Robin’s career in long-term care began at age 15 in the activity department of a skilled nursing facility in southern Ohio. As she heard their stories and soaked in all the wisdom they’d gained from their life experiences, she grew to love and admire the residents.
While she enjoyed talking with them and supporting them emotionally, she also wanted to help them physically. She decided to make this mission her career and became a Licensed Practical Nurse twelve years ago. When Robin learned about Assisting Hands Home Care, she knew she wanted to join the team! Robin performs our assessments, develops Client Care Plans, and promotes the continuity of safe, appropriate care. She also trains, mentors, and supervises caregivers in the Columbus region.
Robin’s experience in elder care is now a huge help for her family. When she was growing up, her grandparents lived right next door, and they were a big part of her life. Now as they grow older, it is important to everyone that they be able to remain at home, on the farm. It also gives her own children the chance to visit their great-grandparents in the home they love, the home that holds so many memories for everyone.
Leza Holloway – LPN
Leza grew up surrounded by the love of many “surrogate grandparents” – her mother was director of nursing at a skilled nursing facility, and Leza spent many hours volunteering the patients in long-term care. She wheeled them to the dining room and built relationships with patients and staff that inspired her to become a nurse. She has been working in elder care for the last decade, and has been an LPN since 2012. Her mom continues to be her biggest inspiration to “do all things in love,” an attitude she brings to her work every day.
Leza has managed both Assisted Living and Memory Care units, moving into sales and marketing with the same corporation’s Hospice unit. Her nursing background and broad knowledge of senior care makes her a trusted source of information for her clients and care partners. At home she loves spending time with her two-legged and four-legged family, spending time outdoors and weekends at the ballfield. A dedicated crafter, Leza enjoys gardening, cooking, woodworking, painting, jewelry making, and has recently added candle making to her list of skills. She truly believes there is a shimmer of positivity in every situation and loves to shine light on it.
Lori Trainor – LPN, CDP
Senior Director, Client Services
Lori’s 26 years’ experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse has been devoted to caring for the elderly. As an Assisted Living Director, Skilled Nurse & Care Coordinator, and now as Client Services Director for Assisting Hands serving Cincinnati, Lori develops trust-based relationships with clients and families.
She understands that these are tender, emotional times for everyone. Developing an effective care plan is simply the outcome of her work – the real heart is in the care, concern and desire to help everyone sort through the complex issues related to aging and illness and deliver outstanding service and support.
Lori is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and one of just nine nominees for the Goering Center’s Rising Leader of 2018 award. She embodies the spirit of the Assisting Hands Way and is a key leader in creating a team culture devoted to adding life to the years of our clients.
In her free time, Lori loves to bring homes back to life for delighted new owners and brings herself back to life at Orange Theory Fitness.
Marla Schwartz – RN, MSN
Senior Director of Regional Business Development
From the time she was 16, Marla wanted to run a senior center. Influenced by a loving relationship with her grandparents, she has always had a heart for working with the elderly.
She started her career as an RN at The Christ Hospital in 2005, where she spent two and a half years in the medical ICU. The next five years she spent performing high acuity assessments to place patients into the appropriate rehabilitation settings.
Her hospital experience and interest in the emotional well-being of seniors led her to a position as Residence Services Director for Atria Summit Hills, where she was promoted to Executive Director of a 136-apartment independent and assisted living facility for Atria Highland Crossing.
Marla has a passion is for finding the best post-acute care setting where seniors can thrive. She understands how to navigate the maze families go through regarding the choice options of skilled rehabs, assisted and independent living, home health care and private duty home health care.
She loves listening to her clients’ stories and adding life to their years. She lives in Northern Kentucky where she enjoys Yoga, running, weight-lifting, floral arranging, and creating essential oils.