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Meet the Leadership Team

John DeHart, CEO Nurse Next Door

John DeHart, CEO and co-founder

John DeHart has led Nurse Next Door’s emergence as a successful national home health care brand, with more than 80 locations throughout Canada and the United States. Early in his professional life, John started several successful technology businesses but started Nurse Next Door with partner Ken Sim in September 2001. John is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a master’s degree from the EO/MIT Masters in Entrepreneurship program, where he still lectures frequently about building culture in companies. John was awarded the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006 and has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list; under his leadership, Nurse Next Door has earned a number of prestigious business awards, such as inclusion in Franchise Business Review’s annual list of North America’s 50 Best Franchise Systems with under 50 units; BC Business magazine’s Top 10 employer list for four of the last five years; and being named “Canada’s most admired emerging corporate culture” by Waterstone Human Capital. John lives in Vancouver with his wife Gayla and two daughters, Aja and Daisy, and runs up mountains for fun.

Ken Sim, co-founder and Board of Directors member

Ken Sim founded Nurse Next Door with partner John DeHart in September 2001 after his own bad experience with home health care; his wife’s new caretaker turned out to be a brand-new hire the home health care company hadn’t even met. Ken has helped lead Nurse Next Door to its position as the dominant home health care company in Canada, with more than 80 locations and six more in the United States, and the company has been recognized as a model in growth strategy, customer service and employee relations. Before Nurse Next Door, Ken was a financial analyst at KPMG in Vancouver; an investment banker at CIBC World Markets; a merchant banker at CIBC Capital Partners; and a contracted CEO/COO/CFO at numerous technology companies. Ken’s leadership and business savvy landed him the 2006 Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award; a spot on Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 list; acceptance into Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Masters in Entrepreneurship Program; and profiles in media across the country, including The National PostThe Globe and Mail, and CBC. Ken, the son of immigrants from Hong Kong, was born and raised in Vancouver, where he continues to live with his wife, Teena, and four rowdy boys.

Kim Sim, Nurse Next Door Co-Founder
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Kathy Nguyen, Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Nguyen joined the Nurse Next Door team in August 2013 as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for Finance, Compliance and Legal.  Kathy is excited to work with a high growth company that has a dynamic team with strong core values that matches with hers.  Kathy brings a wealth of financial knowledge, and in particular, business expertise gained from previous executive management positions within BC Hydro, and their subsidiary companies over the past 12 years.  During those years, she went from Controller at Powerex Corp, to leading key strategic projects for the President and CEO of BC Hydro, to Director of Power Acquisitions and finally Chief Financial Officer and Interim President and CEO for Powertech Labs.Kathy is a University of British Columbia graduate and received her CPA while working with Deloitte and Touche, both in Vancouver, BC and Sydney, Australia.    Kathy is an avid golfer but mostly enjoys spending time with her large and boisterous extended family.

Arif Abdulla, VP of US Operations

Arif began working with Nurse Next Door in September 2006 as part of the company’s sales and marketing team. Arif quickly took over all aspects of marketing and branding helping to launch the distinctive brand in more than 80 locations across Canada and the United States. Arif oversees Nurse Next Door’s rapidly growing US business including all aspects of sales and operations. Arif still leads the company’s brand and marketing groups both sides of the border. Arif’s work has resulted in hundreds of stories about Nurse Next Door in some of the world’s leading media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Fox Business and much more. When not building a business with heart, Arif spends time with his wife and dog in beautiful Vancouver, BC.

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Rubylyn Engstrom, VP of Care Services

Rubylyn Engstrom, VP of Care Services

Rubylyn has helped design and implement perhaps the most important factor in Nurse Next Door’s growth: the Care Services Center, staffed by a dynamic team that handles the administrative duties that often drive professionals from the home health care industry. Before she joined Nurse Next Door in April 2010, Rubylyn oversaw call center operations for several large international companies, leading her last employer, ECare Contact Centers, to more than 12 industry awards. Rubylyn, a University of Winnipeg graduate, lives in metro Vancouver with her husband Don and their two children, Brookelyn and Brody. In her down time, Rubylyn enjoys boating in the summer and curling in the winter.

Julian Deck, Vice President of HeartQuarters Operations

Julian joined Nurse Next Door in January 2011 because he felt an affinity to Nurse Next Door’s core values and vision. Julian spent seven years with lululemon athletica as a business analyst and planner, helping the company grow from $65 million to $650 million in annual revenue. At Nurse Next Door, he concentrates on improving the IT, HR and Find a Better Way functions. Julian loves to spend time with his wife and two children biking, hiking and skiing in the great outdoors.

 Julian Deck, Vice President of HeartQuarters Operations

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