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About us

Community Companion Home Care, LLC. was started in 2010. It started out as a Cap/Da and PC service provider with just a handful of clients and employees. Through positive word of mouth and diligent work it has now grown to serve over 100 clients and 140 employees. We strive at being a small family owned business with a personal touch to everything we do and distinguish ourselves as the best Innovations provider around. Please get to know a few of our employees and check out our services tab for more of what we offer. 



Tamora Clontz

Tamora graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in Business Administration.  She worked in the finance side of several businesses, but became unemployed in the early 1990’s.  While looking for full-time work, Tamora was a substitute teacher from McDowell County Schools.  She spent many days in the class rooms for Exceptional Children.  It was here that she discovered her love for working with individuals with special needs.  Based on this love and a need to do more for this population, Tamora returned to school and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services.  This led to a case management position with Foothills Area Program.  Tamora worked for both Foothills Area Program and Smoky Mountain LME as a case manager, case management supervisor and Provider Relations Specialist.  During this time, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Health Science Management.  Then, out of the blue, there came the opportunity to work for a private provider.  A couple years later and again out of the blue, Tamora had the opportunity to buy her own company and so Community Companion Home Care was born.  Tamora is the mother of two children and the grandmother of 6 wonderful kids.  She hopes that more grandchildren are in her future.  She has a love for horses which she shares with others through Magical Moments Therapeutic Riding Center.  Tamora has retired and enjoys her family and farm everyday.



Aimee Merrill

Aimee spent a lot of time with individuals with special needs as a young girl. She often helped her mom, Tamora, with the Special Angels class at First Baptist Church. Aimee has worked in direct care in the community. She also worked in the Emergency Department in Burlington, NC and her medical knowledge is an asset to CCHC. Aimee graduated from McDowell High School where she was a Lady Titan basketball and Volleyball player. She attended UNC-Greensboro and Alamance Community College.  When she is not working, she loves spending time with Daniel, Brody, Charlee, and Dakota.



Aimee Smith

Aimee has worked in the health care industry for around 20 years.  She moved to North Carolina in January 2002 and shortly after began working with at risk youth.  In 2007, Aimee became a live-in care giver for nine I/DD men in a group home setting.  She raised her 2 kids in a loving home for people with special needs. Aimee became the administrator of the group home while also working in the office of a local health care provider specializing in Medicaid billing, payroll, audits, contracts and much more.  After purchasing a home in 2012, she decided to take a break from group home life.  Aimee continued work as the administrator and in the office but her trust and belief in Tamora and her company is ultimately why Aimee chose to work for Community Companion Home Care. Aimee takes pride in her work ethic and efficiency and loves working for such a caring and loyal company.


Financial Officer

Daniel Merrill


Human Resources

Ginger Kiser

After graduating high school near Greensboro, NC, I attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.  While there I completed my bachelor’s in Psychology and additionally my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011.  I spent time during graduate school interning at a therapy center called Family Services of the Piedmont as well as being the Internal Operations Manager for Freedom House, a non-profit organization that houses mothers and their children as they recover from addiction.  In these settings I conducted therapy group sessions, individual therapy sessions, facilitated and/or taught life skills classes, managed hiring, and scheduling volunteers, and at FH managed the scheduling of the house and intake of new clients.   After getting married and relocating with my husband, I spend several years working at Carolina Custom Promotions as office manager and account specialist.  In 2020, our family relocated to Marion, NC and I started working in the office at CCHC.  Since then, I have enjoyed taking on more responsibility in the Quality Assurance role at CCHC. When not at work I love spending time outside with our family and friends.


Licensure Specialist

Chris Kiser

Chris graduated from McDowell High School in 2002.  After high school he went on to pursue a Business Finance degree at UNCG.  He has then spent 10 years working with Outback Steakhouse.  The last 4 years he has been a Managing Partner, and preformed exceedingly well in 2 different Outback locations in North Carolina.  He had both Outback locations qualified as Manager Training Stores and has worked with area supervisors to help the company develop and implement changes nation wide.  

