A Peace of Home
Our Team
Our Team's mission is to provide your family with Peace of Mind. We do this through informed decision making as you assist your loved ones with "Next Steps", always with the goal of keeping your loved one at home as long as possible or the transition into the most appropriate  senior living community.   

Sharon Luquire, LNHA
Geriatric Care Manager


Mrs. Luquire has been an integral part of the Healthcare profession since 1974. She served as a Registered Nurse in Long term care for over 20 years and remains licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator.  She served as a member of  the New Hanover County Community Advisory Board responsible for evaluating the quality of care provided to residents in senior living communities.  She is currently an active member of the Cape Fear Council of Governments Elder Abuse Prevention Network and the Senior Advisory Services committee of New Hanover County.  She has worked as a Regional Vice President of Operations for 3 major Long Term Care Corporations over 17 years. She has experience in roles as Director of Nursing, Staff Development Educator, and as both a Regional and Corporate Nurse Consultant. She has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association.

With Mrs. Luquire’s knowledge of the regulatory requirement,  “hands on” understanding of quality of care for the elderly and respect for the complexity of the healthcare industry, she will be able to assist families and their loved one gain peace of mind as they make informed healthcare decisions.

Justin S. LuQuire, MTIM


Mr. LuQuire has always had a passion for working with senior adults and chose to start A Peace of Home after seeing the slow decline of his grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer disease.  It is his belief that every senior adult and their families should have access to the resources that are available to them as they navigate the confusing and frustrating healthcare maze.  His mission from day one has been to provide that compassionate guidance that is all too often not available to families when there are so many unanswered questions and no where else to turn.  A Peace of Home was his answer to those questions.  

Prior to Starting A Peace of Home, Mr. LuQuire was the Director of Search and Placement for the Patton Group LLC. His primary focus was candidate relations and executive level placement.  Before working with the Patton Group, Mr. LuQuire was employed with a large private lending firm based in Raleigh, NC from 2002-2004.  Upon receiving his Master’s  degree in Trust and Investment Management from Campbell University in 2005 Mr. LuQuire began his career with Wachovia Bank, N.A. as a Financial Specialist.  Mr. LuQuire then transferred to the Small Business Banking division as a Relationship Manager with Wachovia in 2007 focusing on Business lending, deposit  and treasury services management.

Barbara "Cookie" Thrift, RN
Geriatric Care Manager


Cookie has been a dedicated Registered Nurse in Health Care since 1986.  She received an Associate Degree in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to nursing school, Cookie worked as a Direct Care Aide, providing care to children and adults with severe mental and physical disabilities. Through this patient care, the families were also provided much needed respite.

Her nursing career includes hospital staff nursing and vast experience in almost every aspect of Public Health Nursing.  Through the  many years in Public Health, her experience includes working in and/or coordination of multiple programs in the health department and community settings.  Cookie worked in the Family Planning Clinic, Child Health, School Health, Jail Health, Community Health (Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Neurology Clinic, Communicable Disease Program, Men’s Preventive Health, health clinics for homeless and senior citizens). Another responsibility in Community Health was Adult Day Care Monitoring (to ensure compliance with the North Carolina Adult Day Care standards).

Cookie strives to always provide excellent care to her patients with compassion, empathy and a determination to be their advocate.  She has always had a special place in her heart for the elderly and feels she was honored to be able to participate considerably in the health care of her father-in-law, during the last years of his life. This enabled him to fulfill his desire to stay at home until his passing.  She looks forward to continue working with the elderly and their families in the future, to assist with problems associated with daily living and to find resources to solve these problems.

Karen Coleman, RN, CLNC
Geriatric Care Manager


Mrs. Coleman has been a Registered Nurse since 1991. Since beginning her nursing career, she has worked in variety of areas within the medical field. However, the vast majority of her experience has been in geriatrics. For several years, Mrs. Coleman held a variety of positions in the nursing homes in and around her hometown of Marion, South Carolina.  In 2001, Mrs. Coleman began practicing as an independent, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with the majority of her consulting spent assisting attorneys in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Missouri in nursing home negligence cases. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Mrs. Coleman has served as both an expert witness and a behind-the-scenes consultant in cases involving the elderly. At present, Mrs. Coleman continues to be in advocate for our geriatric population through her independent practice as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and in being a part of the services provided by our company,  A Peace of Home.  
Mrs. Coleman has a desire to help our elder population through the provision of competent compassionate care. Mrs. Coleman’s mission is to ensure that the elderly remain safe and well cared for whether it be in in their homes or in a facility and to utilize valuable resources to aide in meeting the needs of the elderly. Mrs. Coleman strives to educate our population to be able to better serve and provide for the elderly within our communities.

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