Our People

April Anthony

Chief Executive Officer

April founded Encompass in 1998 as her second successful home health venture. She has brought the company to the forefront of the home care industry through her strategic guidance, principled leadership, and overriding passion of caring for the elderly and medically fragile.

Her extensive knowledge in home care management and operations has been critical to the company’s growth and success. In less than a decade, April has led Encompass’ expansion from a single start-up location to a provider with more than forty home health care branches. April was critically involved in the design and development of the company’s unique automation software, helping Encompass lead the way in home health technology.

April graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is a CPA, beginning her career at Price Waterhouse. April moved into the home care industry in 1992 and soon became the owner and CEO of Liberty Health Services. April was the recipient of Ernst & Young’s prestigious 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award based on her creative and innovative approach to home health care.

Tracey Kruse

Chief Operating Officer

Tracey manages operations of over 135 Home Health agencies as COO of Encompass. Her 30 years of experience in the health care industry and her commitment to quality and compliance ensure all agencies use sound and efficient methods, while honoring the company mission of A Better Way to Care.

Tracey started at Encompass in 1999 as the VP of Operations. She has helped the company achieve significant growth going from an average daily patient census of 500 to over 16,000. Prior to joining Encompass, she gained experience as the Director of Operations for Home Health Corporation of America and Medical Air Supply.

She began her career in the health care industry as a Licensed Respiratory Therapist after earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob Thompson

Chief Financial Officer

As the CFO of Encompass, Bob's sound and strategic financial planning ensure Encompass is here to stay.

Bob has more than twenty years of senior executive finance experience in the public sector. He was the Executive VP and CFO for Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., a consolidator of 27 television markets, and at Paging Network, Inc., a billion-dollar company in the wireless communications sector. He also worked as an audit manager at Ernst & Young.

Bob is a CPA, a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He graduated from the University of Texas.

Bud Langham

Chief Clinical Officer

As Chief Clinical Officer for Encompass Home Health, Bud is focused on improving clinical services and patient outcomes to ensure the company lives up to its mission statement of "A Better Way to Care". Bud has been with Encompass for three years and started out as a Specialty Program Manager, then assumed the position of Director of Therapy Services. He has leadership experience in a variety of acute and post-acute settings, including hospital services, outpatient and inpatient rehab services, as well as skilled nursing.

Bud graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1999, then earned an MBA from the OU Price College of Business in 2005. Bud is a member of the APTA and a regular contributor to The Quarterly Report, an APTA publication focused on home health practice. He resides in Dallas with his wife Jill and their two boys Nathan and Matthew.

Dan Peoples

Executive Vice President of Sales

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dan helps to develop and implement Encompass' strategic positioning and growth strategies so we remain a key industry player.

Dan has extensive experience in leading companies to achieve growth in their current market and has a particular interest in start-up companies. He and five other investors formed Taylor Medical, Inc. which grew from approximately $5 million in revenue to over $150 million in seven years. In 1995, they sold Taylor Medical Group, Inc. to Physician Sales and Service, Inc. (PSSI) and, in effect, made them the largest physician supply company in the United States. Dan also started Home Care Supply, Inc. along with four other investors and grew that company to the largest privately held durable medical equipment company in the United States in just five years.

Dan received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University where he also played football for four years.

Luke James

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer for Encompass, Luke has three primary focus areas. The first is that of data analytics and ensuring our operational, clinical and sales teams have the best and most timely information available to them for decision-making purposes. Acquisition-related growth continues to be one of Encompass’ integral expansion strategies and Luke is ultimately responsible for ensuring successful execution of acquisition opportunities that hold similar clinical and cultural values as Encompass and empowering expansion into new geographies. Lastly, Luke spends the majority of his time working to ensure Encompass is aligning itself with the best possible partners-ACOs, Bundled Payment participants, payors, health systems and other healthcare providers-as Encompass continues to expand and evolve its value proposition in the ever-changing world of healthcare delivery. By utilizing sound judgment and a disciplined approach to this process, Luke ensures that the Encompass organization responsibly and successfully expands its mission of A Better Way to Care. 

Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Abilene Christian University.

Cliff Blessing

Vice President of Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Cliff is actively involved in all areas of the acquisition activities of Encompass including identifying and sourcing acquisition targets, overseeing the due diligence review process, definitive agreement negotiations and receiving board approval on target opportunities.

Before joining Encompass, Cliff worked in corporate finance and development at Pizza Hut, Inc. where he was active in strategic development and the financial operations of company-owned restaurants. Pizza Hut is part of Yum! Brands, which is a Fortune 500 company and the largest restaurant company in the world. Cliff also spent five years in commercial lending at a community bank and in real estate development in the Texas hill country prior to earning his MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Cliff also holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Abilene Christian University. He lives in Dallas with his wife Allison and their two boys, Connor and Jack.

Sean Gaffney

General Counsel

Sean joined Encompass in May 2015 and oversees the company’s legal function, including mergers & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and litigation management. He has an extensive background handling legal issues affecting healthcare providers. Before Encompass, Sean served as General Counsel of BroadJump, LLC, a developer of hospital supply cost reduction software. Prior to BroadJump, Sean was Vice President and Interim General Counsel at CCS Medical, one of the largest US distributors of mail order diabetic testing supplies and insulin infusion pumps.

Sean has also held senior positions in the legal department of MedAssets, a publicly-traded healthcare services and technology company. He began his legal career in commercial litigation, primarily representing clients in the healthcare and commercial real estate industries.

Sean received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Dallas.


A Better Place to Work
We offer all Encompass employees opportunities to feel accomplished and successful within a stable, ethical and supportive organization.


Better Care is Close at Hand
Encompass Home Health & Hospice is a Medicare-certified home health care agency with 225+ locations across the United States


Encompass Home Health
6688 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 1300
Dallas, Texas 75206


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