In 2020, he decided to leave the restaurant industry and move back to Marion to help his family with CCHC.  His years with Outback have taught him to successfully run a business, to adapt, and to pay attention to detail. Chris loves to spend his free time on the golf course or with his family.

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Compliance Specialist

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is a native of McDowell County and graduated from McDowell High School. He has a love for photography, trains, and elk. He can be caught spending a lot of time photographing elk during rut season. He adores his family and is always willing to help where needed. He is a great resource on policies, procedures, inspections, and compliance related issues. He cares for all our members and holds himself to a high standard. He is a great asset to CCHC and our employees.


Qualified Professional

Yvonne Carson

Yvonne graduated from Freedom High School and in 1999 she started working at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center as a direct care worker trainer.  She later worked as a classroom-based trainer in the Dogwood Resource Center on the campus.  She then moved up to a Trainer 2 Supervisor in Poplar Cottage, and returned to the classroom to work in Rosewood Resource Center where she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and human Services. She went to work at Foothills Correctional Facility as a Behavior Specialist in a facilitated program with Youthful Offenders under 18-year-olds conducting CBT group therapy as well as individual sessions. She recently received her Master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, 2 children, and 4 grandchildren.


Qualified Professional

Kelly Hatfield


Qualified Professional

Zach Gellman

Zach grew up in Nebo, NC and graduated from McDowell High School in 2009. Shortly after graduation, he began working at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia population. Over the course of his professional career, he garnered a passion for taking care of others. Zach graduated from UNC-Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2018.  He is on track to finish his Master of Arts in Sociology from UNC-Fayetteville by the end of 2020. He has experience in direct care and has spent the past five years working with CCHC developing relationships and gaining valuable experience.  He is the father of a bright young boy and has a four-legged friend that he holds dear to his heart. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, working outside, and enjoying popular culture.


Qualified Professional

Kala Gragg

Kala believes in the power of enriching the lives of those she serves with respect and compassion. She works as an individual and a team member to ensure that the needs and concerns are being addressed and achieved for all the members she serves.  As a child she developed a love for the IDD community because of a special Aunt whom she spent a lot of time with growing up. Later she assisted her mother to provide direct care and worked as a one-on-one provider part-time. Kala has 15 years of experience in the medical field.  In 2013, she graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Kala lives with her daughter in her hometown of Marion, North Carolina. She and her daughter enjoy spending time with friends and family, lazy days at the pool/lake and spontaneous travel adventures.


Qualified Professional

Donna Thomas

Donna graduated from UNC-Asheville with a Degree in Psychology.  She started her career working for McDowell Tech as a Comp ED Teacher, and there her love for special needs individuals was born.  This led to jobs with Foothills Area Program working in the Day Program, Group Home and finally as Case Manager and Case Manager Supervisor.  Donna had the opportunity to work for a private provider and gain more experience as Director of Habilitation Services.  Her experience was further heightened by working for a provider that specialized in Crisis Services, providing assessments and crisis plans. Donna is the mother of four children and grandmother of a wonderful young boy and girl.


Qualified Professional

Susan Thompson

Susan is a seasoned QP who has been working with clients for years.  She is extremely skilled and knowledgeable at what she does and she adds lots of spunk to our office every day!


LCMHC Therapist

Wendy Paben

CCHC Strategic Plan

An outline of our Strategic 5 year plan:

Strategic Focus Area 1- Information and Technology: Utilize information, data management, and technology to enhance decision making and service delivery. To embrace technology to support transformation and efficiency.

Strategic Focus Area 2- Growth and Efficiency: Strengthen the economic sustainability of CCHC through hiring and expanding service capabilities. To deliver clear performance measures and reporting across the organization, identifying trends for improved outcomes.

Strategic Focus Area 3- Staff Development: To improve support of staff through performance measures, member services, and training programs. To create a dynamic workforce with the tools and opportunities for success.

Strategic Focus Area 4- Partnerships: To provide the most relevant and accessible services, CCHC will continue to develop and maintain partnerships to meet the needs of the client population

 If you would like to view it in its entirety to contact the main office at 828-659-6453

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