Meet The Team

Marlynn Bruno

Owner and the Administrator

I’m Marlynn Bruno and co-founded Always Best Care Jacksonville with my husband, Mike, in 2012. I was born in Tampa, Florida, which makes me a true native Floridian.  I graduated from Rollins College with a BA and Auburn University with a MA in English.  War Eagle! After teaching college level English for several years, I decided it was time to devote my energy toward my passion: helping others.  When Mike introduced the idea of purchasing a home health agency, I knew this would be a great way to help others.  I had actually become a family caregiver at age seventeen when I decided to graduate high school as a Junior to go live with my grandmother three states away.  Spending almost a year with my grandmother enabled me to see how much “youth” she still had, and I wanted to make sure she enjoyed every day of her life!  Now, with the help of our wonderful caregivers and dedicated staff, we are able to help each of our clients live each day to the fullest independently and with dignity.  As an Owner and the Administrator for Always Best Care Jacksonville I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to help families and their loved ones through the transitions of life.  I am an active mom of three and love hanging out with them and our two rescued dogs.

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Mike Bruno

Vice President

I’m Mike Bruno and am Co-Owner of Always Best Care Jacksonville with my wife, Marlynn. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I graduated from the University of South Carolina and have been a die-heart Gamecocks and Steelers fan my entire life.  After working in the hotel industry as a National Sales and Marketing Director for over 28 years, I  decided it was time  to own my own business to provide stability for our family.  Although neither Marlynn nor I had a clinical background for home health, I brought strong sales and marketing experience to the launch of our company.   As the Vice President, I focus on streamlining our business operations to provide efficient productivity and performance.  Since we are state licensed and nationally accredited by ACHC, I oversee the Quality Assurance Program for our clients and caregivers to ensure that we are giving our absolute BEST to our clients!  I enjoy that we are making a difference for both our community’s seniors but also our caregivers and their families.  I also head up our one man IT Department and am always exploring business development and growing the brand.  In my down time, I enjoy spending time with our three kids and hitting balls on the golf course or tennis court.

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Cris Thomas

Care Coordinator

My name is Cris Thomas and I have been with ABC Jacksonville for 4 years. I have a wonderful husband, Joe, and twin girls. I have a BS degree in Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. I worked for many years as Director of a Child Development Center and took some time off to raise our twins. At ABC I am the Care Coordinator responsible for the hiring, vetting, and ongoing education and compliance of our caregivers and staff. In addition, I serve as the Liaison between the caregivers and our clients to ensure their satisfaction at all levels. Working at ABC has been very rewarding for me. I went from working with family and children to working with family and their elderly loved ones. I enjoy helping Seniors get the best possible care. We are always hiring compassionate and skilled caregivers so apply now! I can’t wait to meet you!

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Deanna Racine

Quality Assurance

My name is Deanna Racine and I have been with the Always Best Care Jacksonville Team since February 2017. I have a BS Degree in Nursing and multiple other certifications, of which I took a break from to raise my beautiful family of 4 children along with my loving husband. Before coming to work for Always Best Care I ran an Adult Day Care Program for Developmentally Disabled Adults, worked for a physician, and performed Pacemaker checks throughout Florida. At Always Best Care, I am involved with our Clients from intake to discharge and am responsible for our Quality Assurance Program. I enjoy helping seniors and their families in coordinating their home care needs or assisting in placing them in a Senior Living environment. I enjoy being part of a team that helps to make a difference in the lives of our clients and their families.

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Bonnie Sokolski


My name is Bonnie Sokloski, and I joined the ABC Family in November 2018 as the Scheduler. I was born and raised in Connecticut and came to Jacksonville about 5 years ago. I love it! I don’t miss the cold or snow one bit! In September my boyfriend and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl whom we adore and love watching her grow and change everyday! I have worked in the medical field for over 16 years. I enjoy working and getting to know so many great people. It’s great to be part of a team that makes such an important impact on people’s everyday lives.

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Ellen Ranola

Marketing Liaison

Hello! I just recently joined ABC as the Marketing Liaison. I have a BS Degree in Business with a major in Finance. My wonderful husband and our two kids migrated to the United States in 2001 from the Philippines and settled here in Jacksonville, Florida. I have worked 14 years in the Dental field as a Business Administrator for a private practice and later on joined a corporate dental group. In 2016, I felt I wanted to more as far as helping others–especially seniors. I joined an assisted living facility as a Portfolio Manager and I also a CORE trained ALF Administrator.

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Lauren Schilkofski


My name is Lauren Schilkofski, and I have been a nurse for a little over four years. I attended school at Jacksonville University and received my Bachelor of Nursing Degree there. My background includes critical care, home health, and neonatal nursing. Most of my free time is consumed with my three year old son who is a little spark of energy (which I love oh so much!) I grew up and have lived in the Fleming Island area since I was a child. I look forward to meeting and taking care of you and your family!

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Sandy Michael

Registered Nurse

My name is Sandy Michael and i have been with ABC Jacksonville for 2 years. I have a BS degree in Nursing from The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and graduated from Scranton Preparatory School. I have worked as a nurse for 13 years with a concentration in Rehab nursing in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, then began Home Health with ABC for the last 2 years. I am married for 19 years to my husband, Joe, who is a Navy Dentist and we have 3 beautiful children and live in St. Johns. Working at ABC has been wonderful for me since caring for the elderly is my passion and calling. I do nursing assessments, pill box refills, Supervisor Visits and assist with start of care for new clients. I work with clients and families to ensure the best possible plan of care for our clients in their homes. I enjoy working with the ABC team as our priority is always the client. I look forward to working with you!