Meet the Team

Mary Ann Thode, RN, MPH, JD

Mary Ann Thode is a Registered Nurse and experienced health care executive with over 35 years as a clinician and leader of top health care delivery systems and health plans. Her clinical practice includes a focus in neurology, spinal cord injury, orthopedics and geriatrics. She practiced in and has led hospitals, medical groups, skilled nursing centers, home health and hospice agencies, and life care facilities, and she was the President of the Northern California region of one of the largest Integrated Health Care systems in the country.

Mary Anne Zamarripa, RN, PHN, APN
Vice President

Mary Anne is a Registered Nurse and health care administrator with more than 32 years of clinical and administrative experience with some of the largest Health Delivery systems in the Bay Area. Her clinical practice spans Home Health and Hospice, Oncology, Oncological and Surgical-Gyn research, and Emergency nursing.

Janice Doneux, RN
Case Manager

Janice Doneux is a Registered Nurse with many years of experience. Janice has worked as a nurse supervisor in several Skilled Nursing Facilities. She also worked at Burlington Memorial Hospital and Cooper Hospital on the medical-surgical ward. Janice spent 18 years as a urology nurse specialist associated with John Muir Hospital, and was a Home Health and Hospice nurse case manager for VNA Sutter Delta for 7 years, specializing in hospice care and wound care. Janice is currently working for A Better Choice Home Care as a case manager in the Brentwood area.

Alannah Healy, LVN
Case Manager & Quality Assurance Coordinator

Alannah Healy graduated from Carrington College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), and serves as the Quality Assurance Coordinator as well as a Care Manager. She is continuing her education to earn a BA in Nursing. Alannah works in the office and in homes, with both clients and caregivers, to see to it that A Better Choice lives up to its name and consistently delivers the best quality care available. Alannah also helps match new clients with their ideal caregiver, to ensure a compatible and sustainable relationship.

Arieonne Ford, MA
Office Manager & Employee Relations Coordinator

Arieonne graduated from Western Career College in 2008 and is a certified Medical Assistant. She also graduated from Heald College with a degree in Business Administration in 2013. Arieonne is responsible for most aspects of human resources including recruitment and benefits. She has over five years’ experience in caregiving and spends part of her time in the office and part of her time as a caregiver for A Better Choice. This allows her to stay in close touch with the tremendous responsibility our staff has to provide quality care to our clients.