About Aegis Home Care

Aegis Home care has one simple goal: to ensure that a phone call to Aegis Home Care is like calling home. Our commitment to you is that we will listen to you, help with your specific needs, and provide caregivers that you can always rely on and trust.

Protecting and supporting vulnerable people is at the heart of our company - that's why we chose "Aegis" as our name (it means 'protection, support, and advocacy'). Whether lending a hand to an older adult in order to allow them to "age in place" or providing assistance to a family with dealing with a care crisis, we strive to offer the most professional and personalized home care available...and we will always be your advocate for safe and effective care in your place of residence.


EXECUTIVE TEAM

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Alan Millikan

Alan has over 30 years of health care experience in North Carolina. He has worked in small, medium and large community, governmental, and academic facilities as a clinician, as well as in operations management, business development, strategic planning and marketing. During his career, he has held numerous front line, clinical, managerial and leadership positions within a number of

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Matthew Ayotte

Matthew has over 25 years of healthcare experience in North Carolina, having worked for healthcare providers (Duke University Health System) and health insurers (BC/BS, United Healthcare, Cigna, and Coventry Healthcare). His core experiences have primarily revolved around healthcare financing and contracting. He has worked in the medical communities of nearly every county

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Kathleen Millikan

Kathleen has over 29 years of health care experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with honors in 1985 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after which she practiced nursing until entering law school in 1988. As a nurse, she cared for patients in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and ambulatory care facilities.  She has cared for

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Kerry Millikan | Regional Manager

Kerry spent many years in the public and private education field with over 25 years of classroom instruction, consulting, homeschooling, and private tutoring. She has also helped with the administration of her husband’s landscaping company for the past 20 years. Kerry earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. She began her career with Aegis Home Care in 2017 as the Office Manager in the Southern Pines area and later moved into the role of Regional Manager for the company in 2019. She is passionate about building relationships with caregivers, clients, and families in order to provide the best care possible.

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Kimberly Morton | Clinical Director

Kimberly has nearly 15 years of clinical experience working with seniors in home and community-based settings and long-term care. She pursued nursing as a second career after 14 years of owning and operating a restaurant and catering business in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Western Carolina University in 2012 and has continued her educational journey at the University of Chapel Hill North Carolina to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing. Prior to joining Aegis Homecare, Kimberly served as the Administrator of Assisted Living at St. Joseph of the Pines, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located in Southern Pines, North Carolina. During her tenure at St. Joseph of the Pines, Kimberly held several leadership positions including Nurse Supervisor of homecare, Resident Care Coordinator, Director of Nursing, and Director of Assisted Living.

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys UNC Tarheels basketball, cooking, gardening, nature, and spending time with her family.

CHAPEL HILL OFFICE

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Nikki Wilcoxson - Office Manager

Nikki has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and mental health fields. She has been caring for others and advocating for individuals since high school, back in Iowa. Nikki’s passion is advocating for those that cannot speak or have difficulties in expressing their own needs and desires.
She joined the Aegis family in 2019 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, however moved quickly into the role of Office Manager. She has learned that advocacy goes beyond the individuals served and includes the family and staff that are caring for the individuals as well.

Nikki recently relocated to the Spring Lake area from the coast. There she resides with her husband and two of their seven children. Family, advocacy, and the ocean keep her grounded and happy.

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Linda Chegash | Assistant Office Manager

Linda joined our team in March 2017 after retiring from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 34 years of administrative management experience.  Most of her professional work has been within the UNC School of Medicine where she held several division manager positions. Her last tenure was with the UNC Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  Linda’s fortes are 

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Tracy Fletcher | Finance Manager

Tracy grew up in North Carolina and after graduating from ECU in 1987, started her career in banking. She has been in the accounting/finance field ever since, although she took a small break to raise her now 18-year old daughter. Tracy has been with Aegis over three years as Finance Manager and plays a key role in everything related to making sure invoicing and payroll run smoothly, so she's always

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Dr. Sarah Conte, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Dr. Conte began her nursing practice in 1996 in the specialty areas of cardiothoracic and surgical intensive care. It was the uniqueness of Women’s Health that offered the opportunity to combine the challenge of medical management, surgical intervention and the art/science of nursing practice that led to this specialty to become a passion. Her standard of excellence as a clinician was developed and refined while practicing at Duke Health, University of North Carolina Health Care, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Most recently, Dr. Conte served as North Carolina’s Maternal Health Nurse Consultant, Maternal Mortality Review Coordinator and Lead Abstractor in the Division of Public Health. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Loyola University/Chicago, a Master of Science in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University, a Diploma in Nursing from Watts School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University.

