Administrative Staff

Tafa Jefferson, CEO

Tafa began his career as a professional athlete playing for the Chicago Bears in the NFL. An ankle and shoulder injury forced him to retire early and embark on a new career path. Tafa’s mother was a caregiver and encouraged her son to consider the home care industry. Tafa remembered clearly the joy and satisfaction she gained from looking after her patients, despite the hard work that was also involved, and so in 1998, he started his first in-home senior care company. Determined that he would never ask a caregiver to do anything he wouldn’t do himself, Tafa became a Certified Nursing Aide, taking care of patients with varying stages of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Tafa was soon employing over 200 caregivers and he realized that this was the right path for him where he could make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. He and his partner, Chad, have now expanded beyond home care givers, adding skilled nursing to the home health care program that is Amada Home Health.  Tafa is a big-hearted, expansive visionary, at the forefront of identifying solutions in the home care industry. He applies all the skills he learned on the pro football field to life and business – teamwork, integrity, and passionate commitment. Tafa is a dedicated family man who married his childhood sweetheart and is the father of four young children.

Chad Fotheringham, Vice-President

Before starting his career, Chad spent two years in Ecuador where he became fluent in Spanish and discovered a deep satisfaction from helping others. Upon return to the U.S., Chad joined the pharmaceutical industry, which he chose because of its reputation for outstanding sales training. He started with Eli Lilly in 1996 and then moved to Pfizer where he stayed for the next ten years. Working first as a specialty sales representative in pediatrics and allergy, Chad then moved into Managed Care Consulting, which involved helping healthcare companies improve their plans and educating the public to take active steps to maintain wellness. When Chad reconnected with Tafa, he was attracted to the service aspects of the home care industry and could foresee the huge future demand created by a booming senior population. Chad is passionate about helping patients and their families, and he has a skill for breaking down complex information so it can be easily understood. Chad is married to his wife Nicole. They have seven children and live in San Clemente, Ca.

Ghalib Wahidi, MD

CEO at Summit Medical Group, Inc. Ladera Ranch, CA
Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at AMADA Home Health. San Clemente, CA
Associate Professor of Medicine. Western University of Health Sciences. Pamona, CA.
Dr. Wahidi received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of California, Davis, and his Master’s Degree in Physiology at Finch University of Health Sciences in Chicago. He attended Chicago Medical School and finished his residency in Internal Medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, California.

His family moved to the United States when he was a young man to assure that their children would have opportunities that they would not have had in their home country. He has never forgotten the generosity of the great people of his new country and wanted a career that would allow him to give back. He derives great joy in serving others and by pursuing a career in medicine he now enjoys the daily opportunity to serve and care for many individuals in need.

“Throughout my years in hospital based practice of medicine, I realized that my patients wanted and deserved more personalized care than what they have in any institution. While hospitals provide great acute care, patients yearn for the comfort, quiet and independence of their own home environment to continue their healing and I personally feel that they heal faster in that setting. When I met Tafa Jefferson and Chad Fotheringham and learned about their concept of providing concierge home nursing care, I knew it was the alternative way for me to better care for my patients.”

Dr. Wahidi’s forward thinking medical model fit perfectly with the home health concept of Amada and he joined the team as the Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer.

Nancy Sutherland, R.N.

Director of Clinical Services
Nancy’s nursing experience spans three decades and has included all areas of critical care, nursing education, administration, new product development, risk management, regulatory affairs and home health care. She has also served as an instructor at the University of California, Irvine and University of California, San Diego.

She is a strong patient and nurse advocate and through her work on numerous boards and industry committees, she helped set standards of care for home health both locally in Southern California and nationally. She helped found the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” in Orange County, Ca. and since its inception, they have successfully raised over $35 million to elevate awareness and help fund women’s health in Orange County and national breast cancer research.

As Director of Clinical Services at Amada Home Health, Nancy manages all aspects of patient care and has helped select and develop the team of nurses and therapists to deliver the quality care that Amada is known to provide.

“I believe strongly that each of our patients is a treasured family member and promise that while they are under our care, they will always be treated as though they were a member of our own Amada family. We strive to provide the highest level of professional nursing practice standards while customizing and personalizing the care for every patient we serve. When we hire nurses as members of the Amada team, they are carefully screened and selected not only for their superior clinical skills, but also because they express a real desire to provide very personalized and compassionate care to our patients.”

Nancy and her husband reside in San Clemente, have raised their two children here and are now enjoying watching a grandson grow and thrive in this lovely beach town. They are active in community service and love the outdoor activities that this beautiful Southern California climate offers year round.

Dina Casares, Office Manager/HR

Dina originally started her career as a CNA in 1995. She attended the College of Southern Nevada, majoring in Business Management and then combining both her love of the home care industry and her business management skills, she joined Amada Senior Care as a scheduling supervisor, eventually taking responsibility for over 300 caregivers and scheduling for over 180 clients.

When Amada Home Health opened, the owner, Tafa Jefferson, offered Dina the position of HR and office manager for the new business, so she has been an integral part of Amada Home Health since its inception.

Her ability to interact with the staff and the patients in such a warm, caring and professional manner make her an invaluable member of the Amada Home Health team.

Dina has three grown children and resides in north San Diego County, CA.

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