Linda was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to Seattle, WA in 2012. She found caregiving to be her natural calling after caring for her father at the end of his life. Her career began when she joined KWA (Korean Women’s Association) in Port Townsend. Caregiving has taught her how to serve the elderly with compassion, hope, trust and an ever-open heart. Caregiving is a job that she is proud of!
Linda loves travel, cooking, studying, dancing, and playing with her dog Dakota. She recently received her master’s degree in healthcare management and is thrilled to be giving back to the community by caring for her clients at PHC.
Kippi has been involved in senior care for 20 years and is the founding director of Peninsula Homecare. She is an enthusiastic proponent of worker-ownership and believes the cooperative model is the only just and sustainable way to manage senior care.
In the summer of 2008, Kippi sold most of her possessions and left her home in Ashland, Oregon. She camped along the Oregon and Washington coast searching for a new home on the sea. Criteria were local, organic farms; a lively music scene; an awesome food co-op; and excellent outdoor adventuring. After 7 weeks on the road, she pulled into Port Townsend and it was love at first sight!
Favorite Word: ‘Totality’. Favorite Season: Summer. Favorite Element: Water. Favorite Fun: Growing Food, Kayaking, and Bicycling.
Emily is a certified Homecare Aid and proud to be a member of PHC. A natural nurturer, Emily was inspired to move into a career caring for others. Happy with the transition, Emily feels passionate about the safety and well-being of our aging population.
In her spare time Emily enjoys adventures with her family on our beautiful Olympic peninsula.
Phil has been a licensed caregiver for 2 years, however has been caring for others for decades. He originally came to PHC as a client when he needed help caring for his father. The importance of quality, respectful caregiving is one of the reasons Phil has served on the Board of Directors and why he supports the Co-op model as a way to support this essential and rewarding work.
Welcome to Peninsula Homecare Cooperative! My name is Cynthia Tafoya – I am a certified Home Care Aide. I was called to this wonderful vocation more than 25 years ago. I have 5 grown children. In my spare time, I love to paint local scenery, kayak, play my guitar, and often can be found on the beach hiking with my dog, Birdie!
Tyler has been working as a caregiver for a decade helping seniors as well as disabled adults and children. While in the process of moving to Port Townsend from Alaska, he walked into co-op’s office on Water Street, and after a short visit with “Yoda,” decided that PHC would be the best agency to work for. At PHC, Tyler has been able to develop his skills as a caregiver and enjoy the challenges of becoming a small business owner. He enjoys the organic process of being part of the co-op and the unique opportunities to learn from his clients and the PHC family. In addition to caring for his clients, he and his wife, Liz, have adopted a senior dog, Annaka; senior bunny, Bowie; and mischievous cat, Plato. He enjoys skiing in the winter and other adventures in the mountains in the summer time. Recently, he has picked up paddle boarding and has been tinkering around with golf.
Rita is a founding member of Peninsula Homecare. She has 15 years caregiving experience with a special passion for working with hospice and dementia clients. As a world-traveler, Rita lived in Europe for 6 years and has had an address in most of the western United States. While in Seattle she worked as a longshore woman for the port of Seattle! Rita loves hiking, swimming, eating, reading, and spending time with family. Rita is a world traveler, snappy dresser, and a friend to the working man.
Lindsay is a Certified Nursing Assistant and the Caregiver Coordinator for PHC. She hearts elders but more so thrives within the systems and refinements of the day to day operations. Referred to as “Yoda” by her peers, she can usually be found dancing behind her desk while master minding the schedule. Her angle? Open book management, democracy in the workplace and member engagement with a whole lot of humor and hugs. Other devotions: cycling, natural perfumery, penpalism, houseplants, intentional food, photography, bird watching, hiking and west coast jazz. Best achievements to date: bobolsaberitmogwai
Laura is a certified home care aide who enjoys helping people. She has chosen to be a caregiver because it gives her an opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives. With a background in socio-legal studies from the University of Washington, she stumbled upon caregiving and finds it to be a tangible way to have a social impact. She finds pleasure in simple things, like being outside hiking or climbing, reading, practicing Iyengar yoga and spending time with her dog, Tikka.
