Meet Our Management Team

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Dave Knier

General Manager

As General Manager, Dave is tasked with managing and leading the day-to-day operations of Aware Senior Care.  After spending much of his career as a marketing leader in technical training and education, the transition into home care was an easy decision because it allows him to follow his passion of helping the elderly and their families in times of need while leveraging his vast experience in implementing successful business strategies and leading teams.

Known for his high integrity and compassion for others, Dave leads with a “whole team” approach that fosters a family like, productive environment.  He understands people do their best work when they know you care and have their best interests at heart.

That passion and respect for the senior home care field was magnified recently when Dave went through the process of caring for his father-in-law.  That experience solidified where he wanted to focus his attention and talents in order to make a difference.  As GM of Aware Senior Care, he can do that, and is very excited to be a part of the home care industry and the great team at Aware.

When not working, Dave loves spending as much time as possible with his wife, their 4 children and many pets enjoying the outdoors and each other.

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Linda Duncan

Director of Nursing

Linda joins our team as the new Director of Nursing.  She has served Seniors in various leadership roles over the past 25+ years with an unwavering commitment to deliver the highest degree of care, integrity, and compassion to seniors every day.  Linda begins each day with her goal of making a difference in someone’s life.

“Being a member of the Aware Senior Care team offers me the best of two worlds by allowing me the privilege to spend one-on-one time with my favorite population, and being able to interact and work closely with our support staff to empower us all to provide the highest level of care that our clients deserve every day.”

Linda lives in Raleigh with her husband where they focus lots of energy raising their 8-month-old Scottish Terrier- Jake. In her free time Linda loves spending time at the beach, being outdoors, and running. She also enjoys cooking, reading and is a huge sports fan.

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Mae Moses

Care Coordination Manager

Mae is our Care Coordinator Manager. This is a management position responsible for the recruiting and retention of caregivers, scheduling of caregivers with families and client care management and monitoring.

As a graduate from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biochemistry, Mae has been employed in various patient settings including home care and senior living facilities. These previous positions have provided a wealth of practical experience caring for clients with dementia, as well as chronic debilitating illnesses. Her expertise goes well beyond one-on-one care, as she ensures that staff are properly trained and informed for each visit. Her communication skills and willingness to seek the best solutions for the client and the caregiver are key components to the function and heart of our agency.

Mae’s personal experience includes caring for her elderly family members at a young age in Nigeria. She and her husband happily reside in a suburb of Raleigh with their four kids where, as you can imagine, the care does not end with the end of the work day.

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Tracy Zeidler

Manager of Human Resources

Tracy graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. She joined a law firm soon after graduating and was the HR Generalist for 10 years. Tracy and her daughter then relocated to the Raleigh area in 2009 when she took a position with a healthcare staffing agency placing healthcare workers in underserved areas throughout the country. Tracy soon realized that her dedication placing healthcare workers in these areas afforded others to get the best treatment possible. She is passionate about helping and caring for others. Tracy’s mother relocated to the area in 2016 and she became her mother’s caregiver when she became terminally ill. Being her mother’s caregiver truly taught her the importance of keeping your loved ones comfortable and safe. Tracy lives in Wake Forest with her daughter and their 2 Aussie’s. She is excited to be part of Aware Senior Care team and make a difference in the community.

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Micah Killgore

Office Administrator

As our office administrator, Micah is responsible for all aspects of running the Aware Senior Care office, including intake of new clients who are looking for home care help, assisting HR with new caregiver onboarding and orientation, and assisting Tim with company operations.

Micah volunteered eleven years for a worldwide non-profit organization in the state of New York where he trained and worked as an EMT and ambulance driver.

In 2013, Micah led in the construction and establishment of a non-profit, long-term Care facility called Legacy Place Cottages, an assisted living home for the elderly with a co-located memory care unit in Allentown, PA.

Micah worked as Operations Manager leading all aspects of the home’s administration from addressing residents’ caregiver concerns to ordering the food and furniture and hiring staff.

Micah is a true “military brat.” He has lived in many places including Turkey, Guam, and throughout the United States. Micah recently relocated with his wife Beth to the Cary area to be closer to family.

Tonya Journigan at Aware Senior Care

Tonya Journigan

Community Care / Staff Coordinator

In the role of community care and staff coordinator, Tonya is responsible for coordinating caregiver schedules and skill sets to meet the care needs and to provide ongoing communication and support to the Aware clients and families at Abbotswood.  Tonya has worked for Aware Senior Care since 2016, dedicating her time and compassion as a caregiver and now as community care coordinator acting as the liaison between caregivers, clients, families and the Abbotswood staff.

