Who We Are
Owners Kathy and Rich live in Wake Forest, NC with their four children, two dogs, and a cat. They have traveled extensively, living in Northern Virginia, Southern California, Central Virginia and Zagreb, Croatia.
Rich was born and raised in Binghamton, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport with a Chemistry degree. Directly after graduating he purchased his parents dry cleaning business upon their retirement and ran the day to day operations for about 5 years before deciding to sell to pursue a career in the Pharmaceutical industry. After several roles in this field his expertise in senior management became the catapult for opportunities with different companies which strengthened his skill sets to manage at an optimal level. He currently works as an outside consultant with Pharmaceutical companies to standardize and improve their quality control process which are regulated by the FDA. This has allowed a much sought after work life balance for Rich and his family.
Kathy was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and attended Radford University graduating with a degree in Chemistry. She also started out as a Chemist before holding several management roles in the Quality departments of various Pharmaceutical companies. She took several years off to be the caregiver of her four children and their extremely active household. She returned to work three years ago as a teacher’s assistant where she excelled in a variety of duties under the educational umbrella. Kathy has also been an active volunteer for many years; as Vice President of Fund Raising, President of the PTA and the Teacher’s Assistant representative for Rolesville Elementary School. In 2008 Kathy’s mother lost her long battle with cancer in which Kathy had been by her side as a confidant, a daughter and a friend. Again tragedy struck in 2009 where Kathy’s father was diagnosed with a kidney disease spiraling him into kidney failure. Within that same year Kathy was a match and became the kidney donor to her father who passionately lives a full and healthy life. This quick started Kathy’s interest in health and fitness where she is an avid amateur athlete and has completed triathlons, marathons, and half-marathons.
Their interest in the senior care area is probably a direct result of participating in the care of our elderly relatives. Kathy’s maternal grandmother recently passed away at age 98 and lived in her own home until she was 94. Kathy was directly involved in the decision to move her to an assisted living situation and if the at home care services were available then the move may have been postponed longer. Kathy’s paternal grandmother is 90 and is now starting to reach the point of needing some help and company during the day. Rich’s dad is 85 and would have been a great candidate as an employee a few years ago, and is now becoming a candidate for some companion care. Seniors Helping Seniors® would be ideal for him as he wants no part of being babied but does miss companionship from his peer group that he lost when he moved to North Carolina.
Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services matches seniors who want to provide help with seniors who are looking for help. We started in 1998 with a simple concept that seniors can help each other age better and that those who give and those who receive benefit equally. Since 1998, we have grown from our first match to working with hundreds of helpers and clients. We’ve continued to grow geographically. We continue to expand the training for our helpers. And we’ve added services in response to the needs of our clients.