About Our Staff
Erik Gans : Co-President
I am a Finance and Operations executive with 20 years of experience working in the United States and internationally. I earned my BA from Bowdoin College and MBA from Harvard Business School. My interest in senior care dates back to memories of my elderly grandmother who aged with a zest for life thanks in large part to the devotion of her caregiver. My grandmother was a model for healthy aging at home. I started Home Care Assistance of Fairfield to make a positive difference in the lives of seniors and the families who care for the them.
Anja Stern RN : Client Care Manager
Anja joined Home Care Assistance in 2017, combining her interest in nursing with elder care. She received her RN degree from St. Vincent’s College of Nursing. As the Client Care Manager, Anja performs client consultations to assess care needs, creates patient-centered care plans, facilitates family meetings, oversees the work of caregivers and coordinates with social workers, nurses and other hospital and assisted living professionals. She loves working with older adults and believes that our clients can live long, vibrant and independent lives while aging at home. Anja also leads our Cognitive Therapuetics (Brain Health) and Music Therapy programs.
Amanda Alter : Employee Care Coordinator
Amanda Alter is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She has been a devoted caregiver for three years before joining the HCA family. Because she knows exactly what goes into the finest caregivers, Amanda is eager to devote herself to finding the best of the best for this company. She is passionate about elder care and firmly believes that it only takes one special person to make that big difference in someone’s life.
Patricia Keogh Lutzo : Employee Care Manager
Patricia graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Education. Her career has encompassed pharmaceutical sales and marketing, and management of both medical and surgical practices. She joined Home Care Assistance to positively influence the quality of life for seniors in our community. “I recognize the very special role that caregivers can play in the lives of seniors. Along with many of my peers and friends, I am experiencing first hand, this transitional period of our lives, as we watch our own parents advance in age and address their inevitable need for more help, while maintaining as much of their independence and quality of life as possible.” Patricia focuses on the recruitment, hiring, training and placement of wonderful caregivers.
When she’s not working, Patricia enjoys family time with her 3 children and big black labradoodle, Jette!
Ellen Silk : Business Development Manager
Ellen graduated from Bentley College with a BS in Marketing. After a long career in pharmaceutical sales, Ellen is excited to join Home Care Assistance and make a difference in the lives of aging adults and their families. Ellen loves spending time with her 3 kids and her 2 dogs. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys fitness training, watching sports and spending time with her family.