Owner, Founder, Family & Nursing Care and Founder/Chair, Family & Nursing Care Foundation
Sandy Kursban, Founder of Family & Nursing Care
A pioneer in her field, Sandy Kursban’s essence is that of helping and serving others. Her deep respect for, and sensitivity toward, older adults inspired her to start Family & Nursing Care in 1968. Sandy believes strongly in providing the option of in-home support care, giving older adults the choice to remain as independent as possible in their own homes for as long as possible.
Over the years, Sandy helped to shape the home care industry and has revolutionized the way home care is provided in Maryland and the DC area. She has given freely of her time to serve the aging population through partnering with other companies, participating on various boards and committees, and serving as a resource for others.
One of Sandy’s core values is to give back to the community. Through Family & Nursing Care and personally, she gives to many nonprofit organizations and sponsors community activities and projects that directly benefit the senior community.
In 2008, in honor of Family & Nursing Care’s 40th anniversary, Sandy fulfilled her long-term dream for the company. She created the Family & Nursing Care Foundation (operating as a fund of the Community Foundation in Montgomery County), which gives grants to several nonprofit home care companies. The grants are used to provide free home care to low-income older adults. The Foundation also gives grants to Montgomery College to provide scholarships for students to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate in order to care for the aging population.
When she is not overseeing the Foundation, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and many grandchildren; taking nature walks and bird-watching; visiting art museums; traveling; and simply relaxing.
Owner, Chief Executive Officer
Neal Kursban, CEO
Neal joined the family business in 1995. Neal has worked in every job in the company, including receptionist, care coordinator, caregiver services recruiter, intake specialist, consumer relations liaison, IT manager, VP Sales/Marketing, VP Operations, and VP Finance. These roles enabled him to understand all the important details of running the company and gave him the background and knowledge he needed to lead the company into the future; He became President in 2008 and CEO in 2018. He currently plans to expand Family & Nursing Care’s services to other markets.
Neal is a sought-after speaker who has appeared at conferences around the country. His insightful leadership articles on home care topics have been featured in a variety of national publications. Neal devotes considerable time and money to charitable organizations in the Maryland and DC area and serves on various boards dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults. Neal has helped shape the laws of home care across the country. He is also a mentor for the University of Maryland Entrepreneurship Center.
Neal has a BA in Business and Finance from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in Entrepreneurship/Management from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining Family & Nursing Care, he worked for PepsiCo and was quickly promoted to District Manager and later to Human Resources Manager for the San Diego market. When not at work, Neal spends much of his “free” time doing anything athletic, traveling, reading, and having lots of fun with his wife, four kids, and pets.
Jeff Zukerman, President
Jeff’s experience in the elder care industry dates back to 1997. Prior to joining Family & Nursing Care in 2010, Jeff was the Executive Director of a Boston-based private duty home care company, HouseWorks of Greater Washington.
Jeff began his career in the hospitality industry after graduating from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. In his first position at a five-star resort, he learned about providing exceptional service and constantly striving for excellence in the customer’s experience. He brought that same passion to the healthcare industry when he joined Marriott Senior Living Services. Throughout his 10+ year career with Marriott, then Sunrise Senior Living, Jeff had the opportunity to work in three different senior communities and was invited to visit many others to help with special projects. It is through these experiences and the first-rate professional development he participated in throughout that time that Jeff developed a passion for “getting it right” for older adults.
Jeff is committed to seeing through the eyes of clients and is continuously looking for innovative ways to improve the lives of older adults. To enhance his knowledge base, he achieved a BA in Management Studies from the University of Maryland and has plans to complete a Masters in Healthcare Administration.
When not working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, especially when they are playing sports together.
Vice President, Finance
Kira Ebanks, Vice President, Finance
A Pittsburgh native raised in Silver Spring, Kira has been with Family & Nursing Care since the beginning of 2017. At the age of 16, she was admitted to college, earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University and her Master’s Degree from George Washington University. Prior to joining Family & Nursing Care, Kira worked in the fields of tourism and education, discovering a love of numbers very early in her career.
