Monroe Township, New Jersey
355 Applegarth Rd #4, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(732) 521-1777
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Trusted In-Home Senior Care Serving Monroe Township

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care of Monroe Township.

Meet Our Comfort Keepers® in Monroe Township, NJ

Our team of Comfort Keepers is uniquely qualified and ready to help in Monroe Township, NJ

Every member of our team of Comfort Keepers is professional and well trained. We conduct a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify the best home care providers, and only those who pass this process go on to complete training to deliver our special brand of home care and become Comfort Keepers® . What truly sets our people apart, though, is their natural gift for caring for others. 

All Comfort Keepers pass extensive background checks and complete continuing education. They are bonded, insured and covered by workers' compensation insurance to protect our clients and their families.

Contact us to learn more about Comfort Keepers in Monroe Township, NJ.

Stephanie Howe, RN

Owner

Stephanie Howe, RN, is the owner of six Comfort Keepers franchises in central NJ.  She began providing services to her first client in 2005 in her first office in Hamilton and 2006 in Monroe Township.

The business started because Stephanie had a parent with chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis and was admitted into a nursing home at age 44, because there were no services like this available at the time.  Stephanie was diagnosed with the same disease at age 26 and did not want others to suffer as her family did.

She is committed to assisting not just the elderly, but anyone needing home care services in order to continue living safely at home. 

Stephanie is a Registered Nurse and has been elected by her peers to the National Advisory Council to represent other franchisees across the country at the Comfort Keepers corporate level.

In 2016, Stephanie opened the New Jersey Caregiver Academy to certify caregivers as Certified Home Health Aide's with the Board of Nursing. It is a great resource for training our caregivers with the best nurses and curriculum in the state!

Stephanie remains healthy and resides in Robbinsville with her six children and five dogs.

Henry (2011-2018)

Director of The "Golden" Rule

In Spring of 2018, we lost Henry, our four legged friend, who served as our Director of Love & Respect. Every day, Henry reminded all of us the importance of treating others how we wish to be treated... the "Golden" Rule.

Henry was a fun loving pup, who could be found around the office to greet our guests. 

While Henry is no longer with us, his legacy lives on as we remind ourselves the importance of kindness and respect for others. 

Millie

Director of Cuteness

Millie was hired as our Director of Cuteness in March 2018. As the Director of Cuteness, Millie's responsibilities are very limited, yet very meaningful---- be cute. 

Despite getting caught taking occasional naps during the work day, Millie fulfills her responsibility day in and day out. 

Sheila Truncellito, CDP

General Manager

Sheila Truncellito is the General Manager with oversight of all services in the six territories of the franchise. She began her career with Comfort Keepers as Client Care Coordinator in 2012. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) endorsed by the National Council of Certified Practitioners.

Sheila hails from Indiana where she grew up in a farming family. She received a B.A. from DePauw University and went to work on the start-up staff of People Express airlines. She gained human resources experience there which she put to work in a career as a human resources manager in the insurance field.

She took a hiatus to raise her daughter and in those years also worked as a professional storyteller/singer, performing in many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, senior centers and schools in the tri-state area. She has further served as a community mediator in her local municipal court system. She also loves singing in a cappella groups and sewing.

Sheila has been married to her wonderful husband, Gene, for nearly 40 years. They have a lovely daughter, Eva, who previously enjoyed working for Comfort Keepers.

Her daily joy is knowing when Comfort Keepers has found the perfect match between client and caregiver that lets clients and their families feel at ease and in good hands.

Nina Talone, BSN, RN

Director of Nursing

Nina is our Director of Nursing for all 6 territories. Before Comfort Keepers, Nina worked in the ICU at St. Francis for 10 years, and has been working in Home Care for the past 6 years.  

Nina graduated nursing school in 2006, and then went on to attend Felician College and graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2011. 

Having previous experience in a fast-paced environment has made Nina’s transition into Director of Nursing much easier.  Her compassion for people and ability to remain positive helps her succeed in this new role!

Outside of work, Nina loves to read, spend time with her friends and family, and loves to spend time outdoors- either poolside or on a waverunner. Nina also has a love for animals and did dog rescue for 7 years until she had her son in 2010. 

Megan Durbin

Director of Operations

Our Robbinsville Territory Manager, Megan Durbin, has been with Comfort Keepers since 2013. She recently transferred from our Toms River office to our Robbinsville location. Prior, she was the Lead Staffing Coordinator in Robbinsville. Although she will miss Toms River clients and caregivers, she is excited to be back where it all started for her. Before joining Comfort Keepers, Megan worked as a private caregiver. She had many clients whom she loved dearly. Megan will admit she is not a good cook, but her one client loved her spaghetti, even though she had to put two packets of sweet and low in it! Megan loved taking care of her clients, especially singing and dancing with them. She even gave one of her clients the nickname of “hummingbird” because her client would hum all day long.

