Meet our Right at Home Team
Eric Hicks — President
The Right at Home offices in Charleston, Beckley, Princeton, and Huntington, WV are led by Eric Hicks, who purchased the first franchise in Charleston in early 2005. I decided to open this business for two reasons:
As a manager of market development for a nursing home chain I felt empathy for the families that could no longer provide the care that their family member needed for a multitude of reasons and were forced to send their loved one to a nursing facility. I thought that if I could build a team of caregivers that would allow these elderly people to stay at home longer that it would be better for the person needing care and the family that needed help.
Secondly, my stepmother had a stroke and after 30 days in a rehab facility she was told she would be discharged within the next two days. I made calls to several agencies and they told me that they did not do private pay business and focused on Medicaid only. Another agency told me that it would take two weeks to get her the care I requested. That made me realize this area needed an in-home care agency that focused on recruiting good caregivers and worked hard to ensure they were properly screened and trained.
Beth Thomas — Director of Nursing
Beth Thomas joined Right at Home in December 2009. She has been a Registered Nurse for 33 years and has a long history working in this industry. Her love for the senior population drives her to provide the best care possible to ensure a good quality of life for them.
Nicki Nesmith - Recruiting Coordinator
Nicki is a WV native who has worked in several different fields over the years. After volunteering and being a staff member with two different non-profit organizations who have served the elderly population, she found her passion for helping others. She came to work for Right at Home in 2020 as she saw the needs our WV seniors have and wanted to continue to help them and those who care for them.
Angi Jones - Billing/Payroll
Angi has always loved helping people. She discovered this about herself while she was in high school and became involved in the school’s IDD program and she volunteered for the Special Olympics. She continued in that kind of work until 2006, when she began working in management. She continued her management career with an emphasis on billing/payroll since 2008 and joined the Right at Home team in 2019. Angi knew immediately that this is where she belonged.
Chris Kearns - Billing/Payroll
Chris graduated from WV Wesleyan College in 2005 with an Accounting Degree. After working with his parents at their business for several years until their retirement in 2014, Chris worked briefly with another company and received his insurance license. He joined Right at Home in 2019 to provide billing and payroll support to all four of our office locations.
Linda Spurlock – Director of Personnel & Risk Management (Human Resources)
Linda joined Right at Home of the River Cities in July 2016 as our Director of Personnel & Risk Management handling all of our Human Resources needs. Linda was born in Huntington and graduated from Huntington East High School and Marshall University. Linda previously worked for the University of Cincinnati as their HR Manager, and has also worked in the television and radio industry specifically at WKEE Radio in Huntington, WV and WOAC-TV in Canton, Ohio. Linda loves the HR role because it allows her to work with all our caregivers, case managers, and clients every day. Linda is an active member of the National Society for Human Resource Management and the local Tri-State SHRM chapter. Linda’s strong faith in the Lord and the support of her family, friends, and her work-family are why she is a breast cancer survivor today and why she advocates for ALL women to have regular mammograms and to know how to perform self-exams. Linda is married to her childhood sweetheart, Steve Spurlock; loves spending time with her grown stepchildren, Sarah and Ben, and shares their home with their dog, D’Artagnan.
Karen Williamson – Operations Manager
Karen joined RAH in June 2009, two months after the opening of the Ceredo office as their staffing coordinator. She now serves as Operations Manager overseeing all aspects of the business. Karen enjoys her job because she realizes that most elderly want to stay in their own homes and she takes great pride in giving them the option to do that by providing quality care for every client. Karen became a Certified Nurse Aide and began her Home Health Career working for a local skilled nursing agency. Karen grew up in Dunlow, WV on a dairy farm with her parents and 13 siblings. Karen graduated from Wayne High School in 1978 and has been married to her husband, Herman for 40 years. Together they raised two boys and have added two daughters in law and four grandchildren to their family. Karen’s faith in God is what grounds her. She and her husband still live in Dunlow and enjoy their grandchildren and extended family, often hosting many family gatherings which they love to do.
Cynthia Kirk- Sales and Marketing
Cynthia has worked in the healthcare field for 15 years with home health and medical equipment companies. She recently joined the Right at Home team in March 2021 to help secure services for the seniors in the Huntington community and surrounding areas.
Joyce Hinkle- Registered Nurse
Joyce joined our Right at Home team in the Huntington office in 2020 during the pandemic. She brings with her 30 years of experience in multiple medical fields of nursing. She is excited to be a part of such a great team.