Care Support Team

Owner/ Founder, Kira TewaltKira sitting_medium

Philia is founded and managed by Kira Tewalt, a working mom. Kira once left a successful position because the location and demands of the job were antithetical to picking up her children from school and driving them to their afterschool activities. Kira understands the tension that can occur between work and home life.

But that is only one factor that motivated her to founding this caregiving business. When she was younger, her grandfather came to live with her. Kira saw first hand how our older citizens, our most wise and experienced family and community members, are undervalued in our society. She noticed that we sometimes concentrate on caring for their physical needs, but forget their spiritual or emotional needs. And, yet, seniors aren’t always able to attend to their own emotional needs, which can lead to a spiral of depression. Philia is intended to bridge that gap between caring for people’s physical and emotional needs by providing holistic care for the wellbeing of the whole person.

Kira has a M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Systems Engineering, from George Washington University and over 20 years of successful financial, program management, and systems engineering experience. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats and enjoys spending time with her family and running through woods with her dog.

Tamina Umana – RN Supervisor

Tamina Umana believes that quality of life and well-being are multi-dimensional concepts that must be promoted across the aging continuum. After experiencing illness and witnessing the subsequent power of the healing process from within her own family, Tamina decided to embark on the path of nursing. Over the past 13 years, Tamina, a Registered Nurse and professional Care Manager, has dedicated herself to providing care for individuals in virtually all settings, from acute to long-term to community. Tamina’s background includes experience in: skilled nursing, disease management, care management, population health, and healthcare business development. At Philia, she will leverage her passion, diverse background, and unique skill set to help create quality home care experiences for each client and family.

Tamina holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Global Business Public Policy from Trinity Washington University and University of Maryland University College, respectively. She also holds a Care Management certificate from Boston University. She hopes to graduate in spring 2017 with a Master of Science (concentration in Health Services Leadership and Management) from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing.

Tamina lives in the Washington Metropolitan area with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to podcasts, exploring culinary recipes, watching documentaries, researching health topics, traveling, and reading.

RN Supervisor, Kelly Barnes, RNBarnes_photo

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Kelly attended Old Dominion University in Virginia. Kelly worked for many years in a surgical hospital environment before becoming a triage nurse in a senior community and switching to Home Care. Kelly’s focus is on working with senior adults with an emphasis on safely aging in the home setting. Working at Philia is a blessed opportunity for Kelly so she can utilize her collective 23 years of nursing experience and actively bring in holistic practices to integrate the mental, physical, spiritual health and well being of the individual.

Kristina McCartney – Child Care Specialist

Kristina has been working at Philia since March of 2016 where specializes in marketing and Child Development for Philia. She is the ChildCare Director here.

Kristina received her Bachelors of Art in Elementary Education and Special Education

Birth to grade six and minored in Speech Pathology and Communication from St. Joseph’s College in Long Island, NY. She earned her Masters of Science in Literacy and Reading from C.W.Post College in Brentwood, NY.

Kristina was previously a teacher for 10 years where she worked with various grades ranging from Preschool through grade Five, and was the Department Chairperson for Special Education in Fairfax County Public Schools. Kristina was a nanny herself from growing up being a mother’s helper, babysitter, tutor, and summer nanny she can relate to the caregivers and teach them as well. Kristina uses her passion and educational experiences to foster knowledge and train nannies, caregivers, and parents in ways to help them understand children on their developmental and educational appropriate milestones.

Family Support Specialist, Nichole Hawkins

Nichole specializes in Family Dynamics and Human Behavior for Philia. Nichole received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling, from the University at Buffalo. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at Howard University. Nichole has experience working with families by incorporating various solution focused methods and behavioral modification techniques to enhance the holistic wellness of the family unit. She perceives development as a life-long journey in which growth is a continual and vital component. Nichole uses her professional and educational experience to train nannies, caregivers and parents on ways to enhance the physical, mental and spiritual development of both children and adults. Nichole’s goal is to share her knowledge of ways to cultivate and  maintain a well-balanced lifestyle that nurtures their growth and enriches their quality of life.