff and provides orientation for new employees.
Marie is the mother of 5 girls ranging in age from 21-9. In her spare time she enjoys baking and crocheting blankets to give away!
Linda Brobst, Consultant-Senior Health Programs
Linda has decades of experience working in the senior care sector. She had served in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, developing and overseeing senior health programs for the benefits of patients and residents in retirement communities, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, as well as rehabilitation facilities.
She has a Nursing degree from the Jersey City Medical Center, a degree in Human Resources Management from Upsala College, and was awarded the New Jersey Administrator of the Year Award in 2000 by the New Jersey College of Health Care Administrator.