Tabatha Payne, RN – Founder and President
Tabatha describes starting Focus HealthCare Solutions in 2002 as the most challenging, exciting, and faith testing experience of her life, at least up until that point. Operating Focus HealthCare to date has been an education beyond anything she could have imagined and has delivered the reward of fulfillment greater than she once thought possible. Having the opportunity to impact the lives of caregivers and families in such a meaningful way is something she is profoundly grateful to be a part of. As a Registered Nurse, Tabatha worked in a variety of areas before choosing Home Care as her passion. Tabatha feels that meeting the needs of others is our “what”, whether that be a caregiver, colleague, or client. And understanding that everyone has something they are dealing with is our “why”. She feels blessed to be surrounded by incredible people who believe that what we do matters, and how we do it matters more.
Karla Easley – Administrative Assistant
Karla has worked for Focus HealthCare since 2015, first in the capacity of Scheduling Coordinator, and most recently as Administrative Assistant. She is married to Randall, and they have a grown son, Zachary, and 3 dogs, Bella, Lil Bit, and Patches. In Karla’s spare time, she loves the outdoors, is a connoisseur of wine, and enjoys time with friends.
Linda Buchanan – Senior Resource Specialist
Linda has represented Focus HealthCare Solutions since 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and applies her knowledge to assist families navigate through a sometimes confusing process. After working as the Community Outreach Coordinator, she later moved into her current role as the Senior Resource Specialist after gaining a deep understanding and empathy for prospective clients through her own personal journey of meeting her family’s healthcare needs. Linda sponsors informational functions, maintains referral relationships, and works with families to organize plans to start care for loved ones. Prior to working for Focus, Linda was an Account Executive for an Employee Benefits Agency. She is married with a teenage boy and spends free time in high school football stadiums enjoying Friday night lights.
Joy Smith – Office Manager
Joy holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology, currently working in Payroll and Process Development, as well as working with Missouri Medicaid clients during their reassessment period to ensure their Home and Community Based Services continue. Joy worked with Focus starting in 2009 with a brief hiatus to explore opportunities with the Department of Mental Health. She returned in 2017. Joy brings 20 years of experience in working with individuals with chronic mental health issues and intellectual/developmental disabilities to Focus, including Support Coordination. She enjoys spending free time with her family, dogs, and collects unusual plants.
Lisa Broughton – Scheduling Coordinator
Lisa has represented Focus HealthCare since 2009 beginning her career with Focus as a Professional Caregiver, working in the field for over 5 years, prior to moving into Management as a Scheduling Coordinator. Experience gained in the field assists Lisa with the responsibility of maintaining and coordinating schedules for over 70 caregivers and 260 clients. A mother of 4 grown children, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Susie Alders – Transition Coordinator
Susie has represented Focus HealthCare Solutions since 2006. Starting as a Personal Caregiver and later moving into a role as Care Transitions Director, Susie works with families to help organize the plan of care for their loved ones. Focus has been rewarding for Susie as she believes in the client’s right to Age in Place. Susie is married, residing in Lenexa, Kansas. On the weekends, you will find Susie busy with 2 of her 4 grandchildren.
Cheryl Michael – Director of Human Resources
Cheryl has represented Focus HealthCare Solutions since 2010. Cheryl’s goal is to create a connection with all Caregivers from the point of hire, and to provide support for any situation that may arise in the field. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Business Management from Washburn University, she began her HR career working in the Engineering world for 15 years. Cheryl’s decision to change career directions in 2009 was based on her personal experience of being an adult child of an aging parent with health issues. Cheryl believes that Focus is a blessing for families that allows for loved ones to age in place. She is married with a young adult son and teenage daughter. Most of her time outside of work is spent enjoying time with friends and family, when not sitting in the ballpark watching her daughter play softball.
Stephanie Jennings, LPN - Patient Care Director
Stephanie joined the Focus HealthCare team in 2006. Stephanie’s desire to work in nursing from a young age prompted her to earn her Licensed Practical Nursing degree. She views the opportunity to work with patients in their homes a great honor and prides herself in becoming a friend and confidant to her patients, caregivers, and coworkers alike. Outside of caring for her patients, Stephanie is married with 2 wonderful little boys whom she adores, enjoying outdoor time and watching cartoons with them.
Sonja Moore, LPN – Patient Care Director
Sonja joined the Focus Management Team in 2021. Her passion for helping people from a young age steered her into the medical field, first as a CNA then continuing education to obtain her nursing license. She’s been an LPN for 20+ years primarily working with pediatrics. Nursing is Sonja’s passion. When she has spare time, Sonja loves listening to music, reading and watching movies and spending time with family. A mother of 3 wonderful children, 10 precious grandchildren, and 2- 4 legged fur babies.