Meet Our Comfort Keepers®

Our team is uniquely qualified and ready to help 

Every member of our team is professional and well trained. We conduct a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify the best home care providers, and only those who pass this process go on to complete training to deliver our special brand of home care and become Comfort Keepers®. What truly sets our people apart, though, is their natural gift for caring for others. 

All Comfort Keepers pass extensive background checks and complete continuing education. They are bonded, insured and covered by workers' compensation insurance to protect our clients and their families.

Shelley Bruce

Owner

CEO and Care Coordinator of Comfort Keepers, Kalispell, Shelley opened this service in 2003 after her family experienced the trials and tribulations of finding quality in-home care for their own Mother.  

Ultimately, her family was grateful for the assistance that allowed their mom to remain in her home and Shelley realized the need for such a service in NW Montana.  

Shelley is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and worked at Stanford University Medical Center prior to moving to the Flathead Valley in 1989.  

She has training in general and intensive neonatal, pediatric and adult care and experience in managing emergencies and traumas via ambulance and air transports.

A Registered Dental Hygienist, she is also licensed to practice dental hygiene in Montana and the western regional states.

A fellow Rotarian and past president of the Kalispell Montessori School, Shelley enjoys tennis, sailing and the great outdoors with her husband and their two children.

Kathy Kusler

Client Care Coordinator

Kathy has been a part of Comfort Keepers since it's opening in 2003. Her educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.

She was employed in the inpatient rehabilitation units of St. Josephs Hospital in Albuquerque, NM and Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Mt. where she worked with those recovering from Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and various other impairments due to injury or disease.

Kathy is a Care Coordinator and very much enjoys assisting clients and their families in developing the right plan to keep the client thriving at home (or in a care facility if necessary) and maintaining as much independence as possible.

Aside from being an active member of the Rotary Club, Kathy spends her free time with her husband, two daughters and 3 FABULOUS dogs!

Joan Siderius

Head of Human Resources

A Registered Nurse, Joan has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Portland in Oregon.

She enjoys the challenge of working in two different settings that utilize her great people skills and clinical acumen. She divides her time working as a Nurse at Kalispell Medical Regional Center and acting head of the Human Resource Department at Comfort Keepers.

Joan has a wonderful sense of humor and delights in activities that are light at heart. She is married and has three children. Joan enjoys being a parent volunteer in a myriad of school functions.

Fran Hughes

Caregiver

Fran has worked as a caregiver for Comfort Keepers for 10 years and has thoroughly enjoyed assisting her clients throughout the years.

She also works in the Comfort Keepers office as needed. Fran is a retired school teacher, having taught Elementary Education for 30 years.

She worked at Peterson Elementary and Edgerton Elementary, 11 years and 15 years respectively.

Fran served on the board of Big Brothers and Sisters and is the past President of Glacier National Part Associates.

She is very active in her church. In her free time, she loves to play tennis and hike.

Barb Janni

Financial Officer

Barb brings to Comfort Keepers over three decades of experience as an Accountant/Bookkeeper in a variety of professional settings.

She is Comfort Keepers acting Financial Officer and her expertise in this field is appreciated by our clients as well. She is quick to respond to any questions regarding general or long-term care insurance plans and will go the extra mile to ensure one's care plan is complete.

Barb enjoys living and playing in the great outdoors of Montana which she has called her home since 1987.

Barb is married with two wonderful sons.

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