Lew Little is chief executive officer and co-founder of Harden Healthcare, LLC. Harden was formed in December of 2001 to own senior care facilities. The company’s home health subsidiary, Girling Health Care, serves the home health needs of the elderly and infirmed in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. The company currently operates and manages 40 senior care facilities (35 skilled nursing and 5 assisted living) in Texas through its subsidiary TRISUN Healthcare. Harden Healthcare also provides in-patient and out-patient therapy services (MBS Rehab), long-term care pharmacy services (MBS Pharmacy), nurse practitioners (MBS Integrated Care), and hospice services (Lighthouse Hospice) in Texas.
Prior to the formation of Harden Healthcare, Little was president of Capstar Partners, LLC beginning in 2000. Before joining Capstar, Little was president of Bank of America in Austin, Texas. Little worked with the bank and its predecessors from August 1984 until December 1999. He began his banking career in 1981 with Texas Commerce Bank in Houston.
Little currently serves on the boards of American Physicians Service Group (AMPH – NASDAQ), Andrew Harper Travel, ECG Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, and the Seton Fund. He is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO). Little is a current member and former chapter chair of the Austin chapters of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO). In June 2005, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Austin by Ernst and Young.
Born and raised in Austin, Little earned his BBA in Marketing (1979) and his MBA, with a concentration in Finance (1981), from the University of Texas at Austin.
Wayne Douglas is the president of the Community Care Division of Girling Health Care. Prior to joining the company in 1991, he worked in the retail and wholesale grocery industry.
Douglas has served Girling Health Care in many capacities with experience in both home health and community/personal care. Among other accomplishments, he developed a community education staff for the private pay division, was the community care coordinator supervisor a liaison between all the primary care offices and the Department of Human Services, and he also developed a community education program for the Medicare division.
In 1994, Douglas became responsible for the day-to-day operations for the primary care offices in Texas and for the Girling Medical Equipment & Supply Company. The job expanded in 1997 to include supervising operations for the Oklahoma Advantage and Personal Care programs. Douglas received his B.A. in Business Management in 1974 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kelly Jalowiec joined Girling Health Care in 2001 and was brought on as a Regional Manager to open Girling's Chicago office, and additionally grew New York's operations from 200 to 1500 patients. In 2008 Jalowiec served as Vice President of Operations and was responsible for day-to-day operations of Girling's 46 skilled home health agencies. Most recently she was named Senior Vice President of Girling Home Health and Lighthouse Hospice, and is growing organically both divisions while preparing for acquisitions, implementing efficiencies and developing leaders.
Jalowiec has a 15-year history in the home health field. Prior to joining Girling, she worked closely with physicians and other professional home care drivers to excel in her field of expertise.
Jalowiec earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.