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Amanda Cruse
Client Care Manager

Amanda graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). She spent 14 years working in the Emergency Department where she gained a broad base of experience in assessing and treating a wide variety of conditions. Amanda’s nursing experience, coupled with her caring heart and glowing personality, have prepared her well for her role as Client Care Manager at Des Moines Home Care Assistance. Aside from her role as Client Care Manager, Amanda enjoys exploring new parts of the Des Moines area with her family and meeting new friends.

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Chris Cruse
Co-Owner and Director of Client Services

Chris graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). He spent 13 years working in quality management and construction management in the highway and bridge construction industry prior to opening Des Moines Home Care Assistance of Des Moines. Chris experienced how several of his family members went through difficulties as they navigated the aging process. They didn’t want to move into a facility, but didn’t know that aging in place at home with assistance was an option. Chris was intrigued when he learned about Home Care Assistance, and their mission to change the way the world ages by providing holistic care that seeks to improve quality of life, and decided to join that mission. Chris is and avid outdoorsman and enjoys biking, camping, and float trips with his family, as well as bow-hunting and fishing.

Caitlin Ryan
Client Care Manager

Caitlin Ryan joins Home Care Assistance as the Client Care Manager for the Des Moines Metro area. With over 5 years of experience in Marketing, Admissions, Case Management, and Business Development, Caitlin will be a welcomed addition in serving the clients of Home Care Assistance.

Prior to joining Home Care Assistance, Caitlin was the Director of Marketing and Case Management in the long-term and skilled rehabilitation industry. Caitlin specializes in geriatric care and understands the different levels and qualifications associated with each level of care. Her knowledge allows for transitions from hospitals and facilities to be as smooth as possible to avoid unnecessary stress and offer peace of mind to our clients and their loved ones.

Caitlin received her bachelor’s at Illinois State University and is currently in the process of obtaining her Master of Healthcare Administration through Purdue University. Her passion for improving the quality of life for seniors led Caitlin to become the first President of the Des Moines Aging Consortium. This monthly educational meeting raises awareness about the obstacles, changes and innovations associated with senior care in the Des Moines area. Caitlin has an eagerness to learn and redefine the meaning of senior care.

Maria Mendoza
Executive Director

Maria Mendoza took on the role of Executive Director at Home Care Assistance of Des Moines in August of 2021. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Toledo with her B.A. in graphic design with a minor in business. She furthered her education through Kaplan University and graduated with her Masters Degree in Marketing and Sales in 2012.

Maria’s passion to help those in need and her love of seeing older adults thrive led her to the senior care industry nearly twenty years ago. She began her career as an activities coordinator at an independent and assisted living community and eventually ventured into Home Health, Hospice, and Private Duty Care as a Liaison and Marketing Director.

Maria’s leadership and experience make her a valuable resource for clients who want to age in place, wherever they call home. Maria and her husband, Tony, along with their son AJ love watching movies, trying out different restaurants, and traveling around the world. Maria also enjoys the arts and has a love for drawing.


Jenny Wieser
HR/Recruitment Specialist

Jenny joined Home Care Assistance as our Recruitment/HR Specialist in July 2023. She graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2021 with her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management. Jenny has a background in recruiting and looks to continue to bring her knowledge and passion for helping others to help Home Care Assistance grow.

Jenny overlooks the recruiting, hiring, and orientation process for Home Care Assistance. In her free time, Jenny enjoys traveling and loves spending time with family and friends.

Kendra Sterling
Care Manager

Kendra Sterling joined Home Care Assistance as a Caregiver in April 2019. Because of her caring heart, leadership skills, and passion for helping others, Kendra was quickly promoted to Care Manager in 2020, and she has been very successful in this role. Kendra has years of experience in the Healthcare Industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to our company.

She oversees the scheduling, training, and development of our caregivers. In her free time, Kendra enjoys spending time with her daughter, and has a passion for cooking and DIY projects.


Liz Turner
Scheduling Manager

Liz joined Home Care Assistance as our Scheduler in October 2022. Since then, she has been promoted to our Scheduling Manager in February 2024. Liz has an extensive background in the healthcare industry with 14 years of experience as a CNA, and continues to use that knowledge to help Home Care Assistance excel.

Liz oversees our VA program and client/caregiver schedules. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her kids and attending their various activities. Liz also enjoys cooking and the outdoors.