Meet Our Comfort Keepers Caregivers in Lakeland, FL
Our team of Comfort Keepers Caregivers is uniquely qualified and ready to help your loved one in Lakeland, FL.
Every caregiver on our Comfort Keepers team in Lakeland, FL team is professional and well trained. We conduct a thorough screening and interviewing process to identify the best home care providers and caregivers, 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 Comfort Keepers apart, though, is their natural gift for caring for others.
All Comfort Keepers caregivers 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.
For over 14 years, Tracy Kelley has been inspiring others to take action on what some might call the most noblest of pursuits— providing respite care for our senior loved ones.
The realization of this passion for serving others, however, can be traced back over 27 years ago, while attending Florida Southern College for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. It was during her education and her many years of serving customers of all ages in the insurance industry that she found her passion for people, but wanted to do something more.
As a mother of three, she was seeking to fulfill that passion while maintaining a flexible schedule for her children. When Tracy saw a growing need for elder care in Polk County, she realized that her passion for people would be best put to work by helping seniors maintain independence and quality of life in their homes. Owning and operating a home care service that offered a range of caregiving levels—from respite care and palliative care to dementia care and end of life care—would give her the opportunity to give something back.
Never losing sight of that vision, in 2002 Tracy opened Polk County’s first Comfort Keepers to provide unparalleled senior home care to residents of Lakeland, Winter Haven, Sebring, and the surrounding Central Florida area.
Tracy sets the high standard for everyone at Comfort Keepers by demonstrating that every aspect of the company must be grounded in love for the clients. It’s at the heart of everything a Comfort Keeper caregiver does for the client.
In her spare time, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family and supporting worthy causes that help enhance the quality of life for local senior residents. In Tracy’s own words, “We get to help the hands that built America.”
Rob Corl started as the Comfort Keepers’ Operations Manager in December 2016, after serving over twenty years in the United States Marine Corps and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Serving as a Combat Engineer Officer, Rob held multiple command positions and led, trained, and deployed his Marines around the globe. His service also included numerous staff positions supporting Marine and Special Operations units. In these roles, he honed skills like operational planning, logistics, policy and procedure development, budget development and execution, resource identification and allocation, collaboration, inter-agency coordination, international engagement, and leading team members. As a testament to his work ethic and character, he received multiple awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, one with Combat “V”, and the Combat Action Ribbon, among others. The skills he developed with the Marine Corps are the same ones he utilizes on a daily basis at Comfort Keepers.
Before joining the Marine Corps, Rob attended Central Michigan University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Prior to retiring, he enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Oklahoma, College of Liberal Studies and graduated with a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership in 2017. Rob’s military experience and education have provided him with an impeccable blend of skills to ensure the Comfort Keepers team continues to offer a high level of in-home care and runs as efficiently as possible.
Coming into the role, Rob was also looking forward to—as Owner/Operator Tracy Kelley puts it—“helping the hands that built America,” with a special emphasis on helping the older population of military veterans who gave so much to the nation. His background involves managing large groups and leading small numbers alike, working closely with local organizations and traveling to foreign locales, and interacting with populations of different ages and backgrounds. He is well-equipped to ensure all the facets of Comfort Keepers are operating smoothly so that only the best home care, dementia care, and respite care services our provided for our clients.
In his free time, Rob coaches Fishhawk Youth Baseball, enjoys being outdoors and volunteers in pro bono consulting settings, giving preference to those opportunities having to do with disaster and humanitarian relief, the environment, and science and technology.
Business Development Manager
LuAnne Barnet joined Comfort Keepers during the summer of 2017 as the Business Development Manager. She brings with her many years of experience in business development, operations and training in elderly services and other related health services industries.
LuAnne started her journey in healthcare services earning a BA in Psychology from Luther College and then a Master’s of Counseling from Arizona State University. From there she has gained an extensive amount of experience working in sectors akin to the home healthcare industry, such as owning a consultation firm that trained senior care providers and working as a program director for a residential and day services agency. Before coming to Comfort Keepers, LuAnne spent 16 years as the CEO of a company that delivered individualized support to seniors and people with disabilities. She wore many hats in that role, including overseeing operations, human resources, finance, quality assurance, information technology, nursing / clinical, development / marketing, training and office management.
LuAnne has a deep, vested interest in the home care services provided by Comfort Keepers. In addition to her natural team-building skills and her personal work philosophy is “it’s not about me!”—she also has experienced first-hand the frustration and helplessness of watching elderly loved ones leave their home because in-home care was not available. “I am very committed to the mission of Comfort Keepers in helping others to realize the dream that my own parents could not,” LuAnne shared.
LuAnne is dedicated to the high level of quality home care services in Lakeland that Comfort Keepers is known for providing, and she is committed to Comfort Keepers’ efforts to help seniors to either reach or maintain their independence.