Our Team

In Home Care Reston
Mary Alice Ayres

ELLEN HUGHES
CO-OWNER, ASSISTING HANDS HOME CARE SERVING RESTON AND NORTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY

Ellen has lived and worked in Northern Virginia for over 35 years and is a graduate of James Madison University. She started Assisting Hands Home Care out of a desire to help others in her community who need assistance at home with their daily routines. According to Ellen, “so many families don’t know where to even start when a family member needs assistance at home whether it be post-surgery or the desire to age in place. They don’t know where to go, what to do, or who to trust. I want my home care agency to be the place where people can go for answers and peace of mind.”

Assisting Hands Home Care has a mission to provide their clients with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the quality of our caregivers, the professionalism of our staff and our expertise in providing 24/7 care. We believe in providing a positive and caring approach to aging that is centered around the continually evolving needs of our clients. Every caregiver that Ellen has on staff goes through extensive background screening and in-house training before being hired. She takes a personal responsibility to ensure that the caregiver provided for your support is someone she would want to take care of her own family.

Mary Alice Ayres

STEVE LORBERBAUM
CO-OWNER

Co-owner, Assisting Hands Home Care Serving Reston and Northern Fairfax County

As the Co-owner of Assisting Hands Home Care, Steve is dedicated to providing families and their loved ones with exceptional caregiving services and support. It’s about getting to know each family personally and then providing a solution that works. According to Steve, “we get calls from families looking for information and education. People are often in a crisis situation. They need someone to help them understand their options. Sometimes, we are a temporary bridge to a longer-term living solution. At other times, we become a long-term solution to helping someone remain comfortably at home. It depends on the family and their particular needs. Our purpose is to counsel families and match personalities and needs with a caring professional to help a loved one wherever home is at the moment. We’re there when family can’t be.”

Steve’s experience is based on the challenges he and his wife faced as they addressed care needs for their parents. Steve’s background is diverse. He has more than 25 years of experience practicing law in both private practices and as General Corporate Counsel. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. He continued his education with a JD degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. In 2014, he became a Certified Senior Advisor and serves on the board of Cupid’s Charities, an organization that supports the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and on the Board of Potomac Community Village, as a neighbor helping neighbor senior organization. Steve won the 2015 Presidential Award from Assisting Hands Home Care. He also serves on the Montgomery County’s Age Friendly – Home and Community-Based Services Workgroup.

Mary Alice Ayres

EILEEN MILLIGAN
DIRECTOR OF NURSING

Eileen received her registered nursing degree in 1995. Since the , she has worked in pediatrics and raised three children in the Reston area. Eileen has a true passion to assist people during the process of life and the changes that come with it. She strives to connect with her clients and develop effective care plans that serve the client and their families in the best way possible. When Eileen is not working with Assisting Hands she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering with local organizations, going to the gym, hiking and traveling.

Mary Alice Ayres

PATRICIA DUBROOF
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Patricia Dubroof is the Director of Community Relations for Assisting Hands Home Care. She creates partnerships with our senior communities to share educational and creative tools about the important role caregivers have in our family’s lives. She connects with our families as they enter the caregiver world, listening carefully to their stories and finding solutions to their caregiving needs. Patricia facilitates several programs:, and others. Patricia represents Assisting Hands as an active member of the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, GROWS, and the Senior Services Alliance.

Patricia Dubroof joined Assisting Hands in March of 2019. She has over 35 years of experience in caring for seniors through creativity and coaching. She developed arts and healing programs at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Iona Senior Service, Washington DC Veterans Medical Center, and many other local and national organizations.

Patricia is the founder of Women Leaders in Elder World. We are a group of caring and experienced professionals from a wide variety of disciplines eager to help you and your loved ones find the best solutions and resources.

Mary Alice Ayres

WHITNEY BURNETT
LEAD CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Whitney takes great pride in providing the best customer services to our clients and their families. As Lead Client Care Coordinator, Whitney uses her attention to detail to make the best match possible between our clients and caregivers, keeping in mind their unique needs and skill sets. When not in the office, Whitney enjoys spending quality time with family, friends and her son.

Mary Alice Ayres

Nick Porter
Director of Community Relations

I joined Assisting Hands in 2023 with a profound commitment to enriching the community I've called home for over four decades. As a longstanding resident of Montgomery County, I intimately understand the pulse and needs of our community. Witnessing the growing concerns and inquiries surrounding the care of loved ones, I felt a compelling mission to join Assisting Hands and become a resource, advocate, and educator for people seeking to remain comfortable at home, wherever that is.

For the past 25 years, I've immersed myself in the vibrant DC restaurant scene, serving as a general manager for esteemed establishments such as The Cheesecake Factory and the Jose Andres Group. While in the industry, I focused on cultivating lasting partnerships and strategic business development, however, my true motivation stems from a profound dedication to providing unparalleled customer service, deeply grounded in compassion.

I’ve spent many days supporting the volunteer efforts at World Central Kitchen and humanitarian efforts surrounding the food community. I am also heavily involved with fundraising at National Medical Center. We sponsor a championship team every year to support the Race for Every Child. I understand the importance of great health care for young and old alike.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and two wonderful children. We enjoy the outdoors just as much as family movie night. We are devoted to our love of basketball, gymnastics, and evening Jeopardy.

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