Our Home Care Management Team
passionate - responsive - experienced
Co-Founder: Margery Cahoon Parker
Prior to co-founding Cahoon Care Associates, Margery worked for nearly 30 years as a health care industry analyst and portfolio manager for Boston investment firms, including Evergreen and Putnam Investments. She worked closely with senior health care management teams to identify their business strategies, best practices, and new growth strategies.
With an appreciation for the changing opportunities and challenges in the health care industry, as well as relevant business experience, she and several family members decided to leverage their experience and start Cahoon Care Associates. The mission for Cahoon Care is to service our elderly community and provide them with a level of comforting quality in home care that one would expect from their own family.
Margery currently serves on the Board for the North and South Rivers Watershed Association. She is a member of the Ellsworth, Maine Chamber of Commerce and The Senior Service Network of Boston South. Margery has a BA in Biology from Wellesley College and an MBA in finance from Babson College.
Co-Founder: Carolyn J. Parker
In 2010, recognizing the immense need for quality home care for seniors, Carolyn Parker co-founded Cahoon Care Associates. Her desire to help seniors live life to the fullest at home, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, made the concept of a home care agency with a personal touch the perfect solution.
With over 25 years of experience in elder care, Carolyn has managed and worked directly with seniors in a variety of settings, including several nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and private homes. She has worked closely with elderly clients and families, managing and advocating on issues associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia, higher-quality standards, elder depression, nutrition and hydration, isolation, behavioral issues, home management, home safety, and end-of-life care.
She has directly trained and supervised nursing assistants on subjects including proper body mechanics, ADLs, transferring and ambulation, detecting and reacting to signs of distress and medication reaction, vital signs, Intake and output documentation, universal precautions, wound care, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and caregiver burnout.
Cory Parker Alexandre joined Cahoon Care Associates in 2015 as human resources/training specialist and caregiver recruiter. In her new role, Cory is responsible for ensuring that the caregiver has the right credentials, training, and support to provide the best home care services for their clients.
Cory has over 20 years of professional experience in management, ranging from corporate facilities to human resources. Over her career she has served as both human resources specialist and manager, with a focus on hiring quality personnel in a demanding workplace environment. Energized by her immersion into the in-home care industry, she brings a creative approach and problem-solving attitude to every situation.
Prior to joining CCA, Cory was the owner/proprietor of her own landscape design business, which she founded in 2001. Cory has a BS in Landscape Architecture from UMass Amherst.
Sara’s innate instinct to nurture and care for others became clear early in her life. From her school-aged years involving herself in outreach work, to her postgraduation year of service with City Year Corps — working in Boston’s inner-city schools with at-risk students, and participating in community outreach work. Sara’s connection to working with and caring for those in the community intensified. Sara then became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and turned her focus to providing emergency care for the patients at Emerson Hospital in the Emergency Department and hospitalwide as a cardiac technician. Sara received her degree in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston. For the next 6+ years, Sara engrossed herself battling the rising Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders/Addiction population in both residential and outpatient settings.
Looking to broaden her direct care spectrum, Sara joined the staff of Cahoon Care Associates in 2011, providing direct care for clients. Finding a great fit with the Cahoon Care team, Sara transitioned to full time as a care manager. Working with a team-based approach, Sara manages teams of caregivers providing 24-hour direct care for clients in their homes and other dwellings. Sara provides overall care management for Cahoon Care clients, ensuring all aspects of daily living and medical needs are addressed and monitored, affording client’s access to a quality of life in their choice of settings and peace of mind for their families.
Allan D. Parker
Sales and Marketing
Allan recently joined the Cahoon team in May 2017. Excited in his new role as the Director of Sales and Marketing. As a member of the Cahoon family he is proud of the company and it growth and leadership and is looking forward to contributing his own experience to continue with this trend. His responsibilities include building partnerships with other local businesses so we can better personalize care for our clients and service them in their homes or assisted care living communities. As well as expanding Cahoon care’s services and service areas to include the Cape and the islands. He will also help in letting everyone know the extensive work Cahoon Care has done with Alzheimer’s in making them a premier care group in working with the those afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Allan brings with him 10 years working in the medical device field in sales, marketing and product management. His knowledge of the overall medical field will no doubt be a real asset to the team in providing insight and knowledge to help the company continue to grow.
