Dee Petry, Owner of our family friend

Dee Petry
 Owner

In 2013 I left my human resource position in a healthcare firm to pursue my mission of forming a home care company with a team of exceptional caregivers. Having experience in the home care field and seeing the type of care that some companies were offering, my direction was clear--I wanted to provide a different option for families. And that is how Our Family Friend began.

I have been able to be selective with the type of caregivers that we add to our growing team. These individuals are the best in their field and are the hands and feet of this organization. I am proud of my team and the great work that we do!!!

I am the mother of two teenage boys and a wife to a corporate pilot. My children and husband also help with families and often volunteer their time to get to know our families better. This is absolutely a family business!

 
 

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Lori Peterson
VP of Operations

I joined Our Family Friend in 2018. I’m grateful to be a part of an organization which shares my values and desire to honor and care for the most vulnerable. I am dedicated to maintaining and improving the infrastructure required to provide the exceptional care our clients deserve.

My husband and I moved to Michigan from the Seattle area in 1990 and chose to raise our family in the Ann Arbor area. We have two children, a college-aged daughter and a son in high school.

When I’m not reading or playing Scrabble, I enjoy spending time with my two Labrador retrievers. We are a lacrosse-loving family and can be found, rain or shine, at various arenas and fields in the Midwest watching the fastest growing sport in the US!

 

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Kristie McArthur
Director of Human Resources

I joined Our Family Friend in the spring of 2016.  I enjoy working for a company that makes a difference in the lives of others. I believe in the mission of helping to safely keep loved ones in their homes.  I have a teaching background in the area of math, having taught at all educational levels. My communication, interpersonal, and mentoring skills have aided me in my transition to my position as Director of Human Resources.

I am blessed to be a wife and a mother to five young children. Our family enjoys frequent trips to our special place in Michigan's upper peninsula. In my spare time, I love to read anything and everything!

 
 

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Carol Champion
Ambassador

My first experience caring for the elderly was working as an activity director at an assisted living home for patients with Alzheimer's. It was such a gratifying experience to help brighten the day for these very special people.

I'm thrilled to be part of Our Family Friend, and I share their desire to help elderly and disabled individuals remain in their homes for as long as possible. I am privileged to be able to manage a client's care, ensuring that they receive personalized and tailored services.

 In my spare time, I enjoy photography and spending time with my seven grandchildren.

 
 

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Kendra Sparks
Director of
Client Care Services

I have cared for a wide range of wonderful people with needs ranging from companionship, rehab after after a broken hip, surgery or radiation, to dementia & Alzheimer's. In 2014, I began caring exclusively for one client and continued working with him and his family until he passed away recently. 

I am very reliable, capable, patient, and compassionate--with a sense of humor. I always strive to see the positive in a situation. I am careful to create a team that will work well to meet a client's needs. I am very loyal and committed once I begin working with a client. 

I have been blessed have five children and seven grandchildren. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Our Family Friend, and to bring my organizational and communication skills to my position of Client Care Manager. I hope to meet you soon.

 

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Bethany Runyon
Director of TBI Care

In 2015 I began working with Our Family Friend and caring for clients who had survived traumatic brain
injuries (TBI’s). Caring for these people became a consuming passion, and I was encouraged to develop
and grow this area of our company by creating a team of people with specific training to support
TBI survivors and to help them reach their rehabilitation goals. I have enjoyed celebrating our clients' achievements as well as encouraging them (and their families) through the challenging days.

When I’m not working with my clients, you can find me experimenting in the kitchen, enjoying
nature, watching documentaries, and trying to keep my cat away from the clean laundry!

 

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Christie Popejoy
Client Care Manager

I realized about 15 years ago that I love helping other people on their worst days. I love to bring a smile to someone's face when things aren't going well.

I was an EMT for ten years and then began taking care of Alzheimer's and dementia patients in an assisted living home. I enjoyed taking care of the elderly and making them feel like they were at home. I am excited to work with Our Family Friend and to help individuals remain in their homes.