1301 Luisa St, Ste C, Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 982-1298
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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.

Leslie Van Pelt

Owner

Leslie Van Pelt has owned and operated Comfort Keepers since January 2010. Ever since receiving her BA in Education from Oklahoma State University she has been a small business owner.  Leslie developed her lifelong love of helping people by watching her own parents care for her grandmother in their home for more than 17 years.  She saw firsthand the importance of seniors aging in the comfort of their own homes and receiving loving care.  She is proud to now have the opportunity to call herself a Comfort Keeper.

Leslie has lived in Santa Fe since 1974 and raised her two children there. She is now the proud grandmother of two.  In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding,  yoga, hiking , reading  and cooking for her family and friends.

Dora Urban-Waldorf

Scheduler

Born into a large family where she was the 10th of 12 children, Dora has a long history of caring for others. Dora helped care for her mother and brother until their departures. Additionally, she has gained 20 years of experience working in the law enforcement field. In her spare time, she enjoys music and sports, but also enjoys quiet time to herself. She also loves being around funny people. Dora is strong in her faith and believes that people will treat you as you treat them. 

Eugene Gutierrez

Human Resource Specialist

Eugene is a native New Mexican, born and raised. His expertise is in Administrative, Marketing, Human Resources, and Paralegal studies. He brings a compassionate, honest, straight forward approach to his work ethic, and is bilingual in Spanish.

He enjoy's hiking, the outdoors, gardening, and staying balanced with his personal and professional work life.  Family is very important to him, and brings that perspective to his work environment. He is very excited to be working again doing Human Resources, and looks forward to meeting new people, and helping meet their job goals. 

Bea Johnson

Client Care Manager

Bea Johnson has been a longtime resident of Santa Fe.  She is a graduate of Santa Fe High and later of UNM.  Bea taught at and was principal of a private school here.  She spent 12 years caring for her aging parents.   She has compassion for both those who are in need and those who are responsible for family and friends who require assistance.

Bea enjoys traveling, visiting orphaned children in Mexico, being with family and friends, and theological studies.

Theresa Vigil

Scheduler

Theresa’s roles as grandmother and mother are very important to her.  She has worked in the medical field for the past 29 years from administration and medical assistant to caregiving.  She has always enjoyed working with others and appreciates that her job as Scheduler gives her the opportunity to work with both clients and caregivers.  Theresa enjoys family gatherings, gardening and camping.

Diane Padilla

Client Care Coordinator

Diane is a native of Santa Fe who home schooled herself. She is certified in state and federal medical coverage, and prior to working for Comfort Keepers, coordinated patient medical coverage for a local hospital. She looks forward to working with clients and families to determine the best ways Comfort Keepers can assist them and their loved ones.

Eileen Joyce

Grief Recovery Support and Community Outreach

Eileen has been involved in community outreach in Santa Fe on quality- of- life issues for the past five years. Her background is in personal and group communications and includes twenty years in marketing and business ownership and twenty- five years of life, loss, and grief recovery coaching. 

She states:  “All my life I have loved helping people, whether it was being mom’s little helper, assisting at the retirement home as a teenager, or working as a hospice and palliative care volunteer and professional coach as an adult.” She is excited to be an integral part of the Comfort Keepers team, leading the Community Outreach effort.”

When Eileen isn’t out in the community connecting with people, she is home talking on the phone with family and friends, visiting neighbors, and enjoying time with her ever- loving hubby. She travels regularly to the two coasts for visits to family.

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