Allan spends his free time with his family wife, child, grandchildren and dogs. When not doing that he is involved with St. Paul’s Church in Newton Highlands. Where he is on the Pastoral Care Team, acting as a LEM and has served on the Vestry as well as completing the Stephens Ministry training program on behalf of the church.
Heather W. Maclean
Heather W. Maclean comes to us from the world of multi-faceted administrative assistants. She has spent last several years working for a cloud based company where she was instrumental in providing excellent customer care to financial advisors in the daily operating of their tax office networks.
As the office manager, Heather oversees the daily activities in our Maine hub. She works closely with the care managers in scheduling to make sure that our clients have coverage and that our caregivers are where they are supposed to be. She also assists the Massachusetts office with human resources activities and is involved in interviewing and hiring caregivers. Heather communicates regularly with the caregivers building real relationships with each one of them.
When Heather is not working, she may be seen astride her Suzuki C50T cruising the winding Maine back roads. If it’s a rainy day, it’s a good book or laughing with her friends and family.
Tammy comes to us after having worked in retail management for many years with an emphasis on customer service. However, she is not new to care giving and longed to get back to it. She missed the real care and genuine help she had been able to provide for real people when she worked for Community Concepts and Helping Hands in Wilton and Hancock, Maine.
Tammy has always been drawn to the elder community. When her mother worked in a nursing home when she was a child, she would go weekly to visit a resident there bringing her gifts and treasures she had made. In addition, Tammy had occasion to experience first-hand the good and the bad of home care when she helped to take care of her aunt and her grandmother during end of life.
As a care manager with Cahoon, Tammy works with clients as a caregiver but she also assists caregivers in understanding the needs of each unique client and their families. Whatever Tammy is doing, she brings personal integrity, warmth, and a loving heart. She believes that home care is not a career but a calling, and since she cannot bring all of the clients home, she will work as part of a team to keep them in their own homes.
Away from work, Tammy spends time with her husband, children, grandchildren, four dogs, and three horses. She enjoys all the majesty and beauty that living on the Maine coast offers, and can be found visiting Acadia National Park in all of its nooks and crannies.
Tracy Farnsworth was an extraordinary chef for forty-two years, many of those years spent teaching and managing others. Tracy is famous for saying, “I feed my people!” With so much time and repetition, she got burned out. That’s when she turned to career counseling for direction and help. Every aptitude test she took pointed toward her innate nature to nurture and care for people.
Not one to idle, Tracy got busy. She began working with Cahoon in 2014 as a caregiver and felt compelled to get her CNA license so that she would feel more confident in providing personal care. She did her clinicals in a local nursing home where her Mom lived. During that time, she really came to more fully appreciate the benefits of home care and all the ways we can make a difference in the lives of real people with real care, kindness, empathy, and compassion.
Some of Tracy’s unique insight also comes from having recovered from a stroke in 2001. She kept on working. Very independent, Tracy needed to allow others to help her. She had to learn to wield a knife all over again to do her job. She knows what it feels like to be independent and want to do everything yourself, but not be able to. She understands what that frustration feels like and knows how important patience is in working with people to remain independent for as long as possible. “Find out what you can do for them. Get to know them. Find common ground,” she says.
In her personal life, Tracy rejuvenates in the woods, on the trails, and along the shore. Living so near Acadia National Park offers numerous opportunities to commune with nature. Tracy captures great photographs of wildlife, sunsets, sunrises and sea smoke using nothing but her iPhone! She still enjoys cooking for her friends and family when everyone can get together. She lives with her 84-year-old father providing him with a sense of security and a watchful eye. He eats well and is grateful to have a Cahoonian living right under his own roof!