Senior care needs are met by our professional and caring staff. Embrace employs Geriatric Care Managers, as well as, Managed Care Companions maximizing the quality of service by integrating the skills set of both. Our uniquely integrated managed home care model is a distinguished feature that sets Embrace apart from other senior care providers. Click on names below to view bios of our team.
Mary is a Master Level Social Worker and a Care Managed Certified. Her passion for working with seniors and their families is evidenced by her more than 20 years working with this population. Mary's commitment to doing what is right for the client is carried out each day through the Embrace team she has brought together.
Aging Life Care Association (formally Nat'l Assn of Professional Geriatric Care Managers)
2009 Entrepreneur of the Year (Sheb. Coastal Connections)
2008 Rotarian of the Year (Downtown Sheboygan Rotary Club)
2009 Young Professional of the Year (Sheb. Coastal Connections)
UWM Adjunct Professor - Masters in Social Work Geriatrics
Spending time with family and friends is high on Mary's list. She also loves to travel, home decorating projects and golden retrievers.
John Pitsch began the journey of founding Embrace with Mary while he was still employed full time as a printer. John has now been working fulltime with Embrace for over 2 years. John's primary functions are related to the financial aspects of running the business. John assists with variety of other tasks including helping clients with small household tasks. John's caring and patient attitude is always welcome.
In his spare time, John loves to play sports especially softball, spend time with his extended family and play toss with their dog Mulligan.
Wendy has worked for over 25 years in the senior field beginning as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She earned her Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Milwaukee in 1993 and has been a Certified Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. Wendy's work experience includes long term care facilities, assisted living and hospice. Wendy is a past board member for the Mental Health of America board and co-chair for the Annual Sheboygan County Walk to End Alzheimers.
Wendy spends time with family her free time.
Julie has worked for over 15 years in the senior field. She began her career as a caregiver and then expanded her knowledge by becoming a Registered Nurse. Julie's attention to detail, her compassion for seniors and her understanding of dementia makes Julie a great addition to the Embrace Team.
Julie is married with one daughter. Much of Julie's "spare" time is spent watching her daughter play sports - something Julie loves to do!
Katie Conto has her Bachelor's in Nursing. She has extensive experience in clinical and management roles throughout her career. Katie is passionate about mentoring other nurses and promoting health education with her clients. In addition to her work experience, Katie is also a volunteer parish nurse which allows her to offer support and encouragement to patients coping with health changes.
In her free time, Katie and her husband are actively involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren. She also enjoys knitting and painting.
Kelly Lee has been a Master's level Social Worker for 12 years. In her career, she has worked with the elderly and adults with disabilities. Her experience includes working at RCS Empowers and the Sheboygan County Aging & Disability Resource Center. Kelly holds certification as an Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW). Kelly has knowledge of a variety of community resources and programs. She is also very familiar with the individuals we serve and holds a passion for meeting the needs of our clients.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys being involved in activities at her church and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Heidi, a Home Care Manager, earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Lakeland College. She has worked with the senior population for 18 years. Her past experience has been primarily at a local assisted living facility where she was promoted from Associate Director to Director of Resident Services. Heidi has extensive experience in dementia care and training. Heidi's compassion for seniors is evident daily in her efforts to provide the best care for clients.
Heidi is an active sports enthusiast both as a spectator and as a player.
Kirstin comes to Embrace with extensive management experience. After her own personal caregiving journey with her Grandma, Kirstin's desire to blend these two worlds brought her to Embrace. Kirstin's strong work ethic, compassion and team focus have been greatly appreciated at Embrace.
Kirstin is married with two step children. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
All of our Managed Care Companions (MCC) have one thing in common, a passion for caring for seniors. Each MCC goes through a thorough orientation and is provided with a detailed client care plan before being asked to care for your loved one.
Managed Care Companions are employees of Embrace Care Management. So issues such as worker's compensation, liability and payroll taxes are our responsibility not yours. Our staff are insured and bonded. We conduct and review the results of background checks.
(With over 60 Managed Care Companions there are too many to be pictured!)