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Our Columbus Team

  • Photo of Jon Hersh
    Jon Hersh Owner / CEO
    Photo of Jon Hersh
    Jon Hersh Owner / CEO

    Jon opened Ohio’s first Homewatch CareGivers in 2003. He has a passion for helping others and has always looked for new and innovative ways to be able to provide help for those who need it. In addition to providing care to the elderly and people with physical disabilities, Jon and his staff have helped hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities as well. As the owner, Jon oversees the role of his staff and caregivers and constantly provides valuable feedback. Jon is very active in his local community and has worked with the media and his congressmen to ensure that people with disabilities are represented and treated fairly. In 2015, Jon published his first book entitled “Secrets No One will Ever Tell You about Finding a Caregiver for Your Loved One.” (Click below to view a copy of Jon’s book in Kindle format).

  • Photo of Cheryl Simmons
    Cheryl Simmons Office Manager
    Photo of Cheryl Simmons
    Cheryl Simmons Office Manager

    Office managers are the unsung heroes of the office. I am usually in the delicate position of reporting to executives while leading the team. With all that balancing, it all starts with leadership, and exceptional leaders deliver results.

    I am a leader with over 20 years of experience that understands how to get the necessary results. While working closely with my executive team, I find it easier to utilize superior communication skills; I understand that effective managers communicate a clear vision for the success of the organization and what each team member is expected to bring to the table.

    My professional experience has taught me not to wait until there’s a problem to open up communication, I make a diligent effort to constantly check in and monitor progress so nothing gets to a crisis level.

    I Always try to be forthright about my intentions and what I am asking employees to do. Trusting in your leader is one of the most important aspects of the TEAM concept. I have always led by example in order to engage workers, and I make sure to model the positive attributes I want my team to reflect.

    Ensuring the TEAM can accomplish necessary organizational goals, ensures customer satisfaction and continued growth potential.


    • Certified Medical Assistant

  • Photo of Dr. Victoria Sekou-Mamadou
    Dr. Victoria Sekou-Mamadou Director
    Photo of Dr. Victoria Sekou-Mamadou
    Dr. Victoria Sekou-Mamadou Director

    I am an accomplished, self-motivated executive with over 30 years of experience working in the field of Developmental Disabilities and Senior in-home Care. I am a result driven leader who excels in challenging environments where collaboration and communication are key to success. I am a TEAM oriented leader, that creates positive and innovative ways to promote an environment of inclusion and develop positive strategies to stimulate superior customer satisfaction.

    As a skillful leader, I understand the need to quickly prioritize and maintain focus. In turn, that means being able to delegate and train team members to handle other tasks when needed.

    I understand the need to have compassion for what members of the team are going through. Understanding what is going on in their lives can help in managing them. Bottom line, it’s important to be human, after all, we all go through difficult times at some point in our lives.

    Being Positive tends to create a more productive TEAM. Being a positive leader sets the tone for the overall TEAM experience. From a business perspective, this establishes a positive workplace.

    My main focus throughout my career has been to promote a more person-centered philosophy geared towards, self-advocacy, self-determination and independence for those with Special needs and challenging behaviors, in order for them to live a more fulfilling and productive life.


    • Doctorate in Organizational Leadership
    • Master’s in Business Administration; Health Care management
    • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
    • Associates degree in Human Services.

  • Photo of Abdul-Aleem "Ali" Ali
    Abdul-Aleem "Ali" Ali Executive Assistant Director
    Photo of Abdul-Aleem "Ali" Ali
    Abdul-Aleem "Ali" Ali Executive Assistant Director

    They say that leaders are born, not made. While it is true some people are born leaders, some leaders are born in the midst of adversity. Often, leaders will stand up and take lead when a situation they care about requires it. I am that leader.

    I have over 25 years of experience working in the field of Develop Mental Disabilities, Corrections, and Mental Health. Notably, my focus has been with Dual Diagnosis and Challenging Behaviors.

    I use my experience and techniques of true Leadership and Influence, to build the confidence in my TEAMS to make a difference and ensure accountability. Most importantly, I have learned to certify that my leadership style and decisions provide proper guidance to my TEAM, and to provide the best possible customer care experience and ensure satisfaction, as well as promote the best possible Health and Safety of those we serve.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice
    • Minor in Sociology
    • Concentration in Corrections
    • Certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor

  • Photo of Freddie Rufus
    Freddie Rufus Quality Assurance Manager
    Photo of Freddie Rufus
    Freddie Rufus Quality Assurance Manager

    I was blessed with a heart and love for elderly people, and this is where I am happiest. Knowing that I made someone’s day brighter, happier, and easier is what makes me smile at the end of the day. I was a Medical assistant and provided private care before starting with Homewatch CareGivers in 2005. I have been working at Homewatch CareGivers for many years and started out as a Caregiver. I then worked my way up to a House Manager and currently work in the office managing dozens of CareGivers. As I have been in their position, I have a better understanding of their needs and can ensure they are being met. I review monthly documentation to ensure the proper plans are being implemented. I also perform home visits, and schedule caregivers for our family members. In addition to this, I organize and coordinate administrative duties and office procedures.