Melinda R., RN, BSN, – President (22 years):
I have been known for having a lot of energy and enthusiasm and as I look back I believe those were key components of being able to start a business. I saw a need for dependable senior care and I wanted a work environment where new ideas were embraced and there were no limits on what you could do for others-including for caregivers. It didn’t take long to see that it wasn’t just seniors who needed in-home care and that people were getting discharged with complex needs. I love innovation. It was fun to develop how to provide complex care in the home by focusing on a strong foundation of nurse supervision.
The caregivers were excited and enjoyed working closely with our nurses in providing a new level of care. I love the moments of realizing we have accomplished something special. Moments where we knew we had made a difference. I love the people…our clients and our family of caregivers. I am so fortunate to work with friends whom I admire and who have the same passion for creating those moments for others. Owning a business meant I could have my personal preferences. I hate answering machines in health care. A simple statement but over the last 22 years I can think of many times this simple belief has resulted in caregivers getting questions answered immediately and clients knowing they can always reach us. It has been a dream come true to be a business owner and have the freedom to say, “Yes, we can fly to Florida and pick up a lovely grandmother who wants to come to Portland for a special family gathering.” “Yes, we can evacuate you, your dog, and all of your equipment to a hotel when your well pump freezes.” “Yes, we can provide complex care to your loved one with ALS.” “Yes, we can dismantle our skills lab hospital bed and bring it over and set it up so you don’t have to return to rehab tonight because your hospital bed didn’t get delivered.” At No Worries I have the freedom to say “Yes” and that is what makes this work so meaningful. I am blessed with a husband who served for 34 years at Oregon State Police. He understands you drop everything when someone needs help and there have been numerous occasions over the years that he has provided help. His support has allowed me to do what I love. We have 3 amazing children who have married wonderful people and blessed us with 12 incredible grandchildren. Life is good!
Pepsi L. – Vice President (1 Year):
I am Pepsi LaCamp and have been in geriatric care since 2003. I have been an Executive Director for independent, assisted living, and memory care communities. In 2016, I opened a Memory Care Community from the ground up in Happy Valley, Oregon. It was a great opportunity to assist people living with a diagnosis of Dementia/Alzheimer’s move into supportive environment with tangible life stations which supports stimulating their brain. I created an activity program which worked with each residents level of care. We had many firsts in our community. I was very proud of our team during our first survey process, the DHS team stated that our Memory Care team did an exceptional job. I am a certified Teepa Snow Dementia Trainer and I have completed the C.N.A. courses.
I got the opportunity to meet Melinda, No Worries Owner and I knew this was going to be a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team that truly cares about their Caregivers and Clients, and would go above and beyond to care for both. My goal is to make a positive impact in our No Worries In-home Care family and reach out to as many people, care professionals to inform them about our outstanding custom care services we provide in the Portland Metro Area. On a personal note I have been married to my high school sweet-heart for 31 years and we have three wonderful sons. We love our sweet fur baby Lily, she enjoys her treats as much as her human-mom does. I enjoy acrylic painting, hiking and spending quality time with my family.
Jason S., RN, BSN, – Assistant Administrator (6 Years):
I grew up in the wilds of Alaska and after high school I pursued an education in Anthropology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. After earning my BA, I experienced a series of unexpected events and I found myself working as a caregiver rather than running through ancient temples being chased by massive boulders. I worked for almost five years as a caregiver in Fairbanks and Portland before finally settling on a plan to go to Nursing school at OHSU. I count myself extremely lucky that after nursing school I found No Worries, an in-home care agency that really cares for their caregivers. Knowing that I’m helping to look out for the well-being of our caregivers and clients is the reason I have been here for over 5 years now. I have a little old dog named Charlie Brown who drives me crazy and I love to travel the world to dress up in strange costumes and eat strange foods! If you visit the office, you may catch me signing or doing a little dance by the copier. I’m very professional.
