Meet Our Executive Team

Melissa Fleege

Melissa Fleege MSN, RN

Agency Supervisor

Melissa, the Agency Supervisor for 24 Hour Care, she joined our team in 2012. She has experience in the nursing home setting, hospital setting and working in collaboration with an entire healthcare team. She directs nursing and home healthcare staff, assists in business management, and ensures that 24 Hour Care, LLC follows best practices for healthcare. She also assists with supervision and training of staff. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and she is a Volunteer EMT for Hazel Green, WI Rescue Squad.

Education University of Dubuque: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Currently in graduate school for her Master’s Degree in Nursing-Executive Leadership

Licenses Registered Nurse in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin

Activities In her spare you will find Melissa spending time with her family. She loves being outside camping, snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting.

Angela Horaney

Angela Horaney, BSN, RN

Agency Administrator

Angela joined the 24 Hour Care team in June 2020. She has 23 years of nursing experience in several settings including management and administration. She enjoys working as a team to ensure employee and client satisfaction.

Education: University of Dubuque, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Licenses: Registered Nurse in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, and New York.

Activities: Angela and her husband Nick have 3 children, Andrew 26, Lauren 22, and Paige 15. Angela enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys camping and UTV rides.

Elizabeth Kropp

Elizabeth Kropp

Business Administrator, Human Resources and Finance

Elizabeth is 24 Hour Care’s business administrator and human resources coordinator. She has been with 24 Hour Care since June 2011. During that time, Elizabeth has taken on the responsibilities of handling all the day-to-day financials of the company as well as financial reporting and budgeting. She also handles all of the human resources responsibilities. Her past experience includes project management, recruiting and human resources.

Western Illinois University: Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Relations

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband, children and her dog Wrigley, exercising, going to the beach, traveling, skiing, and shopping.

Christine Bentz LPN

Nurse Case Manager

Christine Joined 24 Hour Care in 2016. Prior to us, she worked as a Charge nurse in a long term care facility for the past 8 years working as a floating skilled nurse as well as working on a Dementia unit. She has experience with staff supervision including CQI and training. Christine is the case manager for our Private Duty services in Iowa.

Northeast Iowa Community College: Licensed Practical Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurse, Iowa.

Christine has 3 young children and enjoys as much time with them as possible, as well as they, rest of her family. She enjoys being outside, hiking, swimming, and bicycling. Christine also loves camping and sitting out by a nice campfire.

Gretchen Carroll BSN, RN, CWCN

Nurse Case Manager

Gretchen joined 24 Hour Care in March of 2016. She has been practicing nursing since 1987 and brings 20 years of home health nursing experience to our company. The majority of Gretchen’s career has been in Northern Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Gretchen loves working with our Medicare patients and goes above and beyond in her care for them.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
WOC Nursing Education: Certified Wound Care Nurse

Registered Nurse in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Gretchen relocated to the Stockton area when her husband’s employment changed in 2014. Her husband, Rick, is a Stockton native. She enjoys playing piano for church, singing, reading, and loving her children and granddaughter. 

Chris Ludescher

Chris Ludescher

Medical Biller

Chris joined 24 Hour Care in August 2016, bringing 8 years experience in billing. Prior to joining 24 Hour Care, Chris worked in a home health agency responsible for all Medicare/Insurance billing.

Chris likes to spend her free time with her husband Chris, daughter Elizabeth, son Nick and his wife Katie and new baby Juliet.

Ruth Gallo BSN, RN

Nurse Case Manager

Ruth has been a practicing nurse for 30 years. She has experience in Burn Care, Home Health Nursing, Organ and Tissue Recovery and Long-term Care. She is excited about her return the Home Health Care setting while continuing to serve the aging population. Here she can focus on the individual’s needs, identify their strengths, and provide education and resources to give them the opportunity to remain in their own home for as long as possible. There’s no place like Home!

Education: Marycrest College, Davenport IA: Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Licences: Registered Nurse in Iowa, Texas and reinstating licensure in IL

Activities: Enjoys time with her family and being outdoors. Has 2 grown children, 2 beautiful grandchildren and a rescue dog. Go CUBS Go!

Kathie Bathum, BSN, RN

Nurse Case Manager

Kathie is our agency’s Illinois Case Manager. She takes care of our Veteran Affairs patients as well as all our Illinois Private Duty patients.

Education: Associates degree at Elgin Community College. Bachelor’s Degree in Aurora, IL.

Licenses: Registered Nurse in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Activities: In her spare you will find Kathie fishing, hiking, needlepoint stitching or playing with her dog, Willie, or her grand pup, Logan.

Lindsay Halfhill

Nurse Case Manager

Lindsay joined our team June 2022 and has been wonderful at giving patient care for her Home Health patients.

Education: NICC Associates degree of nursing 2008

License: IA

About me: I like to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy walking, hiking, and cycling. 

Nicole Karberg

Community Relations Manager

Nicole joined our executive team in November 2017, new to the health-care field. She attended Highland Community College and is currently pursuing a BA in Psychology through SNHU. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and her sweet rescue dog, hockey, reading, kayaking, camping, gardening and traveling to new places.

"It is our mission to provide our clients the best individualized care; focusing on physical, emotional, and social needs.
We will assist in improving the quality of our client’s daily lives as we understand people feel the most comfortable being cared for in their homes."

William P. McArdle, Founder