Right at Home North Shore Long Island Care Team
Patti Carpenter, BSN, RN, Director of Patient Services
Patti joined Right at Home in June, 2015, as Director of Patient Services with a wealth of home care experience and compassion for seniors and the disabled. She provides leadership, management, and direction to all areas of our agency. Patti graduated from Molloy College with BSN and PHN degrees, worked as a staff nurse in the hospital for 3 years, then found her passion in home care. She worked her way up from Field Nurse to Director of Clinical Services. She has successfully overseen the case management for more than 400 clients and the Agency’s compliance with Department of Health regulations. “My role at Right at Home is rewarding because I have a great team that I work with. We are all motivated to providing the best quality care for our clients. Working in such a positive atmosphere has inspired me to live up to our mission statement, Improving the quality of life to those we serve.” Patti is active with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and her parish.
Phyllis Newbert, Vice President
Phyllis Newbert joined Right at Home in 2018 after working in the fields of cardiology and diabetes management for over 20 years. She held the positions of Vice President of both CardioLink Corp. and The Heart Saver Institute and Manager of Special Projects for MedAssurant Inc. Phyllis has always found it rewarding to help the senior population whether for cardiac issues or to provide diabetes education to the Medicare population. Facilitating communication with providers and service resources helped enable optimal outcomes and better quality of life for patients.
Phyllis learned firsthand about the excellent quality of care provided by Right at Home North Shore when seeking care for her elderly disabled father several years ago and is proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization. As Vice President and Administrator of Right at Home North Shore LI and Eastern Queens, Phyllis leads a team of dedicated professionals who truly care about the “quality of life of those we serve” as well as the compassionate caregivers who help make it possible.
Meredith Spector, Director of Operations
Meredith joined Right At Home in 2019 as Director of Operations, bringing with her over 25 years of client service, marketing and operations management experience from the corporate world. She has put this experience to work at Right At Home with a focus on process improvements such as simplifying the hiring process to ensure that Right At Home attracts and retains the very best caregivers. Having worked at large companies for her entire career, Meredith especially appreciates the close-knit family environment and team spirit at Right At Home.
Meredith became aware of Right At Home when her 85 year old mom began to experience symptoms of dementia. She says, “Right At Home places caregivers who are trained to handle the ups and downs of early stage dementia, which can have such a positive impact on the client’s quality of life, not to mention their loved ones’ peace of mind!"
Kathy Phillips-Harding, MSN, RN - RN Supervisor
Kathy is a Registered Nurse who has provided wellness, health education and care to individuals and families at all stages of the lifespan. She is also a Reiki Master with experience as a Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Consultant. Prior to joining Right at Home she worked as a Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant and she worked with NYC and NYS hospitals to provide technical assistance and education to improve care for their HIV positive mothers and patients. Her love and passion for health and wellness has led to opportunities to coordinate health, wellness, stress management, and counseling events for New York City communities and act as the Health Services Director for local NYC College students. Other interests and certifications include activities with her church health guild in Queens, NY, Sigma Theta Tau Nurses’ Honor Society, American Holistic Nurses’ Association, and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification in fitness and nutrition. Her love of good food, tea, travel, and fun in NYC with friends and family adds to the love she brings to her work. In her role here as RN Supervisor and Nurse Educator, she brings her passion, smile and experience to our clients, their families, and our amazing caregiving staff every day.
Kerri Sammis, Office Manager
Kerri grew up on Long Island and joined Right at Home in March 2010 as a companion caregiver. She says, “My mom suffered with Spinal Stenosis and other ailments. She had limited mobility due to severe pain. Thinking back, I wish my mom had someone to help her besides me and my sister. That is why I decided to be a caregiver after she passed away.” Kerri had been a stay-at-home mom, raising her family and working part-time with Twinkle Town Entertainment for Winthrop Pediatric Cancer Center, where she still volunteers. In December, 2010 she started working part-time for Right at Home as a receptionist and administrative assistant. Since then, she has taken on more responsibilities by learning on the job and going back to school part-time. In 2016, she received her certification in Bookkeeping.
Kerri enjoys spending time with family and friends. What she finds most rewarding about working with Right at Home is that “Right at Home as a whole does great work with helping both the elderly and supporting the family through difficult times.”