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 around 100 clients and over 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. 

Owner

Tamora Clontz

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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 5 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.cchc@gmail.com

CEO

Aimee Merrill

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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.  Aimee is a certified CPI training Instructor. When she is not working, she loves spending time with Daniel, Brody, Charlee, and Dakota.

Aimee.cchc@gmail.com

Financial Officer

Daniel Merrill

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VP of Quality Management

Chris Kiser

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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, to pay attention to detail, to maintain high standards, and how to bring out the best in employees.  It is this mindset and experience that makes him an asset to the CCHC team.  Chris loves to spend his free time on the golf course or with his family.

Ckkiser.cchc@gmail.com

VP of Operations

Aimee Smith

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Aimee has worked in the health care industry for well over 15 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. 

Aimeesmith.cchc@gmail.com

Nurse/Qualified Professional

Laeesha Swepson

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I graduated from McDowell High School in Marion NC. Following graduation, I attended Winston Salem State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from UNC Wilmington. I have been a nurse for 10 years and love helping others.   I am a Registered Nurse as well as a Qualified Professional with Community Companion Home Care. Prior to my time with CCHC, I have worked in many different aspects of nursing including Medical/surgical, Critical Care, Hospice, and mental health. In mental health I found my love and passion. I have worked with adults with psychiatric needs for the past 4 years and am continuing my education in becoming a Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my time away from the office I enjoy mountain biking, playing sports, and many activities outside. My motto is “It’s a bad day, not a bad life.”

Laeesha.cchc@gmail.com

Qualified Professional

Susan Thompson

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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!   

Susan.cchc@gmail.com

Qualified Professional

Donna Thomas

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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.

Donna.cchc@gmail.com

Qualified Professional

Jimi Cooke

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Jimi grew up in Old Fort NC and Graduated from McDowell High School before moving to Georgia and Graduating from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Heath and Physical Education. He was a hooker while in college (a position on his college rugby team) and also Played against Uruguay in the 96 Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta Ga.  After 25 years of living all over the state of Georgia and working with people with special needs he was granted the opportunity to move back to McDowell co, and he took advantage of it. Having had worked in the Public School system, with Group Homes and with Provider agencies Jimi learned the tools needed to perform the duties that he utilizes as a Qualified professional today. Jimi Has a wife and 3 grown Children and just recently became a Grand-father.

jimicooke.cchc@gmail.com

Qualified Professional

Zach Gellman

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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. 

Zachary.cchc@gmail.com

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