Meet the Team
Owner & Agency Director
Stephanie and her husband, Dan, started Always Best Care Senior Services in 2009. Originally from Eastern Kentucky, Stephanie has lived the majority of her life in North Carolina, including 16 years in Wake Forest. After graduating with an accounting degree from Wake Forest University, she spent 20 years in public and corporate accounting before deciding what she wanted to do when she grew up. Her passion for helping seniors and their families navigate senior living options is apparent when you meet with her, and she believes all her clients should know all their options so they can make educated decisions. In 2017, she was awarded the ABC Placement Award of the Year.
When she isn’t helping her clients, Stephanie enjoys watching movies and WFU sports with her husband and spending time with their two teenage daughters and adult son.
Wanda is originally from East Tennessee, but has lived 24 years in Wake Forest. Wanda graduated from East Tennessee State University, with a degree in accounting, and has spent 40+ years in accounting and supervisory positions in public accounting, retail, manufacturing and telecommunications. She met Dan and Stephanie 24 years ago, when they worked in the same Accounting department, and has maintained a close relationship with them, resulting in her position with Always Best Care in 2011. Wanda and her husband, Al, have 2 children, who also live in NC, and have blessed them with 5 awesome grandchildren — 3 boys and 2 girls, ages 2-12.
When not working with ABC, Wanda and Al enjoy watching movies, playing golf, going to the beach, visiting the Smith family in Goldsboro, NC and visiting their amazing grandchildren.
Elizabeth Cruz, RN
Elizabeth has been a Registered Nurse for 9 years and joined the Always Best Care team in 2016. She graduated with a Biology degree from North Carolina State Univerisity and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Elizabeth started her nursing career at UNC Hospitals where she worked for several years in the acute burn, wound care and trauma field before transitioning to her current role at Nursing Supervisor for Always Best Care. Elizabeth performs Initial Assessments for clients and develops and continually adjusts care plans to best suit their needs. She is passionate about providing exceptional care to seniors and working with our excellent team of caregivers to provide compassionate, professional, and individualized care to our clients.
Elizabeth lives in Wake forest with her husband and two young daughters. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys running and spending time outdoors.
April Alexander, LPN
Assistant Nursing Supervisor
April earned her nursing degree in her home state of Massachusetts. For the last 25 years, she has built her career in healthcare with a specialty in Geriatrics. She has a passion for helping seniors maintain their independence while affording them the opportunity to live life to the fullest.
When she’s not at work, you can find April at the North Wake Baseball fields where she manages the concession area. She also enjoys spending time with her family, dogs and loves to travel.
Paige Van Lenten
Community Relations Director
Paige graduated with a BS in Management from Georgia Tech with a focus in Marketing and Leadership, and brings over 20 years of relationship building and leadership to Always Best Care. She specializes in senior placement, and by listening to the families’ needs and specific situations, she will reduce their stress by helping find the ideal senior living option for our clients. Paige has lived in Raleigh for over 24 years with her husband Dave and two children, Allison and Anderson. She held Administrative leadership roles in the utility industry before staying home with her children for over 15 years. During that time, she served the community in many volunteer leadership roles with the Junior League of Raleigh, her children’s school PTA and her church.
Sharon graduated with a MA in Public & International Affairs and a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Raleigh in 1992, from Pittsburgh, and has worked in leadership roles with a wide variety of companies throughout her career. She brings over 20 years business consulting experience with small to Fortune 500 companies. At Always Best Care, she specializes in caregiver recruitment and retention. Sharon lives in Raleigh with her husband Tim and three children, Emily, Alex and A.J. Her passions are international exchange programs and travel, as well as volunteering at her church and children’s schools.