Meet Our Team
Jim enjoyed more than 30 years of a rewarding career in the banking industry. His experience and skills in customer service along with his love of people are only part of the reason for his decision to work in the senior home care industry.
Jim and his sister Elaine cared for their mother Ella in the twilight years of her life. Like so many who go through the experience of caring for an elderly parent, Jim gained a great appreciation for both the honor and the hardships of being a caregiver for a loved one. There was a point when Jim's family realized that as much as they wanted to support Ella living independently in her home, they were going to require caregiving from outside the family.
It was the many friends in the months following Ella's passing who requested advice from Jim on how to care for their own aging parents that encouraged Jim to consider working in the home health care industry. Ella Stewart Care is named for Jim's mother, and his work is dedicated to the memory of Ella.
Regina Abraham, BSN, RN, CCRN
Regina is a caring and dedicated nurse who found her calling in the field of healthcare, specifically in adult gerontology. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2017, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, both of whom were nurses and served as her inspiration. Her nursing journey began in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she gained valuable skills and experience. Over the years, Regina worked in various ICUs across the DMV area, including Johns Hopkins and Adventist Healthcare. Her passion for the care of older individuals stems from her fond memories of her grandparents. She has always had a special connection with this demographic and felt drawn to caring for them. Her desire to make a difference was fueled by a personal experience – she and her mother were unable to provide the care they wished for her maternal grandmother during her battle with Parkinson's disease. This experience reinforced Regina's commitment to ensuring that elderly individuals receive the care they deserve, aligned with their family's wishes. Her approach to patient care is rooted in providing personalized, one-on-one attention. She believes in preserving not only the physical well-being of her patients but also their emotional and psychological health.
Currently, Regina is pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on Adult Gerontology Primary Care. This academic pursuit reflects her dedication to improving the quality of care provided to older individuals, ensuring they receive the best possible support. In essence, Regina's nursing journey is characterized by her genuine commitment to upholding the dignity and well-being of older patients, shaped by her family's experiences. Her pursuit of advanced education underscores her dedication to providing compassionate and top-notch care to those she serves.
Elaine Dougherty, BSRN
Elaine is a registered nurse of 35 years who specialized in Cardiac Care, Hospice-Oncology, Home Care, and more recently in Wound Care. Baltimore Magazine proudly saluted Elaine with the "Excellence in Nursing Award" for being one the region’s top nurses for her extraordinary contributions to healthcare in 2019.
Along with her brother Jim, Elaine cared for her mother Ella in Ella's twilight years. Elaine speaks first about the many memories from those years of caring for her mom that she will always cherish. It was clear to Elaine that the advantages of staying at home for seniors include not just the security and familiarity of living where the family memories took shape, but also because of the likelihood that the home surroundings foster more engaged and focused thinking.
In addition, Elaine is an advocate of a 1-on-1 caregiver to patient ratio because of a host of physical health advantages. A 1-on-1 ratio: minimizes exposure to bacteria and viruses; enhances care to avoid aspiration; reduces risk of bedsores; optimizes nutritional and physical status; helps to better maintain proper toileting to optimize skin integrity and reduce the risk of bladder infection.
Elaine is confident that most people will want the quality of care for their parents that she was able to give her mother. She is excited about working with Ella Stewart Care because of the professional service she can offer clients as an experienced RN - from the initial Plan of Care to the follow-up assessments and supervision of caregivers. Elaine looks forward to being your nurse with the same loving concern she had for her mom, Ella.
Client Manager, Scheduling Manager
Connor graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with a degree in Economics, and began his career in the finance industry. Most recently, he worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. While working there, he was able to advise and help many seniors and families who were going through life-changing events, such as retirement and long-term care planning.
Several years ago, Connor began helping care for his grandmother, who was beginning to go through rapid health changes, including dementia and a decline in mobility. After his grandmother was diagnosed with dementia, Connor learned first-hand the importance of having strong advocates that are invested in your health and well-being. After working in finance for the first several years of his career, Connor realized that his true calling was health care.
Connor wears several hats at Ella Stewart Care. Primarily, Connor assists with coordinating the care for several cases. In addition, Connor assists with managing the scheduling on the weekends. Connor is excited to be a part of the Ella Stewart Care team, where he can make a positive impact on the lives of seniors in the Baltimore community.
Scheduling Manager, CNA
Jennifer majored in mental health/human services at CCBC and became a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and started her career with adolescents in a residential inpatient treatment setting. She then obtained a MarylandHome Improvement license and opened and operated a roofing company for ten years managing everything from scheduling, payroll, HR, proposals/contracts, safety supervision of employees and customer service.
In 2017, she obtained her CNA license from Stein Academy and decided that home care would be the best setting for her because she loved spending time with the elderly population. Jennifer has worked in home services since then and began working for Ella Stewart Care in 2021.
During my CNA years I have traveled with clients, celebrated holidays, birthdays and important events, even wheeled a few grandmas down the aisle - couldn’t miss their grandkids weddings, and became a part of their families. It's rewarding when I am trusted to be their advocate and often their voice. I am looking forward to continuing to provide the highest level of care in a different setting.
When I was young, I loved helping young people find their way through life. As I have gotten older, I love helping older people navigate through life
Rebecca graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Public Health. She began her career as a health educator for Goucher College where she educated students at wellness events. In addition, Rebecca served as an early childhood education teacher in the surrounding Baltimore communities.
Rebecca's passion has always been to support older adults in the Baltimore community through volunteering. Rebecca has volunteered at The Arc of Baltimore with adults with special needs and Baltimore's Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement (SCALE), which provides support for adults with aphasia.
Rebecca is the youngest granddaughter of Ella Stewart, and is proud to be a part of the Ella Stewart Care team that honors her grandmother’s legacy. Rebecca watched her family care for her grandmother Ella in her twilight years and gained a great appreciation for how much support caregivers can provide to loved ones in need. There is nothing quite like the one-on-one care and support that her grandmother Ella received. Rebecca joined the Ella Stewart Care team in 2017 and began working full time in 2019 as part of the management team for the company.
Susan has been in the Health industry her entire working career. From the capacity of working in lab research to Information Technology she has refined her motivation for work. What has inspired and stimulated Susan through her career is meaningful humanitarian work and every job experiences she has had that prepared her for her role with Ella Stewart Care.
Susan's mother-in-law, Ella Stewart, was an elegant role model for me until the day she died. Susan shared in the care of her and she witnessed the day-to-day care she received from her caregivers. I think because she knew how much she was loved and supported by everyone in her home, including her caregivers she seamlessly remained the matriarch of our family. That is the dignity with which Ella Stewart Care is founded and what I want for every one of our clients.