My name is Julie Katz, I live in Akron, Ohio. I’m a former licensed nursing home administrator in the State of Ohio. I was the administrator of a 200 unit senior apartment in Cleveland. I am a blogger writing about issues for adult children of aging parents, which I am passionate about. My goal is to be considered as their extra daughter.
Most importantly, I am a loving daughter to my older parents, and I believe everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. My parents live 500 miles away and I understand the anxiety of having aging parents so far away.
I have two adult children who I’m extremely proud of and now enjoying the empty nest with my loving husband of over two decades, Randy and two dogs, two cats, twenty chickens and thousands of bees… well I guess it’s not really an empty nest! There is never a dull moment in my household!
A stranger is only a friend Randy has yet to meet. He is a former business owner and has held many leadership positions in non-profits in the Akron area.
Randy loves the outdoors and in addition to beekeeping, chicken husbandry, and flower farming, he is a master gardener.
Randy lives in the Akron area with his wife. They have two grown children, two dogs, two cats, 23 chickens, and 500,000 bees.
My name is Suzanna Malkamaki, but most people call me Suzanne or Susie. I live in
Uniontown, Ohio with my husband of 16 years, Eddie. I have 2 grown daughters, Karen and Cynthia. Karen lives in Columbus and Cynthia lives in North Canton with my adorable 2 1/2 year old grandson, William, the light of my life!
I am a retired registered nurse that graduated from University of Akron. I have had multiple experiences during my almost 50 year career in nursing. I returned to nursing part time when my daughter was 18 months old and work at Hartville Meadows now called Altercare of Hartville where I was a staff nurse and later became the Director of Nursing. I then went to Summit County Nursing Home now called Heather Knoll, as Director of Nursing. I also worked at the Areas Agency on Aging as a case manager for 6 years then to Nursing Center for Community Health at University of Akron as R.N. Coordinator. I have also been an instructor of nursing.
Nursing to me has been a very rewarding experience. My favorite part was meeting and caring for the clients. I can honestly say with no regrets if I had to chose a career again it most definitely would be nursing. Meeting and caring for clients and the vast learning experiences have been greatly rewarding. I am now looking forward to working with clients at Extra Daughter and meeting more wonderful people in our community.
I am Carol Friedman. I retired after teaching 35 years in the elementary grades in Akron Public Schools. Since then, I have pursued a variety of part time jobs to keep me busy from working the polls during elections, substitute teaching, Instacart shopping, conducting a seatbelt study for NHTSA and studies for the Department of Education. I have two grown children- Zach who lives in Akron and Rachel who lives in Eugene, OR. I am active at Temple Israel Akron in the Sisterhood. I enjoy cooking, gardening from seeds that I collect and reading. I am very social and the Extra Daughter gives me time to meet new people and support others in a different way.
My name is Andrea Rabinovitz. I live in Stow Ohio with my husband Myron. We moved here 11 years ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin. We have three daughters who all now live in this area. My two grandchildren are the loves of my life. I am an active member of Beth El Congregation. I enjoy helping people an The Extra Daughter gives me that opportunity.
I am retired from the Sheet Metal Industry and a lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio. I have been married to Elaine for 45 years. We have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. I am a drummer in a gospel group, and avid swimmer who enjoys working out. I love meeting people. I have a soft spot for older adults and love helping them.
My name is Karen Huth and I live in Stow, Ohio with my husband of 38 years, Mike. We met at Ohio State University while I was studying Occupational Therapy and he was in the Physical Therapy program. We have 2 grown children. Alex our son lives in Stow and is recently married. Our daughter Caroline lives in Los Angeles, California.
I am recently retired from my career as an Occupational Therapist. I had been working for the Cleveland Clinic in the Home Health Care division for the past 14 years. I truly enjoyed my job over the past 38 years. I’ve felt blessed to have the opportunity to have made a difference in my patients’ lives restoring function and independence after an illness or injury.
I am now looking forward to a new chapter working at Extra Daughter assisting clients and their families.
Susan is a lifelong resident of the greater Akron area. She formerly worked in business, but once married, she proudly devoted her time to raising her two children while also volunteering at their schools and with various local organizations.
She now has elderly parents who live several states away, so she fully appreciates the mission of The Extra Daughter as she navigates caring for them from so far away. Now an empty nester, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, caring for her kitty, traveling, daily workouts, reading, cooking, gardening, and hiking.
My name is Susi Kuhar. I was born and raised in Copley, Ohio but lived most of my adult life in Indialantic, Florida. My family and I recently moved back to Akron and are still adjusting to having seasons. I am a mother to three children, Cassidy (20), Reese (18), and Ellie (15). I was married for 20 years until my husband, Rich, passed away.
Besides my family, one of my greatest loves is The Ohio State University, where I attended college majoring in communications. For 25 years, I have worked in the modeling industry doing print, commercials and infomercials. However, I have always been a caretaker whether it being my own family, nannying or helping the senior community.
In my spare time, I mentor and counsel those who are facing mental health issues and crises. And, since I can no longer dig my feet in the sand, I’m always out and about exploring Akron and finding what treasures it holds. Being with people and helping them has always brought me such joy, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this team.
Hi, my name is Beth Jennings.
I’ve been a Registered Nurse since 1984.
I spent three decades working mainly in the outpatient setting, caring for patients in various specialties.
Having had over a dozen surgeries (mostly orthopedic), I understand how difficult it can be to ask for help.
I became my dad’s healthcare advocate and part-time caregiver in the last five years of his life. I feel my care allowed him to age in those years with more dignity and grace.
I am married with two children, three step-children, eight grandchildren, and three very spoiled cats. I enjoy genealogy, plant-based cooking & baking, and learning about health & longevity.
“Even though I was with Mom several times a week, I knew she craved company other than me. I found The Extra Daughter and called to see if this would be a good fit. I could tell just speaking to Julie that this wasn’t just a business to her but a way for her to use her gifts and experience to make a positive difference in people’s lives. My mom felt comfortable even on the first visit and looked forward to seeing Julie again. I was able to give Mom an opportunity to make a new friend while knowing she was in good hands and wouldn’t be taken advantage of. I highly recommend The Extra Daughter to anyone looking for help making their parent/loved one’s life better”