Sheryl W., RN, BSN, Education Coordinator & Client Services Supervisor (4 Years):
My family has been in the Beaverton area my entire life. Even now, I live just a couple miles from my parents and my brothers. I love having my family so close and being able to spend time with them, plan fun family dinners, and celebrate the important moments. I am married with three children (only one currently at home) and our dog. After many years of dreaming of a medical career, I was able to pursue my nursing degree. I earned my RN license in 2016 and my BSN in 2017. I started working with No Worries as a care- giver during nursing school. I was drawn to them because of the flexibility I could have with my schedule. I stayed with them after earning my license because of the caring environment. I was excited when they contacted me to discuss filling an open nursing position. What I really love most is developing relationships with each of the clients and the caregivers. The support for one another is extraordinary. It is such a wonderful experience to work with this amazing group of people .
Stacy G. – Scheduling Manager (16 Years):
I started out as a caregiver in 1999 working in an Adult MRDD home. In my search for a more meaningful job, I found No Worries in 2002. I worked as a Caregiver for almost 10 years before I was asked to join the administrative staff in the office in November of 2012 as a Scheduling Coordinator. I was promoted to Scheduling Manager in 2017. What I love most about what I do is getting to know all of the caregivers and working with a wonderful group of people. We have a really amazing team. When I am not at work, I enjoy going hiking and taking many scenic pictures on my hikes. I prefer Spring and Summer to Winter a fall because that is when I can get outside to plant my flowers, go to the river or the beach and of course go exploring nature.
Cody L. – Office Manager (1 year):
My name is Cody. I’ve worked at No Worries since April 16th, 2018. I am your Office Manager. I grew up volunteering at retirement facilities doing activities and events with residents. Doing so, opened my eyes to the healthcare field. I worked as a counselor at a residential facility for the Psychiatric State Review Board. During this job I learned the importance of caring for an individual’s wellbeing in both the physical and mental aspect. I feel that the best way to make a better society is to care for one another. I live in a houseboat and enjoy the outdoors and being on the river. I look forward to meeting you.
Jim R. – Accounts Manager (6 years):
Although I have only worked at No Worries for a few years, I am well acquainted with the business. No Worries was founded by my spouse, Melinda, 22 years ago. After retiring from another career, and spending some time building our dream home, I went back to work with Melinda.
I could say “I’m just living the dream,” but more sincerely. I can say No Worries is a great place to work and has a culture of exceptional service. It is an environment where every staff member strives to be thoughtful, respectful, and responsive. It is a place where employees are recognized for their contributions. It has inspired me to conduct the financial affairs of No Worries by the same standards, whether it be with clients or staff. It is all about respect. It is all about acting with true concern. It is all about helping others to feel released from concerns and have No Worries!
Haley C. – Bookkeeper (2 years):
I was born and raised in Los Angeles County. After 18 years of 120-degree summers I was ready to move on up to Oregon! I was a care- giver for 4 years before I found No Worries. I started working at No Worries and after a year knew this was the company I wanted my career with. I love caregiving but have always been drawn to the administrative side of things. I came in to the office to discuss my hopes of becoming an accountant and after just a few classes they took me in and started training me to become the bookkeeper. No Worries is a company that truly cares about their caregivers and clients.
Michelle S. – Caregiver/Trainer (4 years):
I’m an Oregonian through and through, born and raised in rural Oregon City. I enjoy fishing in our lakes and streams, and even occasionally the Pacific Ocean. My husband and I relish spending time with our young adult children camping and fishing. I began my caregiving career working in an assisted living facility in Beaverton. Then I found No Worries and fell in love with the atmosphere of caring. It is truly remarkable to see the effort that goes into the continued training of caregivers and is reflected in the care of clients. There is nowhere else I’d rather be!
Stephanie S. – HR Manager (4 years):
I grew up in the White Mountains of Arizona where there was snow in the winter and some of the most amazing sunsets you could ever see. Sky gazing became my favorite pastime. I started my caregiving career in 2000 caring for adults with developmental disabilities. I transitioned to the Medical Services Manager and then eventually went to school to learn phlebotomy. I landed in Oregon after some life changing events and No Worries was clearly the prize company to work for. Knowing very well how expendable caregivers can be in many other organizations, just knowing that No Worries truly cared about the care- givers gave me that much more desire to be a part of their team. After 4 years of working here and an opportunity to become the Human Resource Coordinator, I can say with pride, that it is a pleasure to work for No Worries.