Our Team

One large extended family.

Sherri Hewitt-Laird

President, Caring Mission Health Care, Administrator for Caring Mission Home Health

With more than 30 years experience in health care management, Sherri leads Caring Mission Home Care Services – a company she co-founded in 2000 – as they provide in-home supportive services for seniors and the disabled throughout 5 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since November 2008, the company has also offered in-home medical services for patients in Washington, Fayette, Greene and southern Allegheny Counties – including nursing, physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, medical social work and home health aide intervention – all directly in patients’ homes.

She started her career on the front lines of health care, working in the trauma units at Mercy Hospital before moving on to become the Director of Respiratory Care at Greene County Memorial Hospital and the Corporate Compliance Officer and Regional Healthcare Manager for Liken Home Medical.

A  board member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on aging, Sherri is a graduate of Leadership Washington County and co-founder of the National Private Duty Chapter of Allegheny County. In addition, she founded the Caring Network, Inc in April 2005, a non-profit organization designed to assist low-income families without prescription coverage to receive low cost and/or free medications. She’s also received recognition for the following accomplishments throughout her career:

  • 2005 Business Advisory Council, Business Woman of the Year
  • 2006 Athena Award Finalist, Washington County
  • 2007 Athena Award Finalist, Washington County
  • 2008 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business
  • 2008 Washington County Chamber of Commerce, “Outstanding Woman in Business Award.”
  • 2008–Present, Top 25 Largest Pittsburgh Area Women Owned Businesses

A graduate of West Virginia Community College and the Leadership Development Program at the Joseph M. Katz School of Business – University of Pittsburgh, Sherri resides in Claysville and is the daughter of Paul & Jean Hewitt. She is married to Samuel M. Laird and they have two sons, Brittan and Brandon who attend McGuffey Middle and High School.

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Amy Avolia

Executive Director, Caring Mission Home Care Services

Amy Avolia is the Care Director of Caring Mission Home Care Services, working closely with our scheduling team and overseeing many of our various day to day issues that arise with Caring Mission Home Care

Since joining the team in 2001, she’s held the positions of Care Specialist, Care Coordinator, and Safety Director, as well as being instrumental in assisting Sherri Hewitt-Laird, our President, in the implementation of innovative ideas and processes which have contributed to our sterling reputation in the community and the growth and success of Caring Mission Home Care Services.

Amy has over 30 years of experience in the Human Services field and is a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, NPDA and Pennsylvania Homecare Association and volunteers with many local organizations including BB/BS. She’s been a lifelong resident of Washington County.

Chandra Rasel

Executive Director & Community Liaison, Caring Mission Home Care Services

Chandra comes from the field of hospice and her passion for helping others does not go unnoticed. As part of her duties with Caring Mission Home Care Services, she completes In-Home Assessments along with our Registered Nurss, coordinating care plans so that they meets the individualized needs of each client. Her goal is to develop the right plan so that each client can remain in the privacy of their own home.

Chandra takes pride In the relationships she has built within the community and healthcare field. As part of her duties here, she works closely with Amy Avolia, Director of Care, to implement care plans designed to best meet client and family needs. Chandra’s dedication to our clients ensures that everyone that works with her enjoys the best overall experience of care.

In addition, Chandra is a proud volunteer for The American Cancer Society,The Alzheimer’s Association and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Sharon Rice

Director of Community Relations – Caring Mission Home Health and Home Care

Starting as an evening Supervisor at a pediatric clinic, as well as stints as a phlebotomist and a senior patient care nurse at a dialysis clinic, Sharon had a rich background in helping patients before she transitioned to becoming the Community Relations Director for SouthernCare Hospice. There she learned the importance of educating the general public and local medical community.

Now, as our Director of Community Relations, she coordinates our marketing efforts and works to inform and educate consumers about the benefits of our services. Keeps strong relationships with doctors and health care providers and is a certified facilitator for the American Lung Association and the Better Breathers Lung Association.

Bernadette C. Mitchell

Clinical Manager, Caring Mission Home Health

Bernadette’s main role is to ensure that our patients get the highest quality healthcare from our services, as well as understand every aspect of their care.

She comes to The Caring Mission Home Care Services from Omni Home Health, where she was a Patient Care Transition Coordinator. She’s also fulfilled similar roles for Gallagher Hospice and Reliant Senior Care.

In addition, she’s been a clinic nurse for the Hemophilia Center of Pittsburgh, a trainer for Gentiva Hospice and a hospice care nurse for Hospice Care of Washington Hospital.

Since 2002, Bernadette has been a primary nurse aide training instructor for the Western Area Career and Technology Center, where she evaluates students in clinical settings and helps to prepare them for their state certification testing.

A graduate of the South Side School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA, Bernadette also has a teaching certificate from Penn State University. She makes her home in McDonald, PA.

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Patty M.

Caregiver of the Year

Our community is a better place because of people like Patty Mounts. She is a devoted mother and grandmother, she is active with her church and she goes above and beyond to help Caring Mission Home Care patients receive the attention they need.

Patty knows that caregiving has no beginning and no end. She makes an extra effort to build a close, confidential relationship with her clients and their families.

“I love this type of work and caring for others,” said Patty. “I love all of the clients that I work with here at Caring Mission Home Care.”

Patty has an amazing work ethic and is a role model for the Caring Mission Home Care team. One of her best qualities is that she knows how to make families, patients, and her colleagues feel comfortable. She serves as a mentor for new caregivers and one new employee said, “When I grow up, I want to be just like Patty!” 

Patty is passionate about her job because she finds it both rewarding and satisfying.

“When I see that the clients are cared for, and they thank me, their smile and appreciation means everything to me,” said Patty.

Care has no boundaries for Patty. Outside of work, she has traveled to several third-world countries to serve as a missionary where she cared for others while learning about their culture.

Patty resides in Washington, PA with her husband. She has been employed with Caring Mission Home Care since 2010.

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Pam

Billing Coordinator

Raising her two sons gave Pam Thompson the skills she needed to become an extremely organized employee. From time management and efficiency, to handing multiple tasks at one time, being a mom helped prepare Pam for her new role.

“Caring for my sons gave me strong organizational skills,” said Pam. “I felt that I lacked some social skills when I joined the Caring Mission team, but this position has given me the opportunity to develop and polish my skills.”

Pam’s position as Billing Coordinator at Caring Mission Home Health and Home Care requires her to stay on top of the ever-changing regulations for home health. In addition, she keeps track of all invoices and handles communication with clients and insurance companies.

Her favorite thing about working at Caring Mission Home is the loyalty that the company shows to its clients and employees.

When she’s not working or spending time with her family, Pam enjoys kickboxing, hiking, going to the movies, and she is active with her church.

Pam joined Caring Mission Home Health in 2008. She resides in Washington, PA with her husband Ron and sons Dalton and Connor.

Our employees’ experiences in their own words.

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