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Valerie Darling

Valerie was born in Miami, FL and after a few family moves, grew up locally in the Marietta area.  Valerie is the oldest of 4 (3 younger brothers).  She is married and has one child.  Valerie is the Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Home Care Matters.  Valerie’s mom, Dee, is the inspiration and primary driver as the how and why the business was born.  Valerie’s brother Mitch is also a member of the HCM team.  Valerie says, “Our mom is never far from our thoughts.  Mom was an integral part of developing and starting HCM before she passed away.  Our goal is to stay true to her memory and continue to honor her with the love, values, and ethics she taught us.”

Valerie has the unique experience with home care as she has experienced it from both ends of the spectrum, as a caregiver and as needing care herself as a cancer survivor.   Valerie says, “Taking care of someone you love is a physically, mentally and demanding labor of love.  Taking care of my mom was the hardest thing I have ever done.   It has given me an insight and perspective not many people understand unless you are doing it or have done it.  I loved taking care of my mom.  I love helping others take care of their love ones too.  And now that I’ve been sick, it’s given me a whole new level of empathy and understanding for those who are sick and need help.”

Valerie’s schedule varies daily but she loves visiting with our clients, families, caregivers, our network partners and being in the office.  Says Valerie, “Everyday is different but I wake up excited about what we do, inspired by our team, clients and caregivers.  I strive to be a resource to the community.  I love my team and I love what we do everyday.   I like to think my mom would be proud.”

You can reach Valerie by email ([email protected]) or in our office (770.965.4004).

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Mitchell Darling

Mitch was born in Miami, FL and a few moves later, grew up locally in the Marietta, GA area.  He currently calls Flowery Branch home.  He has 4 siblings (1 sister and is the middle of 3 brothers).  Mitch has two children.  Mitch’s mom, Dee was (is) the company inspiration and is one of the main drivers of the how and why we operate our business the way we do.  Mitch carries her memory in all he does at HCM.  Mitch is also related to the owner/founder of HCM, his sister, Valerie.

Mitch started working with HCM in 2013 to help continue and grow our marketing, sales, networking and client relations.  He brings a wealth of successful sales experience to HCM.  On any given day, you may encounter Mitch answering phones, visiting with clients, or in one of the many networking, CEU events, or other HCM sponsored events in the area.  He is a valuable and trusted member of the HCM team and he helps keep the levity among our office team.

You can reach Mitch via email ([email protected]), our office (770.965.4004), or cell (470.564.8404)

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Sykwana ‘Sky’ Lavant

Sky was born and raised in Georgia and is the middle of five siblings.  She is married and a mom of three children.  Sky initially wanted to go in the Criminal Justice field but lucky for us, found her calling in the caregiving field instead in 1993.  Sky says that, “Although the job is challenging, the joy and comfort that caregiving brings to those we have the honor and privilege of caring for, is just so rewarding.  I feel I have contributed to help make my client’s life just a little bit brighter and hopefully even a little bit better.”

Sky is a valued member of the HCM team.  Sky’s primary responsibility is in the office working on scheduling for our clients and caregivers but her multiple talents including skills, patience and personality give her the options to work in various assignments within the company.  Our clients, caregivers and her office co-workers just love her.  Sky became a member of our HCM team in March 2013 and says, “There is no other place I would rather be.”  (And we are sure happy about that!)

You can reach Sky via email  ([email protected]), or our office phone  (770.965.4004).

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Abbey Beard

Abbey is from Marietta, GA and is the youngest of four girls.  She is married and the mom of four children.  Abbey has been working is the home health field for more than 7 years.  She joined the HCM team in October 2014 and we are very happy that she is here.

Abbey was referred to HCM when she was looking for a position a little closer to home.  Luckily for HCM, she called and as they say, she’s been here ever since!  Abbey brings a wealth of experiences to HCM and is a valued and integral part of our team.  Abbey’s primary responsibility is managing the office; that includes a wide variety of tasks on any given day.  She has great organization skills, ability to multi-task, and keeps our state required documents and files organized and up-to-date.  Abbey has a great sense of humor and is loved by her HCM team.  Abbey says, “Home Care Matters is not just a job, it is a place I call HOME!”

You can reach Abbey via email at ([email protected]), or our office phone (770.965.4004).

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Karl Ryder

Karl Ryder is a Senior Advisor to Home Care Matters (HCM). In this role, Karl provides guidance regarding industry practices, regulatory changes, growth and performance enabling strategies.

Karl retired from United Parcel Service (UPS) in 2014 after a 37-year career covering a variety of leadership roles. He is currently the President of
The Ryder Group, a boutique-consulting group supporting Investment Banks, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Independent Businesses.

Karl is married and lives in Flowery Branch, Georgia with his wife Valerie and their daughter Sydney. Karl enjoys vacationing with his family and friends, golfing, motorcycles, boating, fishing, and auto racing.

With regard to the home care business Karl says, “The aging process is something we all have in common. It can be a stressful time that requires compassion, support, guidance, and patience. I personally experience a great sense of value knowing that every HCM employee is passionate about helping patients and families during one of the most challenging and stressful times of their lives.

You can reach Karl by email ([email protected]) or in our office (770.965.4004).

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