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Leadership Team & Board of Directors

The Homespire Leaders share a true ‘purple’ passion for seniors. As innovative thought-leaders in Utah home and senior care services they are sparking lives.

Together they bring extensive experience in hospice, home health, senior housing, and care management services to change the experience for seniors – people in the second half of life – and everyone around them including their own team. They’ve created an award-winning culture filled with people passionate about sparking lives. Take a moment to find out what sparks each of them.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Joel Theisen

Joel Theisen, RN

Chief Executive Officer & President Homespire

I am CEO & President of Homespire and through the work I’ve done at Lifespark, a whole person senior care company based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, I’m excited to bring the proprietary model we’ve created to Homespire and spark more lives.

My vision is clear: change the experience for people in the second half of life. My true joy is to see the spark in peoples’ eyes: customers, families, partners, employees, professional referral sources – I want them all to shine on. I may be known as a business innovator, earning numerous accolades, however, my work is not done until we have sparked the lives of millions of people in the second half of life.

Through the years, our team has seen far too many people on the roller coaster of crisis and that is just not acceptable. Our goal is to help people build a pathway to what is most important in their lives so they can live the healthiest, most independent life possible – what we call living a ‘sparked life.’

LinkedIn: Joel Theisen, RN


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Jennifer Beck-Schmidt, DC, RN

General Manager

Jen is passionate about supporting seniors’ goals of living an inspired life. She believes that with a whole person approach, seniors thrive at not only keeping their health on track but living their best life.

Jen leads Homespire’s operations including implementation of the Homespire client experience, Life Care Management model, and outcome measurement. Much of her time is spent on enhancing culture, leadership, accountability, workforce development and talent management as well as financial performance and achievement of targets. Her positive, yet accountable approach has increased client satisfaction – she will do whatever it takes to connect people to the right services to support long-term wellness.


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Karen Carney

Vice President, Marketing & Communications
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Paul M. Astle, RCP

Director, Growth

Paul has a strong desire to close the gaps in the existing healthcare structure. He has seen what happens when seniors don’t have access to the right care across the healthcare continuum – they slowly begin to enter what Homespire refers to as the ‘roller coaster of health care crisis’ putting their wellbeing at risk. His spark comes from helping people discover whole person options that shift the focus from reactive to proactive care that promotes wellbeing, independence, and sparks lives.

Linked In Profile: Paul Astle

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Working together to realize a new model of whole person senior care in Utah, Homespire board members share their collective healthcare experiences as thought-leaders transforming care for seniors, caregivers, and families to help seniors thrive wherever they call home, reduce need for care, lower long-term costs, and spark lives.

Joel Theisen

Joel Theisen – Board Chair

lifespark & Homespire

It’s time to rethink the overall delivery of care for our aging population and surround them with a community of people who advocate and anticipate their needs so we can prevent or minimize health crisis. We are excited to be aligning with national thought-leaders who are coming together to change the aging experience towards one that is focused on the whole person to reduce cost long-term (for the individual and the health system), improve outcomes and spark lives.

LinkedIn:  Joel Theisen

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Robert W. Allen, MBA

Intermountain Healthcare

Mr. Allen is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Intermountain Healthcare since 2007. A seasoned professional, responsible for optimizing Intermountain’s business and clinical operations, he has broad experience as a leader in for-profit, not-for-profit, established hospitals, new acquisitions, and start-up endeavors. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Allen has served on many foundation, chamber, and service boards and as a two-time chairperson of the Wyoming Hospital Association. Currently he serves on the Utah Hospital Association’s, the Utah TeleHealth Network’s, and the People’s Health Clinic boards. The Community Health System twice recognized him with an Outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Allen completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration at Utah State University. He previously held positions as CEO at several hospitals in Wyoming, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Utah.

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Rajesh Shrestha

Intermountain Healthcare

Rajesh is the Associate Chief Operating Officer, Community-Based Care for Intermountain Healthcare and responsible for the P/L and operations of Community-Based Care, which includes the Intermountain Medical Group practice management and primary care physicians, Homecare, Hospice, Senior Services, retail and wellness clinics, and population health management within the clinically integrated network. Rajesh will also help lead exploration and deployment of new care models, including Intermountain Healthcare’s focus on digital health, Telehealth, and Connect Care Pro virtual hospital services.

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Rebekah Couper-Noles, RN, MSN

Intermountain Healthcare

Rebekah is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Community-Based Care for Intermountain Healthcare. An innovative, nationally-respected health care leader known for her integrity, dynamic leadership style, and pro-active team approach, Rebekah collaborates with the Community-Based ACMO and ACOO to execute the strategy for population health, and lead their vision and strategy for nursing in community-based settings which includes Medical Group Clinics, Home Health and Hospice, Palliative Care, and other post-acute services and community-based Clinical Programs.


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Tom Schmitt


Tom Schmitt is President of Lifesprk. His spark comes from being a champion for changing health care business models to better reward and recognize improving quality of life and wellbeing – the foundations for person-centric care.

From the moment Tom learned about Lifespark, he’s been intrigued with the purpose, passion, and most importantly the vision and he firmly believes that enhancing life experience should be an integral part of the health quality outcomes for which we strive. When you focus on sparking lives – you achieve significant improvement in Triple Aim outcomes.

Linked In Profile: Tom Schmitt

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