Megan formerly resided in Maryland for seven years. Prior to Comfort Keepers and private caregiving, Megan helped care for her grandmother and was a manicurist at an upscale salon for 21 years. Megan loved doing nails, but she felt it was time for a change and decided it was time to revisit her passion in helping the elderly.

Cathy Geer

Territory Manager - Robbinsville

Cathy is our Robbinsville Territory Manager. Cathy has a long history of customer service and a hospitality background. Cathy started her career in the airline industry and moved into the hotel and catering industry.

Cathy has had her own journey with a family member who is dealing with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and has been caring for that individual since 2017. It has been of importance that Cathy makes a difference in assisting our elderly, aging population.

Cathy enjoys home cooking with her husband Frank where they reside in Lawrenceville, NJ. They have two sons who live in Nashville, TN. They love to travel and are looking forward to the future where they have a shore home on a lagoon and a will begin to fix it up on early 2025.

Cathy is eager to learn her new career and is looking forward to a long and rewarding future with Comfort Keepers.

Kristin Calderone, CDP

Territory Manager - Monroe Township

Kristin Calderone is the Territory Manager of our Monroe Township location. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) endorsed by the National Council of Certified Practitioners. She attended Monmouth University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology. Before college, she worked in various ministry opportunities including: a youth ministry in Lakewood, NJ, an international non-profit organization based in Israel, as well as travelling to South and Central America to help renovate homes and provide clean water to local families.

Prior to working with Comfort Keepers, Kristin worked in customer service at a small credit union. She has used those organizational and management skills to provide excellent support for her Monroe clients.

Kristin is empowered by the conviction that every individual-- regardless of age, demographic, or background—has a specific and intricate purpose. Every life is necessary and everyone has something unique and beautiful to contribute to society. In her work with us, she revels in meeting new prospective clients, hearing their stories, and growing the CK family.

Terry Westerhaug, CDP

Territory Manager – Warren, Bridgewater, and Morristown

Terry Westerhaug is the Territory Manager of our Warren office that services Somerset and Union counties. Terry has been with Comfort Keepers since 2007, and he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) endorsed by the National Council of Certified Practitioners.

Terry grew up in Minnesota, where he studied architecture and business at the University of Minnesota. He spent four years as a professional skiing instructor and still loves to ski whenever he can. Shortly after getting married Terry and his wife moved to New Jersey. They love to entertain friends and show off their culinary skills. Their family includes a college aged daughter and an overactive Wheaton Terrier.

Having spent many years in the corporate world, as a purchasing manager, plant manager and director of operations, Terry decided to take some time off and spent six wonderful years as a stay at home dad. Terry brings vast experience as a manager, trainer, recruiter and business executive.  He is extremely dedicated to our clients and takes pride in the satisfaction of knowing their loved ones are in good hands.

Sue Harbeson, RN

Territory Manager- Toms River

Sue came to us as a Staff RN and transitioned to Territory Manager of our Toms River office.  Having home care roots from earlier in her career including experience with seniors, she feels a close connection between her work and her personal passion to help people age and meet life challenges where they can best thrive at home. 

 

As a licensed practical nurse earlier in her career, Sue was deeply involved in providing physical/psychosocial care while maintaining safe environments for clients of a home care service.  She also took on the role of caregiver, furnishing non-medical homecare for individuals needing assistance in both temporary and long-term situations.  Sue honed her organizational skills working previously in a NJ surrogate court clerk’s office where she juggled staff schedules and maintained an extensive court documentation system.   

 

After nearly a year of loving her Staff Nurse position at Comfort Keepers, Sue was drawn to the business side to consider her potential to someday open her own Comfort Keepers franchise.  For nearly 10 years she ran her own property management business for various NJ municipalities and she hopes to eventually translate that experience as well as her dedication to homecare services combined with her nursing background into the future with Comfort Keepers. 

 

Sue got her ASN from Jersey College School of Nursing.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their baby, a 100 lb. black lab named “Libby”.

Alex Metrik

Scheduling Coordinator- Robbinsville, Bridgewater, Morristown, and Warren

Alex is one of our schedulers for Warren, Bridgewater, Morristown, and Robbinsville!

Before joining the team, Alex managed the online department at Bird Paradise.

There she became proficient in providing customers with exceptional service, both in quality of product and overall customer service experiences. 

Alex resides in Palmyra with her cat Franklin and Bill. During her spare time she enjoys being with family and friends.  She is also currently in school to become a registered nurse, so she surely has a passion for the field of health care!

Jill Ercolano

Scheduling Coordinator- Robbinsville, Bridgewater, Morristown, and Warren

Jill Ercolano is one of our Scheduling Coordinators for Warren, Bridgewater, Morristown, and Robbinsville! 

