Meet the Team

Jim Smeaton

President & Director of Client Care

Jim Smeaton is the owner of Always Best Care of Western North Carolina. He is a graduate of Rider University Prior to founding Always Best Care in 2011, Jim spent over 30 years in a variety of sales / marketing, product management and customer service management roles in the electronics and packaging industries.

While he wears many hats in the business, Jim most enjoys visiting referral sources and current and prospective clients and listening to their life stories. He serves on the board of Aging Projects, Inc. and is on the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee.

Jim and his wife Anne are the proud parents of three grown sons who are all “off the payroll” and living in North Carolina. His interests include playing golf, hiking, anything related to the water (lakes or beach) and skiing with the FROGS (Five Really Old Guys Skiing).

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Alyssa Beck

Staffing Coordinator/Scheduler

Alyssa was born in Florida but grew up right here in the mountains of Asheville and has been with Always Best Care since May of 2018. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and is currently enrolled in Nursing School at McDowell Technical Community College. Alyssa got into the healthcare field 10 years ago and has loved working with the aging population ever since. She is looking forward to her future career as a nurse. She is a graduate of A-B Tech and has experience with staffing in both the health care field and insurance field.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spontaneous trips to the beach. Alyssa and her husband will be celebrating their one year wedding anniversary this October and have one child.

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Melisa Lunsford

Staffing Coordinator/Recruiter

Melisa was born and raised on the coast of North Carolina and grew up in WNC which has always been “home” to her. She is a med tech and has worked in geriatrics in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities and in home care for about 7 years. She has a special heart felt interest in hospice and caring for her loved ones.

She is happily married and she and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors and with their family and pets. She owes her success in life to having faith in God and hard work.

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Stephanie Tucker

Client Care Coordinator

Stephanie is a native of Florida and moved to Western NC in 2016 and “couldn’t be happier with our decision”. She has been with Always Best Care Senior Services since December of 2016. She has always been partial to and has personal experience working with seniors having cared for her grandfather. Stephanie attended the University of North Florida where she met my husband of 14 years. They have three amazing children together.

In her spare time, she and her family enjoy fishing and hiking around the many beautiful places Western North Carolina has to offer.

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Janet Mathis

Registered Nurse

Janet is a Registered Nurse with 35 years experience with an extensive background in care management and long term care. Her background includes emergency medical, instructor for the National Heart Association in CPR/BLS/AED and certification as a legal nurse consultant. Janet is a native of Asheville, NC who has been married for 28 years and who has four grown sons. Janet enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, fishing and boating as well as reading and traveling.

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Deidre Conner

Community Marketing Representative

Deidre is originally from Ohio, Deidre now resides in Hendersonville. She was previously a CNA and has more than twenty-five years of experience in a variety of healthcare product marketing roles. Deidre loves meeting new people and has “never met a stranger”. She loves developing new relationships and has a passion for working with seniors and veterans. She has served as a volunteer with Hospice and also with the American Red Cross working with veterans.

In her free time, Deidre enjoys getting outdoors in beautiful western North Carolina.

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