Although she has spent much of her life living in Maryland, Kira lived for many years in the Cayman Islands, where she not only worked, but also met her husband. When not working, Kira loves reading, traveling, anything related to arts and crafts, but most of all, spending time with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. She hopes to travel cross country in a RV one day!
Mindy Kursban Kwiatkowski
Vice President, General Counsel
Mindy Kursban Kwiatkowski, Vice President, General Counsel
Mindy serves as Corporate Counsel for Family & Nursing Care, a role she has had since 2007. In addition to overseeing the legal aspects of the business as in-house counsel, Mindy manages all government relations matters. One non-legal responsibility Mindy is especially proud of is helping to implement environmentally-friendly practices, which led to Family & Nursing Care becoming a certified Green Business in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a member of the Maryland Green Registry.
Prior to joining the family business, Mindy served eight years as general counsel and then as Executive Director of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health advocacy group that focuses on prevention and compassion in medicine. Mindy currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Physicians Committee.
Mindy holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law. When not working, Mindy spends her time promoting veganism and animal rights, which she does with her husband and network of friends, and is active in state and local politics.
Vice President, Business Development
Mitch Markowitz, Vice President, Business Development
Originally from New Jersey, Mitch has been with Family & Nursing Care since 2001. A graduate of Towson University, Mitch is responsible for marketing oversight and business development for Family & Nursing Care.
Prior to joining Family & Nursing Care, most of Mitch’s experience was in the senior housing industry, at both assisted living communities and continuing care retirement communities. He is very active in the local community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for The Beacon Institute and as a part of the Leadership Montgomery class of 2015-2016. He has also served as co-chairperson of the GROWS Program Committee, as well as other local committees. He has spoken at the local, state, and national level.
While not working, Mitch is an avid sports and music fan, but nothing is more important to him than spending time with his wife and two children.
Vice President, Human Resources
Sherry Peach-Walker, Vice President, Human Resources
Sherry Peach-Walker is Vice-President, Human Resources at Family & Nursing Care. A graduate of Penn State University, Sherry began a career serving older adults gaining experience in hospice, senior living, and with an employee assistance program.
Since joining Family & Nursing Care in 2005, Sherry has advanced through the ranks several times, most recently serving as Vice President, Client Services before transitioning to her current role. This breadth of experience gives Sherry a unique perspective and ability to think strategically, but never lose sight of what is most important to clients and families, something she keeps in mind while overseeing the hiring, management and training of Family & Nursing Care staff. Sherry sees to it that staff keep Family & Nursing Care’s Guiding Values top of mind always, and that they remain committed to ensuring that the needs and expectations of clients, families, and professionals are met.
When not working, Sherry enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, especially when they are together riding roller coasters, enjoying indoor waterparks, or watching Marvel movies.
Vice President, Client Services
Kelly Salb, Vice President, Client Services
Kelly earned her Social Work degree at Longwood University and became a licensed Social Worker in 2005. She worked for a startup home care agency in Bethesda, MD, and joined Family & Nursing Care in 2012. After years as a Director of Client Services with the Company, Kelly was recently promoted to Vice President, Client Services. In 2022, Kelly was named to Aging Media Network’s Future Leaders Class of 2022, showcasing the most promising talent in senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice industries. Kelly has always loved helping people in any way possible and knew she wanted to be in a field where she could learn how to advocate for the aging population and their families.
Kelly loves anything sports related, spending time outdoors, and staying active with her husband and their three children.
Vice President, Caregiver Operations
Jennifer Sussman, Vice President, Caregiver Operations
Jennifer started her relationship with Family & Nursing Care as a college intern in 2002 and has spent her entire professional career with the organization. Since then, she has filled many roles within the company – IT, Accounting, Office Management, and finally Recruiting and Caregiver Services. Jen originally studied to be a teacher, but felt very welcomed by the company culture and found a similar interest in wanting to help people.
