About Flamingo Home Care
Since its founding in 2008 by husband and wife team Bud and Sheila Hollowell, Flamingo Homecare has become the most successful non-franchise, senior care company in Polk County.
Our Company Philosophy
Flamingo Homecare will:
- Observe national standards of best practice, excellence, and ethics
- Provide the highest quality of care to all clients
- Be the most affordable licensed company in our service area
- Remain dedicated to providing the highest quality of employment to our caregivers
- Never put profit over human interest
Sheila holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Hawaii. She has 20 years experience as the leader and executive director of various health and caregiving social services, including hospice, crisis intervention agencies and hospital administration.
In 1990, Sheila was an Alaska Good Will Ambassador Nominee to the United Nations World Health Organization. She has presented testimony on the design of health systems before the US Congress. She was the Director of Community Relations for the Columbine High School massacre recovery in Colorado. Sheila also facilitated the National Coalition for Teen Suicide Prevention for the US Surgeon General. In 2003 she was invited to the White House where she met with the Office of Faith-based Initiatives. For 6 years she was a national consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson philanthropy and the Florida State Coordinator of Interfaith Florida, a statewide caregiving alliance of some sixty non-profits.
Her community work in Central Florida has included being Executive Director of Polk Family Caregivers, the Crisis Consultant to Florida Southern College, serving on the Advisory Board of the Northwest Area Agency on Aging, being a member of the University of South Florida Think Tank on Aging and Wellness, and a Loaned Executive for the United Way of Central Florida. Sheila is a Board Member of the Watson Cancer Clinic Foundation’s Medicine and the Arts program and the Advisory Board of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. In 2012 she was nominated as a Community Champion by the Molina Healthcare Network.
Timothy Smith recently relocated to Lakeland, Florida to help is his family’s company, Flamingo Homecare, by enhancing their online marketing and social media presence as well as contributing to the day-to-day business operations.
Tim has twenty years experience guiding individuals and small businesses to become successful and competitive online. As the principal and lead consultant for AASB Productions, his online design, hosting, and web marketing company, he has helped hundreds of small business owners across the southeastern United States adapt and enhance their internet presence. Tim’s addition has been a great asset to implementing the latest technology that has helped Flamingo to continue expanding.
Bud Hollowell died of cancer recently, leaving those he loved to continue his work at Flamingo Homecare. Bud’s academic background included a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California where he studied physical education, gerontology and aging. As a young man he played on the 1964 US Olympic Baseball Team in Tokyo, Japan, followed by thirteen years with the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization. With more than 25 years experience in managing, training, communications skills, family therapy, as well as stress reduction techniques and caregiving strategies, Bud was previously a hypnotherapist in private practice while living in Alaska, and a mental health counselor during the ten years he and Sheila lived in Hawaii. He published two books on philosophy and consciousness. In Lakeland, he was well known as an outstanding college professor. He served on the Board of Directors for the Polk Senior Games which encourages seniors to participate in sporting competition.
“My primary goal for Flamingo Homecare is to help people age gracefully while continuing to live in their own surroundings, enjoying the life they have worked to create, and take all pressure off family caregiving members, so they can enjoy their time with loved ones, while getting their own lives back.”
Jeff Leopold, COO
Jeff Leopold is a lifelong Lakeland resident who worked a career-length position with the Florida Department of Transportation Aviation Department and then as Corporate Secretary for a Florida-based airport development company.
Jeff began serving as a caregiver for Flamingo after the death of his father, and believes that caring for and sharing compassion with the clientele is not only rewarding for them, but for himself as well.
Denise Powers is the financial team member responsible for financials, bookkeeping, and accounting procedures.