Linny is a compassionate and proud member-owner of PHC. Caregiving is her highest calling. Her life’s travels have always brought her home to the Pacific Northwest. Her love for the beach is evidenced in the sea-treasure shrines decorating her indoor-sandcastle home. Between the rewarding career of caregiving and life in the magical town of Port Townsend, Linny’s life feels complete!
Caitlin grew up in Florida. After getting a BA in photojournalism and a Family Herbalist Certification, she came out to the PNW for an internship and fell in love with the majestic mountains, powerful rivers, moist forests, and the people who love those things too. She decided to stay.
She worked on a farm, studied permaculture, continued herbalism studies, taught herself to cook nourishing whole foods, worked for Jefferson Land Trust as an administrative assistant, and found friends who love group singing in harmony.
Caitlin came to caregiving when she noticed that she found it much more rewarding to help the people around her than just about anything else she was doing. Her awareness of needs, deep respect of autonomy in vulnerability, and ability to be with hard emotions were honed by her own bout with a serious illness. Finding a place where her sensitivity is an asset rather than a hindrance has been a blessing to her, and she’s eager to continue this path refining her ability to companion people in a way that helps the small moments in life feel meaningful.
Grace began caregiving 2 ½ years ago with PHC and served a term on the board of directors. She supports her fellow members by offering compassionate communication practice & loves mentoring new caregivers. Grace currently serves as co-chair of our conflict resolution committee with Tyler Thomas.
Before choosing caregiving, she enjoyed careers in teaching, counseling and mentorship from Arizona, California and Maine before settling here in Port Townsend.
She loves writing poetry, reading, swimming, nature and soaking on the sound! Grace helps elders enjoy creative beats with her Rhythmic Sound Circle that she hosts at Avamere. She is a natural born caregiver and her cat Leo will attest to that!
Born and raised in Chieng Mai, Northern Thailand
Came to the U.S. in 1970 and became U.S. citizen in 1981
Spent 15 years in the States of WA and OH as a Realtor/Loan Officer
Worked with legal professionals helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure
Became involved in senior’s private home care since 2007
Asian cooking is Aura’s passion!
“There are only four kinds of people in the world.
Those who have been caregivers.
Those who are currently caregivers.
Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”
― Rosalyn Carter
Born and raised on the Hood Canal, Charles is very pleased to be helping the members of the community he loves. Having worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for a couple years, Charles decided he wanted to provide more one-on-one care. With a vision of what excellent senior care should look like, Charles was happy to find PHC. He is well suited to remaining vigilant all night, and enjoys getting to aid those on hospice. Many passions fill this renaissance aides free time - which he will gladly discuss at length (a good fit for the hearing impaired) – but these days he is focused on permaculture and art.
Luke is a Certified Home Care Aide. He has been a caregiver with the cooperative since January of this year. He spends much of his time caregiving for multiple clients with two agencies and spends his free time also caring for his girlfriend and helping her to various appointments. Luke has a very down to earth side and enjoys the warm weather and having any opportunity to go out kayaking or rowing and will go out of his way to find ways to go camping. Other fun activities he enjoys are meditation, running, and eating pizza!
Raea Stika, along with her husband, moved to Port Townsend, Washington ten years ago. The Retirement was unexpected, but the Beauty and Community Spirit magical. Being replaced doing.
With a Masters in Counseling, she had chosen her life’s work with older adults; her partner, as a woodworker.
Soon, it was apparent work again needed to be in the equation. They have both found heartfelt retirement vocations!
Raea completed her Health Care Assistant training, and began Caregiving. Her professional career was administrative; this new role has brought her a great sense of satisfaction, enhancing life here in a deepening way.
She is Grandmother to 7 fantastic kiddos! She Loves to read and read out loud, and take in all that Nature has to offer in the great Northwest!