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About FirstLight
in East Lansing

Why Choose FirstLight Home Care East Lansing

At FirstLight Home Care of East Lansing, we provide exceptional care so that your loved one has the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve in the place they call home.

We exist to help people have their best day – every day – whatever that means for them. Our team of trusted care professionals in East Lansing is passionate about providing personalized care, creating meaningful relationships, and making a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Deborah Moerland, owner of FirstLight Home Care of East Lansing

Dr. Deborah Moerland, President/Owner

Dr. Deborah Moerland, owner of FirstLight Home Care East 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.

Dr. 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 Dr. Deb. “My goal is to improve the quality of life for all our clients and their families.”

Dr. Deb was also the co-chair of the 2018 Alzheimer’s Walk Committee in Lansing, Michigan. She still continues to support Alzheimer’s Walk Committee as a committee member and helping with posting of social media for the organization.

Dr. 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 Dr. Deb is that she is an avid animal lover and currently has 6 dogs she has rescued from animal shelters and rescues.  She has had up to 12 dogs at one time in her home as she absolutely loves her animals.

Cedric Griffin, Vice President

Cedric Griffin, Vice President

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.

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 Vice President of FirstLight Home Care.

Marci Brown

Marci Brown/Lead Scheduler

Marci Brown is the Head Scheduler and also does billing and accounts receivables. Marci graduated from Laingsburg High School. She later attended Baker College of Owosso for her Associate’s degree in Accounting and completed her externship with Dr. Deborah Moerland at FirstLight Home Care in 2017.

During the externship, Marci had become a caregiver as there were some needs in the field. She ended up phasing through different job roles under FirstLight Home Care and still occasionally provides care to some of our clients to meet their needs.

Marci has 6 children and is happily married to Joey, who also is a caregiver and works for FirstLight Home Care. As Marci was growing up, she went through phases of wanting to help others after her father fell ill and passed away in 2005. Marci tried working in a different home care setting for those with mental health issues and then she switched between many jobs  until she decided to return to school at Baker College deciding that she would be good at accounting.

Marci did not plan to continue to work for FirstLight Home Care, as it was supposed to be a stepping stone back into working, however Marci decided to stay because of the quality of care that FirstLight Home Care offers their clients.

Leatha Mathews

Leatha Mathews/Care Coordinator- Lansing

Leatha Mathews been with FirstLight Home Care for 4 years now. She started out as a caregiver and was promoted to Care Coordinator. She has a total of 6 years experience in home healthcare. Prior to that, she ran a dental center for 20 years. Healthcare has become a passion knowing that she can give care and companionship to the elderly. Her primary responsibility will be coaching, educating, and making sure that our caregivers are equipped with the knowledge to ensure that families do not have to worry about the care that their loved ones will receive.

Denise Rose: HR Manager

Denise Rose

Denise Rose started working for us in February, 2024 as our HR Manager.  She will provide an updated biography soon.

Vision & Mission

At FirstLight Home Care, we envision a world in which all adults may age with comfort, dignity and independence in the place they call home. We exist to help people have their best day, every day. Our mission is to provide compassionate home care so that the families we serve have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are receiving the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

Core Values

We live these core values every day, without compromise. It is what we believe in above all else as they guide our home care company and team members to help us achieve our mission.

Focus Relationships First

Focus on Relationships First

We have a genuine concern for the health and well-being of others and an incredible opportunity to help people live their best lives. By focusing on relationships, we create caring environments where people are encouraged to use their unique experiences and backgrounds to create lasting bonds. This is our Culture of Care philosophy that motivates us to do more as we serve others.

Act with Integrity

Act with Integrity

We’re honest, trustworthy and committed to doing the right thing. Providing service with integrity means we consistently do what we say we’re going to do, communicate with transparency and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

Give Joy

Give Joy

We find, bring and share joy in our work every day. By practicing kindness, gratitude, and having a positive attitude, we bring happiness and genuinely make people feel good.

Grow Together

Grow Together

We strive to build and nurture a culture that creates strong teams, fosters curiosity and connects ideas. This drives us to break the status quo and, together, find ways to consistently improve and grow.

Make A Difference Every Day

Make a Difference Every Day

Each day we are inspired to make a difference in people’s lives, and we have a sincere desire to make the world a better place. We seek to improve the lives of others through our dedication to reliable, professional first-class service.