Meet Some of Our Caregivers
Stacy Colburn – has been working as one of Silver Leaf’s caregivers since 2003. She is an LNA who has been doing private in-home care for the elderly since 1990. Experienced with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, seizures, diabetes, sleep disorders, heart disease. She also provides special care as needed such as physical therapy, transfers, showers, meal preparation and more.
Stacy’s hometown is Buffalo, New York – she’s lived in Vermont for 25 years. Stacy has two sons and a cute pug. Her hobbies are reading, biking and doing activities with her boys. Stacy was drawn to in-home care for the comfort it brings her clients. “I love taking care of the elderly and helping them to remain in their homes where they are comfortable.”
Jane Rushford – has been with Silver Leaf since 2010. She completed an intensive caregiving training program through the University of Vermont Medical Center, and she has 25 years of experience providing private in-home care for the elderly. Experience with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, sleep disorders, diabetes and heart disease.
Jane was born in Winooski, lived in Essex Junction in a house her grandfather built. She currently resides in Milton with her husband. They have three adult children and a two-year-old granddaughter, Ally. Her hobbies include sewing, home decorating, gardening, and photography. She hopes to do some traveling in the future. Jane says, “I get great satisfaction taking care of the elderly – I especially love listening to their life stories.”
Linda Birkenbach – started with Silver Leaf in 2011. She has a B.A. in Social Work and worked as a children’s social worker for a few years. She was a legal administrative secretary for 20 years. She changed careers nine years ago, and trained through VNA to become a care provider. She has worked with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, non-ambulatory patients and stroke victims. Linda is certified in CPR and First Aid, and she teaches senior exercise classes and water aerobics at The Edge.
She was born in Cinnaminson, New Jersey and lived in California where she attended San Francisco State University. Linda moved to Vermont in 2002 with her husband. She has a daughter, one granddaughter and a wonderful little poodle-mix dog. In her free time, Linda enjoys her book club, playing drums and hiking.
“It is so rewarding working one-on-one with the elderly in a home atmosphere. I also like having a flexible schedule so I can teach my exercise classes.”