Meet Our Team
Professional Healthcare Resources Leadership
Founder, RN, MS, CNAA, LNC, NE-BC
Nurses impact lives every day. But once in a while, a nurse comes along who touches the lives of not only her patients but the lives of many. Eileen DeCesare is one such nurse. She has gone beyond the role of bedside nurse to an owner and operator of multiple home health, personal care and hospice agencies in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. She has broken down barriers of female entrepreneurship, campaigned the cause for home health care and has become a role model for employees and women throughout the area.
Mrs. DeCesare is a special kind of leader. While the creation of a successful and profitable company is as important as ever to her, it is the adherence to values such as respect, belief, trust, loyalty, commitment, courage and gratitude that has led her to success these past fifty- four years of her professional career. After graduating from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Quezon City, Philippines she came to the United States in 1964. She received a Bachelor of Nursing degree from University of Illinois and Master’s degree in Public Administration-Healthcare Management from DePaul University.
The pursuit of excellence is one she holds dear. In addition to her education credentials, Mrs. DeCesare holds many certifications and advance training credentials. These include: Legal Nurse Consultant; Certification in Nursing Administration, Advance by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association as well as a Board certification as Nurse Executive by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Mrs. DeCesare’s career spans 54 years in the health care industry with roles in clinical nursing, quality assurance, nursing education and homecare administration. She has served in many successive nursing leadership roles from Cook County Hospital in Chicago to Assistant Director of Nursing for Special Projects at Howard University Hospital, to Deputy Director of Nursing in charge of day-to-day operations and Director of Nursing systems at DC General Hospital.
Most Influential Business Leader in Residential Nursing-Washington D.C. Metro Area is only the latest of the many honors and awards that Mrs. DeCesare has received. Others include; St. Luke’s Nursing Alumni Foundation, USA Outstanding Alumni in 1994; “Plaque of Recognition” for her exemplary contribution in the field of Medicine and Humanitarian Service , 2002; Who’s Who in America, 2002; Inclusion in Sigma Theta Tau’s 100 Extraordinary Nurses in D.C., 2003; Honored Professional in Who’s Who Executives and Professionals; “Miracle Worker Award” from the Marathon of Miracles; Most Outstanding Migrant in 2009 and one of the 20 Outstanding Filipinos Abroad also in 2009. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Global Health and Pharma “Women in Health Awards” as well as being featured in the De Paul University Magazine in the Alumni Profile in 2015 and Recognition and inclusion in the 2015-2016 edition of the International Nurses Association as a “Worldwide Leader in Healthcare”. She was also recognized for her Commitment in Health Care Delivery to the Spanish Speaking Community of the District of Columbia.
Mrs. DeCesare believes that leaving the world a little better is the definition of success. She has lived that belief as serving as a volunteer and officer in many community and charitable organizations. In 1991 Mrs. DeCesare was named Mrs. Philippines Nation’s Capital, for her fundraising efforts to build a 74-unit Mrs. Philippines Home for the Senior Citizens located in Oxon Hill, Maryland. In 1992 she was part of a relief mission to the Philippines providing assistance to victims of Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruptions which devastated vast areas of that country. Mrs. DeCesare has been a member of many professional associations including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, President of the Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Washington and has served on the Board of Directors of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and the Board of Directors for Ecosystems Solutions, Inc. She has testified before the National Institute of Health on Women’s Health and Nursing Issues.
Mrs. DeCesare has always been a “nurse’s nurse” and her personal philosophy that patients should always be the top priority led her to home health nursing.
Her desire to provide the optimum highest quality of care possible to the patients and her desire to mentor and guide other healthcare professionals to their highest potentials as a caring and high caliber professionals have been her driving force in her entire professional career. She wanted to create an organization that empowered its staff to provide skillful and quality care leading to better outcomes and ultimately a better quality of life for the patients it serves.