Tonya has had the privilege of working in home care for the past 10 years and is truly passionate about helping the senior community thrive. She was born and raised in Raleigh and is excited to continue caring for the families in this area. She has been a Certified Nurse Aide since 2010 and holds an Associates of Science Degree in Medical Office Administration.

Her academic background and professional experience provide her with the foundation needed to navigate the multifaceted challenge of scheduling and managing caregivers, communicating with clients and families, and coordinating caregiver teams to meet each client’s specific situation.

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Lesley Monet

Staff Coordinator/Scheduler

Lesley’s personal experience in caregiving and health care has led her to her calling to join Aware Senior Care’s award-winning staff coordination team. Health care professionalism and compassion are goals that Lesley is focused on as a member of the team. Lesley graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and community development. She believes that understanding caregiving from several disciplines can enhance caregivers, which benefits clients and their families. She is passionate about serving the community and volunteers regularly with seniors.

After retiring in 2014 from the utility industry, Lesley has returned to her health care roots. Lesley spent many years in health care insurance and recently was a caregiver for her mother who lost her battle with cancer in 2019. Lesley is excited to be a part of Aware Senior Care and is looking forward to serving the community.

Alisa Cooley

Alisa Cooley

Schedule Coordinator

Alisa started her career as a caregiver and fell in love with geriatric care.  Her main objective is to provide the best possible service in the space clients are in. Early in her career Alisa was given the opportunity to help jump-start a caregiving company and fell in love with the business aspect. She has worked as a scheduler/supervisor for over six years.

Alisa is passionate about building the best relationship between the caregiver and client. As a schedule coordinator, it would always bring her satisfaction when she received feedback that she has sent the perfect caregiver for a family’s loved one.  She is an avid reader who just discovered her love for the beach. She is also a Mother of two college students.

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Jennie Mizell

Staff Coordinator

Jennie joined our team as a staff coordinator. She understands the importance of the relationships that she holds with the caregivers and the clients. Making sure that the needs of both caregiver and client is very important to her. Jennie is passionate about managing the schedules and relationships she has with the clients and caregivers.

She has over 18 years of healthcare experience. Her experience includes private practice, home healthcare, and physician recruitment and scheduling. These experiences have given her compassion and dedication to creating a positive experience to the clients and care givers.

She and her husband recently moved from Indiana to North Carolina. Jennie has 3 children and is very happy with the life that she and her family have created in North Carolina. She and her family enjoy hiking on the trails and visiting the beach. Jennie served on a Wellness Committee, educating people about the importance of exercise and nutrition.

Recently, Jennie has had a family member transition from independent living to assisted living due to Parkinson’s disease. It has given her a personal perspective on the importance of trust, relationships, and quality of care. Though it has been painful to see her family member struggle, she is grateful for the wonderful facility, caregivers and resources that were available for her loved one. She is determined to provide clients and caregivers quality relationships that they deserve. Communication is vital in these relationships. Jennie makes every effort to ensure clients and caregivers are given that communication so that they can experience fulfilling, successful relationships.

Sarah Bergie, RN

Community Care Manager

Sarah is a graduate from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and is a huge Florida State fan, to say the least. Sarah decided to pursue a career in nursing after having the privilege of caring for her own mother. After being her primary caregiver, she knew she wanted to help care for other families in the same way.  

So, Sarah started her career with Aware Senior Care as a caregiver in 2015 and eagerly moved into the role of Staff Coordinator, where she was able to match caregiver skill sets and abilities with our clients’ needs and preferences. She established integral relationships between both the caregivers and the clients, and she tailored specific schedules to meet their needs. While working for Aware Senior Care, she also attained her RN license. 

Sarah is now excited to continue with the Aware Senior Care family in her new role as RN Client Care Manager, where she will have the privilege of ensuring that our clients receive excellent care, allowing them to remain independent in their homes. She will also lead our caregiver team in providing our families with the utmost care and respect. Sarah feels blessed to continue her journey of caring for the families within our community here at Aware Senior Care. 

We’d love the opportunity to develop a customized plan of care to help a senior you love live with dignity and independence. Contact us at (919) 436-1871 and let us know how we can assist you.