CareMinders® Home Care, Inc. sells franchise businesses that offer companionship, personal, skilled care and related home support services and assistance to all ages of handicapped, convalescing and dependent individuals in their own homes, and when permitted, in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted care facilities and other medical settings.
CareMinders® Home Care, Inc. strives to be the leading franchisor in the home care industry, with a complete and unwavering focus on assisting our franchisees in the development and sustained growth of a profitable home care business, while maintaining the highest degree of standards with regard to the care and services they provide.
All CareMinders® Home Care franchisees are independently owned and managed.
Our Executive Management Team
The CareMinders® Home Care, Inc. executive management team consists of a group of individuals who possess the essential characteristics necessary to manage and guide the growth of the company and to successfully achieve our mission. The backgrounds of the management team include significant achievement and experience in home care, franchising, business development, marketing and sales, technology, and caregiving. These individuals also possess the required stamina, flexibility, creativity, integrity and desire to ensure the long-term success of CareMinders® Home Care. The company will continue to recruit management and employees with these same characteristics and also strive to retain the current extraordinary talent.
- Brian L. Schleicher – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Director
- Gary Kneller – President and Chief Franchise Development Officer, and Director
CareMinders Home Care, Inc. Corporate Operations Staff
Brian L. Schleicher, BSBA, MPA, CSA
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Co-Founder
Brian is our Chief Executive Officer and one of the co-founders of CareMinders Home Care. By training he is an attorney and a certified public accountant and a Certified Senior Advisor. He has previously practiced law for 25 years including being a partner at a 500+ lawyer firm in Atlanta Georgia where he gained experience in franchising, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate financial restructurings. Prior to attending law school at Emory University where he graduated with a JD with Distinction, he was a CPA and practiced for 5 years as an auditor with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte and Touche) and a audit senior with BDO Seidman.
Gary D. Kneller
President, Chief Franchise Development Officer, Director and Co-Founder
Gary is our President and Chief Franchise Development Officer and Co-Founder of CareMinders Home Care. Gary has degrees in finance and economics and was one of the earliest candidates in the country to obtain the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. His business background includes corporate management, corporate ownership, mergers and acquisitions, finance, economics and marketing. Gary was founder and President of Kneller Financial Advisors, Inc. This full service financial planning firm had over $50 million of managed assets. Gary was a founding partner and CEO of Galleria Broadcast Group with the responsibility for raising the capital for the acquisition and day to day operations of WHDF-TV, an NBC and UPN affiliate in Huntsville, AL. Oversight included programming, on-air production, engineering, promotions, operations and production. He has been involved in the broadcast industry since 1989. His activities included regular on-air appearances in radio, TV and cable news outlets. He has been called upon in the past by the local and national media to provide timely advice on finance, economics, business transactions and issues related to business ownership. He has appeared on NBC, CNN, CNN Money Line, CNN International, CNN Headline News and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Currently Gary represents CareMinders in the media where his appearances have included CNNMONEY.COM and the Fox News Network. Gary has also worked with the New York Times owned newspaper formerly located in the Atlanta where he wrote a weekly column devoted to finance and economics.
Patricia Sanders, RN, CPHRM
Vice President, Quality, Safety and Risk Mitigation
Pat brings to the Team 37 years of health care experience most of which has been in managing home health agencies. Pat is one of only a handful of professional nurses that has also achieved the designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. Her specialty over the years has been in the development of standardized operating processes to ensure compliance with quality initiatives, regulatory standards and high performance goals.
She has developed and implemented Corporate Quality Improvement Programs and served as the Corporate Privacy Officer, HIPAA Compliance Officer, handled all privacy complaints and OCR investigations with no penalties or fines levied. As a home care consultant, Pat assessed and re-designed hospital system’s home care operations; evaluated areas falling below national standards and established the course of action for achievement to standards and performance measures. She developed standardized operating processes and established the policies and procedure manuals for 500+ home care offices nation-wide. Additionally, Pat has a flair for sales as she was able to establish and maintain relationships with major accounts that resulted in significant increases in annual sales and contributed to overall company growth and profitability. She implemented the plan to achieve status as the first home health agency in the nation to achieve Joint Commission accreditation and the first agency in GA to achieve Hospice Medicare certification.
CareMinders® Home Care began its operation when our President, Gary Kneller, identified the need for a company who could provide extraordinary service in home care. Due to life experiences as a cancer survivor and dealing with aging parents, Gary recognized there are many home care companies, but none offered the combination of services or the quality he and his family expected. He was looking for a company he could build a relationship with that could follow his and his family’s needs throughout life when various entry points into the healthcare continuum were required.
Gary’s skills in finance, economics, marketing and telecommunications would become the business foundation for a new company. His life-long empathy for people provided the heart of the business and a strong incentive to build something that would help people of all ages and their families. Gary’s decision to build the home care company of his dreams became a reality when he partnered with Brian Schleicher who became the co-founder of CareMinders® Home Care.
Brian’s background as an attorney, CPA and a business owner provided the skills necessary for this exciting new venture as its Chief Executive Officer. His empathy for people, coupled with his passion for the dream of building a premier home care company, led to his and Gary’s desire to expand the dream team of executives for CareMinders® Home Care.
With over 30 years experience in all facets of home care, Elaine Davis Jones is recognized as an industry leader and helped guide CareMinders Home Care to its unique relationship with Joint Commission and develop the high quality standards we currently utilize. From owning her own Medicare Certified Home Health Agency to managing a multi-unit home care operation with over 600 units nation-wide, Elaine brought a unique perspective to home care. Having been involved in the industry from its infancy to its current state; providing expert testimony before Congress; being asked to author the textbook, Total Quality Management for Home Care; and having served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, all these experiences gave Elaine the requisite background. Our policies and procedures owe a great deal to Elaine and the quality home care that she aspires each franchisee to achieve.
Together, this group has built a franchise operation for home care that epitomizes what it means to offer unparalleled compassionate quality care, services and support to those most vulnerable in the home setting.