As a team of dedicated and compassionate professionals, we understand the joys and challenges families encounter when caring for a loved one.
In addition to providing exceptional home care services, our goal is to offer encouragement, support and educational resources to help families throughout the heart of the Carolinas successfully navigate their care journey.
Working as your partner in care, we are committed to ensuring that our clients live rich and engaging lives in the comfort and familiarity of home.
Brigitte Laney, RN, BSN, CDS, Agency Director & Chief Executive Officer
Brigitte is not only the founder, but also the very heart of Carolina Hearts. In the nursing field since 2002, she brings deep experience and exceptional strengths in multitasking and critical thinking to her role. Brigitte began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. While working as a personal care services aide, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Robeson Community College as an NC Nurses Scholar. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. After working in home care as a Nursing Supervisor and on the intensive care units of several large hospital systems, Brigitte followed her calling to open Carolina Hearts Home Care in 2005.
Brigitte continues to pursue educational opportunities and most recently completed training as a PAC Certified Engagement Leader under Teepa Snow. She understands firsthand the chaos that dementia creates for families, having cared for several family members affected by the disease.
When not at work, Brigitte loves spending time with her family at the beach or the lake, where she can watch the sun rise or set over the water. Brigitte loves music, believes there is a song for every occasion, and never misses a chance to dance.
Bryan Laney, Chief Operations Officer
Bryan co-founded Carolina Hearts Home Care with his wife Brigitte and is dedicated to continuously improving operations, leading business strategies, and working to establish systems that promote the mission, vision, and culture of the company.
Bryan is a certified Professional Environmental Engineer, holds a current PE license in both North and South Carolina, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Pulp and Paper Technology, and a minor in business management. Bryan utilizes his project management skills to set and achieve goals for optimizing business performance and efficiencies.
Family is very important to Bryan, who loves traveling with his wife and children and spending time at home with family, including his own aging parents. Bryan finds coaching youth baseball and soccer a very rewarding hobby. He also loves enjoying the outdoors, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing.
Kim Tyner, RN, BSN, CDS, RN Care Manager
As the RN Care Manager, Kim conducts client visits as well as provides caregiver mentorship and training as needed to ensure that Carolina Hearts provides the highest level of services possible. Kim loves interacting with clients in their homes during her visits and goes above and beyond to ensure that the Carolina Hearts caregivers are equipped to meet each client’s needs.
Kim has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Richmond Community College and a BSN in Nursing from Western Governor’s University. She has a wide variety of experiences in the health care field, including in intensive care units at hospitals, dialysis, and providing nurturing end-of-life hospice care for several years. She has also participated in several mission trips to third world countries to spread her knowledge of nursing and genuine care for people across the world.
Kim enjoys reading, word games, animals, and learning new things in her time away from the office.
Rosalynn Jacobs, Financial Manager
With more than 10 years of financial management experience, Rosalynn helps guide the company in responsible financial decisions. Prior to her role at Carolina Hearts Home Care, Rosalynn worked for 12 years as an accountant and billing specialist at a sister company, Caring Touch Home Health Care, in Pembroke, NC.
Rosalynn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2003 and became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2005. In addition, Rosalynn is also a certified H&R Block Tax Specialist and is a certified Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) instructor for the Red Cross.
Outside of work, Rosalynn enjoys the beach, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys knitting and target practice.
LaShonda Ely, Community Relations and Growth Manager
LaShonda never meets a stranger and brings an uplifting smile and positive attitude to everything she does. In her role at Carolina Hearts Home Care, LaShonda oversees all marketing and community relations for the company. Interacting with government officials, healthcare agencies, senior living communities, and families, she shares educational information about the valuable services that Carolina Hearts provides to clients and families. Through event planning, community service activities, and personal visits within the community, LaShonda is able to ensure that when people or families need in-home care for a loved one, they know about the award-winning services provided by Carolina Hearts.
Additionally, LaShonda plans, organizes, and implements employee recruitment efforts to help attract and retain the best caregivers. Through employee engagement events, LaShonda makes sure the Carolina Hearts team is united behind the company’s mission and is appreciated for their dedication to providing excellent in-home care services.
LaShonda has over 15 years of experience in marketing. Her areas of expertise include: home health, hospice, wound care, skilled nursing facilities, and home care. LaShonda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with a concentration in Pre-Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In her free time away from work, LaShonda enjoys spending quality time with her family, attending church services, and watching movies.
Brittany Young, Human Resources Manager
Brittany brings over ten years of customer service experience to the Carolina Hearts team, including five years in the financial services industry. Her extensive customer service experience gives her the tools she needs to interact with both applicants and current caregivers to provide them with the best experience possible while employed with Carolina Hearts.
