Onward's drivers all have a passion for helping older adults. We are highly selective of our drivers, with only 12% of applicants getting hired. Each go through a comprehensive vetting, background check and a thorough on-boarding process.
While at the Univ. of Minnesota, Lynn took up flying and went into a career training airline personnel, and then as part of a startup developed the first color weather radar to market to airlines. After she and her husband moved to California, she "retired" to care for her two daughters. Volunteering at her church and working at the theatre kept her busy during the school years. When Lynn's father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she cared for him during the last months of his life. Years later, Lynn brought her mother from Minnesota following a heart attack and cared for her for four years. Seeing firsthand the impact of home care, Lynn is a strong advocate for seniors staying where they can thrive and wants to dedicate her time to make it possible.
Joseph lives in the Oakland/Berkeley area and has lived in the East Bay area his whole life. Years ago, he worked in manufacturing, and then in printing. More recently he has worked in an office and customer service environment. He likes to play with his grandkids, read, listen to music and take SF Bay Area day trips. His favorite hobbies include music, singing and backyard birding.
Taneisha was born and raised in Oakland and currently lives in Hayward. She decided to become an Onward driver because of her close relationships with her grandparents and desire to help the Senior community get safely to and from their destinations. Taneisha is a mother of a 16 year old daughter and 14 year old son whom has autism. Motivated by her children, she found herself working with special needs children and teenagers in the Hayward school district. Taneisha is currently returning back to college to pursue her bachelors degree and in her free time she enjoys reading, coloring, going to the movies and relaxing.
Phyllis retired in 2015 from work as a paralegal for a public agency law firm. Phyllis lives in the hills of the east bay in the San Francisco Bay Area. She likes to read and gather with friends in her spare time. Phyllis also volunteers for a non-profit that provides music therapy for people with developmental disabilities and delivers meals to seniors through Meals on Wheels. She looks forward to spending more time with seniors in the east bay.
Calling San Rafael home, Boris is an an accountant by trade but recently retired at the end of 2018. Boris is passionate about helping other senior people to get mobile, enjoy their life, meet other people and simply get to medical appointments or help with grocery shopping. He helped his parents in-law who had many health issues until they both passed away and is currently helping his mother who is almost 90 yeas old and living in a senior community center close by in Marin.
Erica has lived in the Bay Area all her life, born in San Jose and currently lives in Pittsburg. She enjoys spending time with her Frenchie dog named Bagel. She has previously worked in a school district and as a caregiver for her grandparents. She enjoys helping people in her spare time with whatever they may need!
Rob was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand where the grass is greener and there is never a shortage of sheep! Rob has deep Polynesian roots which naturally come with a love and respect for the elderly. He has worked as a home care aide for the last four years and enjoys being able to help his clients maximize their quality of life. He’s a true family man and loves to make people smile!
Prichya has a Masters of Economics and worked for the Canadian government for 22 years before moving to San Francisco. Now that she's retired, she joined Onward because she finds it rewarding to spend time with seniors, having taken care of both her parents and her in-laws. She also volunteers for Food Runners, delivering excess food to neighborhood programs.
Formerly a computer programer, Eugene is now semi-retired. When not helping taking care of his wife, he spends his time reading and as a book editor.
Safety will always be our highest priority. We've built it into every step of the journey. If we didn't feel comfortable letting our family ride with Onward, we wouldn't let you and your family either.