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Cathy Feole, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Helping families through transitioning and challenging times is very important to Cathy. With the client as a focus, she feels it is important to work with the entire family and their unique situation to bring about wellness and the best possible quality of life. Cathy received her BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and spent the first ten years of her career as an intensive care nurse. 

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Nancy Ranta, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Nancy has 30 years of clinical nursing experience in hospitals, home health care, clinics, and home care. At the age of 20, she got her first job in healthcare as a nurse's assistant in a 40 bed Alzheimer's unit, and that experience was the beginning of her lifelong passion for taking care of and advocating for the elderly.

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Sue Shivar, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Sue enjoys listening to clients/patients and their families talk about what’s important to them, what brings them joy, and what’s difficult or not going so well.  With experience in hospitals, clinics, community nursing, and home care she strives to provide comprehensive and holistic care. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, she is a Certified Case Manager, a Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator and has a Certificate in Guided Care Nursing. She is also a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Heart Association and a Licensed Massage Therapist, (NCLMBT #15978) A native of North Carolina, Sue has four great sons, fabulous daughters-in-law, and four fun grandchildren. She thinks mountain vacations are delightful and is trying to be better about walking every day.

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Patricia Terrell, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Patricia has over 45 years of health care experience in NC. She is a retired nurse from DUMC after 33 years of service working in medical/surgical units. She also has urgent care, nursing home, clinical and home health experience. Patricia received LPN certificate in 1972 from DTCC and AD Nursing from Duke/DTCC LPN to RN program in 1997. Patricia has been a lifelong resident of Durham, NC. 

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Cindy Zwiacher, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Cindy began her career as an elementary teacher. After having three children, she returned to school to obtain a nursing degree. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She joined the Aegis team the beginning of 2019 and has enjoyed being a part of this very caring team. Cindy has experience in oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at UNC Medical Center where she enjoyed supporting patients and families through serious illnesses. She then worked for many years as a public health nurse with Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools. Cindy enjoys meeting new people and helping provide support as needed.

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Rachel Zwiacher, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Rachel has always enjoyed the privilege of working with the elderly population. Amongst her favorite memories are working as a nurse assistant at local Charles House Association and working as a community educator for the Phoenix chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Rachel obtained her Gerontological Certification in 2018. She currently works full-time as a cardiac nurse at Duke Regional Hospital.

SOUTHERN PINES

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Ashley Maness | Office Manager

Ashley has over ten years of experience in the healthcare field. Ashley has worked as a CNA for 10 years. This work included 2 years in a hospital, a few years in home health and the remainder of the years in nursing home facilities. She has a passion for working with elderly people. Prior to joining the team at Aegis, Ashley worked as a Staffing Coordinator. Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration in February of 2016 and her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management in December of 2017. She received both degrees from Ashford University.
Ashley is from Maxton NC. She has been married for just one year and she and her husband live in Aberdeen, NC.

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Denita Thomas - Assistant Office Manager

Denita is a native North Carolinian and has always had a passion for caring for others. She began her career in the health care field as a CNA Med-Tech at Oakdale Heights Senior Living Community. Denita began to grow at Oakdale Heights and later became a Resident Care Coordinator there. She then ventured over to St. Joseph’s of the Pines where she served for over a decade as a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Med-Tech for 6 years and 4 1/2 years as a Medical Records Coordinator.

