Avid Quality Care

Hello, my name is Shelly Clark. My husband, Cody, and I opened Avid Quality Care in 2010. I was given the opportunity to get to know and work with an individual with IDD and a physical disability in the early 90's. That is when I discovered my true passion for individuals with special needs. I was given the opportunity to work with students as an intern in high school and then with special education students in the "Moving On Up" classroom with Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. In 2006, I moved to the Denton Independent School District and continued working with special education students. I was introduced to the HCS world in 2008 and have been blessed to have the opportunity to learn and grow every day! I also have the joy of being a mother to my 12-year-old daughter named Justice and my one-year-old daughter named Liberty. Avid and Caring Hands are family-owned companies so my girls are a huge part of that.


My name is Cody Clark, and I'm the Executive Director of Operations here at Avid. Prior to that, I was in law enforcement for approximately a decade as both a Detention and a Police Officer. I have been around special needs individuals throughout my life, beginning with my uncle but also during my law enforcement career. I have been with Avid since September of 2013 on a full time basis and currently maintain my Peace Officer's commission by reserving for a local law enforcement agency. I have really enjoyed my transition to Avid Quality Care, where I work with my lovely wife, the CEO, Shelly Clark.


Office Staff

Hi, my name is Vanessa Larios-Sawyer. I'm from a beautiful place named Colima, Mexico. I relocated to the States in July 2013 and I joined the team officially in May 2014. I'm happily married and my husband and I are foster care providers. This is my first time working with special needs and I'm loving it; I love to be part of their wonderful lives and to have the opportunity to meet and learn from them. I'm on the administrative side, doing the billing and the financial part and a little bit of everything when necessary. I like to help others as much as I can, I'm firm in my convictions, and family is very important to me. I love sunny days. I'm very thankful to be with this company and I love to be part of this wonderful team and great coworkers.


My name is Ariel Christiansen. I came on with Avid Quality Care in the summer of 2015 and it was the best decision I ever made. I am so happy to be a part of the Avid family. I truly love our clients and seeing them happy and healthy is the best part of my job! I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in psychology and although I'm originally from Dallas, I have lived in Denton for over 9 years. I am happily married to a native Denton-ite and together we have adopted 3 fur babies from the shelter. I have a black lab named Bruce who wears bowties. I am also a proud "cat lady" and I love to talk about my friendly felines, Riley and Mr. Pickles.


For 15+ years, Nancie Ludley has worked in various areas of behavioral, mental and intellectual disabilities health care. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA) and while following in the footsteps of her mother and an aunt, Nancie began her career path in special education in the Caddo Parish School System (Shreveport, LA). Nancie considers her career path as a "calling", and not as a profession. Her calling has lead her to be: a child protection services investigator, a mental health specialist, a crisis team interventionist, a behavioral specialist, a parenting skills instructor, an intellectual disabilities coordinator, and a Program Director at Cimarron Living Center. In her off time, Nancie enjoys volunteering locally with the disadvantaged at Voice of Hope and Willing Witness on a monthly basis.


My name is Robin Anstead. AVID Quality Care brought me on board in the summer of 2011. I am the Case Manager for AVID, and part of my job includes providing home visits for clients and training for caregivers. Prior to AVID, I worked as a Special Education teacher for Coppell ISD and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. I am married to Tim and have three grown children and two dogs. My hobbies include yoga, walking, gardening, and reading. I am happiest connecting with people, nature and spending time with my wonderful family.


Hi! My name is Kyle Howell and I joined the Avid team in September of 2016. I have been working with individuals with special needs for a couple of years now and truly love coming to work every day. It has been great to meet and get to know all of the Avid clients. I am from Colorado and moved here in 2013 after graduating from Colorado State University. I also really love animals and have 2 dogs and 1 cat. When I am not at work I enjoy camping, traveling, reading and spending time with my family!


My name is Kayla Cunningham, and I was a caregiver at Caring Hands Dayhab for a little over a year and enjoyed every minute of it. Now I'm excited about my new position that started in November 2015 as a case manager with Avid.




Hi, my name is Liz Snarr. I came to Avid as a staff nurse in September of 2013. I have enjoyed getting to know each and every client over the years. I have many responsibilities at Avid, but my most important one is ensuring the clients are safe and well taken care of. On my time off I enjoy spending time with my family and love traveling to the beach every chance I get. I am always available, so please don't hesitate to email with any questions or nursing concerns.


Hi, my name is Christine Adera. I have been working as an LVN for about 4 years, first in long term care and now with AVID since April of 2016. I have been working with the special needs population off and on for about 12 years, previously in direct care, as a C.N.A and now as a nurse with AVID, a job that I have come to find absolutely rewarding. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading novels, working out, and spending time with my family.



Paule Jones
Registered Nurse


Group Home Staff

My name is Wayne and I enjoy fixing and building stuff. I also love cars! I manage the Quail Run Group Home and I have been with Avid since December 2012.




I'm Carmen and I've been at Avid since December 2013. I love what I do and taking care of people. I love reading, spending time with my family, and doing crafts. I work at the Castle Creek Group Home and I love the clients I take care of.




My name is Robert. My wife and I manage the Castle Creek  Group Home and we love our clients. When I get away, I like to go work on the farm.




My name is Pamela Taylor. I love to shop, read, and spend time with my family. I've worked with Avid since 2013 and love working with this organization.




Hi, I'm Elizabeth and I am a caregiver for the ladies at Samantha Creek. I am a down-to-earth person who loves to spend time with my kids whenever I can. I enjoy sitting down on the porch, relaxing, having a cup of tea, and talking with people. I try to find something positive each day to make me smile.



My name is Lamar Clewis. I was direct care staff at Caring Hands Dayhab. In January 2016 I was given the opportunity to manage a boys' home for Avid Quality Care. When I am not at work, I enjoy going fishing and spending time with my friends.




Caring Hands Dayhab Staff

My name is Regan Steen and I am the supervisor at Caring Hands Dayhab. I enjoy coming to work each day to spend time with our clients and teaching them new things as well as helping them become as independent as possible! When I'm not working or at school, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, family, and my kitten, Luna.



Hi there! My name is Dani. I am a native Nevadan. I was born in Henderson, NV and lived in Las Vegas for 10 years. I moved to Denton in 2005. I am about to celebrate my 10th year in the great state of Texas! I am a direct caregiver at Caring Hands Dayhab. I love this place because everyday is something new. Our clients make me laugh EVERY single day! I find myself missing them whenever I have a day off. In my free time, I enjoy binge watching Disney movies and spending time with my amazing family.