FirstLight is About People
Home Care is Not a Career, It’s a Calling
We know your first priority when choosing a home care provider is finding someone you can trust and rely on… someone who will care for your loved one as you would, and as we would our own. We’ve been where you are, and this is one of the main reasons we chose to be in this business.
President/Owner: Deb Moerland, owner of FirstLight Home Care Greater Lansing, is an educator who has a passion for to teaching and helping others. She has taught high school and online college courses in Educational Technology, Math, and Computer Science. In addition to teaching, she is often a leader in faculty development and has trained online instructors from several online universities. She earned her Ed.D. from Argosy University Online, a Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.
Deb was inspired to doing something more for the community as she saw more and more people needing help. She was compelled to own a FirstLight Home Care business because of the opportunities to educate others about the options for seniors and others who may need some extra care. “After years spent in an academic setting, I wanted to start a business that continues to fulfill my passion for helping others and makes an important impact in my local community,” explained Deb. “My goal is to improve the quality of life for all our clients and their families.”
Deb is also the co-chair of the 2018 Alzheimer’s Walk Committee in Lansing, Michigan.
Deb enjoys spending time with family and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Her hobbies include spending time with the grandchildren on weekends, going to MSU basketball and football games, and collecting baseball memorabilia. One fun fact about Deb is that she is an avid animal lover and currently has 12 dogs and 3 cats she has rescued from animal shelters and rescues.
Vice President: Cedric Griffin, M.A. B.A. CFLE. CNA
Cedric A. Griffin, MA, C.F.L.E. is a family life professional, who is committed to educating, empowering and equipping single parents with resources, practical assisting, emotional encouragement, and social networking to better their lives and the lives of their children.
Cedric received his BA in Criminal Justice at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cedric has also received certifications in Health and Human Services from Lansing Community College, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from Career Quest, and certification in Grant Writing from Spring Arbor University. In March of 2015, Cedric received his Master of Arts Degree in Family Studies from Spring Arbor University making him a Certified Family Life Educator (C.F.L.E.).
Cedric has 2 years in working with children and their families in the Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1985 Cedric began working as a Shelby County Deputy Sheriff in Shelby County (at night), and taught as a substitute teacher (during the day) in the Memphis City School system. In 2002, Cedric was hired as the Admissions and Discharge Administrator for the Shelby Residential and Vocational Service (SRVS) in Memphis, Tennessee for the severely physical and mentally ill individuals from ages 0 to 22, providing support, housing, education, and health assistance to clients and their families. During this time, Cedric worked very close with upper management and front-line professional of other such facilities. In 2011, Cedric was hired at the Department of Human Services in Eaton County in Protective Services.
In October of 2014, Cedric, a single parent of two successful daughters since 1993, became the Director and CEO of the non-profit organization entitled, SPINS (Single Parents in Need Of Support), translating his experience into a curriculum for change.
Since the start of SPINS Cedric has been networking and making plans to partner with Ingham County Department of Human Services, Haven House, MSU Safe Place, Ingham County’s Fatherhood Facilitator Healthy Start Program, and the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. Cedric is also a Member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).
In 2011 Cedric successfully started a home care service employing caregivers to go into the homes of people needing assistance with the activity of daily living (ADL’s).
In April of 2018 Cedric used these skills to partner with Dr. Deborah Moerland (Owner) and was appointed to Co-owner/Vice President of FirstLight Home Care.
Cedric is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Association.