Her smiling face and kind words put applicants at ease during their first interactions with Carolina Hearts. Her approachable attitude allows her to interact positively with caregivers daily regarding various topics. Her attention to detail ensures that caregiver records are maintained accurately and meet regulatory requirements at all times. Whether she is helping with a time off request, enrolling a caregiver in company benefits, processing disciplinary actions, addressing a caregiver concern, or any of the other caregiver tasks she completes daily, Brittany is always looking for the most positive way to interact with our caregivers. Caregivers and applicants alike can always expect a warm greeting and helpful attitude from this hometown girl, no matter the conversation.
When not helping recruit, retain, and engage caregivers, Brittany enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs, Ziva and Boone. She loves traveling, catching a ball game, or relaxing on the lake. You can also find Brittany at just about every community event, as she has always had a passion for community involvement.
Judy Locklear, Scheduling Manager
Judy, who has more than 14 years of experience in the home care industry, is responsible for the day-to-day scheduling of field staff to meet the changing needs of clients. This includes always making sure clients are covered in a timely manner and satisfied with their assigned caregivers. Judy strives to increase customer satisfaction by working hard to fully understand and meet both client and caregiver needs.
Judy graduated from Robeson Community College as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked her way up as a member of our field staff to a mid-level manager within the company.
Judy values time with her husband and son, and is also blessed with two wonderful parents who provide support and joy. She volunteers as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Director, and Custodian for Shady Grove Baptist Church. In her free time, she loves shopping, spending time with family, and enjoying life.
Kimber Bryant, Rockingham Care Coordinator
With over ten years of customer service experience and several years of employee recruitment and engagement experience, Kimber is a great fit as our Care Coordinator in the Rockingham office. Naturally upbeat, Kimber is responsible for communicating with clients and caregivers regarding schedule needs on a daily basis. Kimber takes the time to understand the needs of caregivers and clients regarding their schedules. She coordinates those schedules to promote the highest level of satisfaction for both clients and caregivers. She also believes that correctly matching clients with caregivers is a puzzle that needs to be put together in the right way to make the best picture.
Her outgoing personality and high level of initiative make Kimber instrumental in helping recruit new caregivers to the Rockingham office and helping caregivers stay happy and engaged throughout their employment with Carolina Hearts. Kimber was born and raised in Rockingham, NC, giving her firsthand knowledge of the local community and residents.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and taking any opportunity to watch the latest documentary.
Meagan Thompson, Billing and Accounts Receivable Specialist
Meagan brings more than ten years of customer service experience, including four years in the financial service industry, to Carolina Hearts. Meagan has an Associate in Arts Degree from Richmond Community College. She believes that home health and senior care are important aspects of the medical field that deserve the utmost attention. She is so thankful to be a part of a team that cares about its clients and caregivers like family.
As the billing and accounts receivable specialist, Meagan enjoys guiding patients through financial concerns, insurance claims, and payment collections while keeping them informed and updated on any changes. Her experience in financial services and commitment to excellent customer service guarantees that clients and families have a knowledgeable resource to discuss the financial aspects of client care.
When not helping patients, Meagan enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two daughters.
Adrianna Cummings, Executive Administrative Assistant
Adrianna has more than 17 years of experience in health care and positively provides client and employee assistance throughout the day, and also welcomes visitors, clients and employees to the Laurinburg office. Prior to serving in her current role, she provided compassionate home health and hospice care to clients as a CNA.
Adrianna earned an Associate’s Degree in Medical Office Administration and a Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding from Sandhills Community College. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, and appreciating life.
Debra Sturdivant, Caregiver Mentor
Debra has over 32 years of experience in the health care field working at various hospitals, nursing homes, home health and home care agencies. She has had a passion to care for others since high school where she started out by mentoring kids through the Boys & Girls Club. After graduation, Debra pursued a career as a CNA to continue her passion to care for others. Once certified, she worked in the admissions department at a local nursing home, where her helpful attitude and smiling face assisted clients in making the transition to a care facility. Debra consistently volunteers her services, her time, and any other resources she can during her time off to assist elderly individuals in the community with their various care needs.
Debra joined Carolina Hearts Home Care in 2010. Through her dependable work ethic, her continuous focus on improvement, and her genuine care for clients, Debra has become a caregiver mentor for other caregivers in the organization. In this role, Debra shares her knowledge and positive attitude with new caregivers to ensure they provide client care services at the highest level possible. Debra consistently goes above and beyond for her clients as well as the caregivers she mentors. In 2022, she also became a CARES Dementia Specialist. Debra helps train caregivers on dementia care techniques and provides support for families who are caring for loved one with dementia. Her patience and caring attitude allow her to excel in this role. Debra loves helping others and exemplifies the philosophy and guiding principles of Carolina Hearts Home Care.
In her spare time, Debra loves to travel and spend time with her family. She has a daughter who has dedicated over 15 years to the US Army and Debra has visited her everywhere she has been stationed. Debra has a goal to visit Jamaica with her daughter as one of her next adventures.