Heidi Cook Client Care ManagerHeidi Cook Client Care Manager
Heidi was born and raised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, which is a small town in England. She came to Texas in 2014 to be close to family and to chase the glorious sunshine that Texas offers year-round.
Heidi says, “I graduated from the University of The West of England in 2007 and acquired my bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I started with Cardiothoracic Nursing and progressed into Trauma. I even took a go at med-flying, yet my stomach was sadly not up for it. My role here at Homewatch CareGivers is an exciting one to have, and my goal is to find and guide the best of the best caregivers in Austin for you and your loved one. I’m here to partner with our clients to make sure they are not only receiving the best care, but that they are able to enjoy each day as well. I believe that remaining healthy and safe in your home is paramount and age is merely a number when doing what you love the most. I have 3 children and 3 dogs; my eldest son is active duty in the US Army, my daughter is striving for greatness and my youngest is excelling in elementary school. I wish to travel the US more and adopt all rescue dogs.”
Stephanie Tong Community Outreach CoordinatorStephanie Tong Community Outreach Coordinator
Stephanie is a native Texan who grew up in Dripping Springs and feels most at home in the Hill Country and outdoors. She began a career in real estate in 1998 with a passion for service and helping others navigate the next step in their lives. In recent years, she has watched those closest to her struggle with illnesses including Dementia, Parkinson's, and chronic COPD - all of her loved ones wished to remain in the comfort of their own home as much as possible. Stephanie understands the struggle it is on both those who face such hardships as well as family and loved ones, and has made it a personal mission to get involved in the community and help others who face the same battles. So it is with a true servant's heart that Stephanie has stepped into our Community Outreach Coordinator role serving Lakeway and west Austin. She says, "I'm dedicated to providing information and offering solutions to those in need so they can make the best decisions for themselves and loved ones."
Tricia Weaver Community Outreach CoordinatorTricia Weaver Community Outreach Coordinator
Tricia Weaver, Community Outreach Coordinator at Homewatch CareGivers in Austin Lakeway, has enjoyed several years of working with individuals, families and community partners in various settings of healthcare including rehab, long- term care and hospice. She has seen firsthand what a difference having the right care in place can make. “It is so important that people understand the many services available to them. Once in place, it is often such a comfort to not only the client but to the family as well,” she says.
Tricia and her family have called Cedar Park home for the past 7 years. When not working, she enjoys walking their dogs, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.
Fredrick Happiness DirectorFredrick Happiness Director
Meet Freddy! He is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and loves to go to the office every day. He is currently training to be a therapy dog so that he can volunteer to cheer up those in hospitals or facilities with his adorable big ears and snuggles. He is also available to visit our clients, if requested.
Freddy loves to nap, spend time with humans, chase lizards, and explore Austin in his free time.
Christie Kotobi Co-OwnerChristie Kotobi Co-Owner
Christie is a human resources professional who was searching for her next opportunity. Deciding to open Homewatch CareGivers of Austin Lakeway was a decision that came easily after having the experience of saying goodbye to her grandparents. Christie was very close with her grandmother, “Gammie.” Gammie was an extremely vibrant, happy, and industrious woman who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and suffered a very difficult year before passing away. Christie was blessed with the opportunity to spend priceless hours with Gammie as she became increasingly unable to care for herself without assistance. Sometimes what she needed was companionship, a drive into town, help making dinner, or doing her hair. Toward the end, her needs become more complicated with showering, a complicated medication schedule, multiple doctor visits, etc. None of this felt like a burden, and in the end, it shaped the direction of Christie’s future.
Christie and her husband, Kamran, were married in 2017. “We love living in Austin because we’re enthusiastic dog people, we love that this city is so pet friendly! We’ve spent a lot of time training our sweet therapy dog, Fredrick,” Christie says.
“Being outside, surrounded by live oak trees with the smell of cherry or hickory wood in the breeze is a pretty fantastic way to live! We love spending time with our family near and far, road-tripping, volunteering, random visits to Disneyland, and consuming all books we can find about world history,” she added.
Ashley Smith Staffing DirectorAshley Smith Staffing Director
Ashley Smith, Staffing Director at Homewatch CareGivers in Austin Lakeway, interacts with all caregivers to coordinate warmhearted and versatile care to clients. She worked for several years as a high school English teacher before transitioning to home care, and says, “Serving and empowering others is the most meaningful way I know to live my life.” When she’s not at work, Ashley likes to read good books, food, and adventures.