During her time at St Joseph of the Pines, she received the most prestigious award from Frances Messer known as the NCALA Award (North Carolina Assisted Living Association Award), as well as, a certificate of appreciation from Governor Roy Cooper in recognition of her dedication and outstanding service. Denita joined Aegis Home Care in December 2019.

She enjoys communicating with the caregivers and clients as well as contributing to the success of the company. Denita values the importance of making sure clients are loved and cared for by some of the best caregivers.

Denita has 5 beautiful children and 5 grandchildren. She is a very family oriented and loves to travel. She also loves gathering all her grandchildren together for a night on the town.

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Tammi Beers, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Tammi has over 30 years experience as a Registered Nurse.

She started her career in New York where she excelled in the field of Women’s and Children’s Health working at Albany Medical Center and the Neugarten Family Birth Center in Rhinebeck, NY.  

She has lived in Pinehurst, NC for the past 15 years where she has continued to focus her energy on improving health in our community. Since living in Pinehurst she has worked at Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, RHA Health Services, and First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

Tammi brings unique qualities to our Aegis team as she has experience in nursing leadership, clinical coordination, project management, Compassion Care and specializes in Holistic Nutrition education. Tammi is also ELNEC certified.

She lives in Pinehurst with her husband, Tom, 2 college age daughters Lynsi and Leah, and their spunky Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Milo.   

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Tascha Gayheart, RN | Nurse Supervisor

Tascha has over 10 years experience as a Registered Nurse and over 15 years of healthcare experience in general. Prior to graduating from nursing school, she was a certified nursing assistant. She attended Purdue University in Indiana. After graduation, she began her nursing career in southern California before relocating to North Carolina in 2011. She has spent most of her career in geriatrics, case management and internal medicine. Tascha is very passionate about healthcare and loves taking care of those in need.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active and the outdoors

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Linda Thorne | RN Supervisor

Linda Thorne, RN Nurse Manager has worked for Aegis for over a year. She was previously employed as a wound care nurse and case manager for a wound care clinic. As a Sandhills Community College graduate, she likes the idea of giving back to the community and thus chose to work in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Linda loves the psychiatric aspect of patient care and easily adapts to those more difficult clients with cognitive function deficits. Linda has excellent patient advocate skills, excellent leadership experience, and diligent organizational capabilities. Linda is outgoing, personable, and professional. Your loved ones will be her focus.

Linda enjoys orchids, the ocean, boating, all types of fishing and scuba diving.
  

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Katie Mastromonaco - On Call Supervisor

Katie is from New Jersey and it is there that her passion for helping others was instilled.  She started her Career in 2013, as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Katie quickly moved into an Administrative Position, ultimately becoming a Senior Staffing Coordinator.

Katie is married to a wonderful husband and has a beautiful daughter, Madison. Due to her husband’s Military relocation, she and her family relocated from New Jersey to North Carolina in 2016.

Katie is the Aegis on Call Supervisor, providing coverage late afternoon through mornings. Katie’s expertise in filling shifts and communicating with caregivers and clients is instrumental, in our Pinehurst Office, being successful.

Katie is attending College to attain a Science Degree.  She loves to travel. She also loves to hike, even climbing Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

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Martha Ebert - On Call Supervisor

Martha was born and raised here in North Carolina. Although she loves travel and adventure, having been to over twenty five countries, she will always call this great state home!

Her drive to help others and make a difference started when she was a student at UNC Chapel Hill, deciding her junior year to join the U. S. Coast Guard. Her positions with Fedex and DHL furthered her passion to help others, problem solve and connect with people.

Martha has three sweet little boys (Griffin, Harrison and Louis), who keep her feeling young and energetic! She was heavily involved with the Grand Friends program at their preschool, connecting the church’s elderly and preschool aged children together. It was something truly special seeing the connections and bonds that were made in sharing a weekly meal, stories, crafts and countless laughs with each other!

She absolutely loves being an On Call Supervisor for Aegis, providing after hours coverage in communicating with and helping caregivers and clients in both the Chapel Hill office and the Southern Pines office.
In her spare time, Martha enjoys carpentry and running races, which include three marathons, eight half marathons and countless other smaller road races.

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