VP of Clinical Operations and Logistics
An alumnus of the Maternal Child Health and Pediatric Nursing program at Laboure College in Boston, Keren holds advanced degrees in both Nursing and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts. After an early career in Intensive Care and Emergency Department Nursing, Keren found her calling in Pediatric Hospice and Maternal Child Home Health, and eventually relocated to Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
A move to the Richmond area allowed the mother of five to serve a number of leadership positions, including Vice President of the Virginia Association of Home Care and Hospice, in an elected position as board member and frequent chair of the Essex County School Board, Vice Chair and Executive Board member of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School; retiring this past December after a twenty-year tenure. Currently Keren serves as a docent and board member for the Essex County Museum and Historical Society and as an advisor for the Nursing Program at a local Community College.
Keren has held a variety of nurse management and executive positions at a range of not-for-profit and publicly traded home health companies. Keren joined Professional Healthcare Resources in 2005 and after left in 2012 to pursue executive training and opportunities. She returned in 2017, and as the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Logistics, she brings a diverse and extensive clinical and operational background to this next chapter in our corporate story. Keren’s responsibilities include oversight of the Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty/Personal Care programs and as a member of a highly skilled and experienced Executive Team who are dedicated to quality. She enjoys a professional partnership uniquely suited to success in an ever-changing industry
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. DeWitt began his tenure with Professional Healthcare Resources in early 2018. Prior to joining PHR, Mr. DeWitt served as Chief Financial Officer for a Virginia-based Home Healthcare organization providing skilled and private duty services to patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. He brings over 30 years experience in finance, accounting and strategic planning & development, supporting and leading substantial long-term growth. Mr. DeWitt’s experience includes not only home healthcare, but also assisted living, long-term skilled care, and behavioral healthcare settings. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Louisville, and served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. He is a published author and a highly experienced business leader who performs best in environments that require a combination of leading positive change, developing infrastructure and managing growth while adding significant value to organizations.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Casey holds a clinical nursing degree from the US Military Academy of Health and Sciences and began his nursing career at The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. He began his military career as a Combat Medic in 1990, While at Walter Reed, Casey achieved Military Honors for Leadership and Performance and attained the prestigious Commandant’s Top 10% List through Walter Reed’s Primary Leadership Development Program. Since Walter Reed, Casey has grown his career from a bedside nurse in the ICU and PACU, to a top producing Sales and Marketing leader in the fields of post-acute care to include: Home Based Physicians, Home Health and Hospice, and Durable Medical equipment.
Casey holds high-level skills in the areas of business development / sales marketing, operational management, employee relations and contract negotiations. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Lifespan / Beacon Institute, and Co-Chair of the membership committee, an association of SNF’s and Mid-Atlantic community partners. Casey is widely respected and recognized throughout the Washington DC, Baltimore / Metro Mid-Atlantic healthcare community. Casey’s current responsibilities as a member of the executive team include oversight of the sales/marketing teams, admissions team, recruiting team, and contract negotiations with Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicaid MCOs.
Senior Director of Human Resources
Pauline joined PHR team in July 2017 as Senior Director, Human Resources with over 21 years of Human Resources experience. Her broad experience includes Organizational Development, Project Management, Training/Coaching Development, On-Boarding, Employee Relations, Payroll, Recruitment, HRIS implementations, compliance reporting, and extensive knowledge of Employment Law including EEOC, ADA, FMLA, OHSA, Title VII and FSLA. Pauline was Director, Human Resources for four years for Accel at Home until recruited and hired as Sr. Dir, HR for PHR. Additionally she held the positions of Human Resources Manager for Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital for 5 years, Human Resources Manager for Home Health of Tarrant County for 3 years and held numerous positions working her way to Associate Director, Resource Support during her 21-year career with Radio Shack corporate location in Fort Worth, TX. Pauline earned her Professional Human Resources (PHR) in January 2009 through Human Resource Certification Institute and Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) in 2014 from Society of Human Resource Management. Pauline is a member of Society of Human Resource Management and Dallas Human Resource Management.