Prior to working at Comfort Keepers, Jill worked in retail as a Personal Shopper, Assistant Buyer, Bookkeeper and Manager. Her ability to work in a fast paced environment makes her an excellent addition to our Toms River team. 

In Jill’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and dogs. She also has practiced Yoga for the last 16 years. 



Jeanine Lanfranco

Scheduling Coordinator - Toms River

Jeanine Lanfranco is the Staffing Coordinator in our Toms River location. Prior to working at Comfort Keepers Jeanine worked in the school system as a para professional.   Jeanine enjoyed being a stay at home mom while her two children were growing up. When her children were in elementary school she started her own house cleaning business and worked in the local senior developments which she enjoyed very much.  The flexibility of this business allowed her to be home for her children and actively participate in school events. 

 Jeanine considers herself to be a people person and enjoys her job making great matches between clients and their caregivers and getting them the help they need. She is also a die hard country music fan. 

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking and spending quality time with her family.

Brianna Arends

Scheduling Coordinator- Monroe Twp.

Prior to joining Comfort Keepers, Bri worked in law enforcement  for 5 years. She is excited to embark on a new career path in home health care. 

She holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice and a Masters degree in Management.  She is excited about connecting with the clients and caregivers.  

Outside of work, Bri enjoys going on adventures seeing new places and spending time with family and friends. 


Marie Johnson

Human Resources Manager

Marie Johnson is the Human Resources Manager for all six territories of the franchise. Before Comfort Keepers, Marie worked as the Human Resources Director at a Nursing Home and Rehab Center in the Bronx where she was responsible for all areas of HR. 

She graduated from Manhattan College majoring in Business Administration. With over 25 years of Business/HR experience, she is well versed in management, communication, customer service, recruiting and more. 

Marie is very passionate about treating all people with respect, kindness and understanding. She strives to always have a positive attitude and optimistic outlook on life.

She has been married for 26 years and is a loving Mother of 3 and Grandmother of 3. Her grandchildren are her pride and joy. 

Kianna Malasquez

Recruiter- Robbinsville, Toms River, Monroe Twp, Warren, & Bridgewater

Kianna is the Recruiter for our six offices. Before joining Comfort Keepers, Kianna worked as a Recruiter for a warehouse staffing agency but then became an outreach representative and fell in love with the medical field. Kianna enjoys giving caregivers a new career.

In her spare time, she enjoys going out with her daughter and spending lots of time with her family. She is extremely family oriented and loves to try new things. She is very excited to start her new journey with us at Comfort Keepers.

Lauren Tabor

Human Resources Assistant

Lauren is our Human Resources Assistant and a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and a minor in Psychology.  In the past, Lauren has worked with children and in various customer services roles.  The most recent position was as the front desk of a spa/salon where she enjoyed interacting with the clients.  Lauren strives to be compassionate and caring to all in her spare time.   Lauren enjoys swimming, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.  

Dawn Pidcock

Billing/Payroll Coordinator

Dawn Pidcock joined the Comfort Keepers family in 2012 and serves as our Billing/Payroll Coordinator for all six of our territories in New Jersey. 

Dawn graduated from Cittone Institute in Princeton and started her career off as a court reporter. She also worked for two medical groups previously.

When Dawn isn’t behind her computer working, she enjoys practicing yoga, spending time in the outdoors with her family hiking, watching her children ski, and being an advocate for children with disabilities.

Danielle Davis

Account Payable Specialist

Danielle Davis is our Account Payable Specialist. Danielle graduated from Mercer County Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and became licensed as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. Before working at Comfort Keepers, Danielle worked for over 18 years in the Oncology and Hematology field as a Medical Biller and MLT.

When Danielle is not at Comfort Keepers she is helping her husband run their landscaping business. She enjoys spending time running, reading, beach trips, traveling, walking her dogs and spending time with family. Danielle and her husband reside in Hamilton Square with their two children, cat and two Labrador retrievers.

Tina Henry

Administrative Assistant

Tina Henry is our Administrative Assistant. When Tina is not in our Robbinsville office, she currently works as a Wildland Firefighter helping Smokey the Bear keep our forests safe. Prior to working at Comfort Keepers, she worked as an Office Assistant for a Pest Management company.  She is excited to embark on her new journey with this field of work. In her spare time, Tina loves to spend time with her loving husband John of 4 years and her family. She plays guitar, sings country music and loves to embroider. It's one of her favorite things to do. She has a golden retriever named Andy and thirteen chickens with silly names such as Lasagna, Coleslaw, Pancakes, Nugget and so on. She is so excited to be a part of our team!

Interested in joining the Comfort Keepers Monroe Township care team?

We offer competitive compensation, a highly flexible work schedule, and opportunities to impact someone’s life in a meaningful and fulfilling way. Whether you’re looking for a part-time job senior care job or the start of a new career, we’d love to hear from you.

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