Jennifer views her role as one of collaboration and encourages her team to share ideas and challenge the status quo with new ways of doing things. She is also responsible for continually working on ways to improve operations and has integrated new technologies to add greater efficiencies. Jennifer embraces the challenges of finding the highest qualified caregivers head-on and referring the right caregiver match for each client’s unique needs.
When not working, you can find Jennifer spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Amanda Angst, Director, Finance
As Director of Finance, Amanda loves that she gets to work with numbers every day. She enjoys analyzing data, creating spreadsheets, setting budgets, and assisting in financial company projections. She also enjoys interacting with clients, caregivers, and colleagues.
Before joining Family & Nursing Care in 2017, Amanda lived in many different places, from California to England, while her husband was in the military and was able to provide in-home daycare for other military families. She was also the Fleet & Family Support President for 2.5 years, supporting families when their loved one was deployed.
In her spare time, Amanda spends a lot of time with her family. She enjoys camping, hiking, biking, arts & crafts, and volunteering with her kids’ schools and sports programs.
Director, Caregiver Recruiting
Pam Barrett, Director, Caregiver Recruiting
Pam has been with Family & Nursing Care since 2017. She has held various roles within the company, including Recruiting Coordinator, Care Coordinating Manager, and Caregiver Recruiting Manager before being promoted to Director, Caregiver Recruiting. Pam previously pursued a degree in Nursing before changing her focus on a new passion, Health Services Management. Before joining the company, she worked at a local skilled nursing facility where she would refer clients to Family & Nursing Care, which is how she first learned about the company.
Pam understands that caregiving isn’t easy and has the utmost respect for Caregivers and their selfless acts of kindness with clients. She came to love recruiting and wants to continue looking for the best Caregivers for Family & Nursing Care. She enjoys meeting and interacting with all the different candidates along the process.
Outside of work, Pam likes watching movies, going to the park with her son, and spending time with family.
Director, Care Coordinating, Select
Allison Bates, Director, Care Coordinating, Select
Allison joined Family & Nursing Care in 2006 and worked her way up through the coordinating department to her current role, where she oversees all Select Care Coordinating Managers. Allison has a caring spirit and enjoys the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of older adults through her role and in tandem with her colleagues, who she finds to be “some of the sweetest and compassionate folks in this business.” She believes strongly that Care Comes Full Circle and that it is amazing for her to be able to give back to those who have sacrificed their entire lives to ensure the current generation’s success
In her spare time, Allison stays as active as possible. She enjoys nature and being with family, goes for long walks in nature preserves, and rides her bicycle on trails. She also loves adventure and learning about different cultures, so she travels internationally as much as possible.
Natalie has been with Family & Nursing Care since 2017. She has held various roles within the company, including Front Desk Associate, Client Services Manager, and Assistant Director, Client Services before being promoted to Director, Client Services. She has always had a desire to help those in need. She especially loves getting to know clients and hearing their unique stories.
She enjoys helping families figure out how to best support their loved ones. From personal experience, she knows that it can be challenging to figure out what’s best and wants to be there to support her clients and their families every step of the way.
Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending time with family & friends, being outdoors, traveling, and live music.
Jeff Briggs, Director, Intake
Jeff’s love for helping people led him to where he is today. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Southeastern University and his Master’s of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. He worked in the education field before joining Family & Nursing Care in 2015. Since joining the company, Jeff has worked in the Intake department and as a Client Services Manager, allowing him to learn the importance of compassion and empathy, especially for those facing challenging situations.
Jeff’s favorite part of working at Family & Nursing Care is helping families make difficult decisions and helping them navigate home care support. He finds it rewarding to be able to help them through crisis situations, finding additional support from caregivers. He appreciates the role caregivers have and how they contribute to the overall well-being of the older adult population.
Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with family, traveling and visiting new countries, hiking, cooking, and eating delicious food.
Risa has enjoyed a long career in Corporate Communications; leading communications initiatives for esteemed companies including HSBC North America, Sodexo, Inc., Choice Hotels International and Marriott International. Coming to Family & Nursing Care in August 2020 from the hospitality industry, Risa places an emphasis on customer care and making sure that messaging resonates with her intended audiences. Risa graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Communications from Yeshiva University – Stern College for Women. She has had a passion for working with older adults since her days in high school when she volunteered at a Senior Living Community, and when she aided her Grandmother’s transition to a Skilled Nursing Facility during a summer off from college. She is so grateful to now be able to lend her communications expertise in this industry.
When not working, Risa enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenage children, as well as staying active, cooking, reading, and watching TV and movies.
Celina Quismorio, RN
Director of Nursing, Select
Celina Quismorio, RN, Director of Nursing
Becoming a nurse was a career path for Celina ever since her childhood, when, as an accident-prone kid, she spent a lot of time with the school nurse. After watching the nurse bandage her own injuries, when a friend hurt her ankle in gym class, Celina expertly wrapped her friend’s ankle with an ace bandage. When the nurse saw Celina’s handiwork, she said, “You’d make a good nurse!” That encouragement stuck with her.
After 12 years working in the field of nursing including in hospital, health care system and clinic settings, Celina joined Family & Nursing Care in 2021. Her expertise and skill were evident from the very start. In fact, after only a few months on the job, Celina was promoted to her current position as Director of Nursing for Family & Nursing Care, Select.
Celina is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the nursing department. While her activities can vary, they include collaborating with other departments, conducting Start of Care assessments and Supervisory Visits with clients, updating clients’ Plan of Care, giving Caregiver Orientation presentations, and staffing blood pressure clinics at area senior living communities, to name a few. She also provides advice, resources, health education and skills review to Caregivers.
In her role Celina gets to meet a lot of different people – both Caregivers and clients – and hear about their life experiences. She says the best part of her job is having conversations with the people she meets and learning about the unique ways in which they have contributed to and impacted our world. With everyone she meets and/or works with, Celina brings her pleasant and cheerful demeanor, and is quick to share a smile, laugh, or provide a listening ear.
When she’s not working, Celina likes to relax by watching Netflix, spending time with family and her fur-babies (both a cat and a dog), going on nature walks, bowling, and going out for pizza!
Kelly Ann Sharp
Director, Client Services
Kelly Ann Sharp, Director, Client Services
Kelly Ann has loved the aging population since her grandmother lived with her as a child, and continued to develop when she interned at an assisted living facility in college. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences and Minor in Gerontology from York College of Pennsylvania and joined Family & Nursing Care in 2013. Kelly Ann has always been driven to helping those in need and enjoys working with people in this capacity. In her current role, she appreciates that she gets to help families find the best care for their loved one and assist them in navigating through challenging situations.
Outside of work, Kelly Ann enjoys spending time with her family and friends by staying active, attending sporting events and comedy shows, and traveling.
Director, Care Coordinating, Classic
Amanda Williams, Director, Care Coordinating, Classic
As Director of Care Coordinating, Classic, Amanda loves that she gets the opportunity to connect with different people within the homecare industry and see different perspectives on various issues. She has always held an interest in helping others and has always had a respect for older adults and those who act as caregivers. After being the sole caregiver for her mother, she feels that her life has come full circle, working for an organization that prides itself on its caregivers and the population they support. Since joining the company, Amanda has held a number of roles within the organization, including Nights and Weekends Coordinator, Care Coordinating Manager Associate, Care Coordinating Manager, and Assistant Director of Care Coordinating, Select.
When not working, Amanda enjoys going to the beach, playing with her dog, Diamond, decorating her home, and painting.