Meet the Team

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Shawn Cothran

Owner and Agency Director
Shawn joined ABC in 2021 with over 16 years of senior industry experience, starting as Dining Services Coordinator then spending the past 12 years as Executive Director for assisted living communities in California and North Carolina. Prior to joining the senior industry, Shawn was an executive chef in Chicago, and he utilizes the hospitality skills he learned from that profession to be successful in the senior industry. Shawn grew up in Apex before attending the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. He has two sons, Austin and Dean, and a dog named Max. He enjoys billiards, cooking and anything water related!
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Elizabeth Cruz, RN

Nursing Supervisor
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.
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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.
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Christina Dow

Office and HR Coordinator
Christina joined Always Best Care in 2017 as a caregiver, and recently became Office Manager. She graduated with a Psychology degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus in Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management. Originally from Virginia, she moved to Raleigh NC in 1994 and spent 21 years in Corporate HR and Retirement Services. As life makes changes in your path, Christina was referred to ABC and well, the rest is history as she found her “purpose”! Her love of helping seniors moved from direct caregiving to office management. She works on billing, payroll and most HR-related functions. Christina lives in Youngsville with her husband, daughter and son. She loves spending quality time with her family and her church.
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Laura Aduddell

Scheduling Coordinator
Laura joined ABC in 2021 after coordinating schedules for other home care agencies over the past several years. She is a military wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 girl. She has been a nurse for 15 years working in many different areas of nursing. Before that she was a pharmacy technician for 7 years. Laura is originally from upstate NY but has lived in many areas of the country due to being a traveling nurse and then a military wife. She currently works remotely for ABC as she resides in California. She loves all animals but has a special love for English Bulldogs. She loves baking, crafts, mystery shows and spending time with family.
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Michele Spangler-Lineback

PT Scheduler
Michele joined ABC in 2020 as an experienced Certified Nursing Assistant. She is originally from Raleigh, NC and in addition to providing care to our clients, Michele provides scheduling support on evenings and weekends. While not working with ABC or in her medical staffing job during the day, she enjoys spending time with her 3 grown children.
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