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Our Team

Deborah Cubiotti Scibetta

Deborah Cubiotti Scibetta was named Director of Nursing and Community Relations in September of 2022. Prior to this role Debbie has spent more than 30 years in a variety of Hospice Nursing positions.

Debbie has been a valuable part of nursing at several local comfort care homes throughout the years. This includes being one of a three person medical team to successfully launch the start of a new home and staying on board as the Assistant Nurse Director until the home had to pause in 2020.

Debbie then returned to Shepherd Home as Nurse Coordinator in 2021 before quickly advancing to her new role.

In addition to Debbie’s vast nursing career, she has a passion for fundraising and event planning. Debbie has led many successful Fundraising Events, including Galas and Golf Tournaments.

In her free time, Debbie enjoys traveling and is an avid gardener and cook. She loves spending time with her large Italian family.

Lori LaSalle

Lori LaSalle was named Director of Business Operations in November of 2022.  She joins Shepherd Home after a 26-year career, first as House Manager then Executive Director, at Benincasa (the former comfort care home in Mendon which sadly closed in September of 2022).  Lori brings a great deal of knowledge and experience working in the field of end-of-life care and the non-profit sector.

Lori lives in Fairport with her husband, Steve and has two adult sons.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, daily walks around Fairport with their dog, Bruno and traveling to visit their son and daughter-in-law in the Pacific Northwest.

Traci Van Zile

Traci Van Zile joined Shepherd Home in the Fall of 2021 as Nurse Coordinator, and was then named Assistant Director of Nursing in September 2022.

Traci is a skilled Hospice Nurse with extensive experience providing comprehensive care to patients at end of life. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Nazareth College and began her nursing career on the Oncology Unit at Highland Hospital which specializes in palliative and hospice care. It was there she realized her heart was committed to caring for hospice patients. She later accepted a position as a Hospice Evaluator with UR Medicine Hospice where she remains on staff per diem.

Traci takes great pride in following out the mission of Shepherd Home by assisting their families through the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey of end-of-life, while providing comfort and compassionate, dignified care.

Traci and her husband live in Rochester. They have three grown children and have been blessed with three of the cutest grandbabies. When they aren’t spending time with family and friends, they enjoy restoring her childhood home, circa 1863, and adventures with their two weimaraners, Murphy and Winnie.

Karen Polo

Karen Polo joined Shepherd Home in October, 2022 as the Volunteer Coordinator.  Prior to the pandemic and before joining Shepherd Home, Karen worked part-time for three years as an Administrative Assistant at Patrick Place (a Comfort Care Home in Scottsville).  It is there that Karen found her passion for comfort care and the elderly.

Karen and her husband Steve live in Caledonia, and they have 2 adult sons. In Karen’s down time, she runs a decorative cookie business, For the Love of Cookies.

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