Teresa Akins

Teresa Akins, CCO has been with As Close As Family since July of 2018. She started in health care as an administrative assistant for a respiratory company in 2001. She transitioned to a hospice agency in 2005. At that time she began taking on the marketing role in addition to her other job duties and served as Executive Vice President. Teresa truly enjoys getting into the homes of people who need our help and getting to know them on a personal level. She loves home care and the difference we can make in our local communities. Serving others is her passion inside and outside of the work place.

Kelli Sheridan

Kelli Sheridan
Director of Operations

Kelli Sheridan – soon to be Kelli Rowley this fall – has been with the company since April 2019. She graduated from the University of South Alabama in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management. She started in the health-care field working at a family practice office in Guntersville, AL. She was there almost three years before switching over to the home care side of healthcare with As Close As Family. Kelli has always loved the administration side of things and enjoys being the behind the scenes person to make all the puzzle pieces fit. She loves being a part of in home care and being able to help our clients stay comfortably in their home as long as possible. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as doing CrossFit.

Melanie Pell

Melanie Pell
Managing Partner

Melanie Pell is the Managing Partner at As Close As Family in Centre, Alabama. She was born in Plant City, FL and grew up in Ft. Payne, AL. She attended graduated from Fort Payne High School, then obtained her nursing degree from Northeast Community College in Rainsville, AL. Melanie is a Registered Nurse and has been in home health services for more than 20 years. Her vast experience comes from serving as a Director of Operations, Clinical Manager, and being in the homes of the patients. This opportunity provided insight of the patients that are in need of non-medical assistance in the homes. This led her on a path to be able to to provide these services. When the opportunity came about to open As Close As Family office in Centre, she was excited! Melanie loves Cherokee County and all the people! She is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Club of Weiss Lake, and the Rotary Club.

Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross has been with As Close As Family since January of 2018 but has been in the health-care field since 2008. She started her career as a CNA and quickly learned a new respect for the men and women who care for individuals day in and day out. In 2011 she decided to return to school with the goal of becoming a nurse. In 2012, she graduated college after completing the LPN program at J.F. Drake Technical College. After graduation, she worked at a local hospital for three years on a med-surg floor, then worked with a local hospice agency for three years. Jessica loves home care and the difference we can make in our local communities. Serving others is a passion, and she could not picture herself in any other line of work.

Elaine Farmer
Business Office Manager Jackson & Dekalb Counties

Elaine Farmer is the Business Office Manager for the Jackson and Dekalb County offices. She joined the As Close As Family team in May of 2020. She has a background in various administrative positions in OB/GYN and pediatric offices. Outside of the office, she loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters. 

Katelyn Hard
Business Office Manager Marshall County

Katelyn Hard is the Business Office Manager for our Marshall County office, and has been with the company since 2019. She has a huge passion for helping others and ensuring our clients are happy and safe to keep them at home as long as possible. Katelyn has been a caregiver for family currently and in the past years. She enjoys anything outdoors as hobbies.

Valencia Terrell
Business Office Manager Northwest Alabama

Valencia Terrell has been with As Close As Family since June 2021. As the office manager of the Northwest branch she handles the day-to-day operations of the business locally. Her first priority is to serve our clients and be an advocate for them. Valencia has been in customer service for more than 25 years in many different capacities from the health care field to the food service industry. Serving others is a passion of hers and is very rewarding. She has seen the company grow by leaps and bounds and is here to continue this trend to serve in our communities for our clients. 

Kimberly Grimes
LPN/Office Manager East Alabama

Kimberly Grimes is the LPN/Office Manager at the Alexander City branch of As Close As Family. She has four children and four beautiful grandchildren. In addition, she is “Gigi” to four foster children as well. She has a BS degree in Business Administration. After her children were grown, she decided to go back to college to get her LPN license. She worked in home health for a couple of years, and has been working with As Close As Family since 2021. She loves helping people and hopes to be a light in a lost and dying world.

Donna Jones

Donna Jones
Business Office Assistant East Alabama

Donna Jones has been with As Close As Family since February of 2022. She has one daughter, Ashley and one granddaughter, Abby. Donna is NeMe to her, and she is her heart and world. She is a family person that loves to spend time with my family. She loves the mountains and being outdoors to enjoy what God has created for all of us to see. She previously worked in a nursing home for 17 years simply because I love being around people. She always smiles and try to shine upon others.

Jessica Cervantes
Business Office Assistant Cherokee County

Jessica Cervantes has been at the As Close As Family of Cherokee and Etowah office since November 2021. Her love of caring for others began back when she was high school, where she was active in the HOSA program and volunteered at a local nursing home. She instantly fell in love with the health-care field. In 2013 she graduated from Cherokee County High School and completed the 3-year HOSA program. Shortly after Jessica started her career in health care as a CNA. Caring for others is something that comes so naturally to many, and it has been an absolute blessing for Jessica to be able to do what she does and make a career out of it. Outside of work Jessica enjoys a simple life on the farm nestled in the hills of Gaylesville with her family.

Veronica Sparkman
Business Office Assistant Marshall County

Veronica Sparkman has been with As Close As Family since 2020, starting as a caregiver providing personal care and home making services. Then after much prayer and determination, she transitioned to the Business Office Assistant for Marshall County. Previously, she worked with special needs individuals for four years. She truly believes you have to have a calling for this line of work and a servants heart. This line of work is not always easy, but the reward of changing peoples lives is what it is all about it. In her personal time, Veronica enjoys riding horses and RZR’s, as well as spending time with her family and attending church. She has been married to her wonderful husband Brandon Sparkman for 6 years. They live on her family farm with lots of animals.

Lisa Blair
Business Office Assistant Jackson & DeKalb Counties

Lisa Blair is the newest member of the As Close As Family team. She is the secretary/business office assistant at the Rainsville and Scottsboro offices. She has a background in business office assistant in childcare facilities. Lisa enjoys church and spending time with my family. 

Addiebell Tucker
Scheduling Coordinator

Addison Bell Tucker, also known as Addie or Addiebell, is the Scheduling Coordinator for As Close As Family. She enjoys what she does daily for her clients and caregivers. When she is not at work, she is thrift shopping, cleaning, snacking or spending time with her two children, Jaxson and Wrenley. Addiebell loves being apart of such a great family!

Brandie Chisenall
Payroll Coordinator / Bookkeeper

Brandie Chisenall is the Payroll Coordinator / Bookkeeper for As Close As Family. She has been with the company since May of 2021. Prior to coming to work with As Close As Family, she was in the hospitality industry for 12 years.