Peninsula Homecare Members
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!
I grew up in the midst of a large family outside of Boston, Mass. After I graduated from high school, I followed a brother to Alaska and fell in love with the outdoor life. I held a myriad of jobs, from building trails in the woods, waiting tables, constructing log houses and landscaping for the City of Juneau. After a particularly wet year of working outside in Juneau, I decided to go to nursing school.
I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1992. I loved school and was inspired by the challenge of the technical and scientific demands and the new responsibilities a nursing career requires.
When I returned to Juneau, I worked as a charge nurse in a long-term care home, then as a home care nurse, finally working as a med-surg nurse in Juneau's regional hospital. After five years I decided to move to the east coast.
I moved to a small town on the Maine Coast and worked as a med-surg and emergency room nurse for 18 years. Working in the rural hospital was an excellent way of being part of the community and was very fulfilling in allowing me to develop close and respectful relationships with folks in the area.
I am truly excited to be part of the new revolution in assisting people to grow old in place. Helping elders to stay in their own home by helping with the activities of daily living... dressing, grooming, medication reminders, light housekeeping is an honorable and important job. One of my favorite tasks is making healthy, delicious meals and simply sharing stories of our lives and interests and the sense of companionship that develops over time.
Soleil (French for Sun), has over 20-years experience as a devoted caregiver which shines through in her uplifting and nurturing nature. Soleil does not believe in passing the time by burying her nose into the phone! She is more than willing to roll up her sleeves and be interactive. She’s passionate about ensuring your loved one lives their most dignified and enriched life in the comfort of their own home.
Most days you will find Soleil making time to joyfully concoct big pots of nutritious soup for herself, family, and friends; jiggling gemstones and beads around to create colorful, handmade jewelry; or she will be out exploring the Pacific Northwest. She’s not lost – she’s just exploring!
Let Soleil’s infectious smile be a bright spot in your loved ones life!
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.
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
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!
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.
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 vison 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.
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.
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!
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.
Grace Bocock Rosen
Grace began caregiving 2 ½ years ago with PHC, served as Board Secretary for 2018. Implemented non-violent communication (NVC) training, currently co-chairing our conflict resolution committee.
Conducts a 45 min. Rhythmic Sound Circle activity at Avamere. 13 seniors enjoy making creative beat to build their receptive brain capacity. Includes breathing awareness to let go of tension in body to relax.
Grace uses DoTERRA essential oils to comfort her 2 seniors & provides an antibiotic hand soap called OnGuard for both of her caregiving teams.
She loves writing poetry & reading at local poet gatherings. One of her poems to be published in IN THE WORDS OF OLYMPIC PENINSULA AUTHORS, 2019 Anthology . On her days off, she enjoys reading, writing, swimming, nature, soaking in hot springs, & walking with her cat Leo in Uptown.
Before choosing caregiving, Grace was a teacher, Prescott College multi-cultural mentor, counselor on Hopi & Navajo. More recently, she offered private breath integration & group gatherings for forgiveness, oneness & peace in Arizona, California and Maine before settling here in Port Townsend.
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!
TTyler 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 longshoreman-woman for the port of Seattle! Rita loves hiking, swimming, eating, reading, and spending time with family. She is a world traveler, snappy dresser, and a friend to the working man.